The New, Warm Modern

For many,  warm and modern just doesn’t go together.  Some would say that the idea of  “modern design'” means cold and impersonal, as well as really uncomfortable to live in.  However, not all modern is created equal.  Yes, some modern home design is stark and minimal – more like a museum than a home.  But, the majority of designers out there are creating warm, livable spaces designed for our lifestyles today.

An Old Friend

While this home is streamlined, simple, and without much adornment, it still sends a very warm message.  One way to achieve warmth in your modern spaces is to provide color, texture, and materials that contrast with the starkness.  These wood beams feel old.  They look old.  And, they have a color and texture we love.  The rough hewn oak has a familiarity that makes us feel comfortable, like an old friend.

A Soft Landing

To contrast the cold, harsh edges of stark modern design, add surprising texture to your space.  The sofa, throws, and rug all provide a visual  “‘landing spot.”  We know that these items are soft and plush.  We yearn to reach out and touch them.  This softness provides comfort and we know that when we sit here we may not ever want to get back up!

 It’s the combination of materials, put together in a clean and simple form, that make this a classic, “warm modern” space.  Be sure to include materials you love and textures that have feeling.

 Design and Photos by Anke and John Summerhill