Design Styles, Nidhi's Special

Contemporary Decor Ideas

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In my last post I discussed with you all the traits of contemporary designs and the colors that grade them as contemporary. In continuation to that today I shall provide with you some basic yet vital tips to make your home or office look contemporary. If you are new to this kind of a décor, you are in all probability fascinated to a minimalistic and modern look in contrast to overstuffed and old look.

You may incorporate a very trendy yet simple furniture to make your place look modern, clean and organized. That is what a contemporary look or feel is all about. You just have what is functional for you and still you do have some attention-grabbing accents added on. To achieve the touch of contemporary you must have sophisticated products and avoid any kind of ostentation. Try some basic and bold furniture instead of furniture with a lot of details.

For drapes and upholsteries, you may select a solid, geometric, or striped pattern in bold color and this might become your classic signature statement or style.

A classic contemporary palette comprises shades of white, cream, taupe and brown. When used together these should carry the same intensity to boost the contemporary feel. Any color that stands out even a bit will be then used as an accent color and of course to the minimum. Subtle shades of green, blue and purple also give a feeling of understated elegance when used with the palette of same saturation and intensity.

A contemporary look can also be brought about with the use of balanced colors. The only thing to remember is to keep a primary accent color to retain the feel. Supposedly you have an off white and light grey as the low intensity hues, you may combine them with high intensity hues  such as a medium deep grey and a deep blue. The use of medium deep grey would bridge the difference of hues between light grey and deep blue, giving it the required subtle look. If deep blue is used alone without a medium deep grey, it would get too loud and kill the feel of contemporary.

Below is a video by Interior Complex’s channel that comprises a lot of examples of accentuating your modern and contemporary décor with colors, furniture, drapes and upholsteries.

The accent colors enhance the concept when used on well placed accent pieces. And then, every season you may play around with these accent colors while you may still stick to the basic palette that you have used all the while.

Here are a few examples of how some colors can be employed to accentuate the entire contemporary setting, adding value to otherwise muted colors.

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Hey everyone!

As a designer I love working on trendy design styles and creating wonderful products that possess an impressive existence. Contemporary style is one of my favorite design styles as it simply refers to modern styled designs of today’s era. There are three words that come to my mind when I think of anything that is Contemporary-Trendy, Minimalist and Geometric. Along with these it connects very well with Modern Art, Futurism, Functionalism, and some post modern styles of design trends. Most of the design trends today revolve around this simplistic style while creating themes and color palettes.


A contemporary style of design is an absolute reverse of traditional style of design. The style is easy, clean and carries an organized look. It is illustrated by tidy lines and smooth surfaces without convoluted details. Today’s well run contemporary look in a design is a blend of comfortable, livable elements that create a sophisticated, fresh feel. In a contemporary style design story, a designer must try basic, bare, bold, and structural motifs to create patterns.

Contemporary designs are less decadent and ostentatious than that of the past and more focused in its use of elements that showcase profound logical charm, because it relies more on novel creativities than on the amplification of styles. Such designs use vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, geometric motifs or patterns in bold color. For anyone who adores tidy looking exclusive designs, this may be the right design style for you. Some people think that contemporary design style is severely stark and unwelcoming while others think high of invigorating simplicity. Most find the uncluttered relaxing vibe of this design style serene and soothing.

Below is a video from Artguide’s channel that will give you a closer look of what modern contemporary art is all about.


Primarily, minimalism, understated class and style, texture and clear and clean elements of design describe contemporary style designs. By paying emphasis on color palette or story, background and foreground elements one can create sleek and impressive contemporary designs.

Contemporary design is equalized by neutral or muted color palettes of brown, beige, taupe, banana, cream, pristine white, black, taupe and mauves. In order to bring life to these muted effects small accents of bright, vibrant and bold color should be used. With this in mind, a lot of simple designs can be created with equal impact or statement that is visible in any other design style.

Greys and subdued colors, black, and white are the main colors that are employed in contemporary style of designing. The palette is frequently accentuated with bold and vibrant colors to create an impact.

Below are some examples of contemporary design style.

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