We start our topic of discussion with defining Modern. This term is everywhere, constantly confused with contemporary styling. But what does modern truly mean? In its most basic form, it is the design trend of today — what is now and in the moment. Today, this is seen as clean lines, simplicity of patterns and natural finishes. To moderate this creates a personal style that is the overwhelming wish of most buyers today. So to create a Moderated Modern model, you need only to define the feeling you want and embellish accordingly.
If you love antiques, if you love bold contemporary art, if you love mid-century, if you love industrial, if you love traditional elements — blend and mix any of these into the core of the modern trend. This is what it takes to show off the Moderated Modern style. The goal is to soften the stiff, hard lines of modern style and create an element of interest, comfort and a very personal statement.
Expressing this style in demographic terms is interesting – generally, millennials love mixing mid-century, and your boomers mix antiques and traditional elements. So when looking for a style that embraces a broad market base, think about Moderated Modern.
Originally appearing in the July/August 2017 edition of New Homes Guide, this article was written by Phyllis Ryan of Interior Concepts, Inc. Interior Concepts, Inc. is a full-service design firm in Maryland. You can learn more about them by visiting their website.