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The Contemporary Home: Clean Lines, Warm Air

Modern, now, simplistic. These are some of the terms that come to mind in the contemporary home. Sometimes thought of as stark, today's contemporary homes can be warm and inviting. Architectural lines are combined with textured finishes to add subtle softness. Strong geometric shapes call on unexpected splashes of color that bring out life's highlights.

To help you achieve the contemporary look, here are some tips:

Colors
Monochromatic color patterns - varying shades of the same color.

Style Tips

  • Use Natural Materials for Texture. Granite, soap stone, concrete, frosted glass. When combined with metal, these natural materials add textural depth and warmth.
  • Less is More. Keep furniture to a minimum to allow for open space. Keep surfaces simple. Clean lines and strong details are the hallmark; avoid heavy ornamentation.
  • Lines and Space. Strong lines and bold geometrics shapes are the cornerstone of contemporary styles. Empty space draws out the architectural lines and highlights each element in the room as unique and impactful.
  • Don't Forget Lighting. In the contemporary home, light fixtures should be viewed as a key architectural and stylistic detail. Natural metals and clean glass edges add to the contemporary style. Light fixtures are an excellent source for that splash of color.
  • Floors Should be Bare. To add to the open and simplistic feel of a contemporary room, consider wood, tile or vinyl floors. Where you desire carpets, use commercial grade to your base and add style and warmth with bold area rugs.

Recommended Window Treatments:
Window treatments that support the strong architectural lines and minimalist look should be used. Consider Flat Panel Roman shades, Roller shades and Cellular shades. Each of these products offer contemporary color palettes and bold, geometric lines.

Gallery of Examples
Still need some inspiration? Check out our sample rooms. With each photo we've called out key details of the room and how the designer has created and embraced the Contemporary style.

 

This article was provided by Comfortex Window Fashions for American Blinds Wallpaper and More.

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