Greetings friends, today I have a very special writer contributing his perspective on a style I am finding myself more drawn to these days: modern design! Courtney of Courtney Out Loud is here to share how to pull off modern design in your home without leaving it feeling austere, cold, or looking like a designer showroom. Courtney Lake is a fellow Bay Area resident, and lover of thrifting, great design, and good eats.
Please enjoy Courtney’s article on meaningful modern design:
“Modern style typically evokes images of sharp edges, clean lines and monochromatic color schemes. This style’s “less is more” mentality makes it appealing for those looking to par down their lives, forcing its advocates to only choose and display what they love. However, modern’s edited approach can lead to stark environments that look more ‘show room’ than ‘living room’. So the question remains, how can you get an edited and tailored modern look in your home that doesn’t leave you cold?
I posed this question to three design and merchandizing experts to get their take. All agreed that today’s modern aesthetic is less about utilitarian chic, and more about an aesthetic that is constantly in flux. It’s this constant evolution that makes it one of the most versatile design styles.
Today’s modern design has to look to the future as well as the past for inspiration in order to ground it in the present. Iconic pieces such as the Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chair, the Saarinen Tulip Table or the Starck Ghost Chair, are beautiful and speak to modern design of yester year, but alone they may leave a room feeling cold.