Contemporary decorating style embraces uncluttered, light-filled spaces, open floor plans, minimal furnishings, and slick finishes.
Within those perimeters, though, different avenues can be pursued. One approach is dramatic in a subtle manner; the other is a stand-up-and-take-notice kind of decorating, saturated in vibrant color.
Which route is for you? Unlike the old days when modern meant stark, laundry-white walls, today’s monochromatic rooms are done up in soothing shades like sand, gray, or cream.
A burgeoning interest in the environment has designers also culling tones from the outdoors such as pale green and blue to offset light wood and metal furnishings.