Uncluttered, uncomplicated and stylish, contemporary design is perfect for modern homes. Read our tips on how to get most from this chic style.

Contemporary style has long been associated with the latest in chic, clean lines, and uncluttered charm. It’s a popular choice for homeowners looking to create a home that balances both practicality with style and provides an oasis of calm to escape to at the end of a busy day.

Aesthetics

A good contemporary style starts with the walls and ceilings. If you are choosing a light neutral paint style, then consider adding pops of colour through accessories to help prevent the scheme looking too bland. Popular colour choices for contemporary homes are neutral palettes, dusty pastels and monochromes.

Furniture

Think contemporary and you probably think of iconic mid-century furniture styles such as Eames or Ercol which celebrate uncomplicated and organic inspired form. While these may be out of the budget of the average homeowner, it does provide an opportunity to repurpose or upcycle pre-loved furniture. If you’re make doing and mending, then consider reupholstering a favourite chair with an upbeat contemporary colour such as the example in this funky living room zone featuring Estrella from The Artesia Collection.

Flooring for contemporary design

Flooring spaces should be kept uncluttered and clear. Our vinyl floors are perfect for creating this style as they come in a range of designs that work in harmony with contemporary styles. Consider light woods, geometrics, and calming herringbones to contrast with neutral paint themes. This practice works particularly well in open plan areas such as this example highlighting our Parker Oak floor from the Vitality Collection.

Grey Tones

Homeowners have really embraced the looks of cool greys and the benefits they have within contemporary themed rooms. This grey toned kitchen has pops of colour through seating and accessories to add an extra layer of interest. The floor plays a key part by breaking up the space with delicate pattern which introduces depth through a mix of grey tones.

Accessories

Taking a leaf from biophilic style, plants are a popular accessory for contemporary homes. The bigger and more dramatic the better and these add an organic silhouette to plain rooms. Soft furnishings such as cushions can add a splash of colour and help draw the eye while artwork or sculpture can be used to provide stylish accent points.

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