Archive for October 23, 2019

How to Keep Up with Modern-Home Styling

Exterior of modern white home in suburban area.

Designing a modern home is not easy, especially because most homeowners are stuck in traditional and contemporary home living. It’s safe to say that modern home decorating takes patience, skill, and a keen eye for interior designing. So it comes down to the question of what constitutes a modern home design and how do you know if the design is up to par with being considered “modern”? It may be difficult to envision how it will look and we can’t blame you: modern design is still up and coming! You’re in luck, as we’ve provided some design tips and advice to ensure you’re going down the right path with your modern home design.

Create an Open Floor Plan with Flexible Spaces 

Traditional homes are known for having separate and distinct rooms that are completely boxed off from one another. The kitchen, living, and dining rooms are their own rooms with the help of bordering walls and doorways. Modern houses have more open floor plans, where one space flows into the next. For example, a kitchen, dining room, and living room could all practically be considered one space since they all lead to each other. Vast space helps to elicit a modern feel. With more open space, natural light is more accessible and will fall into the rooms. In addition to the open space, it becomes easier to install entertainment systems. Sometimes, it might pose a difficulty when it comes to where you should install your television and speakers, but with less constricting walls, you have more options. 

Minimalize Your Roof Design 

Modern designing also calls for simplicity. If you have a home designed with pitched or gable roof shillings, you can go one of two ways. You can keep your traditional roof profile, but add onto your home’s exterior with possible ways of modernizing it. The other option is that you could completely redesign your roof so that it is installed with a more modern choice of roof shillings. 


If you do stick with a traditional, pitched roof here’s what you can do: the best strategy is to simplify as many of the roof details as possible including the eaves, roof edges, roof material and color, and gutter profiles. 

Keep the Architectural Detailing Simple

There is nothing wrong with adding in your furniture and decor to be hung on the walls; it is in the architectural design where the modern, minimalistic look really kicks in. Modern houses are known for having simple and clean designs. While traditional homes may not be overly complicated, they do have more edge that makes them “traditional” or “commonplace”. With a traditional house, comes vinyl, woods, pickets, and railings—but that is not the case for a modern home. A modern home consists of simple clean designs and minimal adornment. You won’t find articulated trim work nor a plethora of ceiling details. Instead, you will find smooth finishes and soft, pastel paints. 

Be Thoughtful About the Window Design

There is a big gap between the designs of traditional homes and modern homes. Traditional homes are known for having smaller punched opening windows which are typically made up of standard casement and double-hung sash windows. On the flipside, modern-inspired windows are characterized by larger expanses of glass. This helps give off the feeling of more available space within the home. Connection to the outdoors is also a big fundamental when it comes to modern-designing. Large windows are perfect to reach this opportunity, letting the daylight flow in and provide homeowners with a scenic and picturesque view. 

Experiment with a Neutral Color Palette 

Have you ever noticed how modern spaces tend to reflect a lot of light? This is thanks to their color theme. Modern spaces are intended to be light and airy. They are clean and fresh with a heavy dose of daylight. The neutral color palettes contain no more than a couple of few accents. Because modern designs use a lot of large windows, outside views tend to play a role in the interior color palette. Although traditional homes may also use a light color palette, they are more open to browns and rustic hues, which don’t work as well with a modern home theme. 

It is understandable as to how people formulated the misconception that modern home designing is hard to narrow down. Although, modern home designed is incapsulated around minimalistic and simple designing, therefore, the process is a rather simple one! As you work to design your home, don’t forget to keep the aforementioned tips in mind. With careful attention to these principles, we can ensure that you’re on the right track with your future modern home. Contact Palo Verde Homes today to learn more about our variety of homes and floor plans!