Modern design emphasizes the importance of simple form and function, and features clean lines, geometric shapes, neutral color palettes, uncluttered space, orderliness, and the mix of industrial and natural materials. Form is perhaps the most important element in modern design, which focuses on geometric and angular shapes. Forms are generally simple with little or no ornamentation, providing flat surfaces and unbroken, clean lines. Even though simplicity and a minimalistic approach fuel this style, the spaces are not boring. Neutrals such as whites, beiges, and browns are commonly complemented by a bold accent color. The neutral palette allows specific objects and materials to be showcased. In modern design “less is more,” so choosing accessories that either blend into the space to keep the emphasis on order or that create a strong visual impact is important. However, sculptures and paintings serve as integral parts of this design style. Industrial materials such as chrome, stainless steel, glass, and plastic contrast against the softer more natural materials like linen, leather, and wood. Surfaces are smooth, sleek, and even, and floors are usually cement, concrete, or bare wood. A key element in modern design is lighting that highlights focal points and emphasizes the decorative elements in a space as well as its simple interior architecture. Many people view modern design as cold and stark, but this design style creates a delicate balance of simplicity and comfort which is expressed through its materials, forms, and functions.
Modern design evolved during the Modernism movement of the early 1900s when the German Bauhaus School of Design developed the philosophy that “form should be combined with function.” Modern design is related to the time period in which there was a movement from traditional forms in architecture, design, and art toward more simplified, streamlined, and unadorned forms and materials. Modern spaces tend to follow a strict style format that has remained unchanged for several decades.
This “modern” master bath showcases clean, crisp lines and design. Sleek and streamlined floating cabinetry creates an open feeling in the space while providing multiple storage options, which is a prime example of “form and function.” Rectangular mirrors, sleek sconces, and the geometric shapes of the amber glass mosaic and the Brazilian slate speak to the angular forms commonly found in modern design. The freestanding wall in the shower area becomes a piece of sculpture within the room while also providing more privacy for the shower, again combining “form and function.” The white walls create a neutral backdrop from which the earthy tones of the materials and the pops of color from the accessories stand out. The industrial materials such as the chrome plumbing fixtures, amber colored glass mosaic tile, and black linen porcelain tile on the main floor contrast against the natural materials such as the Brazilian multi-color slate, walnut cabinetry, and pebbles on the shower floor. The skylight over the corner tub allows natural light to highlight the space’s interior architecture, and the spot lighting on a custom piece of artwork creates a focal point in the space. The sleek forms and clean lines, blending of industrial and natural materials, neutral color scheme with pops of color, and overall functionality of the space make this master bath a modern retreat.
This project underwent some innovative changes throughout the remodel. Below are some before and after photos:
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