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10 important characteristics of modern home design

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Vicarage Rd London SW14 Modern kitchen by VCDesign Architectural Services Modern
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One doesn’t have to look far to find examples of modern home designs. But with technology developing at the speed of light, modern homes are becoming more and more user-friendly – especially since professional Architects, Interior Designers/Decorators and other experts continue to think outside the design box.

But what, exactly, makes up the modern home design? We’re glad you asked…

1. Modern home designs: Only the essentials

In modern house designs, there’s simply no room for pieces that unnecessarily take up space. In terms of shapes, you want to focus on straight, clean, lean, and simplistic forms. Consider minimum decorations and remember to include ‘breathing room’ in-between your furnishings, décor, etc.  


2. Modern home designs: No clutter

Richmond - Girls Bedroom Modern style bedroom by Roselind Wilson Design Modern
Roselind Wilson Design

Richmond—Girls Bedroom

Roselind Wilson Design

To help you properly de-clutter your interiors, remember that modern houses only include furniture that enhance the residents’ lifestyle – thus, leaving more legroom open and allowing the home to look much more spacious than it actually is. 

3. Modern home designs: Open-floor plans

Broadgates Road SW18 Modern living room by BTL Property LTD Modern
BTL Property LTD

Broadgates Road SW18

BTL Property LTD

Speaking of space, modern houses are all about connecting certain rooms, like the living-, dining-, and cooking areas. But the trick is to include subtle transitions to help define each space, such as different colour palettes, raised flooring, etc. 

4. Modern home designs: Simplistic colours

Streatham, SW2 Modern houses by Build Team Modern
Build Team

Streatham, SW2

Build Team

The neutral colours are about to become your new best friends, with whites (and off-whites, and browns, and greys… ) ready to make your modern interiors more elegant and visually spacious. However, feel free to inject a touch of colour here and there via accessories. 

5. Modern home designs: Striking materials

Strong and striking materials like steel, concrete, and glass reign over the more common brick and wood when it comes to modern homes. 

6. Modern home designs: Sustainability

Modern house designs continue to push the boundaries to seek new approaches to style and functionality. This includes eco-friendly features like green roofs, indoor gardens, solar panels, etc. 

7. Modern home designs: An updated kitchen

Kitchens are becoming more and more important, not to mention self-sufficient thanks to smart appliances, updated technology, etc. Thus, see where you can opt for key kitchen updates to make your cooking space that much more appealing and practical.  

8. Modern home designs: Lots of natural light

Richmond Family Home Modern dining room by PAD ARCHITECTS Modern
PAD ARCHITECTS

Richmond Family Home

PAD ARCHITECTS

Modern- and minimalist designs aim to reduce the carbon footprint of their owners, and ushering in plenty of natural light (via generous windows and glass doors) certainly helps to cut on heating- and lighting costs. 


9. Modern home designs: Connected exterior spaces

Private residential house - Elstree Modern houses by New Images Architects Modern
New Images Architects

Private residential house—Elstree

New Images Architects

Another way to welcome in natural light is to blur the lines between your home’s indoor- and outdoor spaces. This also aids in a more spacious vibe while also inviting nature into your home. 


10. Modern home designs: Flat roofs

Front facade and entrance Modern houses by The Chase Architecture Modern
The Chase Architecture

Front facade and entrance

The Chase Architecture

Super modern house designs opt for a flat or low-pitch roof to ensure a sleek aesthetic. Just make sure you have a professional aboard your team to ensure your flat roof (which is not without its cons) works to benefit both your house and lifestyle.

Since eco-friendly designs are so trendy at the moment, let’s be inspired by Green designs: 13 ways to embrace sustainable architecture

Are you keen on the modern design style or do you prefer another (Scandinavian, rustic...)?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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