If you’re new to the world of interior design, it can be quite difficult to separate styles and designs to realise which are your favourites. Admittedly, there are many crossovers in design and it’s aesthetics, which is why many of us often refer to contemporary as modern design.
Essentially, contemporary means in the moment, what’s current, what’s trending right now and what’s popular. This style dates back to the 1970s, and its uniqueness is achieved through elements from other aesthetics. It’s a combination of traditional, modern, and futuristic designs that all come together to form one, so to speak. This style is constantly evolving, with sophisticated curved lines, minimalistic designs and neutral colours.
Modern design, on the other hand, refers to designs of the mid-1900s. More specifically, it focuses on architectural style. Have you ever wondered what makes a room contemporary? Thanks to the dictionary, it defines contemporary as:
- Living or occurring at the same time
- Belonging to or occurring in the present
The Main Elements To Achieve a Contemporary Design
- Lines and Spaces
- The Use of Colour
- Contemporary Style Furniture
Lines and Spaces – Clean lines are a key element in incorporating a contemporary style into your home. You can use your home’s structure to highlight design details that otherwise would be hidden away. This technique can be achieved through a variety of things, from accentuating the frame lines in the building structure to perfectly match with your furniture pieces, to using straight, vertical and horizontal lines or smooth, curved shapes. ‘The line’ is an extremely distinctive element in contemporary design. Be sure not to overuse too many straight lines, as this can risk turning a contemporary interior into an industrial and minimalist one!
The Use of Colour – A contemporary interior praises the neutral colour palette. Say goodbye to geometric patterns, or any patterns for that matter. Your contemporary colour palette should feature a range of whites, creams, and darker shades and tones in order to create a simplistic, but sophisticated and luxury look and feel. You can play around with brighter colours too, however, these should act as subtle accent colours so you don’t accidentally overdo it. You can also add vibrant colours to your interior through accessory pieces and artwork.
Contemporary Style Furniture – As contemporary design is best known for its sleek lines, this helps when it comes to picking out furniture, whether you’re going for a complete look, or just upgrades here and there. Usually, the lines of contemporary furniture are gently curved or hard-edged. A statement piece such as a sofa, or an armchair can really make all the difference in a room. Alternatively, if you’re only looking for small changes to make to your existing interior and therefore save some pennies, contemporary doors can bring a new sense of aesthetic appeal and colour to your interior.
Artwork and Lighting – You can feature your personality through artwork pieces in your interior. While the overall design of contemporary includes plain furnishings and simple colours, you can create vibrant spaces in a room which pop a bit of colour. Statement artwork pieces or prints can compliment your colour shades and other subtle accent colours without being too much of a distraction.
See a few incredible artwork pieces below which would fit perfectly in a contemporary interior.
Lighting has also become a key feature in rooms, with futuristic styles and designs made to leave the best of impressions. It has the power to make or break a room, so if you’re going for a rose gold themed bathroom, for example, accentuate the rose gold colour with accessories, a lighting pendant being one!
Contemporary Interior Design Hacks
- Be sure to stick to neutral colours
- Accentuate with bold colours or metal
- Add texture through fabrics such as crushed velvet, wool, linen and silk
- Explore different wood tones
- Consider an open floor plan
- Feature exterior architectural details to blend with interior and nature
- Get rid of clutter
Contemporary design has proven very popular in the last few years, as homeowners are most attracted to what’s on-trend, and what will make their interior different to others in years to come. We know to invest in your interior can be time consuming and expensive, so start with small changes first! Pick up the paint roller and refresh your living room walls, remove clutter, upcycle old furniture pieces and plenty more.