How to get the 21st century contemporary interior look?

How to get the 21st century contemporary interior look?

15th Jun 2017

Posted by Monty on 15th Jun 2017

The first evidence of interior design dates back to the stone age. From it’s early primitive days, design and home décor has constantly evolved and has seen many different developments throughout the century’s. From Renaissance and Baroque to the infamous Art Deco period, the world of Interior design has really conjured up some remarkable innovation and incredible aesthetics. But where is the ever changing tide of design taking us now? What do you need to do to get the contemporary look today?

Modern interiors have in the past been criticised for being cold and minimalist, however today’s contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming, without being cluttered and dark.

The overriding themes you must adhere to are simplicity, sophistication, texture and clean lines. Interiors are becoming more about a showcase of space rather than things and focus on colour, space and shape.


Neutrals, black, and white are the main colours in contemporary style interiors. The palette is often punched up and accented with bright and bold colour. Black is often used to ground and define a contemporary style room. With walls painted in a basic neutral, you have a wonderful backdrop for bold coloured accessories. If the walls and windows are painted in pastels, the trims should be neutral. If a wall is a bright, bold colour, neutrals should be used everywhere else.

Line and Space

The most obvious and distinctive element of a contemporary style interior design is line. It's found in architectural details, use of bold colour blocks, high ceilings, bare windows, and geometric shapes in wall art and sculpture. The bare space, on walls, between pieces of furniture, and above in upper areas, becomes as important as the areas filled with objects. In contemporary interiors, less is more. Each piece stands out as individual and unique.

Image result for furniturebox uk deskContemporary Style Furniture

Smooth, clean, geometric shapes are essential for contemporary style furniture pieces. Upholstered furniture often wears black, white, or other neutral tones in textured natural fibers. Cover it in a neutral, black, or bold fabric. Fabrics often have a natural look found in wool, cotton, linen, silk, jute, and add textural appeal.

Furniture pieces should be simple and uncluttered, without curves or decoration. Sofas, chairs, and ottomans have exposed legs. Beds and chairs usually have no skirt, trim, fringe, or tassels. Pillows add a shot of color and texture in clean geometric shapes.

Keep in Mind

Use furniture and accessories to make a bold statement in contemporary style interior.