Of all the styles out there, contemporary is my favorite. If you are flexible in your approach, it never has to go out of style. Contemporary can be modern or retro. Just follow a few hard, fast rules, including, but not limited to, the following:
First of all, keep it simple, clean, and sophisticated. No clutter. With this style, less is better. The obvious and distinct elements are line and space. No carvings or adornment in moldings or furniture. Contemporary goes well with high ceilings, bare windows, and walls, and geometric shapes in your art work.
Focus on neutral colors with strong, bold colors as accents to the room. For example, a black chair and white sectional could go with a black metal and glass coffee table. Use black and white zebra-striped pillows for an accent. "What," you say, "no colorful floral prints somewhere?" No. Instead, use two-tone prints. For window treatments or for any material fabric being used in your décor, use heavily textured fabrics like silk, wool, or linen, again using neutral colors.
Draw focus to your painting, wall print, or poster (notice the singular use) with track lighting. Recessed lighting is perfect for hallways, and kitchen and living room areas needing the spotlight.
Plants or flowers can express a bold statement by going large and dramatic. Use large containers on the floor or on pedestals with a clean and neat design. Even the flower arrangements can be large.
Like I said, this is my favorite style, not necessarily because it's me, but rather because it is uncluttered, clean, and easy to maintain – if you don't have kids. So you can guess, I don't have this style in my home, but I can dream.
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