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8 fundamental features that every modern home should have

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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How do you create a modern home? Surely it's all pretty subjective, right? Well, it is but we think there are a few key features that any truly contemporary house will contain. We are the experts after all, so we are going to let you in on these fantastic secrets that will propel your home from nice all the way up to spectacular.

From space-age kitchen appliances through to dining room furniture that resembles modern art, we have everything you need to stay cutting edge and current. Time to ditch the flares, squeeze into some skinny jeans and let's get modern!

1. Bold bedroom furniture that leaps out at you

Milan Fitted Bedroom Furniture:  Bedroom by Chase Furniture
Chase Furniture

Milan Fitted Bedroom Furniture

Chase Furniture

Built-in, sleek bedroom cupboards are a distinctly modern trend but only when they really draw attention to themselves. This yellow and black number certainly screams 'look at me' and dictates the rest of the furnishings but we think it's big, bold and is creating just the right buzz!

2. A shockingly space-age study

Collection:  Study/office by ateljé Lyktan
ateljé Lyktan


ateljé Lyktan

When it comes to creating a functional home office in a modern home, clean lines, a lack of clutter and ultra cool desks are key. We think this one, from Ateljé Lyktan is utter perfection, especially with the integral lighting that removes the need for extra items!

3. Showers that look like a movie prop

The Arch Showerhead:  Bathroom by QS Supplies
QS Supplies

The Arch Showerhead

QS Supplies

Wow! We're pretty sure this shower could transport you through time and space but in the morning it will simply get you ready for another day in your ultra modern home. Can you imagine how great that triple stream must feel?

4. Unusual furniture in the hallway

'Smart' sideboard/cupboard by Compar:  Dining room by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Smart' sideboard/cupboard by Compar

My Italian Living

Any modern home should know how to make a big impact the second the front door is opened. For for hallways we think stylish, eye-catching and hard to fathom furniture is a must. Keep the lines sharp and you'll hit chic contemporary realms with ease!

5. Dine out on your unique table

'Ikarus X' Contemporary fixed/extendible dining table by Sedit:  Dining room by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Ikarus X' Contemporary fixed/extendible dining table by Sedit

My Italian Living

If a modern home is what you want, you need to look outside the high street for your key pieces of furniture.  When it comes to the dining room you need something super stylish and artwork-like so don't simply plump for a four-legged white option. Think outside the box. In fact, redesign the box to have 16 sides. You want people to be a little confused by it!

6. A kitchen that's as sharp as a knife

Patinated Silver Metallic Finish:  Kitchen by Roundhouse

Patinated Silver Metallic Finish


No routed cupboard doors, no butcher's block worktop and certainly no traditional 'white' goods should be found in a modern home. You want to look for brushed metal appliances and then go all out with the weird and wonderful material selections for everything else. Polished concrete is a key attribute right now, as are stainless steel and marble. 

7. A new style of lavish living room

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia:  Living room by Campbell Watson
Campbell Watson

Tufty Time Sofa by B&B Italia

Campbell Watson

You might expect us to say that uncomfortable sofas are a staple in a modern living room but actually it's quite the opposite. We are seeing super luxe suites becoming more and more popular in contemporary dream homes, with far more neutral wall coverings. You don't have to try and convince us that a red velvet, quilted pair of oversized chaise longues are a good idea… we're already running to the shop!

8. Don't coddle the kids out of contemporary coolness

Block Bahia Bed :  Nursery/kid's room by bobo kids
bobo kids

Block Bahia Bed

bobo kids

The urge to fill a nursery or kid's room with a plethora of toys, wall art and bright colours can be hard to resist but if it's a modern home that you want, you need to stick to neutral, clean colours, neat organisation and considered wall additions. It won't look unfriendly, you just won't be accustomed to seeing such elegance and chic touches in a little one's space.

For more modern home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: A Marvellously Modern Home in British Suburbia.

Are you keen to experiment with modern touches? Perhaps you prefer more traditional interior style? Share your thoughts, below!
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