14th May 2012
Contemporary furniture is a wide ranging and ever changing term for furniture that is 'now' - contemporaneous. Often confused with modern furniture, it can encompass a simple, soft, uncluttered look, but can equally be a fresh perspective on a particular in vogue retro era, or a kitsch interpretation on a classic theme.
Just as fashion is ever changing, so does contemporary furniture design. Retro designs are reinterpreted in novel, fresh ways that conform to modern or current ideas of style, fashion, design.
Many contemporary designs focus on neutral colours such as creams, whites, browns, blacks and taupe. Bold colours such as red or yellow are for accent.
Use of metal
Some contemporary designs use stainless steel, chrome and other metals - often to contrast softer, more natural textures like woods and leathers.
Contemporary furniture tends to be either light or dark wood - rather than wood of a medium shad - examples include alder, ash, beech, light oak, walnut. Upholstered furniture is comfortable, but not bulky - and leather is a popular choice.
Lighting is a strong feature of contemporary design to accent walls, artwork or furniture elements like wall unit shelving.