Do you love the look of sleek, uncluttered, and clean lines in a home? We see lots of trends toward a fresh and clean style in design, whether it’s in its architecture, interior design, or its furnishings. Almost any contemporary trend today reflects Mid-Century Modern Style. Furniture that pre-dated the 1950s used decorative flourishes and detail, while mid-century modern designers found beauty in lines that were sleek, organized, and orderly. Smooth lines exemplified the freshness these designers wished to model in their designs. But there’s really no such thing, it appears as a one-story modern home these days. Most architects use a small footprint and then build up to provide views of our lakes, mountains, and skylines throughout Seattle.
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|Photo credit: tourdelafayette.com|
I had the opportunity to go on Seattle’s 2016 Modern Home Tour last Saturday with Autumn Donavan and Patty Koskovich, two interior designer friends. We spent the day touring six homes in the Seattle area with striking similarities.
|David Coleman Architecture|
|Susan Jones Architecture|
|Robert Bonner Design|
|Hybrid Architecture & Barcelo Homes|
We toured one 3 story houseboat (and the bottom floor was mostly under water on Lake Union) that was amazing on many levels, as well as homes that were at least 4 stories of minimalist design that was made of environmentally friendly materials.
|A Murphy bed pulls out of the wall.|
|Here's a bedroom in the lower floor- mostly under water.|
|You never know when you might need a beer!|
|Planters float on top of the water.|
|Nana windows open up the master suite & a small hot tub|
sits on the deck.
|Contemporary staircase features steel & metal girders.|
This home had many nooks and crannies with unusual angles that wouldn't be my choice of great feng shui, but it was interesting.
Most had rooftop decks that provided an opportunity to enjoy nature and in some cases views of our beautiful Lake Washington, Lake Union, the Olympic mountains or Mt. Rainier.
Colorwise, the theme seemed to be white, with splashes of warm wood tones a bit of black.
|Pickled oak flooring provided a neutral backdrop with white walls & ceiling.|
|Grey hexagonal patterned marble backsplash|
Next week, we'll bring a historical perspective to the Modern movement with Mid-Century modern trends- the place this all began. If you are one of those who loves this sleek, clean and uncluttered look, write back with your thoughts, ideas or pictures below. You can also give me a call and we’ll discuss your project. I’d love to hear from you! Transformations for Interiors