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Contemporary living

The term contemporary living is used all the time, but what does it actually mean? How is it that a sleek minimalist urban loft and a cosy Nordic inspired lounge are both described as contemporary? In this article we explain all, and showcase some fresh, ‘of the moment’ looks you can achieve with beautiful contemporary furniture and home accessories.
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Contemporary means belonging to or occurring in the present. While ‘modern’ is tied to one trend, ‘contemporary’ is a much broader term. To create a contemporary interior you can follow one trend, or take elements you like from different trends, combining them to create a look that’s fresh, exciting and new.

Relaxed contemporary living

If you love relaxed contemporary living, there’s a wealth of styles to plunder. There’s Scandi style, with white painted floors, clean lined contemporary coffee tables and touches of wicker. Or there’s luxurious Country style with its similarly pared back colour palette, textured rugs and a rich mix of cushions from tweed to velvet or silk with contemporary marbled patterns.

In the relaxed contemporary living room, a contemporary sofa in beige or grey sits beautifully with a modern nest of tables, classic feature fireplace and textured contemporary rug. Or, for a more rustic take, you can choose a wooden coffee table with a live edge, or one of our contemporary sideboards showcasing natural wood.


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Glamorous contemporary living

If you love luxurious living, think rich velvets, feature walls and a modern console table or contemporary console tables with metal legs. In the living room the focal point could be a grand, buttoned velvet or Chesterfield style leather sofa, while in the dining room you could have a marble topped contemporary dining table with contemporary dining chairs. In the bedroom the star of the show could be an opulent modern bed frame with a tall, winged and buttoned headboard or a mirrored modern chest of drawers or dressing table.

In Maximalist inspired interiors, carpets are making a comeback, soft and pampering underfoot. Add drama with dark walls and clashing patterns or go pale with pastel colour pops and gold accents. Continue the opulence with gorgeous new home accessories – from ornate mirrors to statement floor lamps or even a chandelier.


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Open plan contemporary living

You don’t need to live in a New York loft apartment to get that open plan, urban vibe. Any modern open plan living dining room can be transformed into an uber-cool place to relax, eat and even work. Open plan living is all about flexibility, you can even have a home office in the corner of your living space with contemporary home office furniture such as a modern office desk.

The popular industrial trend is all about wood and metal dining tables with modern dining chairs, open shelving and industrial style contemporary console tables. Or you can draw inspiration from the mid-century retro trend, with a timelessly elegant Ercol sofa or dining table.

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Equally suited to open plan living is Italian style. Choose modern living room furniture such as a large, low profile sofa in fine Italian leather with a glass coffee table, or a modern dining table and chairs – perhaps a ceramic topped designer dining table. Contemporary sideboards can be multi-purpose in an open plan space. Finish with stunning wall art, luxurious rugs and table lamps and a statement clock.


Creative, eclectic contemporary living

If you’re creative and love eclectic style, you can really have fun. You might be inspired by bold botanical patterns. Or floral prints for Bloomsbury sophistication, with soft greens and pinks. If you love oriental style you may feel inspired by the Nordic Fusion trend, a sophisticated blend of Nordic design and Japanese style.

In the bedroom there’s a wide choice of contemporary beds to choose from, and you can add the ‘wow’ factor with a stunning contemporary armchair, or vintage or contemporary bedside tables.

If you want your living space to reflect your travels or interests there is plenty of scope. Choose characterful brown leather sofas, with a Moroccan coffee table or a Turkish rug. Create a gallery wall to display maps, wall art or photographs – or display artefacts on open shelving.


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Contemporary colours and patterns

Monochrome décor is a popular choice for contemporary living spaces, with grey as the new neutral combined with fresh white and dramatic dashes of black. Read about our favourite grey colour schemes for living rooms here. For cosiness, introduce tactile rugs and other touches of luxury such as a statement vase or some lush real or artificial plants.

Geometrics and contemporary patterns suit large spaces, perhaps a geometric rug to define your dining area, or patterned cushions in your living space. Mix things up with both straight and curved lines – if you choose all straight lines it can feel too clinical.

If you’re feeling playful, go for colour clash, pattern mix or colour pop – all ways of adding interest to a large space that could otherwise feel bland.


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Get creative with contrasts

When it comes to contemporary style for the modern living room, dining room or bedroom contrast gives depth and dimension. You can mix the vintage with the new, the sleek with the textured, and soft neutral shades with bold monochromes or colour pops.


A contemporary corner sofa can be paired with a statement antique coffee table while a sleek modern TV unitcan sit beside a plush, deep pile rug. A modern dining table is incredibly stylish with classic dining chairs. And, in a neutral bedroom with white or cream modern bedroom furniture, a pink contemporary armchair is simply stunning.


Our homes are our sanctuaries, for enjoying and relaxing in. Whatever look you choose, we hope you enjoy creating a contemporary living space that’s unique and personal to you, where you can feel comfortable and completely at home.

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