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
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.
Open-concept interior with fold-away glass walls to welcome in the stunning view outdoors.
2. Shelter on a Rock by ESPACE Vital Architecture
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
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.
4. House at Charlebois Lake by Paul Bernier Architecte
The house features an open patio design where you can relax and enjoy the lake’s view on a sloping terrain.
5. Estrade Residence by MU Architecture
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
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
The back of the house showcasing an extraordinary perforated wall or also called as Cobogo walls. This design provides proper ventilation and natural light.
8. Big Timber Riverside House 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 expansive lush lawn.
9. Planchonella House by Jesse Bennett
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.
An aerial view of the house where it shows a T-shape design of the two-story house. The first floor’s rooftop is maximized by turning it into a hangout place.
11. Mothersill Project By Bates Masi
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
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.
13. SGNW Project By Metropole Architects
The warm interior of the house with a zen ambiance from the wooden and water elements.
14. Curva Renovation by LSA Architects
The interior features an open floor design plan giving you 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
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
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
A bird’s eye view of the house where you can see the surrounding neighbors and mountain. There’s also a rooftop garden integrated into the house.
18. Orchard Way Project By Mcleod Bovell
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
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
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.
Bright and airy Contemporary living room with plenty of windows, a wall-mounted TV above a fireplace, indoor plants, and hardwood flooring.
Single-wall contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, gray subway tile backsplash, and an eat-it island.
Contemporary dining room with a rectangular dining table for six under a pendant lighting and a large wall decor.
Contemporary bedroom with a sputnik chandelier and double glass doors leading to the balcony.
Contemporary bathroom with a floating vanity with double sink and a glass shower.
Small Contemporary entry hall with a pendant lighting above the wall mirror and console table.
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.
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.
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 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.