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Contemporary

If you want furniture that's fashionable and on trend, then contemporary style is the first place you should turn.

Its very name, which in Latin translates as "with the times," suggests how trendy this style can be. Where traditional style is all about details, this modern counterpart is simple and streamlined. Its designs include everything from understated to over-the-top, encompassing a wide range of tastes.

The outlines of contemporary furniture may be free of ornate details, but that's not to say everything is square or straight. A sofa may offer one big, strong curve, but then it'll typically be counterbalanced by squared track arms and tapered legs. When you do see detail, it is often made up of a repeating shape like a line, square or circle. Dark wood tones are most prevalent in contemporary style, and it's not uncommon to see them paired with polished metal and glass textures.

Despite the tendency toward simple furniture designs, contemporary decorators have a flair for the dramatic. Contrasting colors or finishes are welcomed as a way to add interest in contemporary homes. Graphic patterns fit right in here, and they tend to be geometric or abstract in nature. The simplicity of contemporary frames is what allows these bold choices to exist without overwhelming the room. The result is a fresh, fun look that's right on trend.

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