Most modern interior design ideas out there right now involve a style called mid-century modern. This style of modernism became popular in the 1950s and 1960s and features a lot of earth tones and wooden elements with splashes of pure saturated color. There’s also an emphasis on blending functionality with a simple and natural feel.
Contrary to popular belief, modernism is not the same thing as a contemporary style. Modernism is a movement that began in the early 20th century and features a soft retro vintage look. Contemporary style is a new movement characterized by futuristic elements and a black, white, and grey color palette.
One thing that modern interior design ideas and contemporary styles have in common is a minimalist look featuring clean lines that will give any room an open and airy look and feel. This might partially explain why the two different looks are so often confused for each other.
When it comes to successfully executing a modernist look without allowing the room to look dated or overwhelming, moderation is key. Ideally, a well-executed modernist space will showcase a well-harmonized blend of new and old. This way, property owners can avoid the common trap of shooting for mid-century modern and ending up with a listing that looks like something out of a 1970s sitcom.
So how can landlords successfully achieve a trendy modernist look in their properties without going overboard? Read on to find out.
A fantastic way to add a bold accent piece to a room without allowing it to overwhelm the space is to shoot for bold design combined with a soft, earthy color palette. To really achieve that modernist look, search for statement pieces such as chairs, coffee tables, couches, or even bed frames that emphasize angular design.
Nothing says modernist like a healthy splash of velvet. The trick when integrating velvet elements into a room is to avoid going overboard. Velvet is lush, and a little goes a long way. As a rule of thumb, try to stick to just one velvet piece per room and shoot for a fresh pastel color palette to avoid accidentally ending up with a 1970s throwback look that is a little too retro.
A softly patterned fabric is a great way to give a modernist space a dynamic and textured look. Just remember, when it comes to patterns, less is more. A splash of patterned fabric or even a patterned wallpaper will go a long way, but can easily become too much if too many patterns are layered on top of each other.
While vintage mid-century modern pieces tend to feature splashes of brass, a great way to throw a contemporary twist on the traditional modernist look is to integrate splashes of gold throughout the apartment. Look for pieces that combine gold detailing with other materials such as colorful fabric or neutral marble.
Nothing says mid-century modern like warm wooden furniture. Real vintage wooden furniture is lovely, but there are also tons of new “vintage” pieces out there to choose from. Wood accents are key when it comes to giving an apartment the warm organic look and feel that characterizes the modernist style.
A touchstone of the modernist look is bold pendant lighting. When adding pendant lighting fixtures, landlords have a lot of opportunities to get creative with their color palette and style since there are so many great choices on the market today. The more unique the piece, the more the room will stand out and stand on its own. Workspaces, tables, and kitchen islands are all smart places to integrate pendant lighting since the lighting will not only add practicality to the room but will help create a stunning focal point.
A well-executed design palette will raise the property value of any furnished apartment. That said, for many property owners, design can be a challenge. That is why at Blueground we have developed a system where we cooperate with landlords to help them achieve higher returns and steady cash flow from their listings.
Our talented professional team will handle every aspect of design and maintenance, but not only that. We focus on targeting, finding and vetting business executives and other professionals who are looking for mid to long term lease contracts. When a property owner leases to us, we take care of the entire process from A–Z. Meanwhile, owners benefit from a steady revenue without having to worry about the usual downsides of property management.