Get Mod in 2019: Neon Brights and Transparent Surfaces Are Next-Level Cool

The futuristic Modern Reality 2019 trend is all about edgy and cool, graphic lines and slick surfaces and an embrace of technology to make life easier and sleeker.

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December 20, 2018
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Bright and Light

Comfort-meets-cool in this Modern Reality den with a bright white sectional and bold blue and yellow details. A combination of neon shades and modern lines as well as transparent elements like these clear coffee tables gives the new-for-2019 Modern Reality trend its edge.

Saturated Brights and Chalky Grays

Color is naturally a key component of the Modern Reality trend. Intense, pastel-based hues and chalky grays offer wonderful contrast to bright whites in this home.

New Take on Pink

Bright pink walls set the scene for this Modern Reality girl's room. Bold stripes bring a playful and eye-catching focal wall to life behind the bed, while a hanging chair and play table create the perfect space for creativity and fun.

Clean, Clear Surfaces

This oversized kitchen island provides plenty of seating at the eat-in counter and additional seating at the table-height extension. Acrylic dining chairs and barstools don't weigh down the space, while sleek cabinetry provides a modern backdrop for the open kitchen.

Lucite Touches

The bedroom is part of a converted attic. Designers used an all-white palette and lucite and mirrored elements to make the space feel light and airy.

Bold and Spare

A comfy, blue velvet armchair is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a good book. The small, lucite end table provides just enough room for a stack of books, and a shiny, metallic floor lamp offers extra light when natural lighting is not plentiful.

Modern Look, Warm Touches

Lucite dining chairs enhance the open, airy feel of this space since light easily travels through them. White oak floors and white Shaker cabinets effortlessly brighten the room. A large peninsula connects the dining and kitchen areas while also defining the two distinct spaces.

Edgy Home Office

A trim desk is the perfect place to set up a laptop, next to the wonderful whimsy of the butterfly-filled bookshelf.

Modern Living Room

This playful living room features a modern clear lucite table and pink lucite side chair, and funny graphic black and white wall art to deliver cool, Modern Reality flair.

Sitting Pretty

Make a modern design statement with these clear and colorful ghost chairs. The sleek, invisible look visually opens up small spaces.

Black-and-White Meets Bright

Painting the walls in a high contrast black and white stripe tricks the eye into seeing more light than the space actually has. The black and white motif is repeated in the kitchen cabinets with added subtle touches of brass via the light fixture and cabinet hardware. A corner L-shaped bench adds a pop vibrant kelly green that works perfectly with the wall art piece.

Design Museum in Helsinki

Leave it to the Scandinavians to be ahead of the curve when it comes to cool new design trends. This ultra-modern museum in Helsinki, Finland features a permanent collection devoted to the history of Finnish design as well as rotating exhibits covering industrial design, fashion and graphic design. And its use of bold color, black and white, plastic and modern shapes is a great evocation of the Modern Reality trend.

Translucent Finishes

Carefully placed translucent accents in the bar area of this kitchen play up the modern design of the kitchen and give the space a more pristine aesthetic. The white countertop, walls and cabinetry showcase each decorative item of color, such as the gold drinking glasses on the table and the orchid plant in its gold vase. The lucite barstools also complement the look.

Retro Modern

Nautical style often fits well into industrial-modern spaces, especially when it comes to lighting. Porthole sconces are graphic, affordable and readily available through most home improvement stores. For a more clean-cut look, consider porthole fixtures made of chrome or polished nickel. Black or raw steel finishes work best for rough, industrial interiors.

One Small Touch

Bringing the Modern Reality look to your home can be as simple as the addition of an edgy, graphic lucite table. In a small living area, a clear coffee table like this lucite one, also has the advantage of keeping the room's feel open and airy and shows off pretty patterns and colors.