Sunday, 18 June 2017

How Interior Design is becoming Ultra Modern || Guest Post

Guest Post: Gina Kay Daniel

 Modernism has been practised over centuries in different cultures around the world, and in the present day amongst interior designers looking for the minimalist aesthetic. The use of Modernist Design in the western world and interior design itself can be dated back to the 19th century. Originally, it was linked to “modern thinking” and was usually associated with the intellectuals and creatives within society. Now, the term is home to a number of sub genres, such as futurism, cubism and abstract minimalism.

It’s thought that the birth of Post-Modernism began in the late 80’s as a reaction to Modernism, by some. However, some have argued against the idea of Post-Modernism entirely, stating that Modernism merely evolved.

In recent years, Modernism has given way to some amazing concepts within Interior Design. It has become the anti-everything, becoming ultra modern in many senses of the word. The emphasis on clean straight lines and open floor plans leaves spaces baron but conceptual. But where will this lead in the future? Below are some theories put forward by designers such as Jeremiah Brent and Joseph Dirand on where the idea of Modernism could take Modernism in Interiors going forward…


Already a highly popular trend, it’s thought that this idea could sink into the very core of what Modernism stands for. Minimalism is all about contemporary design and the art of “decluttering”. This means no trim, no outlandish accessories, and streamline furniture throughout the home. Less is definitely more with Minimalism, but where could the concept go in the future? Perhaps it could go as far to remove all unnecessary items from living spaces to optimise brightness and bring attention to more eye popping details within the house itself, such as around window spaces and statement furniture pieces. Minimalist window décor include stylish Venetian Wooden Blinds, which can create a great impression on any Modern décor.


In the early noughties, metal was used extensively in city lofts and barn conversions alike. Today, the trend is picking up speed once more, with ultra modernist shelving units made from steel and dark metals to grab the attention of everyone in the room.
We’re also seeing a rise in metal kitchen units to match stainless steel appliances. In the future, we could see homes become dominated by steel furniture, or even come across steel structures in upscale housing.

Bold Accents

Bold colours and accents aren’t new to Modernism. In the past, abstract wall art and bold statement pieces have dominated this aspect of the style. However, in recent years the colourful aesthetic has moved to textures and pastel colours. Marble is highly sought after for furnishings in the kitchen and bathroom, and colours from the same palette are something we’re seeing more and more of. Think dark grey walls and light grey throw pillows…

Built-in Structures

We’re not talking about your everyday built in shelves. Modernism has helped to develop decluttering contraptions for you in the home. We’re talking hidden bookshelves in bed frames and even built in desks and sofas into large metal structures.  These have been seen in the past from the likes of top US designers, however, this is becoming more and more accessible with minimalist stores such as IKEA, who offer furniture with built in phone chargers and other amazing uses.

Where do you think the future of Interior Design is going?

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  1. Minimalism is my fav, but probs because I'm such a hoarder I grave to be the type of person that can have less stuff!

    Corinne x

    1. I'm all about minimalism, but I collect so much clutter that every now and then I have to have a massive clear-out!

  2. I do love the way things like bold accents and modernist touches are coming into interior design now. It makes me want to redo my whole room but I've also got a very eclectic taste so I'm not sure I could stick to the minimalism trend myself, even though I love it! A great post though, really interesting. - Tasha

    1. I love the minimalism trend but I just can't stick to it! I always end up collecting so much clutter x

  3. I love that too. I certainly prefer minimalism when it comes to Homewares, however I am a fan of the 'geometric' style too, and I love the cushions that you have here. I think the whole look is perfect.

  4. Bold accents are definitely my faves ❤ Awesome post!