Archive for October 7th, 2009

For those who like to keep current with the styles and designs of today, a contemporary style might be the perfect décor choice for your home. Nowadays, contemporary styles have shifted and are no longer as cold and unwelcoming as they once were. Today’s contemporary styles are lighter, comfortable, and very welcoming.

So what exactly is needed to create that contemporary look? Simplicity, clean lines, and sophistication are the main components of this design style. Focusing on shape, size, and color is the key to any contemporary style. What will result is a fresh, sleek look that will fit just about any room in the home. Here are some other important features of contemporary style to consider.

Contemporary Color Choices for Your Room
Contemporary styles tend to favor neutral colors, although modern variants are incorporating more colors such as blues and greens. Black is often used to ground things, creating a base for the look. It’s best to keep walls neutral, using tones such as light gray, white, and light tan.

A new trend among contemporary styles is the monochromatic theme. In this approach, you choose one or two complementary colors such as green and blue and work with only those colors, adding in one or two punches of a neutral color such as black or white. Thus, for instance, you may coordinate white pillows with a modern light-blue chair.

Accentuate the Lines and Geometry of the Room
Contemporary style relies heavily on distinct lines in the design. Definite lines in your décor might stem from geometric shapes or bare windows. It’s important not to overcrowd the space, as each and every piece needs to stand on its own and not get incorporated into the whole.

Choose Sleek and Modern Furniture
Look for sleek and modern looks with geometric patterns when you go to furnish your room. Rather than a big plush, comfy sofa, you might go with a sleek wrap-around sofa with exposed peg legs for that contemporary look. Upholstered furniture should be neutral, in tones such as white, black, tan, and gray. You can also think about Amish furniture in contemporary style. Furniture with frilly accents or pillows, as well as skirts or trim on the bottom, should definitely be avoided.

Contemporary Décor That’s Basic, Bold and Functional
It’s important to remember that with contemporary style, less is more. This means the small, cute, little things in your room need to be eliminated as you focus on the larger objects. Floral and paisley prints need to be avoided, as well as fringe and ruffles.

Contemporary décor should always be basic, bold, and functional. For instance, a simple large candle on a dish may be all that’s needed on a shelf or table. Or you might decide on another contemporary piece, such as a glass vase with colored balls or marbles. Just limit your accents to one per surface area, and keep some surfaces bare.

Any room in your home can benefit from a contemporary style and can be achieved with something as simple as new  living room or bedroom furniture accents. Before you invest, however, be sure this is the style you want. Contemporary pieces are very difficult to incorporate into other decorating themes.