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Interior mouldings for Modern interiors include Shadowline skirtings and other timber mouldings and wall panelling with simple, clean lines and angular shapes. Check out our Selections in a Box range to find your perfect style.


Explore the diverse styles of the modern era from Art Deco, Mid Century Modern, Coastal Modern, Box Modern, Scandi Barn & Contemporary styles. Learn more about each style here.


What is Contemporary interior design style and what are its characteristics?

Contemporary house design refers to the present-day style currently in use to build houses. The style originated by taking elements of various interior design styles before it became a distinguishable style on its own. 

These houses are characterized by their modern, sleek, and minimalist design, featuring clean lines and simple geometric shapes. They feature an open floor plan, emphasizing functionality, simplicity, and efficient use of space. 

How to achieve Contemporary interiors?

Contemporary interiors can be achieved by sticking to some fundamental rules of contemporary style:

  • Minimal decor with high-quality material:┬á Incorporating a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and glass for decorative items, furniture and mouldings. These materials provide a sense of sophistication and luxury. Heavily textured fabrics can be used for rugs and cushions etc to add warmth to the space.
  • Neutral Colours: Use┬áneutral tones such as white, black, and grey, often accented with bold, bright colours for contrast. Neutral colours provide a clean and uncluttered look, which is key to creating a contemporary feel.
  • Clean lines and minimalism: Keep the decor minimal and focus on clean lines and simple geometric shapes.
  • Incorporate technology: The use of smart home devices, such as voice assistants, and programmable devices is a great addition to a contemporary-style house.

Focus on comfort and functionality: Contemporary interiors prioritize function and comfort. Furniture pieces that are both practical and comfortable, such as modular sofas and ergonomic chairs, are ideal for creating a contemporary space.

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Contemporary Vs Modern design homes

Contemporary and modern terms are often used interchangeably in interior design, but they actually refer to different architectural and design styles.

Modern design homes typically refer to the architectural style that emerged in the early 20th century and is characterized by clean, minimalist lines, large windows, and a focus on function over form.

Contemporary design homes, on the other hand, refer to the design style that is popular today and is constantly developing. Contemporary interior design incorporates elements from various design styles and eras, creating a fluid and eclectic look.

Mid-Century Modern

What is Mid century modern house style and what are its characteristics?

Mid-century modern style houses are a popular architectural style that emerged in the United States in the mid-20th century, between the 1940s and the 1960s.

This style is characterised by clean lines, simple forms, and the use of modern materials like glass, steel, and concrete. Mid-century modern houses feature large windows, flat or low-pitched roofs, open floor plans, use of modern materials like glass and steel. When it comes to interiors Mid century modern interior design often incorporates natural materials like wood and stone and is known for its minimalist design aesthetic, with simple lines, clean shapes, and a focus on function over form.

How to achieve Mid century-modern interiors?

Achieving a mid-century modern look involves creating a space with clean lines, bold colours, and abstract designs. Here are some tips to help you achieve a mid-century modern look:

  1. Use a warm colour palette: Mid-century modern design often features a warm colour palette, such as brown, orange, teal, and warm yellow, with accents of black and white.
  2. Incorporate a mix of materials: Mid-century modern design incorporates a mix of glass, rubber, and natural materials. In natural material, metal and warm-coloured wood such as Mahogany and Walnut are used to create a sense of warmth and texture in a space.
  3. Focus on clean lines, organic forms and abstract designs: Look for furniture and decor furniture and decorative items with clean lines and organic forms such as furniture with tapered legs, curved shapes, and smooth lines. abstract paintings, wallpapers and rugs for the perfect mid-century modern look.
  4. Add pops of bold colour: Mid-century modern design often features bold pops of colour in small dosages, such as bright orange, turquoise, or mustard yellow.
  5. Big Windows: Go for big windows for natural light and air. Adorn the windows with minimally detailed architraves

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Art Deco

What is Art Deco style architecture and interior design and what are its characteristics?

Originating in the 1920s Art Deco style gained popularity in the 1920s, 30s and 40s following the popular art nouveau movement. Originating in France this style was embraced by Hollywood.

It is characterized by bold geometric shapes, streamlined forms, and the use of rich materials such as chrome, glass, and mirrors. Art Deco houses feature bold patterns and high-contrast colours, with a focus on creating a luxurious and glamorous living space. The use of rich materials such as velvet and marble is common in Art Deco interiors, as is the use of metallic finishes like chrome and brass. Art Deco style incorporates modern elements, with a focus on functionality and the use of new materials and technologies. This combination of traditional luxury and modern innovation is what makes Art Deco a timeless design style that continues to attract homeowners these days.

How to achieve Art Deco-style interiors?

Art Deco style is all about creating a glamorous and luxurious space, with bold geometric patterns, rich colours, and luxurious materials.

Here are some tips to help you achieve an Art Deco-style interior:

  1. Bold colour palette: Use bold and rich colours, such as black, gold, navy blue, and emerald green on walls, furniture, and decor elements of the house to create a luxurious and dramatic feel of Art Deco style.
  2. Geometric patterns: Incorporate bold geometric patterns on wallpaper, rugs, curtains, and even furniture to create a bold and eye-catching look.
  3. Luxurious materials: The use of luxurious materials, such as marble, brass, and velvet in furniture, lighting fixtures, and decorative accents adds a sense of luxury and glamour and creates a perfect Art Deco style.
  4. Choose statement pieces: Art Deco design often features statement pieces of furniture, such as a large mirrored console table or an upholstered velvet sofa. These pieces create a focal point in a room and add to the overall glamorous feel of the space.
  5. Lighting: Use dramatic yet glamorous lighting fixtures, such as chandeliers and sconces, to get the luxury look of Art Deco style.
  6. Vintage elements: Incorporating vintage decorative pieces, such as antique metallic frame mirrors, can add to the overall aesthetic of the space.

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Coastal Modern

What is Coastal Modern style  and what are its characteristics?

The coastal modern style combines the elements of modern design with the relaxed, breezy vibe of coastal living. A style widely loved by Australians who typically enjoy family beach holidays, and a more relaxed style of living.

This style is characterized by a focus on clean lines, soft, calming, and coastal colours, open spaces, and the use of natural materials. Coastal modern-style houses incorporate lots of natural light, open floor plans, and focus on indoor/outdoor living. Light-coloured floors, walls and wooden furniture are key to this look, with tones of blues & greens inspired by the coastal waters, with crisp white textiles and coastal-inspired decorative finishes to add a fresh and breezy touch. 

How to achieve Coastal Modern style interiors?

Coastal Modern look is all about creating a relaxed yet sophisticated space, with a clean and bright interior inspired by the ocean and beach. Here are some tips to help you achieve a modern coastal look:

  1. Use light colours: Use light and bright colours, with shades of white, beige, blue, and green on walls, furniture, and decor elements to create a fresh and airy feel.
  2. Use of natural materials: The use of natural materials like wood, rattan, and jute in furniture and other decorative items creates a sense of warmth and texture in a space.
  3. Incorporate coastal elements: Use coastal elements like seashells, coral, and paintings of beach and palm trees for natural and beachy vibes.
  4. Textured textile: Use textured textiles, such as linen, cotton, or woven fabrics for cushion covers, throws and rugs to create a cosy and relaxed feel.
  5. Keep a simple and uncluttered look: Go for simple furniture with clean lines and minimal ornamentation to create a streamlined look.

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Box Modern

What is Box Modern house style and what are its characteristics?

Box modern style of houses refers to a specific architectural style that emphasizes clean, geometric shapes and minimalist design. This style is characterized by box-like structures, often with flat roofs and sharp, straight lines. This style features open floor plans that create a spacious and airy feel. When it comes to interiors of box modern style the focus is on functionality and efficient utilisation of space with built-in storage, and multipurpose spaces. Neutral colours and materials such as concrete, metal, and glass are commonly used to create a simple, sleek, and sometimes industrial look.

How to achieve Box Modern style interiors?

Box modern style interior is about creating sleek and functional space, with clean lines and minimal ornamentation. Here are some tips to help you achieve a box modern style interior:

  1. Neutral colour palette: Use shades of white, black, and grey on walls, furniture, and decor elements to create a clean and sophisticated feel.
  2. Incorporate geometric shapes: Keep the focus on clean lines and geometric shapes, in mouldings, furniture, and decor elements.
  3. Use modern material: Use materials like metal, glass, and polished concrete to create a sense of modernity and functionality.
  4. Keep it simple and minimal: Get furniture with a minimalist design, with clean lines and simple shapes to achieve a streamlined look.
  5. Use of technology: Incorporate smart home features like smart lighting and a home automation system.

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Scandi Barn

What is Scandi barn style what are the characteristics of Scandi barn houses?

Scandi barn houses are inspired by traditional Scandinavian barns and farmhouses. They are characterised by a gabled roof with a steep pitch, often clad in natural materials such as wood shingles or corrugated metal. Scandi barn houses often have an open floor plan with exposed beams and lofty ceilings. Natural materials such as wood, stone, and leather are used extensively throughout the interior to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The colour palette is typically neutral, with white or light-coloured walls and natural wood accents.

How to achieve Scandi Barn-style interiors?

Looking to create a Scandi Barn look? Here are some tips on creating Scandi barn-style interiors.

Allow natural sunlight and air: Try to connect indoors and outdoors, build open plan space for connected living and plenty of natural light and air.

  • Natural material: Incorporate natural materials like wood and stone to create a sense of warmth and texture in a space.
  • Wall panels and battens on walls and roofs: Use wall battens for steeply pitched gable roofs and V groove wall panels to adorn the walls for that cosy look and feel.
  • Textured fabric: Use textured textiles like fur and woven fabric for throws, pillow covers, cushions etc.
  • Simple furniture: Use furniture with clean lines and minimal design. Look for rustic look to add character and warmth to the space.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of mouldings are typically used in Modern/ Contemporary/ Art Deco interior design?

Modern Contemporary/ Art Deco interior design styles puts emphasis on creating a clean, minimalist look. Typically, timber mouldings used in this style of houses are: 
  • Skirtings and Architraves: In contemporary design house skirting boards are often simple. In the Art Deco style, they may be a bit more decorative, with geometric shapes or decorative accents. If you are looking for luxury modern skirting boards higher width skirtings can be chosen.┬á
  • Cornices of minimal details and angular shapes are used for this style.┬á
  • Wall panelling including wainscoting, VJ board, lining boards and wall battens can be used to add layers and details to Modern/ Contemporary/ Art Deco-style houses┬á

What are some common Modern/ Contemporary/ Art Deco timber moulding/ skirting profiles and how to choose them??

The type of timber moulding profiles chosen usually depends on the substyle within Modern/Contemporary/Art Deco style. They usually have minimal details, a clean seamless look and may have geometric design for Art Deco style. Intrim has made choosing timber moulding profiles for each substyle (including Contemporary, Art Deco, Box Modern, Modern Coastal, Mid Century Modern and Scandi barn) easy with our selections in a box. Choose your style from our Modern/ Contemporary/ Art Deco selections in a box range to┬áfind out the timber moulding profiles required to achieve that look:  

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