1. Contemporary Design is Fresh and Clean.
Contemporary design is one of the most popular interior styles at this time. Contemporary design features clean lines and bold colors, but with a softness that is in contrast to the stark lines seen in modern design of the mid 20th century. Contemporary design features design that is popular at the present time. In the past decade there has been a definite trend away from the heavy traditional design of the past. Younger people today often want a cleaner, fresher, and brighter design. The design below that I created for one of my clients features accents of red and lots of contrast.
2. Contemporary Design Features Neutrals Tones with Bursts of Color.
Contemporary design often features tone-on-tone color palettes relying on neutrals of beige, taupe, or grey. Bursts of color are often included through the addition of colorful artwork, a striking area rug, bold throw pillows, and colorful accessories. Lots of color can be added by keeping the major pieces of furniture neutral and including color in the accent pieces as shown in the photo below of another of my client projects.
3. Contemporary Furniture Has Clean Lines and Smooth Surfaces.
Contemporary furniture pieces feature clean lines and smooth surfaces without carving or adornment. Wood stains are often natural light-colored woods such as maple and birch which have subtle graining. Also popular are darker woods in shades of walnut, expresso, and gray. Finishes are clean without distressing. Clear or frosted glass is often used on tabletops. Metal finishes can be cooler tones of stainless steel, nickel, and chrome. Also popular are warmer finishes like bronze, copper, and gold. The photo below, another of my client projects, features a unique parchment veneered dining table and buffet.
4. Fabrics are Natural with Texture and Accent Fabrics Bring in Bold Colors.
Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen, and cotton are popular and add texture and neutral tones. Bold color or geometric pattern may be added to the design with artwork, throw pillows, area rugs, and lamps.
5. Contemporary Lighting is an Artistic Statement.
Contemporary design utilizes lighting as an artistic statement. Floor and table lamps are included not just for the lighting they provide, but also for their clean lines and sleek metallic finishes. Lampshades may add texture and/or color. A variety of lamps will add interest and personality to the design. For the project below I included sleek track lighting to highlight the original artwork and to add light to the room. A variety of unique lamps add to the lighting and personality of the room.
Contemporary Accessories and Accent Furniture Available for Your Home
I’m thrilled to say that our Innovations Designer Home Decor & Accent Furniture online shopping boutique now features the ability to shop by style. I’ve personally selected each and every beautiful piece on our site. Please take a look at all of our contemporary accent pieces, artwork, and accent furniture, all available on our shopping site.
Until next time,