The 4 key elements of contemporary interior design

by Rhonda Burd 11/14/2022

While the term "modern design" might evoke a sense of cold minimalism, the contemporary interior design can offer warmth and comfort alongside a modern edge. If you're interested in learning more about contemporary interior design and how you might use it in your own home décor, there are some key concepts to know. Here are four major elements of contemporary design:

Use of color

Contemporary style rooms are full of muted neutrals, black and white. However, a key element of the style is to combine those classic neutrals with clever uses of bold color. Vibrant colors are used to enhance the space rather than draw attention from it. Some examples include a bright area rug, a piece of wall art or decorative accessories.

Blending materials & textures

Texture can have a huge impact on ambiance, and its a very important element to contemporary design. Combining different textures and materials, you can add depth to the space and avoid making even monotone rooms monotonous. Placing live-edge wood furniture pieces with tight-knit upholstery is one example of this concept.

Simple shapes

Contemporary design borrows quite a few elements from mid-century modern design, including the emphasis on simple shapes and clean lines. Angular, geometric shapes and curved shapes in harmony are the peak of contemporary aesthetics. Bold blocks of color, strong architectural lines and features like tall ceilings and windows make a space airy without being cold.

Combining natural & industrial elements

It's common to find a mixture of natural and industrial materials in contemporary interior design. Wrought iron, copper and other distressed metal accents pair well with polished wood and knotty hardwood floors. Using industrial elements like lighting, shelving and wall décor is a great way to begin. Combine these features with softer, natural elements like reclaimed wood, bamboo and woven textiles.

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