Timeless Interior Design Themes 2: Contemporary

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Updated

In today's post we look at contemporary interior design style where function comes before ornamentation. Although you may think this style is cold and clinical when you get it right the look can create a restful home which is serene and elegant.


Sleek clean lines are paramount to this style of interior design, don't include any furniture which has curved legs as this will mean you have one foot in traditional styling. Although you're looking for clean lines don't forget to add different textures or your rooms can look dull and lifeless.


Black, white and neutral tones are used with accents bright and bold. Block colouring is often used to create focal points on walls or flooring. For example, cheap rugs with block colouring or simple two-tones are ideal for flooring. Monochromatic colour scheme are ideal for contemporary interiors.


Try not to have central lighting, instead opt for floor and table lamps in main rooms. Spot lighting or sunken spots can also be used in kitchens and bathrooms. Try using different coloured light bulbs to create different ambience's – with changing colours altering the dynamics of a room.


Use as many natural textures as you without going over the top – cotton and linen are ideal for bedding and throws. Jute or sisal area rugs make an excellent floor covering in eating and living areas.

Architectural details

Contemporary rooms tend to be square, with no fussy architectural features. This doesn't mean that they lack character; draw attention to the shape of windows and fireplaces which house contemporary central fireplaces.

Window dressings

Many contemporary interiors leave windows undressed to make a statement of the clean lines, however, in reality if you need privacy window blinds or Roman blinds fitted inside the window's recess continues the style and provides privacy. Plain coloured voile panels can also be used, more especially if they are white or cream and hung from metal curtain poles or simple tension rods.

Contemporary interior design style tips

Use bold colours wisely rather that indiscriminately, think about order. Clutter and overly fussy accessories have no place in contemporary interiors. Use furniture with geometric shapes or modular furniture. Think along the lines of industrial loft or urban interiors and consider the architectural style of your home before adopting this interior design style.

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