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Modern Style: What is it? How Do You Make It Inviting?

A modern home has very specific colors that are in the neutral, cool, tones such as white, gray, and black but they also have a small splash of color. That splash of color could be the primary colors of red, blue, green, and yellow but often softer tones can also make a fun splash of color and 2020 is seeing soft blue tones being added into the mix.

Melissa Dittmann Tracey, a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, described this style as follows, she said, "A modern home style is all about minimalism. Mid century modern, a style popularized in the 1950s but whose roots go back to the ‘20s, {it} is the focal point of the modern style movement. It tends to feature open spaces that are light, clean, and organized. The style ironically is referred to as “retro”—the opposite of modern. Common features: Color is used in moderation in mid century modern homes. The walls are often white or neutral shades of black and white. Primary colors typically are reserved for accents or to create focal points, such as colorful abstract wall art. The modern look tends to have clean, straight lines and no additional detailing on furnishings. It’s most often used for open floor plans and areas where there is a lack of moldings or trimming on windows, doors, and walls."

This style is very popular in the state of Utah and is still being found in all the new 2020 home staging and home building designs but is not a favorite style for everyone so if you are looking to sell your modern home, it is recommended that you look at your modern space and find ways to soften the spaces. A modern style home can take on a feel of being cold and stiff to those that don't enjoy this style. Adding softening elements can make a huge difference. This can be done with fluffy and softly textured pillows, rugs, and plants as well as adding decor that can draw a person into the space and connect to the space with warmth and emotion.

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Sources: "Modern Style Minimalist With Splash of Color", June 1, 2018 By Melissa Dittman Tracey

"Copyright NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Reprinted with permission."

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