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Modern Hues: What Makes a Color “Modern” Anyway?

October 29th, 2013 | by The Update

We talk a lot about color on this blog. It’s not surprising, since color has the power to transform bland to extraordinary with ease. But since we’re talking modern we wanted to know, “What makes a color modern, anyway?”

1: The Element of Reinterpretation – Transforming the Traditional to Modern

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Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Modern design is all about reinterpretation. At it’s basic level, modernists hope to inspire their audiences to look at the world a different way. That’s probably why reinterpretation through color ranks as one of the most popular–and arguably simplest–forms of modern interior design. Taking an antique chaise and transforming it with neon pink hues plays merrily with our expectations and assumptions about the function and role of furniture.

2: The Element of Focus – What’s Visually Striking?

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 Photos / Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

Modern is all about clean, minimal, and balance. It’s about taking away every element of visual clutter until there’s nothing left to remove. When it comes to color, this lends modern interior designer’s a perfect palate for spotlighting a particular element. A bold, gold-laquer chair in a room of white limestone. A Rothko in vibrant orange on a wall of milky glass. Color wields the power of directing focus, channeling our sights on that one aspect that defines the space and gives it life.

3: The Element of Surprise – What’s Visually Unexpected

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Photos /  Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s International Realty – San Francisco Brokerage

And then our favorite aspect of modern interior design: the element of SURPRISE! Modernism loves to give a room a big shock of color, arresting your attention, catching your breath in one dramatic swoop of hues.

So now back to where we started, “What makes a Color Modern?” Well, it’s got to be transformational, attention grabbing, and surprising. So what qualifies?

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in more than 650 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

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