Contemporary 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.
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.
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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