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How to Decorate in a Contemporary Interior Design Style
Subtle sophistication and simplicity are key to the contemporary interior design style. But if you worry it will be too cold and sparse, these hints and tips of creating a contemporary but cosy living room will ensure this doesn’t happen.
In any design, colour is key in setting the right notes for the style you have chosen. With the contemporary style, opt for neutral colours such as white and black or, if they sound too stark, a warm but light cream will make the perfect backdrop. Add punch with bold coloured accessories. Or swap them round – bright walls with neutral accessories if you fancy switching it up a bit.
Strong, visible lines
Less is more when it comes to the contemporary style as is making the most of features and ‘natural’ lines within the room. When it comes to fitted furniture, for example, it's tempting to place it across a corner or in an awkward alcove. Whilst this solves a myriad of problems for you, consider how this contributes to the contemporary style. Makes sure that the lines and structure of the piece are not lost.
Use furniture to make a bold statement
In fact, the bolder your choice of fitted furniture the better when it comes to the contemporary interior design style. Don’t hide it away or try to push it into the background. There are many ways you can do this from bold colours to a chic monochrome colour scheme but you could also do this with recessed lighting. LED string lights can be hidden away in shelving and behind the piece itself to give a fantastic glow!
Don’t forget to consider flooring too, a key aspect of any design element that is so often forgotten until after the other pieces are in place. Ditch carpet, even neutral coloured carpets, for smooth, bare flooring. Opt for wood, tile or even vinyl, the range of which is growing all the time. For texture and warmth, add a patterned rug.
But what about character?
With the basics in place, you have a beautiful contemporary styled room. But it can feel too bare and ‘show home’. You obviously want to put your own stamp on things. Essentially, you do this with your choice of accessories that bring warmth and character to a space.
Whatever you chose, opt for accessories made from stone, metal or glass. Heavily textured fabrics in plain colours work well too, perfect for the window, cushions and rugs.
What to avoid with the contemporary style is a shortlist – overly bright, colourful and fussy prints will lead to a cluttered look. Opt for two-tone patterns such as zebra print against a black leather chair or a leopard print rug against a bare floor.
Fitted furniture is ideal no matter what your style but for the contemporary interior design, it is the perfect solution. As well as providing the perfect contemporary backdrop with both style and colour, it is practical too, offering storage solutions that every home needs.