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It may be our 120-year anniversary, but instead of looking into the past, we're focusing on what defines "modern" right now. Some elements are sleek and minimal, but others subtly nod to trends of the past.
Eternally "in," the color gray makes a sophisticated backdrop to any room. In this San Francisco living room, Eche Martinez uses this neutral to make elements like the beige sofa and blue sconce pop.
While trends come and go, a white kitchen always feels fresh. The timelessness of Bosch appliances fit in seamlessly with this clean, sophisticated style.
In her dining room, stylist Jill Sharp Weeks mixes a well-curated assortment of pieces to create an unforgettable first impression. Though each piece is unique — from the eye-catching photography triptych to the aged patina of the bold dining table — the lush textures contrast each other beautifully.
If you automatically think 80s when you hear the phrase "mirror wall," we encourage you to think again. Jan Showers used an almost smoky mirror pane behind this sofa to dramatic effect, making the room seem bigger without changing the dimensions.
Leather upholstery seems to go hand in hand with overstuffed dimensions. Not so in this modern breakfast nook in Michelle Adams' home, where saddle leather adds a rich texture to sculptural dining chairs.
Beige is anything but boring in this sophisticated bedroom by Michelle Prentice. The key is in the pinkish undertones of the muted shade, which cast a cozy glow in any light.
Conventional wisdom used to be to keep bathrooms neutral. Not anymore. Now, it's all about infusing personality. Here, contemporary meets calm in this Boston bathroom by Pamela Butz. The honeyed wood of the floating cabinet contrasts the cool colors, which also work to give the space a bright, clean feeling.
Yes, a sectional can still be contemporary — it's all about getting the proportions right. Here, low-profile seating has a distinctly fresh feel while also ensuring unbroken sight lines to the grand view of this oceanfront Massachusetts home.
The clean-lined sofa, side table and coffee table created a versatile blank slate in this living room by Tom Scheerer. It's the accent pieces that bring in a slightly more tropical feel, from the floral pillows to the rattan ottoman.
In this Manhattan loft, Harry Heissman brings an element of surprise to the industrial-chic space through the use of art and accessories. Here, Tony Duquette's Ghost Snail lamp complements the sculptural feel of the oak-and-bronze staircase.
Bold art and a sleek coffee table take any potential fussiness out of traditional tailored seating in this home by designers Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Coleman.
A functional space doesn't have to lack style. This laundry room has a minimalist design that comes through the sleek low-profile cabinets and light wide-plank flooring. The coordinating Bosch stacked washer and dryer complement the look without wasting an inch of floor space.
Contemporary pieces in a variety of shapes come together harmoniously in the Napa home of designer Benjamin Ghong.
Designer Daleet Spector proves that cast concrete doesn't have to have an overwhelmingly industrial feel in this Marina del Rey beach house. The smooth, matte surface contrasts the rich oak cabinets to bring out the sensuous textures of each.
Different intensities of black give a pulled-together look in this entryway by Gideon Mendelson. The golden accessories shine in contrast, standing out against the deep color.
Calm and serene, this bathroom is a light-filled respite from a busy world. The limited color palette and sleek forms invite relaxation. We especially love the striped tiles, open, free-standing tub and glass shower.
In this seating nook by Antonino Buzzetta, a graphic area rug brings a dynamic sense of movement and a modern energy to sleek furniture. The black and white textile also nods to the stunning art throughout the home.
Black emboldens the minimal forms within this staircase area, designed by architect Gary Davis, making an often-overlooked space into a modern masterpiece.
In a handsome bedroom defined by luxurious textures, designer Juan Carretero adds a handmade hanging art piece to add interest overhead. It also draws the eye up, making the ceiling feel a little higher.
A muted purple can be just as versatile as other neutral hues. Here, plum upholstery complements the chocolate wood and soft gray tones in a living room designed by Juniper Tedhams.
Combining contemporary silhouettes (such as the sleek table and chaise) with rustic materials, this Pacific Northwest living room designed by Markham Roberts strikes a casual-chic note.
The gallery wall trend isn't going anywhere just yet. This Miami Beach home by Robert Passal surrounds visitors with an incredible array of art, along with a curated collection of modern furniture that pushes the envelope.
Though it's usually thought of for flooring and countertops, marble adds a luxurious dimension to walls — like Palmer Weiss did in this Calacatta marble-filled master suite located in a San Francisco townhouse.
You don't have to adopt a minimalist sensibility to go modern. In this Connecticut home, designed by Joan Osofsky and Dana Simpson, sleek art and well-defined accessories give a refreshing update to more traditional pieces.
Subway tiles are always a safe choice, but sometimes a more unconventional choice pays off. Blogger and designer Justina Blakeney brought bold appeal to her shower with large hexagonal tiles in a rich cerulean blue.
In an Atlanta home, designed by Kristin Kong, a built-in shelf becomes a stunning focal point thanks to art by Alexis McIntire.
The open floor plan has an enduring appeal because it's just so versatile. Whether you treat it as one big living space or decide to combine functions, you simply can't go wrong. Here, Mary McDonald enhanced the open feel with a palette of soft neutral hues.