Basic Decorating Principles to Achieve Contemporary Style in Your House
Even though the modern style in interior design is not the same as contemporary style, these two concepts are often being substituted. In fact, modern (or modernist) style refers to a very unique trend in art and architecture, which was developed in the first half of the 20th century. Contemporary style, on the other hand, is a fluid concept, which means what is currently fashionable and attractive.
However, characteristics of the modern style, such as simplicity, minimalism, and functionality, easily resemble contemporary solutions and are currently very popular.
Modern interiors are not for everyone as their severity will scare off those who love cozy rooms full of decorative details. Modern style was created to counterbalance the ostentatious ornaments of the 19th century. In contemporary style interiors where functionality is the most important principle, there is little space for decorative accessories.
You will find the contemporary style and design everywhere as it is increasingly becoming a foundation for many new homes built these days.
But what exactly does contemporary style mean and how can it be incorporated into older homes?
In the beginning it’s worth mentioning that not every contemporary interior is arranged in a modern style. Some new items complement classic or colonial types. It’s common that something may be modern, but it does not necessarily match the contemporary concept.
Therefore, this style should be called functional. Each item placed in it performs a specific function and is usually very practical. There is no place for decorations that only "warm the image" of the room. Things must be useful, hence the ‘modern’ term is replaced here for the ‘functional’ term. So for example, instead of a figurine, it's better to put an additional lamp on the dresser.
The contemporary style should also be transparent and simple. Accessories and clogged shelves are unnecessary. The number of furniture used in the apartment is also minimal and you should limit yourself to the necessary elements.
Current contemporary interior design offers a softer take on a modern style, meaning that it has the same simple, clean lines, but with decoration that is naturally minimalistic. Light, color, and fabrics all play a part in gaining a contemporary look for your home.
Today’s contemporary style interiors will have asymmetrical shapes, windows with minimal trim in a contrasting or dark color, and a lot of glass and other textures.
So to recap, contemporary style is all about reduction, i.e. eliminating things as much as possible and having really clean lines and uncluttered spaces all-around in your home.
The following interior design ideas might help you find the right solutions for decorating your contemporary home which will match your personality and individual taste:
Add neutrals with color
The colors play a great role in a contemporary style. It is dominated mainly by plain, solid colors such as black, beige, gray, and brown. Intensive colors can be introduced through additions. Gold, silver, fuchsia, and indigo will work here as well.
One clear principle of contemporary design is neutral tones. But that doesn’t mean it should be boring. Shades of gray, beige, ivory, and blue are particularly dominating in a contemporary style. At the same time, white and taupe color palettes allow for simple, bold colors to take center stage as in favorite photos hung on the wall, or an area rug which could be a focal point in any room.
Let the light in
Light and shadow in space are key to contemporary style and are much less about decoration. It's important that the light fixtures have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes.
Additionally, the windows in your home can be defined in a contemporary design. Big windows with a vast area of glass and thin frames can submerge a room in bright light and warm sunshine, and be the foundation for achieving contemporary style.
In reducing things to the bare minimum, all natural fabrics like cotton, wool, silk, and linen, are typically used to highlight the clean lines of contemporary design. This also means having furniture with less ornamentation and using natural materials for example wood floors with minimal patterns. The natural textiles also offer the option of adding bold color into a minimalist space.
Mix it up
You will find that most older houses have some existing traditional elements, such as crown molding. But don’t let that discourage you. Instead, paint the existing design features in the already mentioned neutral colors, i.e. shades of gray and blue, white or taupe.
Next, add an accent color together with some modern, functional piece of furniture which will bring the traditional and contemporary vision together.
A modern, contemporary arrangement of an apartment or a house is not only about functionality and advanced technological solutions. It allows you to adapt the interior design to your wallet. You don't have to spend huge amounts of money to have your home designed in a fashionable and contemporary style!