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Contemporary Design 101

May 13, 2016

Right on trend, contemporary design marries the best of modern and traditional styles while incorporating the latest looks. Check out these 15 design spaces that will appeal to the decorating trailblazer in you. 

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Photo: Jean Allsopp. From: HGTV Magazine.

Freshen Up Your Furniture

Designed by Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic Eames molded chair is a go-to contemporary chair. The curved seat is a comfy (and colorful!) barstool when paired with tall Eiffel-style legs. Open shelving with a well-curated collection of dishes and cookware bring an updated look to this bright white kitchen. See more pics from this colorful home tour

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Photo: Paul Costello. From: HGTV Magazine.

Bring On the Bright

A fresh color palette is a surefire way to brighten up any contemporary space. Here, designer Sarah Richardson put two paint colors to work to define separate seating areas in this open-concept living room. The colors find their way onto the furniture to create a pulled-together look. See more of Sarah's home that was featured in HGTV Magazine

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Photo: John Granen Photography. From: Kimberlee Gorsline.

Embrace the View

Large windows without traditional curtains or swags are a hallmark of contemporary style, allowing tons of natural light to be a part of the room's design. Often windows are left completely unadorned, but if you still want the option of diffusing the natural light, opt for streamlined blinds, like these honeycomb shades.

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Photo: Kim Cornelison (styled by Heather Chontos). From: HGTV Magazine.

Throw Out the Rules

Contemporary design ebbs and flows with the times so it's the perfect style if you're always game to try something new. For instance, experiment with hanging art in an unusual spot, like this painting under a tall entry table. HGTV Magazine shares more ways to be daring with your decorating.   

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