Contemporary Design Ideas

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.

Contemporary style by room

Trending contemporary styles

Minimal And Open Living Room

Minimal And Open Living Room

This minimal and contemporary living room is open and full of natural light. With the walls kept minimal in decor, this allows the high ceilings to shine!

Hanukkah Fireplace Decor

Hanukkah Fireplace Decor

We love this contemporary fireplace decor with traditional Hanukkah colors of silver and blue. The modern blue artwork adds a fun element while the practical touches like a blue basket adds functional design.

Attention Seeking and Extra Pleasing

Attention Seeking and Extra Pleasing

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.

Transitional Living Room With Sectional and Accent Chair

Transitional Living Room With Sectional and Accent Chair

Comfy and casual seating ads an approachable quality to the high-quality materials in this design. Pops of gold and marble accents are made more relatable by the asymmetrical seating arrangement.

Balancing Act: Matching Your Art and Furniture

Balancing Act: Matching Your Art and Furniture

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.

Tailored Contemporary Master Bedroom

Tailored Contemporary Master Bedroom

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. 

Two for One Contemporary Coffee Table Set-up

Two for One Contemporary Coffee Table Set-up

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.

Setting the Tone with Wall Art


Setting the Tone with Wall Art

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.

Materials of Majesty

Materials of Majesty

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.

Large Patterned Rug Adds Interest to Comfy Contemporary Living Room

Large Patterned Rug Adds Interest to Comfy Contemporary Living Room

We love how the patterned rug in this space adds a lively quality to this tranquil and comfy living room.

Modren Rustic Bedroom with Funtional TV Viewing Layout

Modren Rustic Bedroom with Funtional TV Viewing Layout

Having trouble deciding where to place a TV in your bedroom? A straightforward solution is to place it directly across from your bed. You can mount it above or set it on top of your dresser or another low-profile piece of furniture.

Distinguished Home Office for Two

Distinguished Home Office for Two

This lovely home office is the perfect work space if you need to share your work space with a partner or roommate. The large bookcase has ample storage for you and a friend.

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