Contemporary styled designs and living spaces draw upon various styles that have come to define the second half of the twentieth century. Quite often, furniture styles feature softer lines than what is traditionally seen in Modern design, but still maintain a sleek, clean and economic aesthetic., economic referring to efficiently designed pieces that are free from unnecessary elements or gaudy ornamentation. Spaces incorporate a single bold color against neutral bases of white and tan earth tones, usually with black accents. A room or property that is designed in the Contemporary style is well organized, open, and features a limited color palette.
Contemporary design encompasses and expands upon minimalism, Frank Lloyd Wright's revolutionary modern living designs, Asian and European aesthetic and often incorporates older furniture or objects. Contemporary design usually involves technological elements as well. It is the style of the twenty-first century and while it is multicultural and simplified, there are some tricks to getting that look.
Contemporary interior color is recognizable for its simple tone on tone palettes. Whites and earth tones, specifically browns dominate the space. Bursts of bright color liven up a room in limited capacities. Often specific elements or objects are in color, such as a lighting fixture, a rug, and art pieces. A single wall may even be painted an accent color, given that there isn't too much of the color in the rest of the room. Color is not the main focus of Contemporary design. It is an important aspect, but keep in mind not to overdo it.
Slim yet strong silhouettes are a main feature of furniture for this style. Pieces should be free of adornment or carving, the stress being on the expertly crafted design of each piece. Furniture is made of wood, stainless steel, nickel, chrome or even glass. Typical woods tend to be light, and are quite often birch or maple. These woods tend to have less grain than oak or pine, and this is essential for keeping the attention on the design and not on the wood grain. Plastics should be avoided unless another alternative is not possible.
Staying in line with the furniture, the fabrics in the space should be made of natural fibers. Wool, silk, cotton and linen are great decisions because they have naturally neutral tones. Geometric patterns or bold colors can be brought in with a coordinating rug, pillows, window treatments or blankets.
Lighting design in Contemporary style is often approached as if the light and fixtures themselves are art. Sleek lines and elegant metals are used as the fixtures. Lamp shades can be stained glass (keep it within the modern aesthetic) or may even be a colored shade. Creative placement of lights will accent the lines of the architecture and furniture, as well as provide light to work by. Recessed lighting maintains the overall simplicity to the room.