Clean lines, open floor plans and minimalistic design - all key features of achieving a modern home. Here’s the 4 current trends that will take your home into the modern style stakes.
Embracing the smart home
The smart home is more than just a phase. According to Brett Ramsay, director of Ramsay Builders, a modern home is a tech enabled one.
“We love integrating the latest technology into a home’s design, creating a safer and more comfortable home to suit our clients’ lifestyle. In one of our recent projects we included a raft of innovative features, including app-controlled entry to the garage, keyless entry to the house and an iPad to control the heating, cooling, pool and outdoor watering system. Solar panels provide a sustainable energy source, while hydronic water heating and an app-controlled electronic fireplace ensures every resident stays warm over the winter months. Modern technology allows everyday living to be even easier, allowing clients to focus on the more important things in life!”
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Dress up your electronics
It’s hard to imagine a time when there wasn’t a television in every home. It was common during the 60s, 70s and even 80s to put your TV on display as the centre of your design and as a symbol to everyone who entered of how modern your home was. These days it’s all about disguising your TV so that when it’s not in use, it’s not on show. Modern home design opts for integrating technology into the room without making it a feature using a floating entertainment unit as well as art, plants and coffee table books.
Coloured and textured feature decor
Monochromatic and minimalist design are the reigning King and Queen of modern home design. But to avoid a blank and boring space the use of careful feature decor can bring lively colour and interest to your home. Try integrating textures with natural wooden furniture or spice up the neutral wall tones with a bright ottoman for the living room. A benefit to modern, neutral design is that it’s easily updated each season with new colours and decorations.
What’s new in bathrooms?
Victoria + Albert Baths’ Marketing Director, Jonathan Carter, has provided his thoughts on this year’s top tip for modern bathroom design.
Industrial-style lighting, fixtures and finishes have been dominating the interior landscape over the past few years, but it seems that modern bathrooms are making the switch to softer styles.
Photo Credit: Rabaut Designs
“Everyone’s beginning to move away from the feel of an utilitarian space and gravitating towards a relaxing bathing haven - favouring a softer interior with plants, accessories and warm décor,” Mr Carter said.
Modern home design is always on trend and keeping up to date doesn’t have to be a chore. There’s plenty of long-lasting, modern features that will take your home into the current century.