Defining Contemporary Design Styles

Defining Contemporary Design Styles

Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home
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Contemporary design styles have become widespread in the interior decorating scene, re-envisioning popular styles such as Coastal, Scandinavian, Urban Industrial, Warm Minimalism, and more.  

The contemporary style is known for its inclusion of clean lines, curated decor, a harmonious colour palette, modern accents, and focus on both style and functionality. 


What is the Difference between Contemporary and Modern Styles?

Contemporary Design is "of the now" or the "style of the moment" which means that it is ever-evolving. 

As a result, the contemporary design style is a blend of styles, and while it has made a name of its own, its future thinking approach can be applied to existing styles you know and love. 

For example, Warm Minimalism is a contemporary take on traditional minimalism, with the aim to create a serene, peaceful, and calming sanctuary whilst maintaining the clean, functional, and clutter-free environment traditional minimalism was known for.  

What are some Other Popular Contemporary Design Styles?

Modern Scandinavian Interior Design

  • Scandinavian Design — Modern Scandinavian interiors are renowned for streamlined simplicity, functionality, and understated elegance. This style embraces neutral colour palettes, natural materials, and clean lines. 

Contemporary design Scandinavian style

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Urban Industrial Interior Design

  • Urban Industrial Style — Urban Industrial design draws inspiration from raw, utilitarian spaces such as factories and warehouses. Exposed brick walls, metal accents, and reclaimed wood are key features of this style. Suzie Anderson Home provides a wide range of urban industrial furniture and decor pieces, such as pendant lights, bar stools, and other types of homewares, helping you achieve that urban loft aesthetic.

Becky Shea Contemporary interior design

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Warm Minimalism Interior Design

  • Warm Minimalism — Warm minimalism is a hallmark of contemporary design. It focuses on simplicity, functionality, and organisation. Suzie Anderson Home offers a range of furniture and contemporary homewares in Australia that can help you embrace clean lines and uncluttered spaces while maintaining a warm and lived-in feel. From pillows and mirrors to storage solutions and wall art, you can create a serene and calming atmosphere in your home.

Warm minimalism features light & textural spaces that prioritise character and visual comfort through the inclusion of personal touches, quality materials, cosy and natural textures, and simple silhouettes. 

The aim is to create a serene, peaceful, and calming sanctuary whilst maintaining the clean, functional, and clutter-free environment traditional minimalism is known for.  

Here are some of the key differences between traditional minimalism and contemporary warm minimalism:

Cool neutrals + monochromes Warm neutrals + dusty colours
Streamlined + sparse materials Natural textures + materials
Structured + angular shapes Soft + organic shapes 
Simple + modern decor Blend of old + new decor

Warm Minimalism design styles

Photo Source: Architectural Digest

Contemporary Coastal Interior Design

  • Contemporary Coastal style — This style emphasises light and airy interiors, natural materials, and a colour palette that reflects the ocean, sky, and sand. When combined with classic contemporary design, the coastal style takes on a sophisticated and contemporary feel. By incorporating clean lines, minimal decor and a neutral colour palette, a contemporary coastal space can achieve a more streamlined and timeless look. This fusion of styles creates a harmonious blend of relaxed coastal charm and the elegance of contemporary design, resulting in a fresh and inviting space that captures the essence of coastal living.

Coastal homewares Australia Suzie Anderson Home

Photo Source: Architectural Digest

Whether you're looking to embrace the simplicity of Scandinavian design, the edginess of urban industrial style, the tranquillity of warm minimalism, or the easygoing nature of the coastal style, explore Suzie Anderson Home's collection and transform your space into a home you love. Shop now at Suzie Anderson Home and experience the beauty of high-quality homewares and decor for yourself.

Suzie Anderson Home — the source of contemporary homewares in Australia

If you're looking to incorporate contemporary elements into your home, Suzie Anderson Home offers a variety of design styles that incorporate a harmonious balance of classic and contemporary design elements.

No matter which design style resonates with you, Suzie Anderson Home is your go-to destination for high-quality furniture and décor. With our commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail, we ensure that every piece is designed to meet your style and functionality needs. Additionally, we offer Australia-wide shipping and multiple payment options, making it convenient for you to bring a timeless design style into your home.

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