Contemporary Interior Design: 7 Tips to Create a Covetable Design

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If you love sleek and sophisticated interiors, and can’t keep away from the latest technology, then a Contemporary interior design is perfect for you! Technological advancement is surprisingly one of the largest influences on the function and look of Contemporary interiors. The information age, the digital revolution, and environmentalism all have a hand in change. These changes allow designers to create beautiful forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.  Designers are reinventing existing forms to merge function with artistic expression.

Check out this before and after contemporary renovation for even more inspiration or read on to see our 7 best tips for accomplishing the contemporary interior design look!

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History of Contemporary Interior Design

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Contemporary dining room design by Decorilla designer, Mladen C.

Modern and Contemporary are words that are often used interchangeably but refer to two distinct design styles. Early modernist design movements began in 1875 with the Arts and Craft era and were constantly updated. The reinterpretation of Modernism continued until postmodernism that spanned from the 1970s to 1990s.

The new millennium is where contemporary home interior design ideas came to the forefront. Strictly speaking, Contemporary refers to anything of the present moment. However, this too will form part of design history in the future. For now, we can be thankful to designers who keep pushing the boundaries to create something new and unique.


Move over Modernism; because homes are becoming sexier than ever with contemporary home interior design ideas. We have put together the key elements to bring your home into the new era with our seven essentials for a Contemporary home interior design.

1. Simplified Form In Contemporary Interiors

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Contemporary kitchen and bath by Decorilla designer, Roberto D.

We’re back in the minimalist sphere with “form follows function,” but this time the function can be to look good. Function has become something ingenious with the help of technological advancement. Therefore, the form of present-day furniture and interior objects are bound to be innovative and creative.

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Design by Decorilla interior designer, Roberto D.

There may be limited furnishings in a contemporary home that is reminiscent of Minimalism, but the negative space has become decorative in itself. So, this means that furniture and architectural elements are becoming more sculptural, which may mean less decorative pieces in the homes of the future.

2. Muted Tones with Pops of Color

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Contemporary bedroom design by Decorilla designer, Tiara M.

A plethora of existing design styles influence Contemporary interior design, and the colors of Minimalism are still prevalent. The homes of today are clad in soft, subdued colors. As a result, simple and elegant color combinations act as a backdrop for prominent features that reinvent existing structures. Exhibit your most loved furniture finds against a soft backdrop. So, it’s certainly best to choose whites, browns, greys or navy for walls.  Incorporate pops of color through artwork, furniture or decor.

3. Contemporary Art

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Contemporary bedroom design by Decorilla designer, Joseph G.

Art is essential to Contemporary home. Sculptural elements are prominent in present-day homes, and the boundaries between art and functional furnishings are blurring. In a Contemporary home there are art pieces, as we know and love them, but also furnishings and architecture that have sculptural features. These make art as intrinsic to a Contemporary home as the roof or floor.

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4. Wow Factor Lighting

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Contemporary dining room design by Decorilla interior designer, Renata P.

Sculptural lighting has become a quintessential feature of Contemporary interiors. Oversized standing lamps, elaborate chandeliers, and molecular ceiling lights are a few of the exciting lighting avenues to explore. Be bold with sculptural lighting for maximum impact.

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5. Hard Surfaces

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Contemporary interiors by Decorilla designers Renata P (left) and Scott T. (right)

Ever since industrial design became highly sought after designers’, architects’ and the public’s obsession with elegant, hard surfaces became cemented in present-day interiors. The plush world of cushiony fabrics seems to dim in the background as the focus turns to new innovative uses for natural stone, wood, cement, and metal. Expect to see easy chairs fashioned from stone or steel, blurring the boundary between sculptural and functional.


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6. Technology in Contemporary Interiors

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Sleek bedroom design by Decorilla designer, Roberto D.

A contemporary home is lost without its core – technology. We are living in the digital age; technological advancement amazes every day by exploring surprising and unprecedented avenues.  The designs of today have to be streamlined and also in sync with whichever digital devices are in that specific room. Technology is shaping design, not just through changing shapes, but by forcing designers to work with or around existing technological devices.


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7. No more Distraction

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Contemporary kitchen design by Decorilla interior designer, Cristian G.

Homes are becoming more efficient and shifting the focus from the interior to function. Yes, Contemporary homes can be magnificently beautiful, and inspire awe in their innovation. But no matter how intricate, the simplicity of a stunningly designed Contemporary home also allows the people who live there to function at their utmost.


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That is ideal; to create a space that saturates and satisfies the senses. One that allows essential functions to continue above all, without hindrance and obstruction.

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The contemporary design style is here to stay. Are you ready to get started with your Contemporary home? Start by incorporating these tips and tricks to see the transformation begin. If you need a little boost or expert advice, Schedule A Free Interior Design Consultation with one  Decorilla’s online interior designers and create the home of your dreams!


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