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Elegance + Simplicity: The Formula to a Modern Interior Design

Modern interior design is often confused with contemporary style. And this is because the two design styles somewhat look identical. However, there is a clear distinction between them. Unlike contemporary, modern style is based on a design movement that began around the turn of the twentieth century. It refers to a design era that began around the 1950s. This style is inspired by the straightforward and unadorned aesthetics of Scandinavian and German Architecture.

What’s truly exceptional about modern design is that it takes the context of lifestyle into the equation. It’s not just a design style that makes spaces look attractive but it also serves a practical purpose and function that makes people’s lives more convenient.

Designing a home in modern style is quite a challenging task. A lot of people assume that modern design is all black and white. It’s cold and impartial. But in actuality, modern design is more than that. It is a combination of personal preferences, usefulness, simplicity, and elegance. Although it is technically referred to as a design era that has passed, modern design is still popular and embraced by many even up to this day.   

Here’s how you can add elegance + simplicity to dress your interior space in modern fashion.

1. Create Interest with Aesthetic mirrors

We often find ourselves drawn to bright, shiny, and reflective materials. And one element that never goes missing in a modern styled interior, is glass. There’s the window glazing, the center table, accessories, and other items. Glass is a versatile décor item, and its characteristics, can truly induce that sense of elegance in the interior.

Now one of the unique ways of adding these features to your interior is through mirrors. Mirrors not only brighten the interior but also creates an illusion of more space. Reflective surfaces seem to evoke poetry. Take, for example, the reflecting pool in the Taj Mahal. This Emerald Magnum Mirror is a great addition to create fluidity and harmony.

For a little drama, this Hawaii Mirror designed by Cattelan Italia looks impressively chic to any wall.

2. Decorate with Exquisite lighting fixtures

Lighting is what sets the mood of the interior. It can highlight certain features of the room for a more detailed and refined look. The definition of modern lighting design is rooted primarily in function. Lighting is used more purposefully and not merely just put there for the accessory. Also, another great thing about modern lighting fixtures is their sculptural characteristics.

When going for the modern style opt for a fixture that’s either edgy or curvy. This Bolero lamp is a show stopper. Its design is somewhat a combination of modern and traditional. The steel structure of the lamp wrapped with a fabric covering slightly resembles and carries the charm of a paper lantern.


3. Streamlined furniture is key

Keep everything streamlined and minimal to create a modern space. Furniture selection may be a difficult chore, especially when there are so many lovely pieces to pick from. Avoid becoming paralyzed by analysis paralysis. Rather, be specific about what you desire.

The simplicity and elegance of streamlined furnishings are embraced in modern homes. In terms of material, craftsmanship, and form, these styles of furniture are less gaudy and decorative and more intricate and careful. For example, the Anna Chair is meant to provide maximum comfort.


The ergonomic backrest has a tastefully contoured shape. On one hand, adding this Bob Pouf to your interior will offer more play and dynamic to your space.


4. Choose Avantgarde tables

Modern design is made up of a variety of materials and features that are molded together to provide a cohesive interior style. Carefully selecting pieces of furniture that embrace this distinctiveness in style is one approach to integrate this blend into the environment.

Take, for example, the Helix low table. The base of this trendy coffee table is carved in Canaletto walnut, while the tabletop is constructed of transparent crystal. The additional wood feature adds contrast to the decor while also evoking warmth and beautiful comfort.


5. Don’t forget the Iconic pieces

Whether it's mid-century modern, urban modern, or any design style that’s synonymous with the modern look, you can’t possibly go on without adding an iconic piece. Iconic furniture originated from the Bauhaus style.

Bauhaus is considered as the foundation of mid-century style and flows on into the modern design era. Consider sprucing your interior up with pieces like this Donovan chaise lounge for comfort and style. Another icon of modern design is arc lamps. But this Astra arc lamp takes on a whole new level of style. It is the kind of lamp that stands out in the living room and makes your interior a scene of modern art.


6. Opt for Minimalist shelves

Modern interiors are big on organizing and decluttering. Keep in mind that you’re aiming for a streamlined look and so everything needs to be in the right place. It’s a challenge to jump into minimalism especially when you have a lot of stuff. But don’t worry, there’s always a way to style and organize your stuff with the appropriate storage shelving.

Andrea Lucatello designed this Piquant Bookcase which can display stacks of books complemented with accessories. The style of the bookcase is simple with a touch of earthy elements that can blend together in any backdrop.


This latitude bookcase by ono design is also a wonderful solution for an intensive organization.


7. Use Edgy furnishings

Since modern interior design is mainly characterized by simple geometric lines and sleek minimal furniture, try to level up the game by introducing unique, edgy furniture pieces to add character. This Valentino & Valentino x Console is a great addition to make your entryway stand out. Why stick to boring console tables when you can have something as exquisite as this?


On the other side, the stainless steel Dadox pouf has a glossy appearance. It's a simple reflective cube that may be used as a pouf or a coffee table to add that extra sharpness to your living room detail.

Bottom Line

Keep in mind that there are many different ways to style in the present era. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving the look. However, by adhering to the principles of elegance and simplicity, you will be able to create a timeless bespoke modern interior design that you will adore.