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What is Contemporary design? 

Although some elements of modern design can be seen in contemporary design, these two styles have their own exclusive signatures. So what is contemporary design? By definition, contemporary refers to “living or occurring at present.” Contemporary, at its core, refers to “of the moment,” which illustrates that contemporary interior design styles refer to current design trends while paying homage to the past. Dating back to the 1970’s, contemporary style is truly unique as it borrows elements from several other design styles.

Another important aspect of contemporary interior design styles is that they’re constantly evolving. Unlike other styles that are usually devoted to a particular look, time, and spirit, contemporary style refers to the styles gaining traction today. When looking at contemporary interior design styles of today, you’ll notice neutral palettes, curved lines, and prominent minimalism. 


Characteristics of a Contemporary Design

Though, contemporary interior designing does not follow any strict instructions when compared to its counterparts and allows a little bit of rule breaking here and there, we bring to you some of its distinct characteristics.

  • Colors

Black, White and Neutrals, accentuated with bold and bright shades form the main color palette in contemporary decorating. Black is used to ground and define the room with wall painted in neutrals. Bold colored accessories form the backdrop. In case, the walls are painted in pastels, the trims will be neutral and if the walls are colored in bright colors, neutrals will be used everywhere else.

  • Lines

It is the line that forms one of the most distinct features of contemporary interior designing. It is found everywhere from architectural details, furniture pieces, color blocks and in the geometric shapes of wall art. This style of home decor works on the thumb rule of ‘less is more’ hence every item counts and forms an indispensable part of the decor.

  • Furniture

When it comes to furniture, smooth, simple, clean and geometric shapes forms the essence of a contemporary styled room. Fabrics used in them often have a natural look, mostly associated with cotton, wool, silk and jute. Furniture pieces need to be simple and uncluttered, without curves or any flashy decoration. None of the pieces have any kind of trim, fringe or tassel.

  • Lighting

Lighting is used to create an artistic statement with contemporary interior designing. Here lamps have straight line and sparkling metallic finishes with a hint of bright color. Frequently used fixtures include tracked or recessed lighting, floor lamps and pendants.

  • Wood Tones

In the section of choosing wood surfaces, contemporary home  interior design employs very light or very dark tones. It is applied in this fashion for all kinds of wooden elements used in a home from flooring to room accessories.​

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