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The Fundamentals of Furnishing a Home in Contemporary Style Inspired by Florida Art Galleries

When it comes to decorating and furnishing a home, if you like to stay up to date with the current styles or prefer things that are, for the most part, modern, then you are a huge follower or fan of contemporary style. Although it is, more often than not, thought or believed that modern designs are minimalist and cold, in homes today, contemporary interiors are welcoming and comfortable without being dark and cluttered.

The contemporary style today as showcased in many Florida art galleries is equally suitable and fitting for stores and offices, traditional homes and loft apartments. Basically, decorating in a contemporary style is defined by clean lines, deliberate use of texture, subtle sophistication, and simplicity.

Interiors tend to feature or highlight space instead of things. By concentrating on shape, space, and color, contemporary interiors are fresh and sleek. It is crucial and vital to stick to some fundamental rules to attain the appearance of a contemporary home.

Art and Lighting Considerations
When it comes to lighting, recessed lighting and track lighting aid in washing a wall in light, and when it comes to new home construction and home renovations, consider installing indirect light or cove lighting. Include metallic elements and color on the light fixtures.

Use lights or spotlights directed at a piece of art such as print, poster, or a painting. These lighting considerations will aid in drawing the eye to the thing you want to focus on. Moreover, framed art or contemporary style sculptures as seen in galleries like Macfine Art Gallery can be situated at eye level by putting them on a pedestal or a structural column.

Frames in matte black or high-gloss, metal finishes, or natural wood are perfect for artwork. If you need to put a few pieces together, then place them close together to create a seemingly-looking one large piece. Avoid cluttering contemporary-designed spaces with too many pieces or collections. Keep in mind that open space, in contemporary interiors, is as essential as the artworks you place in the room.

In a contemporary style home, the floors should be smooth and bare, using vinyl, tile, or wood. But if you need to use a carpet for controlling the sound or warmth, opt for commercial grades. Add texture and color with geometric-patterned or plain area rugs.

Contemporary-style Furniture
Furniture pieces should be uncluttered and straightforward but at the same time should make a significant statement, without decoration or curves. Clean, smooth, geometric shapes are critical. Upholstered furniture usually wears neutral tones such as white or black, using the natural fibers found in jute, silk, linen, cotton, and wool to add textural appeal.

Moreover, geometric-shaped pillows add a pop of color and texture. Use a basic color or tone for the background and highlight your most-loved color on a piece of furniture that stands out. Minimalism is key, meaning less is more.

Do not use excessive carved floral prints, fringe, or carved details. Get rid of those small and cute things, instead opt for something bold, bare, basic and structural.

Line and Space
The most distinctive and obvious element of a contemporary-styled space is the line. Whether horizontal lines or vertical lines or even curved shapes, bold, strong visible lines are conspicuous and perceptible indeed in any contemporary-style rooms. The lines are found in, for the most part, architectural details, use of strong color blocks, geometric shapes, bare windows, and high ceilings in sculpture and wall art.

The open space on the walls, above and between pieces of furniture becomes as vital as the spaces filled with things. Again, when it comes to contemporary interiors, minimalism is key. Each furniture piece stands out as unique and individual.

Moreover, make the best use of structural elements. Paint the details of these structural elements to in contrasting bold colors to draw the eye. Or to lessen their importance, combine or mix them with the walls.

Uses of Color
White, black, or neutrals are the primary colors in contemporary-style interiors. Black is usually used for defining and grounding a contemporary style space. The palette is, more often than not, accented and punched up with a bold and bright color that complements against neutrals.

With neutral walls, you can have a beautiful background for bold colored furniture. If the windows and walls are painted in pastels, the trims must be neutral. In contrast, if the walls are in a bold and bright color, then you should use neutral colors everywhere else.

If you wish to decorate in contemporary style, then you must keep in mind to stick to a couple of basic rules. By aiming your attention on shape, space, and color, you can undoubtedly achieve fresh and sleek contemporary style interiors. Also, always remember to keep the arrangement neat and clean.

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