It goes without saying that the contemporary look is a very fashionable one and many of us lust after its fresh, clean cut appeal. With the styles constantly changing, it’s hard to know what’s going to be in fashion in five years time and many of us want to keep up with the fashionable demands of the modern age. So let’s have a look at the ways in which you can get this look in your own home.
Flooring is always a sensible place to start, no matter what interior theme you’re aiming at. It can make or break a room and usually sets the premise for the room’s style, so get it right first time! We’d say stay away from too much pattern when it comes to a contemporary look – patterned carpets are a no! Remember, you’re trying to get a clean look, not for your room to look busier. Instead, go for wood or luxury vinyl tiles but with relaxed, minimalist imperfections – nothing too rustic! This will create the perfect back drop to your ultra modern room. Although wood flooring has been used for centuries, it’s appeal is timeless and its elegance will be sure to complement your home for many years to come.
If you’re on a stricter budget, then laminate comes in excellent replicas of wood but at a cheaper price and easier maintenance!
Neutrals such as white, magnolia and grey work a treat and keep things fresh. If you consider magnolia as a bit of a ‘cop out’ then pastels such as duck egg blue or mint green can work just as well, you just need to put a little more thought into them! If you want something with a little more character, then a feature wall will certainly make a dramatic statement – go for bold colours like navy blue or dark green. The main thing to remember is don’t over do it and keep things tasteful!
Lighting is an important part of any setting, but most especially in a modern interior. Metallic light fixtures work beautifully, you’re almost trying to get an industrial feel. Lighting isn’t just about white either, experiment with different colours from blues to greens – this will add a bit of spice! Spotlights have also cropped up more and more over the last few years!