Modern design sometimes gets a bad rap for being cold, impersonal and uninviting, though we firmly believe this to be an unjust reputation. Take a white room with modern and contemporary furnishings and punch it up with poppy, vibrant colors and unexpected art and accents, and you've got yourself what we like to call "happy modern." If that gargantuan anglepoise floor lamp doesn't make you smile, we're not sure what will!
A pop art-filled happy modern living room from Dom Z Pomyslem.
We featured this fresh beach-adjacent home a few years back, though the design by Sarah Stacey still looks current and inviting.
How cheerful is this Madrid living and dining room from Nuevo Estilo? Arch lamps, Saarinen dining chairs, Platner side chairs: the mid-century modern-filled home is updated with saturated colors and contemporary art.
Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar never shies away from color, so sayeth the canary yellow sofa that was the start of his previous home's living room.
Happy modern doesn't always mean a smattering of bright colors. Sometimes, it's a subdued bedroom with youthful prints and friendly accents and lighting. (via Est Living)
Who wouldn't be happy with this view of Honolulu? The graphic, citrine throw and striped turquoise accent pillows elevate the cheer further. (via Lonny)
Who said a modern kitchen had to be white? This blue cooking space from Dwell certainly delights.
The Flavor Paper wallpaper in this bedroom by Leroy Street Studio featured in Architectural Digest is perky and bubbly.
The all-white foundation of this Hollywood, Florida, living room lets the lively, high-spirited art take center stage. (via Architectural Digest)
Los Angeles designer Wendy Schwartz nails happy modern in the above dining room. The room is composed of just a few elements, but they each carry their weight equally.
Pastels are easy on the eye, but still inject personality. (via Archer Interiors)
Without the contribution of the mellow yellow and a fiery orange, the above dining room (which would surely still be quite lovely) would lean more elegant than eye-catching.