Offering clean lines and smooth surfaces, contemporary design is a blend of comfort, livable elements and the use of natural materials. It is dynamic, flexible and constantly changing to give way to what is being produced right now. It welcomes asymmetric features and geometric shapes while avoiding being stark or cold. So how do we then incorporate a contemporary look within our homes?
Lighting is one of the most overlooked and yet important element in contemporary design. It is essential in creating the mood and ambience of a living space, even with visually heavy details, such as wood beamed ceiling. Large windows, skylights, floor to ceiling panorama windows not only allow nature to play a key role in the inside room’s colour palette but also lets in an abundance of natural light. To incorporate contemporary style, choose the right floor plan that allows for easy flow of natural light. Lighting fixture popular in contemporary design is recessed or track lighting. They draw interest to things such as wall art and other accessories. Alternatively, you can opt for floor and table lamps with straight lines and sleek metallic finishes.
Contemporary interiors typically features neutral colours; relying heavily on shades of brown, taupe, cream or pure white. Neutral colours don’t always mean boring or monotonous. Be creative and spice up your interior with shots of colour on a single wall, bold colored sofa, striking area rug, lighting fixture or a special piece of art.
When it comes to contemporary design, using natural materials is definitely the way to go. With interior your only limitation is your imagination and budget. As for the choice of natural materials, there’s no shortage of options; Leather, cotton, wool, natural linen, slate, stone. Instead of organic material being reserved for just the interior space, they can also play a huge role in the exterior to inject a sophisticated and contemporary feel. These can be seen in patios as decorative accents and decking outside. Go big and make a statement with unique leather furniture, use large wooden flowerpots, shelves, picture frames, end tables and floor lighting. The key to an effective contemporary design is to be consistent while keeping it simple and clutter free.
Masculine metals like stainless steel, nickel and chrome are very significant for every contemporary home interior because they add a more sophisticated sleek finish and clean look. Metal is shiny and can easily accent your home by choosing spectacular lighting fixtures, stainless steel appliances for your kitchen, glass or metal railings etc. The trick is to keep the style simple and consistent from room to room. With furniture pieces in contemporary design, uniqueness can be the most noticeable point. Inject warmth and texture with the use of fabrics such as silk, crushed velvet, linen or wool. Concentrate on both form and function and opt to have all of the furniture pieces blend together.
An open and airy space is the bedrock upon which contemporary design lies. It allows a smooth transition from one room to another, creating a space that is fresh and inviting, clutter free yet sleek and modern. For example, the combination of the living room and dining room is suitable for hosting friends and family time. Transform your home into an elegant and simplistic sanctuary by focusing on the smooth lines, form and function of each item that you choose to give it an individual character.