Contemporary Home Accessories and Décor
I’ve always thought of myself as a traditional gal in regard to home décor. However, as time goes by I find myself drawn to the clean lines and minimalist vibe of modern design. So, what’s a girl to do? Maybe it’s time to look into contemporary home accessories and décor.
Before you jump in and start buying accessories and furnishings, here are some characteristics of contemporary décor to get you moving in the right direction.
Contemporary spaces are a happy combination of sleek modernism and classic traditional design elements. No clinically stark interiors, no overly decorated spaces. The feel is sophisticated, light and airy, warm and inviting, and spot on with the latest design trends.
Contemporary interiors feature the best of styles from the latter half of the 20th century through today. The focus is on soft lines, neutral backgrounds, shots of bold color, natural textures and open spaces.
You will find it easy to incorporate contemporary accessories and décor in your home, provided you don’t live in a gingerbread Victorian packed to the rafters with antiques. Some design styles were simply not meant to commingle!
Stick to these simple guidelines when furnishing your home and you will be enjoying contemporary décor before you know it!
A good example of contemporary fabric is the new generation of environmentally friendly textiles. Social responsibility has ushered in a new wave of fabrics based on fair trade practices, natural dyes, organic growing conditions and sustainable fibers. These fabrics are durable and textural, visually pleasing and comfortable.
Cotton, linen, silk and burlap are great choices. However, hemp, abaca and bamboo fabrics have become increasingly popular in contemporary home décor. This is due to their minimal impact on the environment from harvest to manufacture.
Imagine if you will, a monochromatic color scheme grounded in neutrals like varying intensities of beige, gray, brown, cream and white. To some, this color palette might be the height of boring, but neutrals actually promote harmony and calm. Add interest by introducing an accent wall or ceiling in a contrasting color, black accents, bold pillows or bright throw rugs.
Lighting sets the mood for a contemporary room, but it can also serve as a design statement. As in any interior design style, your home should have a balance of natural, general, task and accent lighting. Within each of these categories, the choices of contemporary lighting fixtures are limitless.
Contemporary lighting choices offer function and form in one neat package. For example, an Italian table lamp made from gleaming chrome with an organic glass shade offers flawless task lighting. A sculptural lamp created from moldable silicone provides soft ambient light. Which one of these contemporary style matches your personality and lighting needs?
Contemporary chandeliers can be playful with bendable wire arms or classic designs, like a rectangular dining fixture made from wood and brushed nickel. Track lighting is also a suitable choice. It is easy to install and can spotlight specific areas, artwork and accessories.
Look for furniture pieces with simple lines and little or no ornamentation. Upholstered pieces should feature natural fabrics or leather, preferably in a neutral solid color. Materials for dining and occasional chairs, tables and bookshelves include woods such as, poplar, ash and beech (think Danish modern), plexiglass, glass and silver-tone metals.
Floors and Windows
Keep carpet to a minimum. Bare floors of tile and wood add to the clean nature of contemporary design. You can easily warm up the space with an area rug. Jute, seagrass and shag are excellent choices. Introduce color and pattern with a geometric wool rug.
Maintain design consistency with light and airy sheers in colors that blend with your wall color. This will create a sense of openness to even the smallest room. Woven wood blinds, cellular shades and curtains in natural fabrics keep the lines simple and are also a good fit in a contemporary space.
Contemporary artwork encompasses a variety of media and collections. Experts define contemporary art as works created since the end of World War II. An easy way to think about it is art created during your lifetime.
Artwork is an investment and very personal statement. Out of all the design elements in your home, artwork is one of the most defining features, so choose carefully. Whether your choices are wild and whimsical or subdued and thought provoking, find artwork that reflects your personality and the tone of your contemporary living spaces.
Home accessories are the final layer of design in any home. A key feature of contemporary accessorizing is the use of hand-created decorative pieces. Source local artisans through galleries and at art festivals.
Seek out colors and designs that will meld with your contemporary color palette. Concentrate on accessories made from natural materials like glass and light reflective metals. Keep well-chosen accessories to a minimum. Remember, clutter is taboo in a contemporary home!
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© 2012 lindacee
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