Sick of looking old-fashioned and boring? Want that fresh, stylish look that seems to be all the rage in interior decorating magazines? There’s a taste for just about everyone, but there’s no denying the sleek appeal of the look being called ‘contemporary’. It’s a broad term that can fit all kinds of design, but it has a few key aspects. Comfort. Smoothness. A certain elegance in lacking the gaudy and going for the understated. There are lots of growing fans of the contemporary look, so to help you achieve the look, here are a few key pointers.
Going too far into the understated look can make things look cold and stark, instead. Remember that your home is a home and add some touches to keep things welcoming. Small, cute ornaments can do the trick in moderation. But what says welcoming like wine? You don’t have to have a cellar-full to use wine as part of the interior design. For some stylish racks, just one bottle is enough.
When it comes to design, less can very well mean more. Especially in the home. Get rid of all the clutter and leave the room with a spacious feeling. Use designs that blend with the lighting and don’t detract from the chosen focal point of the room. Pair a glass table top with a great pair of trestle table legs. This gives you a functioning and sleek table without detracting from the surroundings of its room.
The key to making things look bright and spacious is lighting. You want as much natural lighting as you can. Sunroofs and floor-to-roof windows can revitalize the look of your room in one swift step. Don’t be afraid to supplement it with electric light where you can’t get the sun in, however. There are lots of ways to add lighting to your home that doesn’t give it an artificial feeling. Usually, it’s about the kind of light the bulb gives off. Good placement avoids giving off shadows that dominate the room, too. Try hanging your lights directly above furniture.
The Right Stuff
Part of the contemporary look that’s becoming popular in homes is the materials used for décor. For example, when it comes to floors, using bright hardwoods keeps things clean and smooth. In the kitchen, granite tops are making a particularly big splash. Not only do they look great, but they’ll cut into the amount of time you spend cleaning. Properly sealed granite absorbs no moisture, meaning it’s easier to clean those spills than before.
The Tactile Touch
It’s not all about cleanliness and brightness, however. It’s your home, as we’ve stressed, so it needs to be comfortable as well as welcoming. A beautiful rug not only feels fantastic, but it can tie the look of a whole room together. Avoid furniture that will be flat out uncomfortable, like certain kinds of black leather. These have become popular for couches, but they rarely take into account the fact that actual humans have to sit on them.