The challenge with contemporary design is that it covers such a wide range of styles popular during the second half of the 20th century. (Sounds so long ago, doesn’t it?) Where modern design tends to feature angles, lines and stripped-down elements, contemporary interiors feature softer, more rounded shapes, while keeping with simple, clean presentations.

Contemporary furniture pieces tend to be simple, highlighting light-colored wood, clear or frosted glass and stainless steel, nickel and chrome.

Contemporary colors are tonal, with varying shades in the brown, tan, cream and white families. A pop of color can sometimes appear, in the form of an artful focal point, throw pillow or area rug.

In general, contemporary rooms combine simple, clean shapes and forms with natural warmth, for rooms that are super-livable, super-versatile.