The concept of the modern home is ever-changing. The term itself refreshes definition every few years, according to the prevailing design trends and home technology. One example is a project by Scenario Architecture, which involved updating an Edwardian home to contemporary standards.
Here are other examples.
One of the most common motifs or themes running in modern home design is simplicity. Bauhaus meets Zen is almost universal in modern homes. There are exceptions, of course, but these are few and far in between. It can be said that the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have descended and been assimilated by modern houses.
To understand this design viewpoint, and to replicate it in any home, there is one other tip to follow: focus on one major design feature. This is much like a photograph, where the elements of the room draw attention to the main design feature. The eye follows every clue back to the design element in focus.
Whether this is a set of framed photographs hanging on a wall or oversized furniture or lamp, it is easy to set the minimalist design once the focus is already on one object.
Disparate Design Elements
Having a minimalist approach to design, it also allows the homeowner to deviate on his or her own. They can make use of recycled elements or repurposed objects. You can use an antique cabinet from a flea market or a garage sale as a sink cabinet.
You can also re-use wooden stairs from old houses or buildings as benches or tables, or even as shelves. Old IKEA chairs of different ages and colors can decorate the living room, drawing attention to the lines and curves of Bauhaus sensibilities.
You can use open shelving instead of bookcases, thereby making the place airier and gives the feeling of more space.
Modern design is about a personal look and feel in one’s abode. You can stamp your personality into it by simple design concepts, with emphasis on frugality, sensibility, and re-purposing materials.