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  • Ryan Hogue

Style Battles: Modern vs Urban


Modern design has a very broad spectrum and can go in many different directions but it is always “a celebration of material, technology and composition through authenticity, transparency and efficiency.” as Adorable Home puts it. It was inspired by the modernist art movement before it and brings us in touch with a space. It turns a home or building to a machine.

Modern interior has an emphasis on simplicity and both visually and functionally. There is often a combination of functional compositions and clean lines and geometry. “Form follows function” is the main principle followed by most interior designs. Modern design starts with neutral walls. Shades of white and grey give a clean sophisticated look. Modern design came to be because of the advancement of concrete, glass and steel so many interior designs feature steel or iron finishes and concrete elements.

Remember functionality is one of the main elements of modern design. Therefore, there shouldn’t be clutter on countertops or tables. With accessories, modern design lives by the saying “less is more.” While the walls and furniture are mostly neutral and safe, art, accents, or smaller furniture pieces can be a bold color such as a bright yellow, red, or blue to add life into the room. This small splash of color gives the room character and lets you put your own touch on it. The furniture should also feature clean simple lines instead of bold patterns or prints. On top of the lack of clutter, modern design needs an open space. Particularly in the kitchen, dining room and living room. An open design improves the flow of the space. No molding is an example of the lack of clutter, open feeling modern design is going for.

Large windows are extremely popular with modern design and are visually great and also allow a lot of natural light. With wanting simplicity and no clutter, natural light is a big part of modern design. Structural elements such as beams or concrete are left exposed and natural elements and wood are used throughout. There is a lack of curves, fuzziness or fluff with the furniture. Remember straight clean lines and edges. Modern design leaves a great deal of room for you to be yourself. It’s simple and clean yet innovative and functional.


One of the best parts about urban design is its extremely malleable. You can very easily put your own twist on it while still keeping that urban feel. Urban interior is inspired by many different types such as, contemporary, industrial and mid-century but it has its own specific features that make it what it is! One of the main features is that even though it has heavy industrial roots it maintains its own softer, less edgier features that make it feel less business and more escape from the hustle and bustle. There are many features that make this possible. Urban design focuses on lots of Natural light, with soft neutral colors and plush furniture. A nice mix of wood, metals and brick is a mainstay of this style. This style is extremely popular for people living in the city or who want that city, urban feel while living in the country or suburbs.

The main goal of Urban design is to create a relaxing, calming but gorgeously decorated home with neutral colors tying everything together. A lot of people use oversized pieces mixed with small lighting or art pieces for visual appeal to make up for the lack of bright colors. Neutral colored natural material rugs over a beautiful hardwood floor is a common feature of this design. To further appeal to the eye metals like silver, gold and bronze can be added in things like mirrors. Plants and botanicals are great additions to an urban design. It’s also a great way to bring color into a neutral dominant design. And with the abundance of style and appearance of plants this is a great way to tailor the look to you and your personality.

Each room doesn’t have to be the same but there needs to be a slight continuity throughout the home so it can flow nicely. Matching the color of walls, or furniture, or accents is a great way to do this. If you don’t wanna match colors, patterns and textures are another great way to keep everything flowing nicely. Lastly, you just have to make a statement. Remember this is a reflection of you and your style. Be bold and be you. In the end it doesn’t matter what anyone else feels about your living space as you are the one living in it. Take a chance, if you like a piece get it and there will be a way to fit it into your design somehow. Stay tuned for more features of great design styles in 2020

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