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