Showcasing Atlanta’s Modern Home Architecture and Interior Design

Modern living room design
Tyler Lynch holds his finger on the pulse of modern design in Atlanta in his role as interior design territory manager at CODARUS, an AmericasMart Atlanta showroom, and with his involvement in the promotion of the MA Home Tour this month. Here he shares his take on what makes modern design unique and how you can add major or minor modern touches to your own home.
The elements of a modern aesthetic are clean, unadorned and timeless. Crisp lines, natural materials and, often, a subtle, unifying color, such as white, characterize modern homes or commercial spaces. The growing population of modern enthusiasts brings a welcome influx of modern or contemporary homes to Atlanta. 
Drive through some of Atlanta’s most lush neighborhoods, like Ansley Park, Morningside or Grant Park, to see the juxtaposition of new and old architecture there. While the contrast in the style of these homes can be abrupt, it can also be refreshing for an evolving historic neighborhood. The Modern Atlanta Home Tour this month presents a unique opportunity to experience Atlanta’s offerings in modern design.  

Habachy Designs
A bathroom renovation can often be a costly endeavor. However, designing a modern bath can actually be less costly than other styles. Remove a dated bathtub and replace it with a walk-in shower with clean, white subway tile and a frameless door. Small bath? Use elongated, wide tile to give the space a larger look. Be bold! Use a touch of brass in your space—brass finishes continue to trend in the kitchen and bath industry. Consider hiring a kitchen and bath designer to help you plan. Visit the American Society of Interior Designers,, or National Kitchen and Bath Association,, websites to find a design professional that fits your aesthetic, budget and time frame for the renovation.  
David Daniels Design
On the interior of your home, clean surfaces and tiles with minimal pattern or embellishments are a calming representation of modern sensibilities. For a kitchen makeover, try a more contemporary approach with a sleek marble or Silestone countertop. Using matching monochromatic appliances and a modern kitchen faucet will not only add value to your home, it will be easy to maintain. 
(See this kitchen on the MA Modern Home Design Tour this month.) 
Balance Design Atlanta
In a bedroom or home office, opt for wall-to-wall carpet with less pile for a seamless modern look. Have hardwood floors? Make an investment and choose a sophisticated rug for the space. A hand-knotted viscose/wool rug with a neutral palette will keep your space looking modern. But it’s not the most kid-friendly, so buyer beware! 
Carl Mattison Design and Round Here Renovations
To bring “modern” into your living space, start at the top—remove that “popcorn” (also known as acoustic ceiling). Replace a dated ceiling fan with a modern or contemporary light fixture to update the look. Select furniture with less pattern, straight lines and no rolled arms! Use pops of color with accessories such as fresh flowers, pillows and colorful books in a bookshelf. Artwork is always a great way to update a living space. Perhaps you love your artwork and don’t want to do without it—switch out the frame for a cleaner appearance. Don’t know what to do with your fireplace? If it’s dated, paint it. Period.
Mattison describes this modern living room’s central feature, “Rather than putting a standard-height, traditional mantel over the firebox, the home’s 12-foot ceiling height was taken advantage of by tiling the entire wall with a warm, wood-look, porcelain tile. This focuses on the ceiling height and adds a modern cleanliness to the room without going so modern that the fireplace would look out of place in a home that had many traditional touches.”
Tyler’s Favorite Atlanta Resources for Shopping Modern Design 
AmericasMart Atlanta
, 240 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta
American Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), 
351 Peachtree Hills Ave. NE, Ste. 423, Atlanta, 

Pieces, 3234-A Roswell Rd. NW, Atlanta
, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Ste. E180, Atlanta
Switch Modern—670 14th St. NW, Atlanta
Westside Market—1530 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW, Atlanta
Want to learn more about Modern Design?

Don’t miss the Modern Home Design Tour 
coming to Atlanta!
You’re invited to walk through some of the most gorgeous modern homes Atlanta has to offer.  
Join the “Design Is Human” Architecture Tour, Atlanta/Serenbe on Saturday and Sunday, June 11 & 12, 2016 10am to 4pm.
Established in 2007, MA Architecture Tour has inspired, entertained and educated thousands of admiring fans in love with contemporary architecture and thoughtful design. The highly publicized tour is also a shining example of the United States’ new language of bold urbanism, proudly projecting its creative potential to the rest of the world.
Tickets are $40.87 ($29.48 for students with ID) and include entry to the MA International Design Expo and Tour Launch Event at ADAC on June 10, 2016, and all Satellite Architecture Tours (Asheville and Ponce City Market) plus a copy of the MA! Book.
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