Interior Design Styles



Contemporary style is characterized by open spaces, modern, clean lines, and carefully selected accents in bold shades. Like most modern styles, there is a lack of ornamentation in contemporary design. Instead, spaces are kept open and decorative accents are carefully selected. Floors are typically hardwood, tile, or polished concrete. Contemporary style can be achieved in any architectural space; however, industrial spaces or contemporary-built homes with large, uncovered windows and high ceilings are more common for this design aesthetic. Furniture and walls are usually white, neutral, and black, with bold accent colors in the form of an accent wall, large-scale art, or geometric floor coverings. This design style often highlights architectural elements that have texture, such as exposed wooden beams, brick walls, or air ducts.

Elements of design

  • Open spaces with high ceilings and large, open windows
  • Furniture is modern with solid color fabrics and clean, straight lines
  • Textured textiles in natural fabrics add interest to the contemporary design style
  • The color palette consists of white, neutrals, and black with the addition of bold accent colors
  • Contemporary design is often enhanced by large pieces of art, accent walls, or accent details like pillows and rugs
  • Ornamentation and clutter is kept to a minimum
  • Chrome and metallic surfaces are common, especially in contemporary kitchen design