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Interior Design Styles: Contemporary Home Interiors

For those firmly rooted in the “now”, contemporary interiors always win

Jade Bloomfield
By Jade Bloomfield, Editor

Current contemporary style is a combination of modern and transitional styles—it’s nonchalant and stylish with a luxe twist. Fabrics are similar to those used in transitional spaces—lustrous, predominantly neutral (barring soft, muted colours) like in this Casamilano living room and are typically plain. Contemporary differs from transitional in the use of more casual materials (such as concrete and cerused woods) and less formal techniques which are nonetheless used with much skill.

Contemporary style takes many of its shapes and lines from cutting edge modern design. Upholstery is clean-lined and simplified but carefully constructed and comfortable or overstuffed as the case may be right now; coffee tables are monolithic, chicly understated and uncomplicated in design, harking to Minimalism for style inspiration.

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Gabriel Coffee Table

Wall coverings, drapes and flooring are not often patterned, but they tend to be visually or physically textural; specialist surface effects such as polished plaster, concrete or modern trompe-l’œil (Jean-Louis Deniot’s Nolinski Hotel lobby design is a fine example) may be used although they’re usually immersive and holistic to the overall scheme—not often used as feature walls. Collectible art furniture is also most relevant in a contemporary space as well as artwork which is key and often becomes the main focus of a space. Contemporary interior designers include LuxDeco 100 designers Tollgard Group, Christian Liaigre and India Mahdavi and contemporary product designers include Lindsey Adelman, Tom Faulkner and Samuel Amoia.

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