The word ‘modern’ means relating to the present, so when we talk about modern houses, we refer to those that are built according to the latest trends. The modern movement in architecture began in the early decades of the twentieth century. It was conceived as an opposition to the overused antiquated styles, which were characterized by elaborate ornamentation. Designers of the time looked for ways to make architecture simpler. This resulted in innovative forms of construction using new materials, such as concrete, metal and glass. Currently, there is an infinite variety of designs of modern houses. However, they are all based on the common principles of simplicity, functionality, elegance and the lack of ornamentation. The beauty of a modern house lies in its unpretentious design.
What should I consider when planning a modern home?
In a modern style house, all the design elements should be in harmony with each other. Simplicity is the key. Try to keep the design uncomplicated by avoiding too many separations such as long corridors or passages. The idea is to use the spaces efficiently so that each of them can be put to the maximum use. Modern architects like to look at their house designs as ‘machines’ that perform, and this is an invaluable concept to employ when you are building your house. When in doubt, ask yourself questions such as: does the shape of my house make sense? Does it have sufficient natural lighting and provide privacy in the places that need it? Don’t forget to think about the colours. Modern houses have larger concentrations of neutral colours such as cool whites, beige, light grey and cream, but it’s all right to have few splashes of bright or flashy colours, so long as they don’t dominate the design.