It’s a fact that most people are drawn to bright spaces. Whether the space is bright from natural light, from bold colors, or from strategic lighting, or all of the above, there’s something about a bright space that’s invigorating, energizing, and inspiring.
Check out these unique modern interiors that are not only decorated to fit their homeowners’ lives and personalities but that are also stimulating examples of the vivacious effect of a bright contemporary space.
Lots of glossy whites and an open concept floor plan, along with large open windows, make this concrete house feel surprisingly airy.
Pale ivory walls provide plenty of bright background space, while a pure white tray ceiling keeps the fresh, modern feeling floating upward.
Oversized nature-inspired prints mimic the actual nature spied out of this large entryway to create a freshly balanced and cohesive contemporary space.
Allowing the furniture to sing, so to speak, provides a vibrant energy to a grand architectural space.
Using an ombre gradient of bold colors running up the wall both heightens and brightens a clean-lined bedroom.
A single pop of color amid a sea of modern white space provides plenty of brightness and loads of character.
Plenty of comfortable white furniture interacts with beautifully unadorned floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the spacious feel in a crisp sunroom.
Brightness is maintained by keeping furniture low and visually unobtrusive, which maximizes the flow of natural light around the space.
Unexpected details, such as this graffiti-esque cupboard door and cardboard box-lined wall, serve to ground an otherwise airy modern space without weighing it down.
“Bright” isn’t exclusively “light.” Dark colors paired with clean contemporary lines create a refreshing and airy living space.
Using one or two accent colors that complement the hues from the window views is a great way to brighten up a space without going over the top.
Even where natural light may not abound, the feeling of a bright modern interior can be replicated by a bit of creative and colorful geometry.
Simple and purposeful furniture choices allow less to be more, omit unnecessary clutter, and result in a fresher, brighter room overall.
Never forget the impact of great lighting. Breezy and iridescent chandeliers, for example, provide an invaluable bright beachy feel to this kitchen.
Although it’s certainly not for everyone, going floor-through-ceiling with an eye-popping color is certainly a bold and invigorating design move.
Using airy textiles and furnishings (such as these sheer drapes, glass tabletop, and ghost dining chairs) will ultimately result in a bright space, as our eyes catch reflections of light around the room before attaching to any actual object.
Sometimes the thing that makes natural light seem brighter is providing a counterpoint to the light – for example, this wood wall of grainy shelving. A beautiful juxtaposition.
Arranging the furniture to explicitly enjoy the natural window views is a sure-fire method of brightening up any space, modern or otherwise.
It would be nearly impossible to have a space that’s anything BUT bright when the two main opposing walls are made of glass. But a lovely shiny tile floor enhances even this feature.