18 Modern Home Design Tips That'll Spark So Much Joy

Cutting edge and Marie Kondo-approved.

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Modern homes are distinguished by clean lines, geometric shapes, wide open floor plans, and thoughtful, intentional décor that says a lot with a little. It's all about stripping down to the basics—you know, the essentials, and then those few things that spark joy. Check out some stunning modern homes that exemplify these characteristics, then learn how to bring the aesthetic to every room in your own home.

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Amber Interiors
Modern Homes Feature Nature-Inspired Materials.

Despite feeling futuristic and space age-inspired, modern design also emphasizes a return to our roots in nature. Borrowing from naturally occurring colors and shapes in the earth, this wood home is sleek and timeless.

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Robson Rak
There's a Lack of Ornamentation.

The large floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plan allow natural light to pour into this house. Because there is such little ornamentation in modern architecture, the actual shape of the building is what makes it feel unique, cutting edge, and beautiful.

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Metal Details Give Homes a Jetsons-y Vibe.

Here's that futuristic look we mentioned earlier. Sleek, glossy, and and eye-catching, aluminum and steel contrast nicely with the simple wood materials and white paint.

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Nicole Franzen
The Architecture Focuses on Clean, Simple Lines.

If anything, modernism is marked by its simplicity. Like many modern houses, this one blends into its surroundings thanks to its clean lines and sprawling windows, yet it also exudes a museum-like presence.

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NEW YORK, Amenia, Exterior views of Home of Britt and Damian Zunino
Nils Schlebusch
Modern Homes Often Have Asymmetrical Shapes.

Modern architecture incorporates personality and intrigue through overall shape since it lacks decorative details. That's where asymmetry comes in. Like a work of modern art, the home looks different, depending on the angle.

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modern mountain home
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Concrete and Exposed Beams Are Also Hallmarks Of The Style.

Exposed steel beams give this modern home a gritty, industrial edge. The raw materials contrast with the more streamlined and polished look of the crisp white paint.

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Robson Rak
Modern Design Has Cubist Roots.

Similar to asymmetry, cubism is a distinguishing characteristic of this design movement. In this home, for example, the layers of cubist shapes display attention to geometry and art.

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modern entryway
Robson Rak
There Are Simple Ways To Get The Look In Your Home.

If your home doesn't feature modern architectural bones, you can still bring in some elements that riff on the trend. Keep things clean and modern in the foyer with a sculptural accent piece and simple-yet-bold lighting.

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Nicole Franzen
Combine Large-Scale Shapes.

Everything in this living room is playing with shape. While the marble mantle and glossy floating shelves are angular and sharp, the coffee table and ottoman are soft and rounded. The use of natural materials makes the room feel rich even though there's not much in it.

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Arent & Pyke
Mix In A Few Eclectic Touches So It Doesn't Feel Cold.

A modern light, large-scale abstract wall art, geometric floor tiles, and a clean-lined table make this space distinctly modern. Yet, the collection of blown glass vases and dining chairs make it feel refreshingly eclectic.

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Fantastic Frank
Keep It Light And Bright.

A tight, tonal color palette is always welcome in modern homes. This one is aesthetically calming while also being functional with plenty of surface area to work on and storage space for kitchen essentials. The pendant lights and stools introduce more oomph.

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Nicole Franzen
Minimize Clutter.

A modern chair and open shelf console are all you need to achieve a similarly modern hallway. The brass candlestick holders and gorgeous floral arrangement introduce the perfect touch of energy and personality.

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modern bathroom design
Nicole Franzen
If You Don't Have Big Windows, Try This Instead.

Large mirrors mimic the effect of windows. Add one above the sink in your powder room for a similar feel and stick to shapely, minimalist fixtures and fittings.

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Studio DB
Streamline Your Nook.

Industrial spaces are a gorgeous backdrop for modern interiors. The exposed red pipe and painted white brick give this breakfast nook a nice sense of history, while the single modern sconce and sleek dining table feel polished.

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modern bedroom design
Catherine Kwong
Go For Luxe Textures With Clean Lines.

Since there is less room for décor and ornamentation in modern design, each item needs to contribute something functional and beautiful. Through luxe, h materials, clean but interesting shapes, and a soothing color scheme, this bedroom is a modern dream.

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Studio DB
Stick To The Bare Minimum.

Less is more, especially when you're designing a modern bathroom. With only the essentials, this master bathroom lets us soak in the beauty of the natural materials.

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Modern family room
Nicole Franzen
Keep It On The Down Low.

Modern design can still be cozy and inviting. This family room proves it. The sleek lighting and coffee table ensure a minimalist vibe while the h sectional and throws ensure a comfortable and welcoming environment. The low furniture makes it feel grounded and down to earth.

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Dustin Askland; DESIGN: Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design
Clean Up Your Architectural Details.

If you're renovating, swap out traditional banisters with something clean, curvaceous, and sleek for a more modern design.

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