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Do you want to know about modern style interior design and what modern decor looks like?

Modern style interiors and decor celebrate natural materials and neutral or earthy colors. It’s inspired by the Scandinavian and German minimalist style and the elimination of unnecessary detailing. 

In this post, we’ll share what modern style interior design is and how you can achieve this design style with the use of traditional home staging or virtual staging. 

Alright, let’s dive in!

What Is Modern Style Interior Design?

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Modern style interior design is a decor style characterized by a monochromatic color palette, minimalism, and clean lines. As well as natural materials and an abundance of natural light. 

Specifically, it refers to a historical aesthetic movement that originated in the early to mid-twentieth century.

It is sometimes easy to confuse this design with the term “contemporary design,” but modern design has its own distinct style.

History of Modern Interior Design

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Modern Virtual Staging Style by PhotoUp

Initially, modern interior design emerged in the early twentieth century with roots in German and Scandinavian architecture.

Still to this day, this popular design style continues to inspire contemporary interior designers like Rafael de Cardenas and David Hicks.

The modern style movement, connected to the age of machination, continued to grow in popularity throughout the first half of the 20th century. And later derivatives of this interior design are the mid-century modern and postmodern styles.

Additionally, you can trace the origins of modern design to Scandinavian design and German Bauhaus design. 

Characteristics of Modern Style Interiors

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Modern Virtual Staging Style by PhotoUp

Modern style interior design characterizes clean lines, materials that include metal, glass, and steel, as well as a simple color palette.

Similar to the Scandinavian minimalist design, modern style interiors emphasize simplicity in every interior detail, including furniture. 

Also, since modern interiors grew out of the modern art movement, rejecting the maximalist tendencies of Victorian design, the dominant style of this era is characterized by:

  • Clean lines and square shapes
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows 
  • Wide and low-set furniture
  • Open floor plans and living spaces 
  • Also, flat roofs and natural flooring
  • And unique artistic accessories

So, instead of features such as arches, window shutters, ornate columns, or any outlandish ornamentation, it emphasizes geometric shapes and clean lines.

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Modern Style Design Tips

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The principle of modern style interior design is to create functional spaces while also establishing harmony with the environment.

For example, here are some modern style design tips:

  • Stick to a neutral or “natural” to a dark color palette
  • Declutter each room and add minimal home decor
  • Use natural materials and colors, unpainted wood or metal
  • Create open floor plans and bring in natural lighting
  • Decorate with neutral textures
  • Emphasize horizontal and vertical lines with fewer curves
  • Focus on practicality and functionality
  • Invest in low-set, long, and simplistic furniture
  • Use reflective surfaces such as steel, chrome, or glass

In addition, with this transitional design, flooring is typically neutral. And because the flooring is neutral, the texture of the carpets or rugs is important. 

Modern Virtual Staging

Modern style virtual staging is characterized by wide, low-set furnishings, a natural or dark clean palette with often straight lines complemented by unique artistic accessories. 

The modern virtual staging style is perfect for making a statement in large spaces.

But what is virtual staging, you may ask?

Virtual staging is a computer-assisted design (CAD) process that helps you leverage the power of visualization by adding virtually designed furniture and decor to a photo of an empty or outdated space. 

What is so great with virtual staging is that it’s quick and affordable. Plus, it also helps potential buyers imagine themselves living in a home, which can accelerate the sale.

In other words, virtual staging is the digital counterpart of traditional home staging.

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Virtual Staging Helps Sell Homes 

Staging is an essential part of selling a home fast and for above market rate.

In 2021, 85% of staged homes sold for 5% to 23% percent over list price when being staged. Adding to that, 82% of agents say staging makes it easier for buyers to visualize a property as their future home. 

But instead of costly traditional home staging that will ruin your budget and can take days or even weeks, PhotoUp’s virtual staging only costs $20 per photo with a turnaround time of 48 hours or less.

PhotoUp’s virtual staging results in stunning and realistic images that will help you sell your listings quicker, and for better prices. 

Why Use Virtual Staging?

If we still haven’t answered the “why”, virtual staging is a powerful visualization or marketing tool, used to showcase how a space would look when:

  • Staged
  • Redecorated
  • Decluttered and depersonalized
  • Renovated
  • Or, even virtually landscaped.

There are no limitations to what virtual staging can do…

…so why don’t you try it out for yourself?! 

To see how easy it is to get started, check out our virtual staging uploader video tutorial:

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Now, try the modern virtual staging style to virtually stage your empty or outdated space, and you can rest assured that you’ll capture buyers’ attention with incredible photos.

Sign up for a free PhotoUp account today, and our professional designers will help transform your real estate photography and return your staged images in less than 48 hours.

In summary, we hope this blog post helped you learn what modern style interior design is and what modern decor looks like.

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Stina Pettersson

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Stina is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and professional blogger who's passionate about real estate photo editing, being outdoors with her pup, and sweaty gym sessions. She loves the written word and has been writing for publications like Forbes and Thrive Global. Originally from Sweden, she's called South Florida her home since 2013.

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