Contemporary style is constantly changing and now with social platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, we all have access to a world of colours, materials and ideas. When designing a contemporary style we all want to create a design that is ‘current and of the moment.’
Contemporary design can often hint at the Minimalist or the Industrial, with streamlined edges, blocky shapes and chunky proles inside and out. Contemporary design is all about carefully selected design elements that are simple, yet stunning. Here are some highlight features to look out for when designing your Contemporary Home.
It should still be you.Think of Contemporary style as a blank canvas that’s ready and waiting for your artistic masterpiece. It is the ideal backdrop for the furniture designs, art, colours, textiles and accessories of the day, it’s a style that you can truly make your own. Exploring everything from tiles and timber, to zinc and copper as cladding, designers relish the opportunity to work with the clean lines and open spaces of a Contemporary home. Indoors and outdoors are seamlessly connected, while soaring ceilings and double-height voids accentuate light, space and volume.
It is all in the details. Strong, sleek lines and modern-inspired shapes are enhanced by all manner of cladding materials, from the traditional to the quirky and the innovative. It is an opportunity to create bold street appeal, while roofs are typically pitched, ‘oating’, ‘at’ or skillion. White or light-hued rendered walls set to feature panels, statements porticos, and door and window frames in black or silver. There’s typically lots of glass, with big picture windows and extra-tall stacker doors gliding back to let the outside in. Because Contemporary style is constantly changing and evolving, it can be interpreted in many different ways. A skilled designer can also weave in elements from other favoured styles to create a beautifully balanced bespoke home that is both individual and ageless.
Finishing Touches. Today’s focus on entertaining and outdoor living means that in a Contemporary-style home the emphasis is often on the kitchen, everyday living area and alfresco. The colour palette in a Contemporary home is diverse, but rich tones, metallic finishes, timber and tile are all good choices, often accentuated by fresh white walls and sometimes accompanied by shots of zingy colour. Encouraging us to seek out the latest styles in furniture and homewares, Contemporary design offers an adaptable approach to style that helps build longevity into our homes.
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