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Style Secret: Simple Lines
Repeat after us: lines, planes, angles. Now make it your mantra. Contemporary design is oriented along a strong horizontal-vertical axis, from architecture to furnishings. The structure of a space becomes an integral design component on its own.
But also consider... Does that mean everything in your home must have square corners? Of course not. Balance the look with a few curves; the key is to stay true to simple geometric forms: circles, orbs, cylinders, waves. Leave the scallops and curlicues to your more traditional friends.
Style Secret: Sophisticated Neutrals
Cream, white, tan, beige, black — these are the bedrock upon which contemporary design lies. Monochromatic and tone-on-tone schemes allow the lines and shapes within a space to take center stage.
But also consider... Neutral is a pretty broad term. Choose a shade with undertones that add interest (the stony gray-blue shown here, for example). Try cream with a hint of pink, gray with a touch of green, or beige with some gold. If you want a jolt of brighter color, keep it judiciously focused: an accent wall, say, or a bold piece of furniture.
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Style Secret: Center-Stage Windows
Can you picture tasseled draperies or a balloon valance in this space? Neither can we. Windows in a contemporary milieu are usually abundant, and they're often left undressed to highlight their crisp lines and let natural light flood in.
But also consider... If privacy's an issue, or if you just don't like feeling that you're on display, integrate sleek window treatments that won't stop the eye: sheers or solid panels that blend into the wall color; narrow blinds; mesh shades. As long as they're done in a neutral solid or barely-there print, and kept very tailored, Roman shades are another possibility.