GRAND RAPIDS, MIch. (WOTV) - Contemporary décor has been a trend for some time now, but what does it mean to say you have contemporary taste in furniture and décor?
First, a little background on contemporary décor: The term ‘contemporary' implies something is happening at the present moment. When it comes to contemporary furniture, the focal point is that such furniture has been inspired by different time periods. For example, a dining room set in which all of the pieces were from the 1970s might be described as 1970s contemporary, to indicate that the pieces were all meant to go together when they were made.
The term can also simply mean furniture done in the style of the day, whenever the term is used. These different uses of a single word can be a bit confusing, but usually just by looking at the style of the furniture, it becomes clear what sense of the word is being used.
Creativity, elegance and flexibility form the core characteristic of contemporary furniture. It will seem that all the rooms for your home have a life of their own. Flexibility is the factor that makes contemporary furniture extremely popular. You will often see clean lines in contemporary furniture in casual atmospheres, open spaces, and neutral colors.
Often elements and materials that are inspired by nature are in contemporary décor. The décor relies on materials, rather than color, to give a space visual interest. It also incorporates clean lines and a lack of clutter. Furniture styled in the contemporary look generally shares a few common characteristics. For example, it usually incorporates very modern materials in its design, with lots of chrome, metal and glass. Sharp edges and angles abound in the style, with lines that are a bit asymmetrical to draw more attention to the overall composition. The texture of contemporary furniture tends to be quite smooth, with little to no decorative elements or carving.
Contemporary and modern décor are different…more on that later! Does this change your view of what you thought contemporary décor was? If so, how? Share your thoughts on my facebook page !
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