THE NATURE OF CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR DESIGN
I’ve interviewed many home owners about updating their homes who want a contemporary interior design scheme but find the furniture stark and uncomfortable, and the look cold, unfriendly…sometimes even bland. There is a way to create a contemporary look for your home without sacrificing comfort, making it warm and welcoming.
The issue primarily involves finding the right seating, adding a unique piece of furniture or whimsical accessory, and layer lighting into the contemporary mix.
Beginning with the living room, clients often find
that sofas are too close to the ground, backs
The cold and unfriendly feel observed by home owners could be a result of insufficient lighting. If you look carefully, many contemporary homes have overhead lighting but very few (if any) floor or table lamps. Recessed lighting, chandeliers, and pendants provide light from only one direction – from above. Overhead lighting is not flattering; it’s often harsh. Placing a few additional fixtures – lamps, sconces, decorative, and specialty lighting throughout a room creates mood and atmosphere, and enhances overall décor.
Finally, adding a special piece of furniture that
is not contemporary makes the space unique. It