Design Styles: The Ultimate Modern Home

The Dining Room

Calling all minimalists: Meet your interior design match. We asked Laurel & Wolf interior designer Ashley Bussell to put together style boards for our dream modern home. Afraid your modern home could turn out too sterile-looking? Bussell proves that minimalism can be inviting to the max.

“I wanted to create a space that was rooted in the minimal, streamlined ideals of modernism, but also include pieces that are both bold and exciting.” If you want a balance between the stark simplicity of modernism, mixed with the contemporary aesthetic that’s all over Instagram, then these rooms will be right up your alley. What’s your favorite look?

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The Living Room

The Living Room
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So, how do you pull off a modern home, without going back in time? “The most important thing is to make sure that your decor doesn’t overtake the design.” In the living room, Ashley first anchored the space in geometric furniture, an approach that’s quintessentially modern. “The curved profile of the Noomi Swivel Chair mixed with a chrome base illustrates the combination of form and function, which is a basic principle of modern design,” says Ashley.

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The Kitchen

The Kitchen
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Since the kitchen is a high-traffic spot within the home, Ashley needed her design to be highly functional. Through dark wood finishes and white lacquered cabinetry, Ashley created a sense of contrast. “I tried to channel iconic midcentury modern architect Alvar Aalto’s use of brick, but with the stack tile in this kitchen,” Ashley says.

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The Office

The Office
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In the office, Ashley kept the color palette neutral, so as not to distract from the clients’ work. “Nothing is more midcentury modern than an Eames molded plastic arm chair,” says Ashley.

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The Bedroom

The Bedroom
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For a level of dimension, Ashley went with a textured wallpaper inside the master bedroom. “The pop of color in the rug adds flavor to the design, and the low-profile bed paired with natural wood night stands lead to the eclectic flair of the room,” says Ashley.

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The Bathroom

The Bathroom
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Bathrooms don’t have to be all business. “Here, I grounded the space in black and white square and hexagonal shapes to give the room a fun and contrasting aesthetic,” says Ashley.

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The Nursery

The Nursery
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A simple grey, white, black, and blue color scheme enables each piece to seamlessly mix together. “I used playful patterns to encourage creativity and stimulate the imagination of a young child,” says Ashley. Though this room is meant for kids, it’s definitely parent-approved.

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The Dining Room

The Dining Room

“This room is very much focused on unique pieces and clean, straight lines,” says Ashley. The Saarinen dining table mixed with the Sputnik light fixture makes the design appeal to a contemporary eye.

This article originally appeared on LaurelandWolf.com.

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