If you’ve been researching ways to revamp your décor recently, odds are you’ve come across contemporary design styles, whether you realized it or not. You may already have an idea of what it is, but you may not be sure. That’s where we come in. We’re here to answer what is contemporary design, and more importantly, how do you achieve it?
Contemporary design is defined by sleek, clean lines. It is most definitely a “no frills” type of interior design. One of the easiest ways to pull off a contemporary design décor is to leave a lot of space around the furniture, on the walls and even on the floors. Adhere to the rule that less is more and you will be successful.
The style of design known as contemporary predominantly uses solid, neutral colors as the backdrop to the room. Paint the walls a bold neutral, such as gray or charcoal for an ultra-sophisticated contemporary look. Then add a few accents in vibrant colors. It doesn’t matter what color you use as an accent, as long as it is bright and it suits your personal style.
Avoid using patterns in this type of design, especially a floral pattern. They add a busyness that interferes with the intended sleek, spacious feel inherent in contemporary design. If you must use a print, use a bold geometric two-color print as an accent, perhaps a pillow or artwork.
The furniture you chose for a contemporary design should also have smooth, sleek lines. Avoid ruffles, skirts, and patterns. Show off the legs of your sofa and armchairs. The visual space between the bottom of the furniture and the floor will add to the spacious feel of the room.
Forget the ceiling chandelier. The way to go in this type of design is to use spotlights or canned lights on a track. Table lamps are okay as well, as long as the base has smooth, straight lines and the shade echoes the base.
Position your spotlights or canned lights to accent artwork or even a large specimen plant. Make sure you use a large plant and put it into a pot that is definitely no-frills. You can also aim a spotlight at a piece of modern-looking sculpture or a piece of furniture that you want to draw attention to.
Flooring in contemporary design is also understated. Keep the floors bare if possible. If you must use carpeting or an area rug, choose a solid neutral color. Add texture by putting down a jute rug or a bi-colored geometric print. If you go the print route, make it the only print in the room to keep the feeling of an uncluttered, spacious area.
If you are comfortable with or live in an area where you don’t need window coverings, by all means, leave the windows bare. They will create an extra feeling of spaciousness by bringing the outside in.
If you simply cannot abide having the world looking in on you, try adding a privacy film to the bottom half of your windows. It is easy to install. You just cut the film to size and spray soapy water on the window glass. Then simply put the privacy film into place and rub it smooth with the palms of your hands. They stay up surprisingly well, given how easy it is to install them.
At the very minimum, you can successfully pull off a contemporary interior design by decluttering your space. Keep accessories to a minimum. If you must accessorize, use a few large pieces strategically placed. Remember to leave a lot of space between them.
The key to contemporary design is simply this: less is more. Fewer accessories, less artwork, fewer colors, no patterns. Simplicity at its finest. Start with a neutral color, preferably in a bold shade. Add a bright, vibrant accent color in one or two places. Hang only a few pieces of art, leaving lots of empty wall space. Keep the windows bare if you can and strategically place spotlights to accent art, greenery or a cherished piece of furniture. Learn to love hardwood flooring.
Presto, there you have it. A few simple tips and you’ve just successfully pulled off a contemporary design décor.