Modern Classic Style
The Modern Classic Style is a combination of Modern and Classic Design Style Elements. It is always going to be in fashion because it includes “classic” Design Style Elements. Classic is the ageless, timeless, epitome of beauty ever achieved component of the Modern Classic Style. It is a great choice to create today’s Modern Classic interiors. Choose your favorite elements from each design style to begin your design process.
Some background for the Modern Style – the term modern is a distinct design style which is based on a design movement which began around the turn of the 20th century, the 1920’s to 1950’s. It is associated with modern thinking. The modernists wanted to shake off the intellectual, creative and cultural norms of the Enlightenment and push the boundaries both culturally and creatively. The modernists were concerned with developing new norms and mores that were more suited to a world that had experienced great change since the Industrial Revolution. The words of Ezra Pound became one of the mantras for modernism: Make It New! With roots in German Bauhaus, Scandinavian architecture and design and even Art Deco Styles, the modern style is simple and unadorned. The modern style movement continued to grow in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century, and later derivatives of this style are known as midcentury modern and postmodern in to the 70’s. One of the key beliefs behind the modern design movement is the idea that “form follows function.” In other words, the design of all furnishings and decorative objects should reflect its intended purpose, and if a furnishing, decor, or decorating detail does not have a practical purpose, then it can be eliminated. It was an era championed by such icons as Charles and Ray Eames, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Eero Saarinen, and Florence Knoll.
Farnsworth House, Mies van der Rohe
Clean straight lines, no decorative details.
Modern Style Design Elements
- Bold lines
- Warm woods
- Balanced Comfort
- Sanded wood floors that minimize the grain
- Bookcases and shelves inset in walls, rather than protruding into the space
- Open floor plans with few walls
- Lack of moldings trimming windows, doors and walls
- Clean polished metals – such as steel, chrome, or glass
- Lack of clutter
- Bold accent colors
- Structural elements (such as concrete or beams) often left exposed
- Emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines with fewer curves
- Lack of decoration
- Low, horizontal furnishings with clean lines
- Celebration of natural light and unadorned windows
- Natural materials such as unpainted wood, metals, leather, and natural fibers
- A neutral or “natural” color palette
- Natural woods and wood veneers
The Classic Design Style
The Classic part of the equation. Classicism originated from European culture but the main inspirations for the classic part of this style are Greek and Roman. It originated in France in the 17th Century and spread over Europe. It was the dominant style for more than two centuries. Artists of that time were inspired by the art of ancient Greece and Rome.
Despite the strict rules, classicism manifested in different countries in its own way: in France the interior design was full of splendor and luster, in England Classicism was featured by rationalism and rigor. During the reign of Catherine the Great; dignity and harmony. and Classicism was created with a reasonable restraint in Russia. Buildings in Petersburg and their interiors served as an example for the design of rooms in the noble estates throughout the Russian Empire. Russian Classicism is a whole new trend in architecture of Russia at the end of 18-19 centuries. Russian classicism was different from the world that allowed eclecticism (mixing classics with other styles).
Classic Style Elements
- Doors and windows with clear outlines
- Architectural Details; Columns, Mouldings, Ornamentation, Arches
- Neutral Color Palettes – all shades calm and neutral. Most often used olive, beige, cream, light green and gold colors in the finishing materials, furniture and textiles. It is also permissible to use all shades of brown (natural wood color), but at the same time do not forget that the room should not look gloomy and dark. In upholstery and textiles blue, blue-green and sand colors were often used.
- Ornamentation with a certain order and symmetry
- Wall Panels
- Use of Marble, Stucco, Stone for columns and pilasters
- Decorative Arts
- Parquet and wood flooring
- Marble or stone tiles
- Ceiling with Ornamentation
- Embellished Friezes
- Crystal Chandeliers, lamps made of transparent stones or expensive glass. A chandelier in the classic style is a work of art. Also sconces and torcheres are used often.
- Best dressed windows with drapery, cornices, lambrequins
- Oriental rugs
The Best Modern Classic Combination
Adding wall panels to a modern room is the best way to establish the Modern Classic Design Style. Most modern homes offer plain drywall. Adding wall panels immediately introduces the Classic side of the style. The furniture of this style can be a combination of modern and classic style. Once you have established a classic background your furnishings can be a touch of minimalist style and a combination of modern style with simple style. The furniture is not very modern but still trendy today. It is simple and has less carving on it. The main color for this style is brown, beige, black, chocolate brown, gray, silver, white, and grayest blue shades. To have this combination of classic and modern, color is the main ingredient.
Marble floor with modern design and tub and high gloss walls create an interesting combination of modern and classic style in this memorable bath.
This design by Jean Louis Deniot combines a modern design for the door panels and perfect modern chandelier.
This Modern Classic Style has clean classic lines with restrained furnishings. The large ornament makes the space. Large Plaster ornamentation used over doors, entrances, fireplaces is a great addition to a home that does not already have classical embellishments. Decorators Supply has a large selection of very fine plaster ornamentation.
This home may have had the classical wall panels and ornamentation and by adding modern art, strong color palette and furnishings with straight lines create a fresh look.
A kitchen is a perfect opportunity to create a Modern Classic Design with the latest appliances and furnishings with beautiful classic style cabinets and marble countertops and floor. Adding a decorative ceiling and traditional chandelier with modern crystals is a nice touch.
A modern classic. Simple tall wainscoting. The perfect furnishing.
This lovely Italianate classic has perfect furnishings to create a modern update. Love the color palette.
Just add simple frames on plain drywall. This look is Classic and Modern. It maintains clean lines. The walls are simply framed and this is enough. There are so many moulding choices which are contingent on the symmetry of the wall panel layout and design. Narrow panel moulding may be perfect.
Beaux-Arts Classic Products focuses on moulding for wall panels. We offer poplar and resin moulding in classic designs. Check your local lumber yard, Home Depot and Loews for many great profiles to create this classic modern style design.
This is also by Jean Louis Deniot. Just the use of a beautiful decorative paint finish adds a classic modern touch. The Decorative Arts are a wonderful classic element addition.
Panels and fabulous stone slab for the fireplace with a decorative ceiling. So Classic and Modern.
This is a unique wall panel design. Very effective to use the ornament to establish a strong border panel with a very simple wall panel moulding design. Otherwise, this is a very modern design.
A lovely balance of both the Modern and Classic Style elements.
Classic Style pays attention to the details of the room. Just replacing standard modern “eyesores” HVAC vent covers and recessed lights with classical solutions adds the classic style to an otherwise modern design.
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