Interior Styles with Mid-Journey AI: ‘Pure Modern’ Genre Inspiration

Do you love interior design styles and the culture and stories behind them? So do we! Today we look at some editorial style inspiration for the Pure Modern style genre through the eyes of artificial intelligence.

If you’re new to the idea of style genres, the basic idea is that we divide all the interior design styles that exist across a spectrum of five possible types, ranging from traditional to modern. The mixed, or ‘eclectic’ genre fits between two buffer categories, ‘modern-eclectic’ and ‘eclectic-traditional’.

Here the modern style is represented with a Nordic touch, incorporating natural light and simple, lightweight furniture and plants against a neutral backdrop.

The Pure Modern Genre is easy to spot, and we’ve covered how to do that in a few other posts on this site, one of which you can find here if you are interested. Our latest look at this style genre comes with the purpose of sharing some brand new images we generated using artificial intelligence, using text-to-image prompting.

Now, I probably don’t have to tell you that text-to-image in five seconds is not the way interior designers usually generate images. We usually think of the process as being just that: a process. However, I’ve been so blown away by AI’s ability to generate incredible and original interior design “renderings” with the use of text prompts, that I couldn’t wait to test it out on the style theory that I’ve been teaching on this blog. And here we are!

Organic Modern Styles

As you can see, the organic modern style is imagined here in a creative and playful way. Like all pure modern styles, there is an emphasis on serene, calm palettes, muted tones and simplified forms. Although the most extreme expression of pure modern can tend to be austere, in recent times we’ve seen a renewed interest in whimsy, with organic, rounded and playful forms that add to the function or simply the joy of the object itself. The examples above showcase wooden slats and fluted details which work incredibly well with a white, cream or otherwise neutral backdrop. The artwork tends to be abstract and reminiscent of the natural world. The plants well considered and add a sculptural element to the overall scheme, lending harmony and balance.

Abstract Contemporary Modern Styles

Abstraction is an important part of the culture of modernism, and has its roots in early abstract art like cubism, and in de-constructivist architecture. Using angular furniture and making abstract art work the centerpiece, a room that is otherwise simple and unremarkable suddenly comes to life. Elements that are playful in form, especially those that reference artforms like origami (the Japanese art of paper-folding), can add an architectural dynamism that doesn’t need to reference the actual architecture of the room to be effective.

Wabi-Sabi Modern Styles

If there are two principles ways of thinking about modern that tend to play off of one another, I would think of those as being the tendency toward the use of interior furnishings which rely on cutting edge technology, thus producing ever new and interesting effects, and the opposing tendency toward keeping this natural and bringing nature indoors. In the example of wabi-sabi styles, we are invited to embrace imperfection in materials and embrace rough textures and hand-crafted elements that focus on simplicity and are never over-wrought or overworked. Wabi-sabi doesn’t have to look aged across the entire design, as we see in the above examples. Instead, you could bring in elements of wabi-sabi or combine it with new elements for a very updated and trend-setting millennnial look.

Artful and Whimsical Modern Millennial Styles

The millennial modern style is headed in a direction parallel with more modern construction, fitting and decoration techniques. As seen in the work of Zaha Hadid, one of our favorite architects, parametric architecture is really hot right now, and we expect it to continue to make its way into interiors as we head into a new era of interior design. 3D printing is an important part of this evolution, and will make more custom and highly individualized interiors the likes of the images above more accessible in people’s homes. Look for the earliest examples of this type of design in retail and commercial settings. Undoubtedly it will make its way into the homes of celebrities and our favorite shelter magazines in due course!

I hope you enjoyed looking at AI’s vision for spaces in the Pure Modern genre. These images were created using Midjourney AI version 4. If you’d like to know more about how to create these types of images for yourself, sign up for our newsletter and keep an eye out for future posts on the topic.

Happy Styling!


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