Modern Decor

Written by Charles Peacock
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Modern decor was born out of the Art Deco movement of the 1920s and '30s. During this period, architects, designers and artists began to focus on more simplistic types of design, and without intending to they generated an entirely new form of design that would last for decades. Let's examine some of the characteristics of good modern decor.

Characteristics of Modern Decor

The first rule of modern design is to focus on simplicity. Elaborate decorative elements are usually avoided, unless they follow a certain plain geometric style. Form is incredibly important, and the shape of a modern object should be artistic in itself--it should not need to be painted or decorated to make it look nice.

Modern decor also depends heavily on geometric shapes--specifically squares, rectangles, and straight lines. This was particularly true in the early days of Art Deco, when architects like Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized architecture and interior design with their blocky, clean-looking concepts. The best early modern decor makes a room look like it's made up entirely of solid geometric shapes.

As modern design progressed, more room was made for curved shapes. This trend began with the first modern chairs, which were made with simplistic rounded pieces of material. As the trend continued, we began to see modern design embracing rounded forms as well as straight geometric forms.

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