Modern Design Perfect for Contemporary Lifestyles

One of the most iconic modern homes ever belonged to the 60s-era sitcom family, The Brady Bunch. With avocado appliances, orange formica and a floating staircase, the split-level residence was home to six kids, who shared a single bathroom!

Today’s modern design is quite the departure from the futuristic décor and outlandish color palettes of that era and instead have been replaced with an inspiring blend of clean lines and cozy accents. Now, modern décor is easy to achieve, comfortable — and timeless.

Take a cue from Quadrant’s Ray Meadows community. Coming in Summer 2018, Ray Meadows in Redmond will feature unique exteriors and thoughtful floor plans, perfect for a contemporary lifestyle. The community blends both design and function into modern living, featuring low maintenance yards, covered outdoor living and surrounding parks and green spaces.

While many homebuyers believe modern design is cold, hard and even clinical, Kate Pourhassanian believes the opposite is true. Kate is a Director at HRI Design, a design partner Quadrant works closely with to create interior designs in its model homes that are aspirational, yet achievable for customers.

Modern design is all about balance and symmetry, she explains. “You balance cool and warm, trendy and traditional, and soft and hard surfaces such as chrome with more raw, natural textures.” Then, incorporate personal items that represent you, your family, your travels and your interests to make a modern home feel welcoming.

Ray Meadows interiors will feature the best ideas of today’s modern design elements. When decorating your own space, try to keep in mind the following:

Organic living.
Organic spaces flow naturally, utilizing earth-inspired materials and allowing plenty of light into your home. Gorgeous stone accents add a natural feel and texture to walls and backsplashes, and colors such as celadon and jade bring elements of nature inside.

A neutral color palette.
When decorating a modern space, start with a fresh, neutral color palette. Ray Meadows’ homes use linen and oatmeal, for example, and then add accent colors, such as sunset rust, sky-blue or charcoal. If your background is on the warmer end of the spectrum, like cream or tan, accent with cooler neutrals, such as gray, black and white and vice versa. Additionally, matte black surfaces and iron or industrial elements can be used to ground a space.

Natural wood.
The mid-century revival has brought back walnuts and rich colors that help balance the minimal palette and sharp edges of modern design. Ray Meadows homes are all about integrating natural woods. In furniture and décor, walnut looks great with zinc accents, and touches of espresso compliment a lighter washed wood.

Slim silhouettes.
Modern style is sleek, but can still be warm and inviting. Look for comfortable couches and furniture with low profiles, clean lines and thin legs to help a room maintain a light and airy look. Contemporary furniture and pendant lights can combine for a modern update.

Lots of layers.
To add some coziness to a modern-inspired room, Pourhassanian recommends incorporating fabrics with interesting textures and movement. Layer fabrics with patterns, fringe, tassles, stitching and raw or woven textures. Additionally, throw pillows and blankets are a great opportunity to add pops of color that balance out an otherwise neutral palette.

Make it your own.
Modern design can work for any lifestyle.The key is to make it your own. A sprinkling of personal, meaningful items make a space feel welcoming and curated, and these unique touches are ultimately what make a house a home. Keep in mind though; less is more. Be intentional with the pieces you choose, but include what you love.

If you’re interested in a home at the cutting edge of modern design, join the Interest List for Ray Meadows. Located in the Lake Washington School District, just steps away from Redmond amenities, homes range from 2,800 to 4,000 square feet and feature a variety of floor plans with optional upgrades like rooftop decks.

Be inspired by the modern touches in a new Quadrant Home. Connect with a New Home Specialist at (866) 784-6637, or email

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