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Have you fallen in love with the timeless contemporary design trend? We have too. Classic, yet thoroughly of the moment, it’s light-handed take on decorating ensures that it never feels dated. Here’s how to achieve a perfectly balanced contemporary style home.

Contemporary design trends
Simplicity, clean lines, plays on texture and quiet drama are fundamental. Be careful, however, of interchanging contemporary style with modern design. There are a few differences between them.

Unlike its modern counterpart, contemporary style borrows from various time periods, creating an eclectic environment. For instance, sleek, simple furniture and art can be combined with detailed molding around walls and windows.

Contemporary style also takes a note from minimal home design, as layouts are open and airy with no clutter in sight. Furnishings have sharp, 90-degree angles and are upholstered with simple fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen that have no ornamentation or patterns.

No fringe, skirts, trim or tassels can be found on contemporary furniture, as all legs are exposed. Light fixtures are made up of sleek materials like glass, ceramic, polished nickel, or stainless steel.

While modern décor can feel cold, limiting, and overtly minimal, contemporary style is calming and serene. It is usually peppered with a focus on architectural elements, decorative details, attention to bold scales, and a concise colour palette to create a warm space with easy sophistication.

How to get the boho look
Achieving this look is as simple as throwing down a fuzzy rug, getting wicker furniture and investing in an insane amount of throw pillows.

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