When it comes to contemporary architectural style, a common misconception is that it is minimalist and cold. However, “warm contemporary” homes are heating up the real estate landscape. A large number of modern designs feature elements that are naturally warm and inviting, such as wood and stone.
The basic fundamentals of modern architecture are clean and simple, and they adhere to the ideal that form follows function. Modern architecture embraces simplicity, allows for clear views of structural elements and avoids unnecessary design details. This is why most modern designs feature elements of wood, steel and glass… in order to show-off these industrial structural materials.
Modern architecture boasts the actual structure and materials used in the building as opposed to covering them up with ornate designs. It is defined by clean lines and minimalist interiors that allow the structure to speak for itself and take center-stage. Focus is often on industrial metals such as steel, concrete and glass, which can read as a bit cold. Fortunately, contemporary architecture’s use of wood, stone and designs that allow for ample natural light create a warm, welcoming and beautiful environment.
Floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, large windows that let in natural light and vaulted ceilings help to add more character and warmth to the linear and uncluttered architecture.
Additionally, most modern plans contain fewer walls, which helps to create the welcoming, open living space that most people are looking for in today’s home.
Modern designs are unique, inviting and open. Even better, traditional design elements can be incorporated in order to get the best of both design worlds by mixing both traditional and modern architectural elements.
Contemporary design easily paves the way for smart home technology, something today’s homeowners are looking for. Innovative technological details include wireless and remote access for controlling electronics, heating/cooling systems, lighting, security and more and are frequently hidden behind beautiful, modern architectural details.
This home in beautiful Santa Monica Canyon is a beautiful example of warm contemporary architecture. From the warm wood on the exterior, to beautiful stone work on the fireplaces, to the bright, light filled rooms this home is what today’s modern home is all about. Get a bird’s eye view here: