"Modern Contemporary" interiors are one of the most sought after design styles when it comes to designing a home.
The design style is characterized by simplicity, linearity, and the pursuit of achiveing more with less.
If you are designing contemporary home interiors for yourself, here are five design choices which, with a little bit of creativity and research, can shy away a trained interior designer.
1. Choose a neutral colour palette
Contemporary designs are characterized by neutral colour palette. Shades of brown, taupe, cream and off white should be chosen for walls and ceiling. If neutrals are too dull for you, you may choose bright accents on cushions and rugs to give your room a character. (Request colour palette)
2. Build a Wall to Wall False Ceiling
False ceiling structures must be ideally avoided. In case of larger spaces that must be well lit, wall to wall false ceilings are recommended.
They help your conceal light fixtures and give the room and clean look.
Track lights, pendant lights and floor lamps could also be used instead of concealed lighting.
3. Pick straight lined furniture
Furniture is a key means to achieving linearity in a contemporary space. Contemporary furniture pieces are typically straight line, smooth, and done up in neutral tone. Legs are often exposed showing the underlying structure/frame.
Choose a furniture that fulfils these criteria.
Avoid decorative elements such as skirts, trims and carvings as that would interfere with your design.
4. Accessorise with Metal and Glass
Metals like chrome, nickel and steel are extremely popular on contemporary design and they must be used generously.
Consider metal furniture pieces, art work, designer artifacts and lamps to accessorize your space.
Do remember that these elements must be linear or they would interfere with the contemporary design style. Moreover, avoid over accessorising your space as they may make the space look cluttered.
5. Furnish with Heavily Textured Upholstery
Give your design a finishing touch with heavily textured fabrics. Stay away from fuzzy, colourful or floral prints. Stick to two or three shades. Needless to say, be consistent in your colour choices and avoid multiple accents within the same room.