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15 Ways to Modernize Your Home's Style

May 19, 2016

Carefully edited and clutter free, modern design embraces straight lines, streamlined furniture and a clean, neutral palette. Throw the traditional handbook out the window and step into these minimalist rooms that define simplicity. 

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Photo: Jim Tschetter. From: Linc Thelen Design.

The Antidote to Overdone

Modern design is the antithesis of traditional design, relying on clean lines, a simple neutral color palette and pare-it-down decorating. This artfully designed living space has an open floor plan that combines the kitchen, dining room and living room. The two-story fireplace provides a focal point that contrasts dramatically against the bright white walls of the space.

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Photo: DKOR Interiors. From: DKOR Interiors.

Pay Attention to Shape

Strong shapes, like squares and rectangles, are the hallmark of modern design. Here, a bright white palette allows the shape of the floating sink to stand out. The simple white scheme paired with a floor-to-ceiling backlit mirror opens up the small space and creates a serene environment.  

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Photo: Claudia Uribe. From: [STRANG] Architecture.

Styled in Simplicity

Minimalism and modernism go hand in hand. In this sleek bedroom, bleached hardwood floors combine with low, neutral furniture and clean white walls to create a Spartan space. An Eames rocker, designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 for a competition at the Museum of Modern Art, is a classic piece of mid-century modern furniture and fits in perfectly with the streamlined design. 

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Photo: Jim Tschetter, IC36O Images. From: Dresner Design.

High Contrast, High Style

A restrained palette and repeated materials are used to create this urban black-and-white kitchen. The sleek black island is clad in a bright white waterfall countertop. A lower floating counter is paired with Louis Ghost chairs, designed by Philippe Starck in 2002, that artfully blend Baroque and innovative modern design. Long glossy white cabinets add height and lightness to the room. 

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