This week in the Wylde blog we’re talking about modernism in interior design. Modern design is an interior design style characterised by a refined or monochrome colour palette, clean lines, minimalism, natural materials, and natural light. Modernism refers specifically to a historical aesthetic movement that took place during the early to mid-twentieth century.

As interior designers we specialise in creating spaces that are beautiful, functional and ergonomic. Modernism in interior design can be identified through simplistic and declutter spaces. Defined by a minimalist aesthetic – clever storage, statement furniture pieces and steering well clear of embellishments or detailed patterns and decor. Minimalism is a design philosophy defined by living with only the things you truly need – prioritising space and clever use of storage!

There is a real emphasis on the use of rectangles and clean lines which goes hand in hand with clean, sleek, and uncluttered interior spaces. Modernism is simple, yet interesting and eye-catching. There seems to be a focus on industrial and raw materials such as concrete, timber and metal. Exposed concrete walls and metallic framing are popular elements, along with wooden flooring or furniture.

Neutral and plain colour palettes are an important element in modern style interiors – we’re talking greys, whites and black. The neutral colouring makes room for statement pieces such as bold artwork or a brightly coloured focal point such as a piece of furniture or indoor plants!

Often modernism lends itself to workplace designs as these are spaces that inherently need to not be cluttered and prioritise functionality. With a flexible workplace model surely taking over the traditional office, its important the design is simple, practical yet beautiful.

We’ve created a gallery of modernist interior design so you can see how the concept differs across residential and workplace settings. There are some Wylde projects in there and some stunning selections from across the internet. Enjoy!