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The word “contemporary” means “of the moment,” which makes this style particularly hard to define. Dating back to the 1970s, this style is unique because it borrows elements from many other aesthetics. In it, you can see nods to modern, traditional, art deco and even futuristic design. The other defining point of contemporary design is that it’s constantly evolving. Unlike other styles which are more or less set in stone, what’s “of the moment” today may change in a few years’ time. Today, the look is defined by curved lines, neutral colors, and minimalism, but it may look slightly different in the future. The Contemporary style version of cottage life features modern furniture with unique shapes and designs. The style lines are typically geometrically oriented and provide a clean, crisp and open living style. Metal, chrome, and glass are often used to accentuate this modern motif. Bold colors are often juxtaposed to create an ambiance of balance and cohesiveness, yet textures such as fabrics, leather, and soft quilts provide further stimulation of the senses. At Stylish Cottage Living, we love the contemporary design as it is a style that will add balanced and unclutteredness to your home or cottage.
Neutrals are oftentimes used as the base of the color palette and mixed with textures from furniture, rugs, pillows, and blankets a neutral space can be inviting and simplistic with a sophisticated feel. Natural fabrics such as silk, wool, linen, and cotton are used for their textural aspect and inherent neutral hues. However, you may decide that a pop of color is just what your room needs and in this case choose complementary colors and use them sparingly throughout the room. This will give a hint of excitement without all the clutter and not overwhelm with too many bright colors in the room. You can also use rugs or throws that have bold color or geometric patterns to break up the natural tones.
Contemporary style features furniture with clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Furniture is made of light-colored woods such as maple and birch, which also have minimal graining, Other elements of furniture you can add to a contemporary style cottage includes frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, nickel, and chrome. It is important to have a blend your attraction to simple forms with pieces that have natural elements to create a contemporary tone in the room.
The key to creating a contemporary design is layering plenty of lighting throughout the room, paying special attention to natural light. Whenever possible, be sure to let in lots of natural light and allow the focal point of the room to be on the view outside your cottage. If your space is lacking natural light you can always bring in accent lighting. The lighting design is used as an artistic statement in a contemporary interior. Floor and table lamps have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes; color might be introduced with a special lamp shade that matches the decor. Recessed or track lighting draws attention to well-placed art and accessories. You can also add a contemporary flair to your design, focus on choosing shapely fixtures that work well with the curvy lines in your furniture. You’ll also want to choose pieces made of metals.
Contemporary design is a mix of aesthetics from many different design styles but as long as you keep it simple and uncluttered, you can’t go wrong. Contemporary is one style that continues to evolve over time depending upon the recent design trends so don’t be afraid to let your own style evolve as well.