Modernism isn’t actually all that modern, it dates back to the end of the 19th century. Influenced by German Bauhaus and Scandinavian designs, the style focuses on minimalism, balance and straight lines. Texas adopted the style in the 1920s, creating its own approach: Texas Modernism.
Sustainability and Adaptability
Modern design often features wood and earthy elements, but Texas Modernism takes it one step further. Ranches are built from sustainable resources: stones excavated from the sites and attainable wood from the land.
The open-space feel is a classic modern design trend. Lone Star modernists use large windows to create an open space and capture light. The late Texan architect Frank Welch would often design glass walls to create the illusion of a bigger, more open space.
Trellis and Arbors
Texas Modernists make great use of the sun. Not only do they invite light in, they also play with shadows. The use of trellises and arbors create fun patterns on top of the smooth, straight lines of modern homes. Dallas architect Max Levy explores light and shadows in many of his home designs.
Modern Texas homes often have neutral, soft colors. They are usually white-washed outside to reflect the sun. Inside, wood contrasts with cool colors to keep a comfortable environment and accentuate craftsmanship.
These examples of modern design would be great Texan additions to your home remodeling plan!