Adding Contemporary Styling To Your Home

Adding Contemporary Styling To Your HomeContemporary interior design is innovative and fresh rather than traditional, retro or modern. This means it is fluid and not as rigid in terms of framework, compared for example to modern design. If you’re already drawn to contemporary art and ready for a change, here are a few tips on how to create your very own contemporary home.

Design evolution

Around the middle of the twentieth century, during the postwar years, modern style became fashionable. It differs from what is termed contemporary style because it adheres to more rigid rules, such as geometric patterns and smooth curves – 1950s style is a classic example. Contemporary design, on the other hand, has more flexibility and therefore it’s easier to adapt it to your personal preferences.

In contemporary interiors you take a minimalist approach, opting for subtle patterns rather than bolder, more colorful prints. The overall effect is to create clean smooth lines, rather than overly fussy and potentially cluttered collections.

Open up your living space

Start by taking a critical look at how you’re using space in your home. Take out all the things that are not really necessary – you can always pop larger pieces in storage for a while if you don’t want to part with them – and consider painting walls and ceilings white, or another color that is subtle rather than bold. Keep floors clear of busy patterns and opt for smooth tiled, stone or wood coverings if possible. Bamboo, maple and ash are all very popular blonde woods used in contemporary flooring.

Let the light in

To achieve more natural light and emphasize the open space, ditch heavy curtains and blinds and opt to install stunning shutters instead. A reputable company that specialises in manufacturing shutters will measure your windows and cut the designs you choose to ensure an exact fit. Interior designers delight in revealing the clean lines around doors and windows and no wonder. By using shutters with slats that can be adjusted you can make the most of your windows at the same time as protecting your privacy, reducing noise ingress and adding a layer of insulation.

Adding Contemporary Styling To Your Home

Shine and shimmer

 Another tip in terms of contemporary décor is to use materials with high gloss finishes. Think chrome, glass, steel and lacquer when choosing furnishings and fittings. Just remember to balance them with occasional non-reflective, matt elements, to avoid an overly blinding effect. Also when it comes to furnishings remember that less is more in contemporary style and, as with heavy curtains, ditch the loose slipcovers in favor of a more polished, upholstered look.

Finally, consider the wall art that is suitable for your redesigned home and the accessories you use. Large scale contemporary artworks can really draw the eye if you’re lucky enough to have the wall space, while minimizing ornaments will focus more attention on those you have chosen to use, and help you avoid a space that feel cluttered. With the right additions, you will have achieved a truly contemporary feel to your home.


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  1. October 22, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Hey melissa,

    Wonderful idea to style and look our home stately. Without having a proper knowledge on interior design, we feel trouble look our home beautiful. Each tip is useful and informative for everyone to look their home stylish. I much appreciate you for making aware through this useful tips to style home.

    As we all know, everyone wants to look home nice but due to lack of information they aren’t able to do. The last tip of shine and shimmer is really informative to know. Sometimes the use of material leaves high glass finishes that looks wonderful. Nowadays, it become fashion to use materials and glass in the place of marble and tiles.

    Yeah, you’re absolutely right, we must leave a space to light in that helps to shine and glow interior look and style of home. You have added a nice and useful tips here to style home. Each one is written and explained very well. Thanks for the tips.

    With regards.
    – Ravi.

    • melissajanelee
      November 9, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Hi Ravi, thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment 🙂 I’m so glad you like the post!

  2. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    November 13, 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I love the flow of a room using Contemporary interior design – it’s so modern and fresh

    • melissajanelee
      November 18, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      Thank you Kelly 🙂

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