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Design Styles: The Ultimate Modern Home

By: Casey Gerber

September 16, 2016

Calling all minimalists: Get ready to meet your interior design match. We tapped designer Ashley Bussell to put together a style board for our dream modern home. Afraid your modern home could end up looking too sterile? Bussell proves that minimalism can be maximally inviting.

“I wanted to create a space that was rooted in the minimal, streamlined ideals of modernism, but also include pieces that are both bold and exciting.” If you’re looking for a balance between the stark simplicity of modernism, mixed with the eclectic aesthetic that’s all over Instagram, then these rooms will be right up your alley. What’s your favorite look?

The Living Room


So, how do you pull off a modern home, without traveling back in time? “The most important thing is to make sure that your decor doesn’t overtake the design.” For the living room, Ashley started out by anchoring the space in geometric furniture staples, an approach that’s quintessentially modern. “The curved profile of the Noomi Swivel Chair mixed with a chrome base illustrates the combination of form and function, which is a basic principle of modern design,” says Ashley.

The Kitchen 


Since the kitchen is such a high-traffic location within the home, Ashley’s design had to be highly functional. By mixing dark wood finishes with white lacquered cabinetry, Ashley created a sense of contrast. “I tried to channel iconic midcentury modern architect Alvar Aalto’s use of brick, but with the stack tile in this kitchen,” Ashley says.

The Office


With an emphasis on function in modern design, color and texture takes precedence over pattern. In the office, Ashley kept the color palette neutral, so as not to distract from the clients’ work. “Nothing is more midcentury modern than an Eames molded plastic arm chair,” says Ashley.

The Bedroom


In order to add dimension to the master bedroom, Ashley went with a textured wallpaper. “The pop of color in the rug adds flavor to the design, and the low-profile bed paired with natural wood night stands lead to the eclectic flair of the room,” says Ashley.

The Bathroom


Bathrooms don’t have to be all business. In order to add a sense of interest to the design, Ashley went with large hexagonal tiles and a geometric bathmat. “Here, I grounded the space in black and white square and hexagonal shapes to give the room a bold and contrasting aesthetic,” says Ashley.

The Nursery


A simple grey, white, black, and blue color scheme enables each piece to seamlessly mix together. “I went with playful patterns to encourage creativity and stimulate the imagination of a young child,” says Ashley. Though this room is meant for kids, it’s definitely parent-approved.

The Dining Room


In the dining room, Ashley went with a hand-drawn Grid wallpaper to add a sense of whimsy to an otherwise, formal room. “This room is very much focused on unique pieces and clean, straight lines,” says Ashley.  The Saarinen dining table mixed with the Sputnik light fixture makes the design appeal to a contemporary eye.

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