Over the decades, homes have continued to undergo an evolution of style as designers have morphed, graphed, adapted, and flirted with modern trends that have inspired many. For this reason, modern home designs are at once diverse, while still containing ideas that overlap and even run together at times. However, there have been six home designs that have become classic since the mid-20th century, with many variations on these central themes. To gain a better understanding and a better appreciation of these home designs, consider these popular modern choices:
Craftsman Design is Centered Around the Porch
With some inspiration from traditional Asian trends, the Craftsman style home design is at once richly inviting and welcoming in its details. With a focus on wood materials and a bungalow-like appearance, this style conveys relaxation and warmth in its approach. Often highlighting gorgeous porches out front, they feature simple, yet elegant railings that have become synonymous with the style. Shingle siding is usually the most common for this style, but you may also occasionally see stucco or other materials with the same stylistic feel, while brick is reserved for decorative elements such as a column or two in addition to the chimney. Homes in this style are highly-sought after and often preserved in historic neighborhoods that focus on modern style.
Proportion Brings Together Prairie-Style Foursquare
Like many of our modern home styles, this one also features a focus on simplicity. With a box-like style, they also often include a porch out front, though not with the same emphasis that the Craftsman style does. Instead the priority is put on a design that is stripped down and straightforward. In fact, the inside of the home is often cubed into 4 equal rooms. Symmetry is the design element most at play in this style of home, which gives it its name. While this style isn’t as well-known as the Craftsman, you’ll still find many homes with this approach, and many that draw from this tradition.
Japanese-inspired Modern Designs are Bold, Yet Graceful
While this style can be incredibly diverse and still include aspects of more Western style architecture, Japanese-inspired modern home design goes beyond the mere nod to Asian styles. It’s true that some of our other styles draw from Asian concepts, but in Japanese-inspired modern design, you’ll find more direct parallels to ideas that are wholly taken from traditional home design in Japan. For example, it’s not uncommon to find inside doors featuring windows paneled in paper or extensive use of exposed wood throughout the home. You may even see a focus on circles to complement that cleanliness of long rich lines and squares. This style remains at the top of trends for modern home design.
Art Deco For Something a Little Different
Once popular in the early part of the 20th-century, the Art Deco style is making a bit of a comeback in today’s home design. Its defining elements include a commitment to flat roofs and large expanses of stucco on the exterior of a home. While the style might feel basic, where it excels is in its interesting ornamentation, which often includes vertical pieces of ribbing, flute-like shapes, and others. Details are often symmetrical as well, aiding in the sense of harmony and unity of any home design. While seen less often than the other styles here, it still makes for a great choice for a style that is unique, yet classic.
Modernism with a Bit of European Internationalism
For a style that is at once breath-taking as it is economical, modernism that draws from European Internationalism still focuses on function over form like many modern styles, but with a brilliance that can hardly be denied. Because modern design focuses on clean design and a simple approach, this style incorporates glass in a way that opens up spaces to their full potential while also including aspects that feel as if they’re floating. Exposed steel and concrete keep the home design composition equally as pared down, while glass seems to glitter and hold lighting in a beautiful way. Homes in this style are incredibly popular, and you’ll find many that use elements of this style in their approach.
Ranch-style Keeps a Balanced Approach
It might seem odd to include the Ranch-style design in this list, but really it has become a staple of modern design. As pedestrian as it is ubiquitous, it still holds a special place in modern home design. Also called “rambler,” this style encapsulates the feel of Western style homes in the United States at the early part of the 20th-century. A low profile and little decoration ensure that this style is completely modern while still being traditional in its roots. Its becoming more often to see homes in this style incorporating elements like steel roofs or simple front porch decks to increase the feel of stability and fortitude inherent in them. This style remains incredibly popular for those searching for modern design.
Modern home design seems to have an almost unending amount of choices, but with this guide, you’ll be able to get a sense of the possibilities. From the quirky Art Deco to the traditional Ranch-style, these designs have remained as a foundation for designers and architects the world-over.