Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Modern Design Trends

The modern look is trending in homes today, with its minimalism, natural materials,and chic style. Interior designers are using it as inspiration as they attempt to build a place that satisfies their client’s demand for a look that emphasizes functionality, stark, clean forms, and abstract thinking. Layout with a basic and practical design. Modern design style has its roots in both German and Scandinavian design which sought to pair art with functionality. This was a welcome change from the maximalist look that was prevalent in the Victorian era. In this blog we will discuss some of the emerging trends within the modern design look that interior designers are using to tell their client’s story. 

Metallic looks

Gold, silver, copper, bronze, and brass are some of the top metallic finishes selected by homeowners and interior designers to blend sophisticated style with functionality.. Metal components may add a sophisticated contrast or lavish layering to any room of the house, from coffee tables to decorative hardware.It is also the ideal complement to a modern design style. A sofa with metal legs, a table lamp in a gold finish, or a metal framed bookcase, all are dazzling ways to enjoy the timeless look found in the metallic world. Due to its versatility, metal is the perfect material to mix and match with other elements in the home such as the hood in  your kitchen. Speak to your designer about how to best bring a touch of metal into your space or gather some helpful tips in this blog by Better Homes and Gardens. 

Modern charm 

Selecting modern design for your interior style is a great choice. It is a style that possesses an elegant charm that unites the best of the Mid-century look with sleek modern design. The results are clean lines and clutter free spaces. The typical color choice in a modern interior design is monochromatic which is using variations of just one color to create the perfect space. A modern look relies on simplicity to achieve the desired look but also isn’t afraid to blend a hint of the past with the present. Another aspect of the attractiveness of modern interior design is the decision to go with less furniture and accent pieces because it prioritizes utility above fashion, which puts it in the more minimalist category.

Darker side of nature

Nature is a leading influencer when it comes to making interior design selections. The softer colors of blue and green gently weave together to form an environment that is welcoming for all. There is a trend, however, of the richer shades of nature such as navy blue and emerald green springing up in designs now and creating beautiful contrast against colors like browns and creams. These color schemes, found abundantly in nature, offer their own sense of allurement and measure of calm. Utilizing these darker colors can also make a room feel more intimate and gives off a sense of luxury too. Pairing it with antique metal finishes like copper and oil rubbed bronze in accent pieces like table legs or frames operates perfectly within the style guides for modern design too.

Wood tones in modern design

Wood is an essential element to practically every area in the home and any design style. There are various ways to incorporate the aesthetic qualities of wood in design, including the modern style, from cabinets to countertops.Oak, cherry, and walnut are a few of the species that reflect the characteristics of a more modern interior design look. Their features can feel luxurious and add depth to any space. Another benefit is the range of appearance these wood species can supply such as the classy cerused oak or textured rich quarter sawn white oak. Both cherry and walnut look good in a simple, natural stain but a little use of stain can transform them into something unique and magnificent. Be sure to talk to your designer about what wood tones would be best for your space and which way it should be incorporated for most favorable  results.

Outdoors in

Wellness remains a key priority for interior designers as they begin to chart a plan for refreshing their clients’ homes. Bringing parts of the outdoors indoors is one way to successfully fulfill this goal, and there are a number of ways to do it.

  • Plants not only come dressed in nature’s own beautiful color palette, but they also help clean the air and gently weave themselves into the design landscape.
  • Utilizing natural materials such as wood, stone, and glass in your design, either through countertops, flooring, lighting, or furniture, forms an organic contrast against the other modern pieces.
  • Whenever possible, try to maximize any source of natural light, as it produces vitamin D, can help lessen seasonal depression, and gives a more welcoming appearance to any space.

Talk to your designer about how you may bring a little of the outside in as taking some design cues from nature will remain a mainstay in the design field.


Modern interior design emphasizes clean lines, minimalism, and natural light making glass an ideal candidate for all three categories. Glass also is an adaptable material since it comes in not just clear but textured, antique, and colored versions too. It can be used in kitchen cabinet design by replacing some of the traditional doors and giving a brighter, more open feel to the space. Textured or antique glass adds another layer of depth to any furniture piece it is paired with, not to mention some visual interest as well. Some designers are taking glass to another level in the home by using it to partition off an area for something specific, like a home office or making it the focal point in a wine cellar design.

Coastal vibes

A modern coastal design has made its way into numerous homes, with its beachy vibes reaching far beyond the ocean shore. Homeowners are enjoying the relaxed feel this lovely style choice brings with its soft color palette and washed wood tones. When looking to incorporate coastal design into any space in the home, opt for a simple color palette, but that does not mean it all has to be neutral. Pops of turquoise and even subtle oranges can really add a lot to the space. Texture plays a key role in this design style, so be sure to include some wood, like driftwood, and even faux plants that mimic the shoreline or bring some of the ocean inside, like a glass bowl filled with seashells as a centerpiece for the coffee table. A coastal design style is also a great opportunity to weave in a few eco conscious materials, such as bamboo and natural stone countertops.

Trends in modern design

Are you ready to refresh your home with a sophisticated look? The modern design style has all the elements needed to dazzle the crowds while maintaining a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Places like Pinterest and Houzz can provide you with a visual representation of what possibilities await you in your home. Elegant and sleek, modern design delivers it all.