One of the things I love about living in Austin is driving through town and seeing the huge variety of homes. This is why I was so excited to take part in the Modern Home Tour…an annual event where homeowners, builders, and architects put their uber-modern homes on display for the public to enjoy. The most memorable feature in a home was an indoor/outdoor swimming pool with its entry point between the living room and kitchen where stairs led into a small indoor pool that went right up to the wall and connected to the larger outdoor pool below. Aside from the wow factor though, there were definitely some design trends I noticed that I’d like to share with you in this blog post.
- Strong geometric shapes with lots of right angles and a flat roof.
- Exterior of the homes were not overtly flashy. Upon opening the door of these homes the beauty and unconventionality of the interior washes over you as soon as you step inside.
- The power of this feeling seemed to correlate inversely with the level of the exterior’s “pizzaz” factor.
- The use of basic natural materials such as glass, metal, and wood almost always give a home a modern feel.
- Wood was used to great effect in many of the homes on the tour, especially as a design element on ceilings.
- Many kitchens also featured plain front cabinets. Wood cabinets are nothing new, but foregoing any embellishments allowed the natural beauty of wood to shine.
- The use of unconventional tiles and patterns in the master bath was consistent among the homes on display.
- The photo below highlights the use of textured tile. This tile’s texture was so intricate its tactile feel was similar to woven carpet. It made the hard-tile feel softer than it really was, and the texture made it visually appealing.
- An interesting shower pan gives a fresh feel to a standard part of a bathroom. The raised circles and bright color in the photo below make this bathroom standout from the others.
- Another photo shows the use of iridescent tiles in the shower surround arranged in a herringbone zigzag as opposed to the standard brick pattern. Changing the pattern helps give this bath a modern feel.
- Using items that are uncommon, or using common items in an uncommon way help give a home a modern design twist. This final group of photos highlights this idea.
- Vertical succulent gardens hung outside windows are a great idea to block the view of neighbors barbecuing in their backyard, with the added benefit of making a home feel more secluded than it really is.
- This all glass, raised bathroom sink really catches the eye.
- Replacing the artificial wood logs in a gas fireplace with black spherical stones instantly creates a fresh focal point in a modern living area.
I cannot recommend the Austin Modern Home Tour enough. I’m already excited to see what homes will be on the tour next year, and if you liked what you read maybe you’d be interested to go on the tour yourself! It gave me some ideas of what I could do in my own home to modernize things a bit. If you’re curious there are some great DIY tutorials online for how to install wood flooring on your ceiling…you’d have to be pretty brave to try something like that though!