When we set out to build or decorate a new home, we usually want to ensure
that we have all the latest trimmings in terms of modern design and
style. Modern homes, however, are not only defined by an on-trend
look, but by a dedication to a sense of timelessness and a touch of
practicality. Not only depending on traditional materials, colours
and furnishings, modern houses serve as blank canvas’, in which the
inhabitants are able to express their individuality via furniture and
concept of the modern house was conceived in the early 20th century
and generally composed a lot of glass and a radical sense of
simplicity. Today, modern house design walks the line and attempts to
find the balance between creativity, practicality and beauty - which
is rarely an easy feat. With homify however, you will find the most
recent and reputable examples along with valuable and useful ideas
for you to implement within your own home.
Which modern decor items should I choose?
This depends on whether you want to go for a “full
modern” look or if you want to simply include modern decorations
and accents. There are many ways to infuse your home with this look
without making significant moderations.
and blinds: By replacing your dated curtains
with a chic, modern look and fabric, you’ll add an instant sense of
“newness” to the room.
are very on trend at the moment, meaning they can lift the decor of
your home and help you achieve that modern look. They also come with
the added benefit of improving your health and bringing nature into
the artwork you’re currently displaying is a bit dated, fresh new
pieces could be a good idea. Creating something yourself is a fast
way to ensuring that the result is totally unique.
decoration: Hand-in-hand with art, choosing
modern wall decor items is essential in achieving the look that you
want. One good example is a geometric shelving set.
The good news about any kind of home upgrade
is that doing so DIY is usually an option. While some projects will
call for the assistance of professionals,
the addition of decor or the sprucing up of different areas it
totally within your own hands.
do I make my home look modern when on a budget?
decorating is challenging, but who doesn’t like a good challenge?
As long as you’ve got good ideas and are ready to put a plan into
action, achieving the modern look with limited Rand is actually quite
easy. As you likely won’t be able to afford a whole plethora of new
furniture items, you’ll need to opt for lower scale improvements
like changing the wall colours, maximising the space you have and
resorting to DIY. A fresh coat of paint, with a modern colour such as
grey or white, will bring a fresh feeling to the space. This is also
an option for all furniture items - you can easily refresh them with
a lick of paint or some basic modifications. One simple DIY idea that
will bring undeniable modern char to your home is by decorating some
old jars with a Scandinavian-inspired pattern or some pastel
which materials are modern houses made?
the modern style is ever changing and evolving, the materials used in
the construction of the homes is diverse and flexible. There is no
one rule, but the most modern looking homes will likely incorporate
the types of materials that other
and architects are using at the time. At the moment, eco-friendly
materials are extremely popular. In South Africa, the most
green-thumb choices you can make range from bamboo to cork to thatch,
and the homes are of course powered by solar panels and complete with
water tanks. Other materials common for the modern look include
metal, bricks, log, breeze blocks, stone and wood. Some architects
opt for building completely from one material, resulting in a stark
and striking look, while others go for a mix. For example,a modern
home might be constructed primarily from wood but could feature a
large, dominant stonewall.
much do modern homes cost?
tend to think that a modern home with the perfect layout, complete
with all necessary functions, bells and whistles will send us
plummeting into debt. However, this is not always the case. While the
initial output can be extensive, the inclusion of eco-friendly items
means that we save a lot of money (and time) in the long-run and as
long as you shop around, you’ll be able to get fairly reasonable
deals on material costs. Something worth considering is that in
modern homes, the space available can usually be used efficiently and
sensible, as opposed to traditional homes where rooms and spaces
exist for the sole purpose of existing, and offer nothing in terms of
livability. So instead of spending money on unnecessary functions,
modern homes, while often flashy, ultimately offer functionality and
practicality. Whether building or buying, the average, relatively
simple modern house (without going too overboard) will cost you about
is a smart home and what is smart home technology?
homes, also known as “smart houses,” are those that incorporate
an automation system for the purpose of making life easier and more
streamlines for the occupants. These homes, in a sense, have control
over the functions of the building and are able to take care of
lighting, temperature, security, the opening and closing of windows
and doors, security, the temperature of your shower, alarm clocks and
just about anything you can imagine. Smart homes are also able to
monitor what is happening within them and notify the owners of
information that might be useful to them. A smart fridge, for
example, can monitor what is in it and inform you of when you might
want to replace certain items and ingredients. A smart home will
likely also be able to feed your pets and ensure that your plants
never go without water.
the intelligence of our homes is hot on the development list at the
moment, with many devices and technologies set for availability in
the coming years. Imagine a home that knows what you want for
breakfast and can have it ready for you, that can keep you updated on
the news, tell you when your appointments are and make sure you
haven’t gained or lost too much weight… it’s all coming.
modern home styles exist?
is no one rule in modern home design, in fact, the most “modern”
examples won’t quite fit into any category, rather embodying their
own style and architectural marvel. However, there are three broad
modern can fuse together with ease, hence the common overlap between
the two. What the popular nordic style offers is a touch of softness.
The modern style, while beautiful, is often bold and overbearing,
while the pastels and soft accents of the Scandinavian look can add
the perfect touch of cosiness and warmth.
houses stick to a pretty simple look, while these guys aim to be bold
and different, experimenting with colours, shapes and materials
without ever quite crossing into the eclectic ballpark. Feel free to
play with ideas, shapes, materials and patterns but understand that
the final design should always be somehow harmonious.
brick, concrete, exposed copper pipes and converted factories, the
industrial style is a playground for architects and designers. The
challenge lies in bringing a sense of comfort to these otherwise
rather harsh surroundings, and this is usually achieved through