20 Contemporary Homes – Exterior and Interior Examples & Ideas (Photos)

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Interior of a contemporary style home.

Welcome to the Contemporary home decor style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Contemporary style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.

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Contemporary Homes (Exteriors)

Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Contemporary style architecture.

1. Kloof 145 House in Cape Town by SAOTA

Kloof 145 by SAOTA

The house is designed to reinstate the qualities of its surrounding natural landscape with the top part expressed as a green terrace and braai area, the lower part expressed as a “heavy stone plinth,” and all the levels of the house connected by a sculptural timber staircase.

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Open-concept interior with fold-away glass walls to welcome in the stunning view outdoors.

2. Shelter on a Rock by ESPACE Vital Architecture

Contemporary house with minimalist architecture and exterior design surrounded by towering trees. It offers a floating deck where you can lavish on the serene view of the surrounding forest. 

Contemporary house with minimalist architecture and exterior design surrounded by towering trees. It offers a floating deck where you can lavish on the serene view of the surrounding forest.

Exterior lines flowing through the interior of the house. From the inside, you have an expansive view of the greenery through the glazed windows and doors.

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Exterior lines flowing through the interior of the house. From the inside, you have an expansive view of the greenery through the glazed windows and doors.

3. Long Horizontals House by Thellend Fortin Architectes

Glazed house built on a steep slope and nestled in pine trees. Its exterior has a neutral color scheme that complements its surrounding.Glazed house built on a steep slope and nestled in pine trees. Its exterior has a neutral color scheme that complements its surrounding.

A combination of concrete, wood and glass rolled into a beautiful and warm interior of the house. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light in and provide a calming view of the majestic forest.

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4. House at Charlebois Lake by Paul Bernier Architecte

Contemporary house situated on a green lush lawn on the shore of Charlebois Lake. It showcases an L-shape design with a rusty concrete along with dark wood plank.

Contemporary house situated on a green lush lawn on the shore of Charlebois Lake. It showcases an L-shape design with a rusty concrete along with dark wood plank.

The house features an open patio design where you can relax and enjoy the lake's view on a slope terrain.

See more. Designed by Paul Bernier Architecte

The house features an open patio design where you can relax and enjoy the lake’s view on a slope terrain.

5. Estrade Residence by MU Architecture

Modern contemporary house accented with a boulder retaining wall in the middle of an enchanting forest. The house exterior creates a harmonious design with its environment.Modern contemporary house accented with a boulder retaining wall in the middle of an enchanting forest. The house exterior creates a harmonious design with its environment.

This side of the house boasts a steep bank landscaping planted with shrubs and layered with natural rocks complementing the stone walls.

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This side of the house boasts a steep bank landscaping planted with shrubs and layered with natural rocks complementing the stone walls.

6. House on Lac Grenier by Paul Bernier Architecte

Sophisticated house with vertical wood exterior along with glass paneled walls surrounded by magnificent nature.

Sophisticated house with vertical wood exterior along with glass paneled walls surrounded by magnificent nature.

An angled view of the house showing a closeup look of the wooden facade with an open and bare yard.

See more. Designed by Paul Bernier Architecte

An angled view of the house showing a closeup look of the wooden facade with an open and bare yard.

7. Brazilian Treasure Designed by 1:1 Arquitetura:Design

Contemporary terracotta house on a downhill slope featuring solid and glass walls. It has a green lawn and is surrounded by concrete privacy fence walls.Contemporary terracotta house on a downhill slope featuring solid and glass walls. It has a green lawn and is surrounded by concrete privacy fence walls.

The back of the house showcasing an extraordinary perforated walls or also called as Cobogo walls. This design provides a proper ventilation and natural light.

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The back of the house showcasing an extraordinary perforated walls or also called as Cobogo walls. This design provides a proper ventilation and natural light.

8. Big Timber Riverside House by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

A two storey house resembling a T-shape is designed with light wood facade cladding and highlighted by an impressive scenic view.A two storey house resembling a T-shape is designed with light wood facade cladding and highlighted by an impressive scenic view.

This is the back of the house showing massive floor to ceiling windows accented with wood planks. It sits on an expanive lush lawn.

See more. Designed by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects

This is the back of the house showing massive floor to ceiling windows accented with wood planks. It sits on an expanive lush lawn.

9. Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett

Spectacular house with curve ceilings and glazed facade walls framed with wood panel. You can see the abundance of greenery surrounding the house.

Spectacular house with curve ceilings and glazed facade walls framed with wood panel. You can see the abundance of greenery surrounding the house.

From this angled view, you can have a peek on the house rustic interior from the wooden frame floor to ceiling windows.

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From this angled view, you can have a peek on the house rustic interior from the wooden frame floor to ceiling windows.

10. Dichotomous Living-Garden House in Katowice by Robert Konieczny – KWK Promes

Huge contemporary house features a fascinating mirrored architecture reflecting the expansive lawn and providing an illusion of larger space. The rest of the walls is built with bricks and glass windows.Huge contemporary house features a fascinating mirrored architecture reflecting the expansive lawn and providing an illusion of larger space. The rest of the walls is built with bricks and glass windows.

An aerial view of the house where it shows a T-shape design of the two storey house. The first floor's rooftop is maximized by turning it into a hangout place. 

See more. Designed by Robert Konieczny – KWK Promes

An aerial view of the house where it shows a T-shape design of the two storey house. The first floor’s rooftop is maximized by turning it into a hangout place.

11. Mothersill Project By Bates Masi

Side of the house showing a mix of vertical and horizontal light wood siding accented with black framed glass walls. The wooden house is built on sloped terrain.Side of the house showing a mix of vertical and horizontal light wood siding accented with black framed glass walls. The wooden house is built on sloped terrain.

A luxurious infinity pool attached to the elevated boardwalk extending to the wooden house. The yard is filled with lush lawn and plants creating a calming ambiance.

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A luxurious infinity pool attached to the elevated boardwalk extending to the wooden house. The yard is filled with lush lawn and plants creating a calming ambiance.

12. Hupomone Ranch Design Project By Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects

White barn house sitting on a green lush lawn framed with towering trees features paneled glass walls sandwiched by white wood plank walls.White barn house sitting on a green lush lawn framed with towering trees features paneled glass walls sandwiched by white wood plank walls.

Natural light streams through the full height glass panels illuminating the white interior. It also overlooks the outdoor scenery and allows fresh air to enter through the sliding door.Natural light streams through the full height glass panels illuminating the white interior. It also overlooks the outdoor scenery and allows fresh air to enter through the sliding door.

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Natural light streams through the full height glass panels illuminating the white interior. It also overlooks the outdoor scenery and allow fresh air to enter through the sliding door.

13. SGNW Project By Metropole Architects

Contemporary house accented with bricks and illuminated by recessed lighting and wall sconces. It includes a brick driveway that enhances the entire look of the house. Contemporary house accented with bricks and illuminated by recessed lighting and wall sconces. It includes a brick driveway that enhances the entire look of the house.

Warm interior of the house with a zen ambiance from the wooden and water elements.

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Warm interior of the house with a zen ambiance from the wooden and water elements.

14. Curva Renovation by LSA Architects

Curva Renovation by LSA ArchitectsStylish modern house enclosed with glass walls and includes a stunning pool covered with gray concrete flooring. Across it is a green yard with plants lining into the fence.

The interior features an open floor design plan giving you an easy access to the room while the glazed walls provide you an extensive view to the outside pool.

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The interior features an open floor design plan giving you an easy access to the room while the glazed walls provide you an extensive view to the outside pool.

15. Wilden Street Project by Shaun Lockyer Architects

Contemporary house featuring shiplap clad walls along with glazed windows. Black railings separated the pool from the green yard.

Contemporary house featuring shiplap clad walls along with glazed windows. Black railings separated the pool from the green yard.

This part of the house is covered with black shiplap walls and sliding glass doors that open to the sheltered patio space. 

See more. Designed by Shaun Lockyer Architects

This part of the house is covered with black shiplap walls and sliding glass doors that open to the sheltered patio space.

16. Glass Wrapped Three Trees House

Modern house beautifully wrapped in glass along with warm natural wood cladding. It includes open spaces and is surrounded by vast greenery.Modern house beautifully wrapped in glass along with warm natural wood cladding. It includes open spaces and is surrounded by vast greenery.

This glazed house offers an expansive view of the surroundings. It is accented with plants and shrubs and integrated with an immense courtyard.

See more. Designed by DADA Partners

This glazed house offers an expansive view of the surroundings. It is accented with plants and shrubs and integrated with an immense courtyard.

17. Hwa Hun Project by IROJE KHM Architects

White contemporary house with an interesting architecture. Its modern and minimalist design with small triangular windows conceal the interior from public view.White contemporary house with an interesting architecture. Its modern and minimalist design with small triangular windows conceal the interior from public view.

A bird's eye view of the house where you can see the surrounding neighbors and mountain. There's also a rooftop garden integrated to the house.

See more. Designed by IROJE KHM Architects

A bird’s eye view of the house where you can see the surrounding neighbors and mountain. There’s also a rooftop garden integrated to the house.

18. Orchard Way Project By Mcleod Bovell

Sophisticated house covered in greeneries features a concrete and wood combination along with glazed windows.Sophisticated house covered in greeneries features a concrete and wood combination along with glazed windows.

The house is framed with glass paneled walls overlooking the sloping landscape and tranquil pool that's paired with a warming fire pit.

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The house is framed with glass paneled walls overlooking the sloping landscape and tranquil pool that’s paired with a warming fire pit.

19. Dion Project by Fabelta

Modern house designed with brick walls and accented with wood cladding. It also boasts tall trees that serve as the backdrop of the house.Modern house designed with brick walls and accented with wood cladding. It also boasts tall trees that serve as the backdrop of the house.

The glazed walls invite plenty of natural light in this high ceiling interior. It has metallic and leather chairs adding a sleek modern tone in the house.

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The glazed walls invite plenty of natural light in this high ceiling interior. It has metallic and leather chairs adding a sleek modern tone in the house.

20. Bernier-Thibault House by Paul Bernier Architecte

Contemporary house showcasing an extensive green roof. The house is built in bricks with a yard next to it covered with wooden fence.Contemporary house showcasing an extensive green roof. The house is built in bricks with a yard next to it covered with wooden fence.

This part of the house is covered with wood planks and sliding doors that open to the yard filled with stones.  

See more. Designed by Paul Bernier Architecte

This part of the house is covered with wood planks and sliding doors that open to the yard filled with stones.

Contemporary Interior Examples (by Room)

The following are photo examples of contemporary interiors (room-by-room).  Below each photo are links that take you to extensive contemporary photo galleries for each room.

The following examples are from this house (Source: Redfin).

Living Rooms

Bright and airy Contemporary living room with plenty of windows, a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace, indoor plants, and hardwood flooring.

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Bright and airy Contemporary living room with plenty of windows, a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace, indoor plants, and hardwood flooring.

Kitchens

Single-wall contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gray subway tile backsplash, and an eat-it island.

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Single-wall contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gray subway tile backsplash, and an eat-it island.

Dining Rooms

Contemporary dining room with a rectangular dining table for six under a pendant lighting and a large wall decor.

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Contemporary dining room with a rectangular dining table for six under a pendant lighting and a large wall decor.

Bedrooms

Contemporary bedroom with a sputnik chandelier and double glass doors leading to the balcony.

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Contemporary bedroom with a sputnik chandelier and double glass doors leading to the balcony.

Bathrooms

Contemporary bathroom with a floating vanity with double sink and a glass shower.

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Contemporary bathroom with a floating vanity with double sink and a glass shower.

Entry Halls

Small Contemporary entry hall with a pendant lighting above the wall mirror and console table.

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Small Contemporary entry hall with a pendant lighting above the wall mirror and console table.

Contemporary Landscaping

Contemporary pool landscaping with wood and concrete privacy fence as well as tall trees and plants.

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Contemporary pool landscaping with wood and concrete privacy fence as well as tall trees and plants.

What is Contemporary Interior Design Style?

If you’re looking for a style that’s casual and clean as well, a contemporary interior design style may be just what you are looking for. This minimalist style has a little bit of everything for novices and experts interior designers alike and includes lots of natural light and provides you with something a little closer to modern style and eclectic without sacrificing too much of the basic style that you otherwise like. This is where you find a whole lot of intriguing designs with your furniture, the colors, and styles of materials and a whole lot more. It’s mostly based on styles from the later 20th century and has softer lines to go along with each of the different aspects. What you’ll really find, however, is something that’s just the right mix of modern and base functionality, which definitely adds some benefits to your household.

Distinguishing Design Features

A contemporary home style is actually quite clean and basic. It has more neutral colors like white and gray along with open space and plenty of neutral styles and elements to go along with it. You’ll also find clean lines and a casual style to this, which is all inspired by nature. It can still be a balance of sleek style, casual aspects and an eclectic accent to go along with it all. Ideally, contemporary styles are still very comfortable at the same time and use simple patterns if any actual pattern at all. Typically, they only have solid color pieces in those base colors that will work well with a variety of other styles and accents if you choose to mix and match your options.

Materials

The fabrics in this design style are all natural as well. In fact, the contemporary style features silks, wool, cotton, and linen. These materials add some texture as well as bringing beautiful colors into the mix. Though the basic aspects of the style are plain colors you may find some geometric patterns in things like throw blankets and even pillows. That way you’re going to have a little bit of accent to go along with other things in the contemporary style. Textures are the main way to do just that since you’re not going to see a whole lot else, but you’ll see all of this reflected in the overall design and layout of the room and the style of the pieces that are put inside it.

Furniture

Contemporary furniture is usually made with straight lines and smooth surfaces to go along with it. Everything is silhouetted in slim but not too thin lines and uses plain styles. You won’t find carvings or other accents on these types of pieces, but you will find some light colored wood here. Mainly the furniture is made with maple or birch in its natural form, meaning with grain lines (though faint) and natural imperfections. You’ll also find glass in both frosted and clear styles, as well as metals like stainless steel, nickel, and chrome.

Décor Accessories

Décor for the contemporary style is used simply as an accent on the already established designs. That means you’ll find lamps that are straight and stylish, with sleek aspects rather than a lot of accents or curves. You will definitely find a lot more of the same from the materials and furniture including neutral colors and metallic finishes to go along. Generally, you’ll find some track lighting that helps get your attention right where it’s wanted, typically in places where you can see artwork or other special decorative aspects. All of them will generally have these same aspects and designs to match.

For the most part, décor for this type of room is going to be focused on floor lamps and art pieces, though you may easily find some other accents including side tables and chairs throughout the rooms. This is to help lend a little more comfortable design to space. You’ll also find a lot more open space in these rooms than you will in a lot of other design styles because that minimalism is actually part of the appeal of this interior design style. It tends to add to the feel of nature and the elements that are brought in by the basic aspects of the look.

Why it Looks Great

So why exactly does the contemporary style look so great? Well, it’s actually a combination of a number of different things. You’ll love the sleek styles and the straight lines that are iconic with this style. You’ll also love the more neutral colors and the natural fabrics that go along with it all. With design elements that go along with the base style, you’re definitely going to love the casual and comfortable atmosphere that goes along with this. It has just a little bit of geometric pattern accents (or at least it can) and more clean woods and metals to match.









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