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Modern Contemporary / Art Deco

Interior mouldings in modern homes more recently use a minimal Shadowline skirting, or a smaller profile with with sharp, hard lines.

 

Modern interior design grew out of the decorative arts, notably Art Deco, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It reached its peak in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The style originated in France in the 1920’s following the popular art nouveau movement, although a Hollywood influence was apparent as well. An understated elegance together with the use of geometric motifs and characteristic colours are associated with the art deco era.

One of the most important elements of modern design is the use of geometric shapes, including rigid squares and rectangles along with smooth curves (clean lines). Perfect circles and ovals are also common in modern interior design and design is generally very simple and even minimal, with few ornamental flourishes to interrupt the even, unbroken lines and flat surfaces.

Many materials are used in modern design, with wood, straight line metal and plastic being most common. Often wood is painted to cover the natural grain or is used as a contrast to more artificial shapes and material, such as concrete. Glossy metals, such as stainless steel, and smooth glass and plastics are among the signature materials in modern interior spaces.

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