What Is A Contemporary Style Home And 25 Examples

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What is a contemporary home? How does it look like and what features you should include into your home design to make it contemporary? Today we’re answering these questions in this roundup.

Today’s contemporary style is defined by curved lines, neutral colors and minimalism, but it may look slightly different in the future as it changes with time – it means ‘of this moment’.

a contemporary sitting space with shapely furniture and wall panels for a chic touch and refined feel

a contemporary sitting space with shapely furniture and wall panels for a chic touch and refined feel

a contemporary living room styled in light greys, with woven chairs, enough light coming from large windows

a contemporary living room styled in light greys, with woven chairs, enough light coming from large windows

a gorgeous contemporary space with oversized windows, a geometric wood clad TV wall and comfy furniture

a gorgeous contemporary space with oversized windows, a geometric wood clad TV wall and comfy furniture

a contemporary bathroom with stone and wood, touches of blush and dusty pink for a girlish feel

a contemporary bathroom with stone and wood, touches of blush and dusty pink for a girlish feel

a contemporary living room with a glazed wall and a touch of color with accessories

a contemporary living room with a glazed wall and a touch of color with accessories

neutrals, lots of light, especially natural and geometric shapes are what you need for creating a contemporary interior

neutrals, lots of light, especially natural and geometric shapes are what you need for creating a contemporary interior

Color Palette

Neutral shades are the cornerstone of contemporary design. If you’re aiming to pay homage to this style, blacks, whites, tans and grays should make up the bulk of your design. Occasionally, bold solids may also be used, but if so, they are typically used sparingly and only as accents.

If you stick to mixing neutrals, it’s a good idea to include lots of texture in your design. A variety of textures will help add visual interest into the space.

rock a neutral color palette if you want a contemporary look, whites and off-whites are right for this

rock a neutral color palette if you want a contemporary look, whites and off-whites are right for this

warmer neutral shades are a great idea if you want to avoid a cold look, add wood to the design

warmer neutral shades are a great idea if you want to avoid a cold look, add wood to the design

a contemporary home in neutral shades, with wooden touches and a navy and yellow pillow

a contemporary home in neutral shades, with wooden touches and a navy and yellow pillow

a contemporary bathroom all clad with tiles and with a wooden coffee table - add textures for interest

a contemporary bathroom all clad with tiles and with a wooden coffee table - add textures for interest

wood and felt make this contemporary living room more welcoming and more interesting

wood and felt make this contemporary living room more welcoming and more interesting

you may also include some colored accent features if you want and keep the texture the same

you may also include some colored accent features if you want and keep the texture the same

if you keep all neutral, textures are a must, try various textiles, which is an easy wya to do that

if you keep all neutral, textures are a must, try various textiles, which is an easy wya to do that

wood, concrete and metal will make the space more interesting and catchy, bold and deep

wood, concrete and metal will make the space more interesting and catchy, bold and deep

stone, tiles and glass create a chic and catchy yet neutral and contemporary bathroom

stone, tiles and glass create a chic and catchy yet neutral and contemporary bathroom

a wood wall and a fluffy rug add interest to the space and make it catchier and brighter

a wood wall and a fluffy rug add interest to the space and make it catchier and brighter

Shapes

Forms or shapes is one of the foundational elements of contemporary design. It’s one of the elements that sets this design style apart from other, similar aesthetics like modern design. But contemporary design takes things a step further: these spaces often feature a mixture of both straight and elegantly curved lines, which can be seen as a slight nod to this style’s art deco roots.

Ideally, you should incorporate these eye-catching lines in a variety of ways throughout the design. If you’re working on a remodel, consider adding an eye-catching architectural element like a shapely fireplace or room divider. If not, make an effort to include some curved furniture, lighting or décor elements.

catchy shapes are very contemporary, keep your furniture contemporary to futuristic

catchy shapes are very contemporary, keep your furniture contemporary to futuristic

a catchy and outstanding fireplace will be a nice decor element for a contemporary space

a catchy and outstanding fireplace will be a nice decor element for a contemporary space

clean lines make the space closer to minimalist, if you think that they are boring, just add shapes

clean lines make the space closer to minimalist, if you think that they are boring, just add shapes

curved sofas and seats make the space very contemporary-like, don't hesitate to rock them

curved sofas and seats make the space very contemporary-like, don't hesitate to rock them

Light

The final key to creating a contemporary design is layering plenty of lighting throughout the room, paying special attention to natural light. Make as many and as large windows are you can, this is the main point. Then incorporate all types of layered light you can: ambient, accent, task, everything you can and you need, as a contemporary space should be full of light. Take a look at the examples we’ve gathered for you and get inspired!

kitchen with cute ambient lights

kitchen with cute ambient lights

don't forget task lights if it's necessary for your space, they are often forgotten

don't forget task lights if it's necessary for your space, they are often forgotten

large windows, chandeliers, hanging lamps are ideal to illuminate a contemporary space

large windows, chandeliers, hanging lamps are ideal to illuminate a contemporary space

ceiling and pendant lamps and a chandelier illuminate the open layout

ceiling and pendant lamps and a chandelier illuminate the open layout

contemporary to futuristic bathroom with a large window and a chandelier

contemporary to futuristic bathroom with a large window and a chandelier