Modern House Interior Materials

April 27, 2019 6:00 am by admin
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Most of the time modern design uses natural materials to sculpt out the basic structure
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Faux leather. Robin Reigi is my go-to supplier for this leather look-alike rubber product. It has a beautiful tactile warmth and is available in three different hues: natural, chocolate (shown here) and black.

Since it’s a rubber product, it’s easy to maintain and suitable for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry.

Laminated resin. Laminated resin is often used as a cabinet door insert or for lamp shades, but it can also be applied on a larger scale. The skillful mix of laminated resin in this photo gives a workspace the calm quality of a Japanese tearoom.

4. Airiness brings a more relaxed interior to your contemporary home 

The more unusual the material, the more personal a space can be. Unique materials aren’t just fun — they can help a home become a personal expression of its owner. Some of these products have been around for ages but were previously used in different contexts or environments; today’s production techniques have helped simple materials achieve sophisticated designs.

Other products are newcomers, still on the cusp of recognition.Learn about the options below so you can make well-educated design decisions.

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Similarly to design periods of the past, detailing is essential in a contemporary home. Fine elements such as lighting fixtures that are distinct and look like works of fine art are kept simple and distinct. Hand railings and banisters that were once large handcrafted pieces of wood in past design decades are replaced with innovative tension cables, glass, or industrial materials. Look to adding contemporary details that get noticed, yet don’t distract your minimal interiors.

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Chain link stainless steel “fabric” displays the metal’s potential softness.

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Furniture designers started to create sofas, tables, and home furnishings that reflected a more relaxed approach to living. Stuffy and heavy ornamentation was replaced with clean rectilinear lines and this gave way to contemporary homes feeling lighter in weight and more casual in livability. Furniture was raised off the floor to give a weightlessness appeal and your home can adopt these same qualities.

Woven resin. This woven 3-D surface wall treatment is from 3-Form. Available in many color options, it was once only seen in commercial projects but has become more popular in residences.Find unique wall covering solutions in your area

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Sheet metal has been perforated with a laser-cut design here.

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Tiverton Road, London NW10 This captivating home is modestly veiled behind layers of silvering chestnut cladding. The interiors take inspiration from Turner’s ‘Interior of an Italian Church’, and are restful, contemplative spaces featuring concrete, natural wood and stone, while bare plaster walls catch light that is fed through the courtyard garden.

Contemporary furnishings provide an airiness to your interiors

3. Use of natural materials can create a beautifully interior & exterior

One of the areas of contemporary design that everyone loves are the “hidden details”. You see the innovative technology in our smart worlds of technology for phones, computers, and also in our homes. Contemporary details of wireless and remote access controls for controlling electronics, heating/cooling systems, lighting, security and more are all hidden behind the beautiful details. Try bringing innovative controls into your home lifestyle and see how much your contemporary home will feel. Technology has become the hidden luxury details to add to contemporary homes. To see 10 Simple Ways to Awaken your Interiors with Luxe Details look at these tips.

Clay House, London N19 “The lovely greenish-grey colour of the clay in the living space was designed to mirror the typical London sky. The walls and clouds merge into each other and draw your eye out to the view,” said architect Simon Astridge when we visited his ‘Clay House’ project for our ‘Open House series. The lesson here is to incorporate and echo the natural world to establish a relationship between inside and out.

Using neutral tones of gray, brown, and blacks and whites for flooring, furnishings, lighting fixtures and textiles.  Contemporary colors leave the details of your furniture metal details to shine through or leave the ability for your imagination to get creative with textures and patterns. Just because you use neutral color shouldn’t mean your interiors turn boring! Textural seagrass furniture for example is beautiful to the touch and the eye.

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Exterior architectural details seem to blend harmoniously with nature

Three-D gypsum board. Modular Arts produces a wide variety of fiberglass-reinforced gypsum board panels. These panels come in tiles and are screwed to a substrate. The seams are mudded and sanded by a skillful drywaller to create a continuous effect.

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Shoreditch High Street, London E1 The entrance hall at this former shoe factory in east London sets quite the tone. A generous space, it is lined with oak panelling and lime plaster, while Beldi Moroccan tiles for the floor. The materials are repeated in the main living space, where light pours through original Crittall windows to accent the tonal variations of the plaster.

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St John Street, London EC1 This apartment occupies the entire floor of a warehouse building in Clerkenwell and celebrates the original fabric of the building with exposed brick walls and high concrete ceilings. It’s a complementary canvas to the modern flourishes, which include shuttered-concrete screens, birch-ply panelled floor and a stainless steel kitchen.

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Bone. Bone has an ancient feel to it. The handmade quality of the individual tesserae, their elegant sheen and the subtle variety in hues make any application stunning. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a producer for good sheets of bone mosaic.

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Contemporary homes have a sense of uniting all of the interior spaces into one grand experience. The term “great room” has been used to signify a blurring of the distinct walls and boundaries of living spaces with the kitchen, family room, etc… An open floor plan is ideal and is iconic in contemporary homes and creates a unified design aesthetic throughout your home.

The use of light, new finishes and minimalism to bring contemporary into your home

Woven vinyl. Chilewich, well known for its placemats and runners, has a great product called Plynyl that can be used for wall-to-wall carpeting, carpet tiles and upholstery.Although it’s marketed as a commercial-grade product, Plynyl would make for great low-maintenance headboards or kitchen banquette upholstery.

European laminates. This bathroom’s curved cabinet has high-pressure laminate fronts that show just how far laminate has come in the past few years. The Italians have been laminate masters since the 1950s — companies like Arpa, Abet and Laminati are some of my favorites.

Today’s laminates mimic textured faux woods, have 3-D effects and come in a range of colors and metallic surfaces. Unfortunately, not all of these products are easy to find if you’re not working with a design professional.

I’d suggest getting samples from companies online and then taking them to a cabinetmaker who’s open to working with these products. Textured glass counters. Glass as a functional countertop material has been refined by the Canadian company ThinkGlass.

Laminated layers of glass can be built up to 4 inches thick, with a wide range of textures for the bottom layer. The texture on the bottom creates an appealing visual effect and hides any surface scratches.

While the focus on interiors is often thought of when considering contemporary influences, don’t forget the architectural exterior details that are just as important. Most exterior detailing is free from heavy ornamentation of historic classical buildings and is replaced with simple rectilinear or curvilinear forms. Rooflines are distinct – cantilever or large overhangs, and unique features such as seemingly flat rooflines as well as materials of the exterior usually blend harmoniously with nature around your home in contemporary styles. Using creative window design in your home can add instant contemporary appeal. See 10 Ways Window Design can Influence Interiors for more architectural ideas.

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In this modern day of living there is no doubt that the contemporary movement has affected every aspects of our daily lives. From our cars, fashion and technology to the world of design in architecture and interiors. Many use the term contemporary or modern interchangeably to mean a more relaxed break of traditional norms and new concepts of richness of design and modern age thinking. Modern can also refer to a time period of design style from the 1920’s -1950’s. From bringing in light to dark spaces to opening up floor plans and introducing clean-lined furnishings, here are 10 ways to bring contemporary flair into your interiors.

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Laminated glass. Laminated glass is made of various flat products sandwiched between two sheets of glass; it has a high-end, pressed look. Colored glass works beautifully with this application, too. Mirror can be used as a backing for an opaque, reflective insert in a closet door.

You can try playing with frosted glass, Starphire glass or different fabric inlays.Work with a glass pro to create a unique design

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Crowan, Cornwall  Sometimes it’s not the materials themselves that have to be unusual but the way they are used that is interesting, as is the case at this Grade II-listed 19th-century vicarage estate. Three cottages, separate from the main house, have been lined with birch ply and comprise a beautiful, harmonious contrast with the original stonework.

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When the Modern and Post Modern design periods began to emerge in the 1920’s-1960’s there was a break from the traditional dark interiors with closed –off rooms and small windows. Light and airy rooms replaced the small and dark ones and these details you can adopt in your own home. Opt for choosing the right floor plan that let in natural light through floor to glass windows, skylights, solar tubes and use translucent glass for privacy areas.

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Stainless steel. Steel has amazing potential and can take on many different personalities, from modern and stark to tactile and warm. Stainless steel isn’t used just as a sheet metal today. In new applications, stainless steel pieces are linked together like chain mail or woven into screens.

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There is no doubt that every design age borrows and influences elements from each other. The contemporary era of design is more about letting go of strict and formal design rules and becoming more open and minimalistic in approach. Whether you decide to have a more eclectic home and mix and match past eras or you’d prefer to become ultra-modern in nature, your home should reflect your lifestyle. Release your old world thinking that every piece in your home has to have a label and enjoy contemporary living that is reflected throughout your gorgeous home.

2. Opt for subtle colors with accents of more vibrant color you really love.

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Ezra Street, London E2 When we visited designers Eleanor and Peter Pritchard for our ‘Open House’ series, they told us how their architects, Al Jawad Pike, suggested an asphalt floor with granite chips. “I think they used it at Chipperfield for the Turner Contemporary galleries. It’s an impermeable surface, though not as thick as concrete. It looks like terrazzo; it’s amazing. I’m really glad we didn’t go for poured concrete in the end,” said Peter.

The contemporary age of living has made way to new materials, but also a relaxed feeling to interiors with minimal lines, and less “stuff”. Bare floors in gorgeous finishes such as hardwoods, ceramic and porcelain tiles, travertine stone and marble have made way to contemporary living. Natural and organic materials are a must in contemporary living. Look at these 10 ways to bring natural and organic elements into your interiors for more ideas. Area rugs to keep underfoot walking comfortable and to break up the space visually is ideal, especially in living room and dining room areas. Consider bringing resilient flooring into your home for a crisp and modern touch.

Here’s another great laminated resin application at the end of a stairwell. The patterned material filters light, creates privacy and adds a little mystery, too.

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On our trip to scientist Katy Davidson’s Islington home, we were taken with the elegant way terrazzo had been deployed to form the floors and surfaces of the modern, spacious kitchen. It got us thinking about how the aesthetic, functional and tactile qualities of materials contribute to a space, so we’ve had a look through our sales roster to assemble some inspiration for how to design interiors with unusual materials.

Instead of natural materials being reserved to just wood furniture your contemporary home can make use of natural and organic materials in decking outside, leather furniture for your interiors and simple decorative elements displayed throughout your home. The contemporary period of living brought about a new sense of using organic materials such as wood, rock, slate, teak, cotton, wool, and other gorgeous textiles in modern furnishings and not just reserved to traditional home uses.

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