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Friday, April 20

design class: contemporary style

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I thought it might be fun to have a Design Style class so everyone could get to know a few details for individual design styles. There is so much talk about style in home decor… do you think you could pinpoint your style if asked?

Remember, there are no set rules when it comes to design or style, it really just boils down to personal likes and dislikes.

Want a quick review on Traditional and Mediterranean Styles? Click hereToday, let's take a look at Contemporary Style

Contemporary room
Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form.

Here's how the style breaks down:

Colors: Contemporary interiors feature tone-on-tone color palettes relying heavily on black, brown, taupe, cream and pure white. Shots of color are sometimes found on a single wall, in a striking floor rug or in a special piece of art.

Furniture: Pieces feature clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Furniture is made of light-colored woods such as maple and birch (which also have minimal graining), frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, nickel and chrome.

Fabrics: Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen and cotton are used for their textural aspect and inherent neutral hues. However, bold color or geometric pattern may be brought into the design with pillows, a rug or a throw.

Lighting: The lighting design is used as an artistic statement in a contemporary interior. Floor and table lamps have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes; color might be introduced with a special shade. Recessed or track lighting draws attention to well-placed art and accessories.via

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