I have already talked a little about how Contemporary Style is different from Modern Style here. Check that post out first if you are unsure of the difference. Contemporary is a word that means "of the moment". This means Contemporary Design is always changing with the times. At one point, all of the major Design movements were contemporary. For example, in the 1920's and 30's Art Deco was contemporary. And in the 1930's to 60's Mid-Century Modern was contemporary.
So what is Contemporary Style right now? Let's take a look at some of the trends!
How to Get the Look - Key Elements
MATERIALS - Natural materials are everywhere right now, including lots of natural stone like marble and alabaster. Ceramics are seeing a resurgence in the form of tiles, lighting and decor. Fabrics are natural cotton, linen, hemp, leather and silk and highly textured. Natural toned wood is back in a big way. Of particular note is its renewed use in cabinetry after a decade or so of primarily painted finishes in kitchens and baths.
SHAPES - The lines of furnishings are simple but softened rather than angular. Lighting, furniture and decor all have bold sculptural forms. There is a focus on simplicity in design and using unconventional forms as well as the idea of comfort as luxury.
COLORS & PRINTS - Neutral palettes are still going strong, but darker, moodier colors are seeing a resurgence as well, particularly on walls. Abstract geometric prints are still popular but with more irregular compositions. Gestural prints feel like an artist's brushstrokes on a canvas.
ACCESSORIES - Accessories are simple and spare, often larger in scale to make them more impactful.
Now that you know how, start creating your own Contemporary Design! Click on any of the products below to Shop the Look.
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Contemporary Sofas & Chairs
Contemporary Coffee & Side Tables
Contemporary Rugs & Pillows
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