When it comes to styling your home, if you enjoy keeping up with current styles and a cool modern vibe, then chances are you are a Contemporary style follower. Contemporary design is inherently trendy as it's a design style that is always evolving and quite literally means "of now". What does this mean as far as furniture and decore looks? Well, contemporary style design furniture has softer lines and rounded edges as opposed to the linear nature of modern or even some Mid-Century looks. When it comes to patterns, contemporary style consists heavily of solid colors and subtle patterns. You’ll find a neutral inspired color palette which aids in the serene effect that this design style creates. The neutral elements also allow the focus to be on the shape and lines happening within the design itself rather than the accessories and extra ‘fluff’. There are some basic rules to follow when designing a contemporary style home. The first, as mentioned previously is the use of the color. Neutral colors are the main stars of this particular design style, however, that doesn’t mean you can ‘pop’ a color! Using an accent of blue or green, or another color that isn’t too loud is a beautiful way to add some personality to your space. Black is often used in contemporary style design as a grounding color, adding contrast and bold sharp contrast to the neutrals. Another basic rule to follow with contemporary style is lines and spacing. This one may seem a bit obvious, but it’s very important. Being intentional about the use of horizontal and vertical lines in your contemporary space creates energy and flow in an environment. The space that is not filled, like the space between furniture, the bare space on the walls, etc, is just as important as the space that is taken up with solid items in the space. This rule is all about striking a balance, taking advantage of the structural elements of a space, and to let each piece of furniture and decor stand in its individuality and shine in the space. Though not as extreme as minimalist style, contemporary style does follow a less is more approach when it comes to furnishing. The furniture should be chosen with great intention, as it should make a bold statement within the space! When there is less, the less needs to stand out and yet be simple. Geometry and smooth clean lines play a role in contemporary style, as does the actual materials used for the furniture. For example, a sleek dining table with smooth wood and an X base would be more appropriate for the contemporary design than a raw and rustic style table. Extra frill, like fringe on rugs, curvacious sofas, and loud prints should be skipped with contemporary design. Go simple, bold, and structural and you will find yourself with a beautiful contemporary foundation. By following these simple design tricks, your contemporary home can feel polished and highly stylized! We hope you enjoy our Contemporary Design Ideas and find much inspiration.
Add subtle balance to your sideboard decor with interestingly shaped objects that draw attention to your art. Flanked by 4 uniquely shape decorative objects, the landscape in this image becomes more attention-grabbing and gives the eye a nice scene to focus on.
Getting the proportions of your furniture and wall art right can be a tricky balancing act. Fortunately, decorative items can bridge the gap between what is hanging on your wall and the furniture that rests along with it. In this image 3 delicate line drawings are paired above the right side of a substantial console table while a tall vase and cherry blossom rest on the left. The vase fills in blank space on the wall behind it and leads the eye towards the wall art, which draws your gaze back down to the console, creating a sense of visual balance in the space.
Comfort and refined style are the underlying principles in this tailored master bedroom. The canopy bed sets the stage for a perfectly balanced space, which features pairs of matching nightstand dressers, table lamps, and pillows. A jute rug offers a touch of relaxed texture but is in keeping with the overall polished color scheme and aesthetic. Our main takeaway from this well-dressed bedroom? Leaning into symmetry is always a good idea.
They say two heads are better than one, and this design makes us think the same rule applies to coffee tables. Not only does the light woven ottoman serve as additional surface space, but it also balances the larger black coffee table with it's neutral tone. Making the whole area feel more harmonious.
Whether you're building your decor around you wall art or trying to find art pieces that compliment your decor's vibe, it's important to understand that what hangs on your wall is often what speaks loudest about your intentions for the space. If you really want a space that feels like you, make sure to pair images and design styles that make sense together. For example, in this room, a gallery wall of black and white photos feels sentimental, casual, and inviting and perfectly complements the rustic-contemporary decor.
If you want to add impact to your space without going overboard, consider pairing simple forms and intricate materials. A burlwood console, woven top stool, and marble accents have organic textures that feel ornate and interesting without overpowering the space in this image. The marble themed wall art echos the decor's organic materials, providing an extra level of interest.
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