Often confused with modern design, contemporary design is, literally, “of the moment,” reflecting current trends in style. However, there are key elements to contemporary design that persist throughout all contemporary spaces. This type is great if you want to keep your space simple and clean looking while still allowing personal touches.
The Elements of Contemporary Design
This style uses neutral colors like white, black, and gray as its base. But, unlike minimalist and modern designs, you can add your own pops of color. For instance, a white furniture set paired with a pink ottoman is simple and classic while still allowing your personal style to shine through.
Speaking of shining through, you might want to opt for lots of natural light through your windows. If this is not an option, ambient lighting and accent lighting work as well. This will flood your space with optimism as well as highlight the positive elements of your space. An accent light against an elegant potted plant, for example, can work well.
An important characteristic of contemporary spaces is the use of geometry. Think in terms of lines. Vertical and horizontal lines in the walls, flooring, furniture, artwork, and centerpieces are integral. These allow a symmetry and cohesiveness that can make you space look really clean and put together.
Geometric shapes are also instrumental to the form of your design. Furniture pieces and fireplaces are good opportunities to add some variation in shape among the straight lines.
Removing clutter, using neutral tones, avoiding crazy patterns, and focusing on the function of objects over ornateness will help you draw attention to the space and architecture of your well-designed space. This also adds a cleanness and openness that you will truly appreciate coming home after a long day.
Plays on Texture:
Because you are playing down color, you have ample opportunity to play with the texture of your materials. This allows some variety and life among the neutral colors.
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