In this day and age if you step into a home store you’ll be bombarded with bold, solid colours and a range of texturised fabrics. We take it for granted now, but what started these trends that have made their way into our houses?
That is what this article seeks to discover – where this modern age of interior design draws inspiration from and how it uses it to make homes beautiful. If you’re looking for a style for any future decoration or you’re simply curious then take a look and see what you might glean.
Before talking modern interior design you have to mention the impact that modern art has on this style. Pieces from artists such as Piet Mondrian (famous for Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow) have played an obvious part in the colour pallet of modern interior design. This has led to striking and colourful pieces of art to be sought after and used in modern decorating, often dictating the design of the room itself, whether it works with the piece or provides a contrast with its surroundings, so says home-designing.com. You might think that Apple and its iconic iPod advertisements have inspired this movement, but if look back further to artists like Pierre Bonnard and Mondrian the truth soon becomes clear.
What about the shapes and textures that define modern interior design? The style takes a lot of inspiration from the art deco movement of the 1920s and 30s, which held isometric shapes in high regard, along with luxury in every aspect of decoration. This has brought around the return of patterns such as the Fleur de Lis to elements of decorating, as well as attempting to make our rooms perfectly symmetrical. These elements have become a lot sleeker with today’s sensibilities and colour choices, but the basis is still there. You might even have a touch of art deco in your house without knowing it: maybe your sofa is constructed of long, hard lines or that rug you bought from eBay has a mesmerising tessellating pattern on it. If you’re consciously looking for the look then it’s always worth keeping an image of the Empire State Building in mind; many believe that to be one of the signature designs of the era.
Outside influences are all well and good, but what about actual designers and their impact? It’s not often you hear about them in mainstream culture, but if you’re curious look up the likes of Victoria Hagan, Jeffrey Bilhuber and Darryl Carter – designers who put their own spin on modern interior design. Hagan is particularly interesting designer; coming from an architectural background, she manages to maintain a level of homeliness that can often be lost in among the strong shapes and sometimes cold colours of modern interior design, favouring upholstered furniture in an age of straight leather edges. Of course it’s all a matter of taste, so don’t be afraid to dip your toe into its flavour of design and make it your own.
A contributed post by Amanda Walters.