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Decorating Contemporary Spaces

Contemporary home decorating refers both to the utilization of recent trends in the decorative arts, and the overall style which acts in opposition to more traditional themes. There are several elements which characterize this form of interior art. Each one of them can give a room a distinctive and look and feel, which is quite different from the interiors found in more traditionally decorated homes.


The most common and recognizable feature of contemporary decorating is its linear nature. Traditionally the more complex a shape the more attractive it was deemed. Ovals and circular shapes were preferred to straight or boxy styles. This was often because they required more work, with the handicraft of an individual artist or artisan being required to craft the most complex pieces.

Today however contemporary styles have rejected this notion, instead embracing the subtle simplicity of straight lines. Contemporary decorative styles feature square and rectangles in its furnishings. The architecture is straight, laid out in uncomplicated patterns that create spaces built on logically placed right angles.


Generally the backdrop of a space decorated in a contemporary style consists of subdued neutral colors. White and off white hues a grounded by bits of black creating a sense of an empty canvas within the space. These subdued pieces will often feature rich textures that will add interest to the pieces.

This relatively empty space can then be contrasted with a few vibrantly colored focal points. The interplay between the neutral backdrop and the dramatic accents can create a sense of dramatic tension which can add a lot of energy to the room.


The most commonly used materials in contemporary furnishings are natural stone, hardwood, steel, and glass. These are all elegant and eye catching substances, with intriguing textures that will add personality to each room they are used in. If the subdued neutral colors in the space are too drab, you can also use thick curtains, or plush pillows to make the area seem more inviting.


One of the most important elements of contemporary decorating styles is the creation and maintenance of space. Less is more, and you want to remove any clutter so that attention is not drawn away from the desired focal points in the space. Clutter can consist of both unwanted items which fill a room, and decorative pieces that are not necessary. Remember, you want wide open spaces punctuated by focal points, so do you best to remove any unnecessary pieces from the area.

This article is sponsored by PebbleZís line of sandstone beverage coasters, which are crafted from mountain born, naturally absorbent stone materials. The article itself was written by stone designer and artist Joey Pebble.

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