What are the Different Types of Contemporary Home Decor?

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Although a contemporary home decor basically means an up-to-date look, there are still different types of it that relate to colors, materials and changes in style. For example, an eco-friendly home is one kind of contemporary decor, while one that focuses on adding a bright color to neutrals of different materials is another. While some contemporary home decors feature the latest graphic prints, others use only solid color fabrics. A home done in a contemporary style may also feature one main neutral or a mixture of many; it may also have a lot of silver-toned metal or contain none.

A contemporary loft or other new or remodeled home often has a lot of silver-colored metals such as stainless steel and/or aluminum. This represents the industrial type of contemporary design that may feature sleek aluminum stairs and glass stair railings or stainless steel counter tops. Silver-toned metals are also found in contemporary home decor accents such as pendant lamps, coffee table bases and decorative bowls.

Neutral colors such as white, black, gray and any shade of beige or brown are commonly used in contemporary homes. A mixture of these may be used throughout the home with only one strong accent color shown sparingly in the rooms. For example, this type of contemporary home decor may feature black wood tables and storage units and white leather seating. Beige-colored wicker baskets could be used for home storage solutions and as decoration.


Pattern could be added with black and white print rugs. Bright red flowers may appear in one room, while the same color could also be used throughout the home for throw pillows and artwork. If a graphic print containing many different colors is used in a contemporary home decor, it can be kept from looking too much for such a streamlined style by making it the focal point and limiting even the amount of different neutrals used.

An overall eco-friendly theme may be present in contemporary home decor. For example, the appliances chosen for the kitchen could be both up-to-date and energy efficient. The fabrics and materials used to make the furniture would contain no dyes or ingredients harmful to the environment. Forest growth would be an issue as to which woods could be used for furniture, cabinets and floors. While many different color schemes could be used, the overlying theme in this type of contemporary home is in using only recycled or recyclable materials that are not considered to be harmful to the planet.


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