Modernist Movement Still a Big Thing in Interior Design - but Why?

 With our busy lives these days, the simplicity of modern design is a way to create a calm haven in which to relax and unwind.  Whether you have a lot or a little, my guest blogger, Marie Nieves, shares some very useful ideas on how you can incorporate a modern trend into your own home.

Less Is More

People sometimes tend to overdo with decorating of their homes, by using many different colors, different style and size accessories and large and conspicuous furniture pieces. Modernists do quite the opposite. There are no superfluous details, such as excessive use of textiles, moldings, columns, cabinet trims or too many different colors. This makes the question of planning the décor much easier, but it is also a good style for people who do not appreciate flashy and cluttered interior design. It can also be observed as a way to save money, because only the items that are utterly necessary will find its place in a modernist home.

Clutter-Free and Clean

Directly tied to minimalist approach to interior design, lack of clutter and  significant attention devoted to keeping everything clean, make this design a heaven for perfectionists. In a recent conversation with people from Steam Australia, I have realized that the clean look of the rooms decorated in a modernist manner does not come that easily, though. It requires a lot of work, because every stain and every mess, even the tiniest ones, are visible in a perfectly decorated space. Still, being that the very style is characterized by clean straight lines, cleaning is made that much simpler.

Straight Lines – No Details Allowed

One of the positive sides of modernist furniture is that it can be easily incorporated into every room while using all the available space and leaving no “holes” in the room. Because of its clean sharp and crisp lines this furniture is ideal for small rooms. Other décor elements that pair well with the spare furnishing are: sanded wood floors, oversized tiles, shelves and bookcases inset into the wall and open floor plans. Ok, I lied, there are some details that are allowed, but they are also sleek and clean and preferably made of polished metal. 

Conquering the World with Its Simplicity and Accessibility 

After mentioning some of the characteristics and benefits of the modernist movement, I have to accentuate that the overall simplicity of this style is what makes it an “evergreen” in terms of interior design. If you are just a bit skillful and well-informed, you can easily decorate the space by yourself, using some simple guidelines for modernist décor. Also, acquiring mid-century modernist furniture is easier and cheaper than ever, on the good old flea markets or online second-hand furniture sales. You can even find an original Eames folding screen, for a bargain. You would pay this decorative accent piece about $10,000, just two decades ago. 

Modernist Items as Collectibles


We have the affordable pieces, and we have the several million dollars worthy pieces – what a contrast, hah? Much of its recent popularity growth modernist movement owes to a small number of dedicated collectors, willing to pay those high prices for original, non-restored pieces with interesting provenance. The growing demand for this design was also promoted by the media with the magazines devoting multiple pages to this trend and some popular TV shows, most notably AMC’s Mad Men. Also, many contemporary art museums around the globe featured exhibitions of modernist and mid-century modernist furniture. 
Modernism started as an intellectual movement in the late 19th century, but it soon found a way to step into people's homes, and it has been present ever since, throughout various reincarnations. Since it is highly unlikely for it to ever disappear, try it for yourself. 

About the author

Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on Smooth Decorator. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

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