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Urban Sophisticated – The Modern Style Bathroom

Friday, October 8th, 2010

If ever there was any room in your home that is naturally suited to modern style, it would have to be the bathroom. It is the one space where sharp, angular profiles with clean lines make a big splash. Modern design, emerging post-WWII, takes anything traditional and pares it down to basic elements that celebrate cutting-edge ideas, inventions and innovations. Materials are commonly bleached or lighter colored woods, metal and glass with space-age, highly polished surfaces. A modern style bathroom combines an ultra-urban vibe with spa chic for a look that is fresh yet luxurious.

In keeping with the minimalist tradition, this metal and glass vanity fills all of the modern style requirements. The vanity has spare lines; the base of the bathroom vanity is made of stainless steel; and form meets function in the integrated towel bar. It won’t be just a place to wash your face; a modern style bathroom vanity that combines cool, clean metal and glass with sleek lines makes a trendy statement that you will appreciate for awhile.

For an ultra modern look and feel try floating. Some of us tend to shy away from modern style because it can appear “cold” or unwelcoming. But putting that rumor to rest, wall mounted bathroom vanities, bathroom sinks (without the vanity cabinet) and bathroom cabinets create a floating effect that is dramatic and just plain beautiful to look at. Especially if the vanity is constructed of wood, wall mounted bathroom fixtures can create a warm and welcoming vibe while possessing a space-age appearance.

Modern design bathroom furniture is typified by polished surfaces, geometric or asymmetrical shapes and neutral palettes. Even though glass and metal are the most common materials used in the construction of modern style bathroom fixtures and cabinets, when wood is introduced into the mix, it can work with metal-and-glass elements to create visual interest. Depending on placement and presentation, a modern style vanity utilizing asymmetrical shape to maximum effect, will make a stunning and sophisticated statement in your bathroom.

The Different Faces of Modern – Sophisticated Modern

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Today’s last installment of our Friday series is intended for those of us who like the idea of modern style but would like something a bit “warmer” and not so stark. One could argue that this might be considered more transitional style than modern, but I’m still following the basic principles of modernism, where form is function; there’s no decorative detail; and profiles are cleanly geometric, angular or asymmetrical. While minimalist (part 1) can have a space age, futuristic appearance and ultra modern (part 2) can still feel sparse, sophisticated modern expresses “feeling;” bares a little soul. Sophisticated modern furniture might stick to the sleek, crisp lines of the other faces of modern design, but it has something else – an unusual curve, a surprising twist of metal, the unique use of a specific material – that catches the eye and deems it visually pleasing.

Sophisticated Modern in the Bedroom

The bed sets the tone of the room. It’s typically the first thing you see upon entering the bedroom. Since it is center stage, it’s important to choose one in a style that perfectly expresses your personality and lifestyle. Because the bedroom has evolved from just a place to sleep to a sanctuary that refreshes and renews, the bed, and the other bedroom furniture pieces you select, should reflect the other roles (hanging out with the kids Sunday morning; a quiet place to read; somewhere to stretch out propped up by comfy pillows when last-minute proofing a proposal) the room plays in your life.

The Lifestyle Solutions Knotch Modern Wood Cappuccino Platform Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set is definitely a fine example of sophisticated modern. The furniture pieces have a rich warm wood finish that can be adapted to both a neutral or bold color scheme when you’re dressing the bed and accessorizing. The headboard of the platform bed has the appearance of recessed panels, but is actually a set of built-in shelves. The open design of the nightstands and the absence of a footboard give the bedroom set a less solid appearance.

While there could be several convincing arguments that the Modus Leather Upholstered Rumba Low Profile Sleigh Bed is more transitional in style, it qualifies as sophisticated modern for several reasons. This platform bed has virtually no decorative detail; the lines are clean; and an old form (sleigh headboard) is adapted in a new and surprising way.

The Curt Christian by Martin Madison Wood Panel Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set shouts sophistication. And what says “modern” more than a dresser or nightstand with brushed metal drawer fronts?

Sophisticated Modern in the Bathroom

A growing interior design trend is to transform the ordinary bathroom into one’s own personal spa or a bathroom one might find in a high-end or boutique hotel. A well-designed, well-organized space helps us to prepare ourselves, both mentally and physically, to face the day. Sophisticated modern for a bathroom décor makes perfect sense.

While borderline ultra-modern, the Nameek’s Concept One 27″ Single Bathroom Vanity Set shows a distinct sophisticated modern style. The subtly patterned doors make this vanity luscious to look at.

While displaying contemporary sensibilities, the Ultimate Accents Contemporary 3 Piece Double Bathroom Vanity has design acumen that can only stem from sophisticated modern. The crackle glass vessel sinks and the textured finish of the wood cabinets will certainly lend your bathroom a truly modern look with that special touch of spa.

Sophisticated Modern in the Dining Room

When a modern dining table with a unique design is perfectly matched with dining chairs crafted from space-age materials, the result is a dining set that is bold, cosmopolitan and edgy in a sophisticated way.

Definitely with a nod to Art Deco (another sub style of modern), the Somerton Manhattan Modern Art Round Pedestal Dining Table is sophisticated modern at its best. The interlocking circles that make up the table’s pedestal base is visually striking. While the button-tufted backrest of the dining chair is decorative, it is so much an integral part of the design that it contributes to this dining set’s classic modern flair.

Highly polished metal accents and a round glass tabletop make the Steve Silver Matinee 48 Inch Round Glass Dining Table thoroughly modern. While the wood legs in a dark cherry finish, a definite contemporary style trait, in this context, give this table an understated chic.

Sophisticated Modern in the Living room

Because modern design arose in the second half of the twentieth century in resounding protest to the traditions and social trends of the past, it reflected the new technologies, materials and philosophies of the Machine Age. Vinyl, microfiber and other space-age fabrics including plastics are popular upholstery materials for sophisticated modern living room furniture. Leather, of course, is also welcome.

The Global Furniture USA Alexander Tan Leather Sofa looks comfy and inviting, just as at home in a contemporary environment as a modern one. But it’s the arms that make you look again. The bold curves of the armrests are emphasized by the dark mahogany wood veneer inlays, giving it its sophisticated modern distinction.

Even though it is made of a dark stained wood, the tiered repetition of its elliptical shapes gives the Abbyson Morgan Ellipse End Table a trendy modern chic.

There is no mistaking the minimalist origins of the Adesso Regency Modern Black Coffee Table. But what makes this coffee table sophisticated modern is the rounded corners, which adds another dimension to its basic geometric shape.

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