Clean Lines And Minimal Decor

Preceding modern design, there were Gothic, Renaissance, and Victorian styles, incorporating heavy textures, ornamentation, and plenty of dark and dramatic elements.
Modern design rejected these, in favor of clean, straight lines, uncluttered spaces, and an overall lack of fussiness.

Open-Concept Floor Plans

Basically, you want as few walls as possible. Furniture, instead, should differentiate spaces, like a kitchen counter providing a visual distinction from a living or dining room.


Modern design refers to an era that has passed, while contemporary design is all about the now and the future.

Form and Function

Modern pieces of decor tend to have a function, whereas contemporary pieces may concentrate more on the form itself.

The color palette

The color palette of modern design leans toward naturals or neutrals that have a warm, inviting feel. Contemporary often enjoys stark contrast with plenty of blacks and whites, though it has no problems swinging from one extreme to the other on the color scale.

  • Modernist Art
    Modernist artists rejected the traditional idealistic view of realism and decided to create expressive artwork in vibrant colors and unlikely forms instead.
  • Line Focused
    Cylindrical columns are often present in modern homes. They form clear vertical lines and showcase the revolutionary use of reinforced concrete.
  • Industrial Elements
    The modern design style wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the advancement of concrete, steel, and glass as building materials.
Juliana Cotilla
Head Designer at Modern Cairo Design Agency

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