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Modern Interior Design

Technically speaking, 'Mid-Century Modern' is an American design movement of interior, product, graphic design and architecture that was popular from around 1945 to 1969. Form and function informed both the furniture and interiors, which often featured bold lines, warm woods, and primary hues. In contrast, 'Contemporary' design refers to the now and the future. The most popular color combinations of original mid-century modern design include: orange & brown; chartreuse & gray; teal, brown & white; pink & brown; wood & white.  This style is still popular today and is often mixed in with contemporary designs. 



Today, modern interior design is a term commonly used to describe a style that highlights simple colors, clean lines, and often the incorporation of metal, steel and glass. This style of design embraces simplicity in all aspects of the home, from the architecture to the furnishings.  All of the decor in the house will have a function and  cohesive design. You will not find anything in a modern design home that looks cluttered or overly decorative.



Jennifer Aos, Interior Designer, will explain that modern design has roots in German and Scandinavian architecture, which has long been known to be free of fuss. As a result, the decor is free of ornate patterns and unnecessary details. The color palette is often monochromatic, but can also incorporate a select few jewel tones, often used to accent a neutral background. 

There are similarities between modern and contemporary designs. Both incorporate mainly neutral palettes, minimalism, clean lines, and organic silhouettes. You can expect to see materials like nickel, stainless steel and chrome, combined with natural textures like hemp or shag rugs. There were many famous mid-century furniture designers who created iconic pieces still popular today. 

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