The modern home is typified by the simplification of form and the elimination of ornament—less is more. Conceived early in the 20th century, modern architecture was a reaction against lavish stylistic excesses and driven by the availability of new building materials like iron, steel, concrete and glass and the new design flexibility found in the materials.
Interior spaces in a modern-designed home are open and airy, using a free arrangement of windows to emphasize natural light. Floor plans are sparse and simple with minimalist architectural touches. From doors to mantels to staircases, the modern home is streamlined and asymmetric with clean lines throughout. This continues to the exterior of the home with the use of flat roofs with multiple rooflines. Overall, the industrial look and feel of the modern home is complemented by its ability to facilitate functional, clutter-free living.