The Complete Guide to Classic Contemporary Style Interior Decorating

Classic Contemporary style is curated, minimal and uncluttered. It is about refined elegance, where handcrafted, quality-made pieces are incorporated to create sophistication and to reflect your individual style.

Heirloom and Antique furniture, custom lamp shades, and quality tailored soft furnishings reflect a considered interior space.

Selected decorative elements such as candles, trays, books and sumptuous tailored soft furnishings create a calming and soothing environment.

For a step-by-step guide to creating the Classic Contemporary look, explore our guide below and shop the style online.



  • Neutral Colour palette; calming whites, taupes and soft greys.
  • Architectural features; Interesting skirtings, ceilings, cornices and wall mouldings.
  • Flooring; Wall to wall wool blend carpets, timber floorboards, Persian or abstract bespoke wool rugs.
  • Lighting; Wall sconces and pendant lighting with bronze, brass and nickel and Fabric drum pendant shades with diffusers.
  • Window treatments; Heavy lined neutral linen or silk curtains.
  • Furniture; Elegant bespoke furniture and unique pieces that are quality-made, handcrafted or antique. 
  • Fabric; Natural linens, cottons, sumptuous silk, velvet or brocade.
  • Art; Contemporary art, abstract, original artworks.
  • Decorative; Curated coffee table books, organised bookcases, pretty trays, objet d'art, ceramics, sculptures and mouth blown vases.
  • Plants; Fiddle leaf figs, orchid in hand painted or glazed ceramic planters.



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Barbara Barry

Barbara Barry is a Los Angeles based Interior Designer, whose Design firm has been operating since 1985. Barbara's first book, 'Barbara Barry - Around Beauty', communicates her graceful, refined and curated interior designs. 

Her principles of design, 'simplicity, proportion, and harmony' are characteristic of Classic Contemporary style. 

Instagram: @barbarabarryinc

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Cameron Kimber

Cameron Kimber is an Australian based Interior Designer, whose designs are defined by 'comfort, relaxation, and elegance'. 

His approach is to create a sanctuary that evokes comfort and style, seen through his use of velvets, and a combination of relaxed cane furniture with upholstered dining chairs and meaningful decoratives, to create a lived in feel. 

Website: Cameron Kimber

Photo Sourced from Cameron Kimber Design

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Thomas Hamel

Thomas Hamel is an American Interior Designer whose Sydney based Design firm was established in 1990.

His approach to Design is influenced largely by his travels, creating an unique international, timeless and sophisticated look. 

Instagram: @thomashamel

Photo: © 2018 Thomas Hamel & Associates

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