Determining a theme for your living space is more of an important decision than you might realize… It’s ultimately the key essential to setting the theme for your entire home. Of course, a contemporary feel is always desirable, prompting a fresh and spacious atmosphere.
Contemporary means… White White White!
When you hear the word “contemporary” a few things might come to mind… Open space, smooth lines, simplistic design and of course white! Having white as the base for your colour palette seems like an obvious choice. It’s fresh, crisp and creates a feeling of openness, which is ideal for any living space. Complimented with natural light and neutral finishes, your space will simply ooze “contemporary”.
However, there can be a fine line when executing this concept… As striking as white can be, it can also become overpowering and take away the warmth from your home. To avoid this from happening, be sure to consider a few things when selecting your furniture pieces and styling your space…
Furniture makes all the difference…
The furnishings you select will make all the difference in defining the ambience for your home. The main ingredient to contemporary living is keeping things fresh and minimalistic (this is where the whites and neutrals come into play). Your furniture gives you the opportunity to add some depth and warmth back into your space.
For your lounge piece, you might consider a slimline design, upholstered in natural leather for a feeling of luxury, or maybe a textured fabric for some added substance. Although for something different, why not create a statement with a bold print for added contrast?
Don’t forget that the cabinetry you choose will also influence the feel for your home. While “all white” can feel clean and modern, it can also become very static. Create some warmth by introducing hardwood timbers… This invites rich natural tones to liven up your space and the details in the grain also add an element of interest. The rich tones in the timber will also make surrounding whites pop even more!
Some other things you might consider are the finishes you select. Would you like high gloss or a matte finish? You can also select the handles you like, whether they be chrome, black or gold even. Or for a flush surface, consider no handles at all… With push drawers you can really emphasize clean lines and a smooth surface.
Seen above are some current pieces that have just the right balance of hardwood timber and crisp white. And don’t forget, these are only a small selection of examples for you to browse… Visit our Stepney Showroom to experience an extended range of contemporary options!
Some other ways you can incorporate “white” into your living area is with accessories… And who doesn’t love scouting for new accessories! Consider items that have a subtle texture to generate some added depth as well. A throw rug or some scatter cushions are always useful pieces that add a homey feel.
When it comes to styling and adding those finishing touches to your living space, why not search for inspiration? For example, we’re constantly being inspired by Warwick Fabrics Australia and their versatile mood boards! Alternatively, create your very own… We love combining different bits and pieces to create mood boards – it’s the best way to get motivated!
To spark your inspiration
Styling your home should be an enjoyable process and it certainly shouldn’t be rushed… Gather ideas, search the internet and talk to some experts along the way to help you stay on track. And don’t forget, by choosing a contemporary style, it doesn’t mean you can’t change things around every few years… If you have the right basics, you can mix and match things along the way as your lifestyle changes!
At Nordic Design Furniture, we specialize in creating personalized pieces. Each week we see new styles come through our factory, meaning we’re constantly inspired with new ideas that we want to share with you when creating your next piece of designer furniture!