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How to Decorate with Contemporary Furniture

If you want to decorate your home with furniture that's fashionable and on-trend, then contemporary style is the first place you should turn.

The very name contemporary, which in Latin translates as "with the times," suggests how trendy this style can be. Where traditional furniture 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.

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Modern Furniture Design

The outlines of contemporary furniture may be free of ornate details, but that's not to say everything is square or straight. A modern 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 details in contemporary furnishings, they are 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.

How to Identify Contemporary Style

  • • Clean-lined furniture
  • • Geometric influences
  • • Sleek textures like metal and glass
  • • Minimal embellishment

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    Contemporary Decorating Ideas

    Despite the tendency toward simple furniture designs, contemporary decorators have a flair for the dramatic. Whether its your paint colors or your room's accessories, 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. For example, an abstract area rug or geometric wall art will be perfectly in tune with this style.
    The simplicity of contemporary furniture designs is what allows these bold choices exist without overwhelming the room. The result is a fresh, fun look that's right on trend.

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