Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces

Architectural Detail for Modern Spaces


Architectural detail, for many, is synonymous with traditional design. Wainscoting, wall panelling, tray ceilings, crown moulding, baseboard, door and window trim are some of the most common types architectural detail.  So, with the huge trend towards modern style, is this type of millwork detailing soon to be a thing of the past?

With modern design, emphasis is on simplicity.  Some millwork like baseboards, door and window casings have an actual function so they continue to exist in modern spaces, but often with very simplistic profiles. “Embellishment-type” millwork like wall panelling and moulding is the focus of this blog.  Historically, this type of millwork has served to add interest, charm and warmth to spaces, but can it be used in a way that is simple and appropriate for spare, minimal spaces?  I know it can.  In fact, I think there exists an opportunity to use these architectural embellishments to augment modern style, add warmth to austere spaces and create very sophisticated interiors. 

Take a look at some unconventional ways that millwork is being used to inject energy into spaces and take modern style to new heights.


This chevron pattern is classic but also graphic and modern

A modern take on full wall panels and wainscoting

Continuous lines from wall to ceiling add drama and fluidity 


Concentric squares offer a dramatic and visually balanced form




An asymmetrical pattern that is not at a right angle to the floor injects modern energy into a space
















The Ramage Company

 The possibilities are endless when it comes to graphic patterns for applied mouldings




Smooth, glossy wood panels with a pronounced grain add modern luxe and warmth 


Natural tone wood boards inject texture and a modern Scandinavian vibe

















Floor to ceiling wrapping of wood panelling envelopes the space for a dramatic and intimate feel





And let’s not forget the ceiling – a plane that is less intrusive but that can still pack a punch 













I hope we’ve inspired you to think outside the box (or panel, in this case) when it comes to architectural detail for modern spaces.  Don’t be afraid to be bold, but always be mindful of scale, form and proportion.  When in doubt, enlist the help of experts like those at Eden Design to help you create millwork drawings.   A little creativity and ingenuity combined with professional eye can add a ton of personality, distinction and sophistication to your modern space!


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