Modern style - simplicity and functionality

01 of March '22

Modern interior design is characterized by simplicity, which gives it eternal relevance. Natural materials, neutral or earthy colors and the elimination of unnecessary details are its short definition. Let's dive into history to learn the secrets of this style and get inspired to create your own design masterpiece.

Nowoczesne wnętrze - prosta kolorystyka i dużo naturalnego światła

Modern interior - simple colors and lots of natural light

© Nathan Van Egmond

Modern vs. contemporary

The modern style traces its roots to German and Scandinavian architecture and design. In particular, it refers to the historical aesthetic movement that took place from the early to mid-20th century. Although it is often confused - or used interchangeably - with the term "contemporary design," modern design is a quite distinct style.
Contemporary design refers to what is currently new and innovative, a mix of past styles with a healthy dose of technological advancement. Beginning in the 1990s, it followed the minimalist trend and may include sharp contrasting colors headed by black and white, but we can also find a range of vivid, bright colors.
Modern design refers to a particular era in the history of design. This style is based on neutrality and is not at all austere or cold. Rather, colors here are monochromatic, and furniture, in addition to the decorative aspect, must also be functional.

"Form follows function".

This is one of the most important principles governing modernist designs. The need to simplify forms originated from the rapidly growing cities, which required an alternative to traditional construction. New construction materials were used, such as steel and reinforced concrete. As a result, houses could have large windows, flat roofs and could be cubic or even cylindrical. The use of new materials meant that the height of the structures could far exceed any previous construction.
Funkcjonalna kuchnia w nowoczesnym stylu

Functional kitchen in modern style

© R-architecture

The most important features of a modern style interior

The philosophy of modern style makes it an ideal choice for those who like simple, orderly spaces with clean lines and lack of ornamentation. Open floor plans, characteristic of this style, are important here.


Modern spaces are free of clutter and unnecessary decorations. Functionality is key here and everything should have its place. This style favors function over current fashion.

Neutral colors

The modern style is unlikely to use vivid, bright yellows, purples or chevrons. Instead, a monochromatic, neutral color palette is popular here. When decorating the interior, think of shades of white, beige, gray, black and pastel colors.

Open plan

As in loft interiors when designing a modern space, try to limit the number of walls. Instead of them, the furniture will partially separate the zones in the interiors. The plan usually remains open. For example, a kitchen island can separate the kitchen from the dining room, and a modular sofa can define an open living room.

Simple furniture

The furniture characteristic of this style is characterized by simple lines and economy in the use of decoration. Use furniture made of smooth material and avoid bold patterns or prints. Long furniture placed low to the ground is also characteristic, especially when made of natural materials such as unpainted solid wood. Mouldings and cornices, are unnecessary in a modern home. Kitchen fronts or doors should be free of milling or embossing.

Large windows

Beautiful large windows are ingenious when it comes to letting sunlight into the interiors. Modern spaces are characterized by a fair amount of natural light. This is also good for our well-being.

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