Contemporary design is an excellent style if you want a fresh, new look for your bedroom. That’s because this design aesthetic is all about what is popular right now. It combines elements of every style of design, bringing them together in a way that is, well, contemporary.
At Christopher Wray, we’re dedicated to helping you design perfect spaces. That’s why we’ve put together the following information to guide you through creating a contemporary bedroom.
Here’s everything you need to know to get started:
Designing the Perfect Contemporary Bedroom
Since contemporary design is all about what’s happening right now, it is a very fluid and changeable style. That’s part of what makes this style so much fun to work with. You are not limited to any one aesthetic as contemporary design can pull from any style. And, if you plan properly, you can easily adjust the look and feel of the room in the future.
Contemporary Design is All About Blending the Right Elements
Since this is such a smooth and changeable style, one of the most important things to get right is how you blend the various elements. To keep your design current throughout the coming years, you may want to leave room to change and grow.
Here are some tips to help you realise your design dreams:
Choose a Focal Point to Design Around
Many people begin with a foundation in modern design styles. You can think of this as kind of like light shading in a canvas. You’re setting the stage for the accents that will fully form the picture. However, unlike in modern design, contemporary pieces have more rounded lines. Of course, your focal point doesn’t have to be modern design, or even a design style.
Your focal point could be a vibrant colour or pattern that you absolutely adore. It could be the beautiful windows, or artistic crown moulding in your bedroom. The idea is to create a common thread to your design so that you can more easily bring together different styles.
Examples: Focal Points for Bedroom Design
So, a focal point should not overpower the room. It doesn’t even have to be the focus of the room. It is the focus of what you design around. For example, let’s say your favourite colour is plum purple. You wouldn’t want to paint your walls plum purple as that would be overwhelming! But you could choose a good base colour for your walls that would make a plum purple really pop. Then, add the plum colour as your primary accent.
The Cosmo Suite No. 1 bed is a great way to add strong colour accents to your bedroom. The quilted headboard can be upholstered in almost any shade, so you can create just the right effect without overwhelming the room.
Know What is Popular Right Now
Contemporary is all about what’s trending right now so you might need to refresh yourself on currently popular styles and trends. While it is often a good rule of thumb to ground your contemporary design in classic or modern styles, you should always have strong elements of what is popular right now.
Here’s what’s in at the moment:
- Cleverly disguised technology integration
- Natural fabrics and finishes
- Clean, smooth lines
- Cream-based neutral tones with isolated pops of vibrant colours and stark whites
- Rooms with a spacious and airy feel
Examples: Currently Popular Trends
The Dinard chest of drawers features the simple, rounded lines that are the current hallmarks of contemporary design. Choose your own finish to make this piece a background element or a vibrant accent.
Use Lighting to Highlight and Accentuate the Design
Lighting is very important in contemporary design. It should compliment the overall aesthetic while also creating the right atmosphere in terms of illumination. Currently, lamps with metallic bases and natural shapes are in style. You can also invest in lighting that has an artistic flair, though these should be used sparingly so they don’t compete with the rest of the room. Track lighting is also often used to highlight different focal points in the room.
Examples: Accenting a Room with Lighting
For a bedroom, look into floor lamps and table lamps to add in accents. The Abbey floor lamp is a great accent for contemporary design. It has a modern design with a retro look and feel. This perfect balance of styles creates a look that blends in while also standing out, and that is the heart of contemporary design.
Keep it Contemporary with Easily Changeable Accents
By now you should have a feel for how to get started on your bedroom design project. Contemporary is all about balancing what is in now with design aesthetics from styles that appeals to you. It’s about balancing between personal style and popular style, and that means you may want to change up your space in the future.
So, make sure you create a good foundation for your room that can easily absorb different styles. You can then change the overall look and feel simply by investing in new decorations, reupholstering, or changing out smaller furniture.
Contemporary Design is Fluid and Changeable
The best thing about contemporary design is fluidity. It is all about using what has come before to create what is now. This gives you huge creative authorisation as you play around with balancing all the different styles. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your design today so you can rest in comfort and style tomorrow.