Modern design is a reflection of modern thinking brought into our external world through our interior spaces. Born from a vantage point of trying to break traditions, it pushes boundaries both culturally and creatively. It is simple, it is minimalistic, it is natural. Here are a few ways to utilize this design concept.
Utilization of Space:
One of the first things you will notice about this concept is the utilization of space. Open floor plans are commonplace in modern designs. Often, you will find that what would traditionally be two or three different rooms is now only divided by a countertop or large piece of furniture, giving visual separation of space while keeping everything tied together. A perfect example of this is the lobby we designed in Southbend Doubletree. The look is streamlined for efficiency, each piece carefully placed to serve a purpose aesthetically while maintaining functionality.
It is also common to find glass windows in place of walls in more modern construction. This allows natural light to enter the interior space making the room feel more vibrant. The lighting also plays into the illusion of greater size in smaller space. Fewer walls, lots of light, and unobstructed views of the world outside keep these spaces feeling open and free.
Simplicity as a Principle:
One of the other key elements you may notice, there is no room for excessive furniture or decors in modern designs. Tied very closely to minimalism, modern design embraces the idea that less is more. Decorations such as vases, pottery, other knick knacks, and even books are sparse, often stored out of sight. Everything is placed with a purpose, and special care is taken not to let space feel cluttered, keeping the light, airy feeling of the room alive.
Single pieces of furniture are typically found high off the floor with the occasional pop of a throw pillow or a bold rug. When a display is desired, you will generally find shelving built into the walls with spot lit interiors drawing attention to the pieces on show. Intentional asymmetry, repeating shapes, and bold pops of color are critical in offsetting the large open spaces.
A Clean Look:
Large, white walls build a foundation for great design in the modern world. The absence of color allows attention to be drawn to where the designer places intention. Our work at Doubletree Pruneyard Plaza demonstrates this approach. There is a lack of molding or trim on doorways and windows. In other design styles where one might find wrought iron or brass fixtures, the modern approach is to use cleanly polished metals such as chrome or stainless steel. The cold, almost blue appearance of the chrome reflection adds to an illusion of larger space.
Modern design elements also incorporate the use of natural materials into most spaces. Through the use wood, leather, teak, stone, and even linen, the designer can weave in a touch of warmth without distracting from the overall feel of the space.
Are you ready to take the leap into the modern world? When it is time to redesign your space for optimal guest relaxation be sure and give the team here at IDEA a shout. Check out some of our past projects for yourself and see if you can pick out which hotels incorporated modern design concepts.