Fifty Shades of Contemporary

Fifty Shades of Contemporary

Contemporary design might not have been the underdog of the twenty-first century, but it has certainly left its mark. All over the world, in every culture, in every style, the idea of contemporary has taken root and still thrives. It takes from concepts old and new and converts them into ideas and spaces that are newer, better versions of whatever they used to be. In its core, contemporary is bold, making statements and highlighting ideas and concepts that are always static – always in motion. In terms of interior designing contemporary is an aesthetic that is sharp, sleek, glossy and elegant. Nothing about it is showy or glitzy. Its glamor is subtle, but its articulation incorporates newer better materials and avant garde ideas. It molds the three dimensional space to elude generic perception and generates spaces that are beautiful, and congruent in their aesthetic. Let us take a look at some inspiring contemporary interiors.


There is a subtlety in contemporary interiors that can pin down the soul of a space without going overboard. The material and color palates and carefully balanced out – the less, the better in this case. It takes the stylistic approach of the art deco style and mixes it with moderate doses of modernism and arts and crafts movement. This contemporary interior is the personification of rustic genius. Its wooden textures and unique lighting fixtures create a beautifully distinctive outlook that is purely individual.

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(Interior Design, Home Renovations – Image Source: WT+A Interiors)

Going Green

The contemporary style embraces all innovation and advents in technology. The construction and design industry has been making leaps and bounds when it comes to technological advancements – so much so that we can now integrate green spaces into our interiors. This is a new trend in the contemporary genre. Meticulous application of green spaces into a contemporary setting can create unique and inspiring interiors that are not only soothing to the eye, but also make for creative spaces.

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(Interior Design, Home Renovations – Image Source: Sky Creation)


The idea of contemporary is always static and that means it can conform with ideas that would not generally be very decorous otherwise. You can incorporate thematic extensions within a contemporary style interior by playing on a story board that visually depicts the desired aesthetic and use fixtures to reinforce the idea of such themes. The image below is the perfect articulation of such a concept.

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(Interior Design, Home Renovations – Image Source: Cafehopping)

Minimalist and Green

The contemporary interior palate also takes inspiration from already existing styles and amalgamate them together to create something new – something better and more inspiring. In the interior depicted below, it amalgamates the ‘green ideology with simple minimalism. The smooth, sleek lines along with earthy tones create an alluring effect.

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(Interior Design, Home Renovations – Image Source: Unity Interior Design Pte Ltd)

Modern Retro

The contemporary style is not afraid to amalgamate two opposing themes and if done right, ends up creating a rather beautiful effect. Combining retro with modern is a risky endeavor but as demonstrated below, those two styles have retained their distinct edge and created a beautiful synthesis together.

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(Interior Design, Home Renovations – Image Source:  Renolab)

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