Modern House Design

Written by Charles Peacock
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Modern house design originated in the 1920s and '30s with the birth of Art Deco style. Art Deco was a revolutionary style of design led by architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. Ignoring the complex ornamental styles of previous decades, they began to focus on simple, geometric shapes in their building design.

Modern House Design: Past and Present

Modern design in the home really became popular a few decades after the birth of Art Deco. Like Wright's most famous buildings, modern homes tended towards smooth, even boxy shapes--without a lot of unessential decoration. The style was so popular among designers that it also inspired lines of modern furniture that could be used to fill these stylish new homes.

Because of the availability of modern furniture, modern house design can be achieved even if your home itself was not built in the Art Deco or modern style. While it's better to combine modern architecture with modern furniture, you can of course still create a wonderful modern look in your home even if it is Victorian on the outside.

The main word to keep in mind when pursuing modern house design is "simplicity." No patterned wallpaper should be used, and wall coverings and ornamentation should be kept to a minimum. Populate your rooms sparsely with classic modern furniture, and the furniture itself can be your artwork.


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