This striking, contemporary bedroom is perfect for the young married set as it combines style, function and a bang for the buck. The soft gray walls, window treatments and furniture provide a great backdrop for the pop of color in the blue bed linens and black leather storage ottoman. The simple art and decorations also lift the mood.
This eclectic, feminine office space is bursting with colorful elements, like the contemporary rug and the rock crystal formations displayed on a modern tray. Gray and yellow curtains complement the palette used throughout the house, but pops of vivid fuchsia further liven up the room. A petite round coffee table adds an extra touch of glamour.
More floral wall coverings in a lilac that plays very well with spring-evocative greens and contemporary art keeps this bedroom from Catherine M. Austin Interior Design from registering as too saccharine and girly. The color scheme was inspired by Austin’s time spent in Italy in the spring and the purple wisteria she saw there. Think about using your travel photos for both design and color inspiration.
Nestled in a small back yard surrounded by a curtain of mature hardwood trees, this outdoor living area makes the most of the available space. The owners wanted to her the "arts and crafts" stylings of the neighborhood, but they also desired a contemporary twist. Designers added a small hot tub and a water feature that make use of clean lines, while the pathways and walls have a splash of personality with natural stone.
Small white circular tiles create texture and accent the neutral surroundings. The off center frame gives a contemporary and artistic look. Large, neutral marble tile makes an inside frame around the fireplace and continues out onto the step. A dark mantel top adds a rich contrast to the bright and neutral tones.
An industrial loft gets a modern update; this kitchen draws in the best of both design styles. High, beamed, wood ceilings exude a sense of raw power and strength, where the clean lines of the contemporary appliances and cabinets make the space feel balanced and refined. The warmth of the ceilings is echoed in the use of red-topped stools, tying the room together.
A white picket fence stands guard at the front of this contemporary farmhouse. Complete with a tin roof, stone chimney and inviting front porch, the home is a picture of country charm. The third-story tower offers an unexpected twist in typical farmhouse design.
Contemporary meets industrial in this loft kitchen. The exposed ductwork actually acts as a space divider, a perfect example of form marrying with function. The dark wood cabinets go well with the room's other woods and neutral tones, while the white tile backsplash works to keep the room light and bright. Red barstools at the kitchen island provide the kitchen's lovely pop of color.
A light, bright kitchen makes the most of the basement space in this transitional home. The room features neutral walls, clean lines and white cabinetry. Wide windows take advantage of the views and bring in natural light. Quartz countertops, modern barstools and a glass tile backsplash give the room contemporary flair, and cabinetry extends to the ceiling to maximize storage.
In this New York apartment, designer Nick Olsen uses long alternating black and gray stripes on the wall to accentuate the length of this contemporary galley kitchen. An impressive display of black-and-white photography in plain frames and white mattes plays off of the achromatic theme as do the contrasting gray and black cabinet fronts.
This spa-inspired contemporary living room transitions seamlessly from the infinity pool in the back. The ocean acts as the backdrop to this beautiful Italian collection of furniture that includes these matching chairs accented with blue floral pillows and a modern styled accent table in chrome finish.
“With my room, I intend to take viewers on a fantastical voyage through the cutting edge of today’s art and design universe,” explains designer Jeff Lincoln of Jeff Lincoln Interiors. The rug—a new design by Paul Robinson for the rug Company called Lagoon—sets the foundation for the whole space. The walls received a custom Venetian plaster finish, a neutral choice meant to make the rest of the room’s contemporary furnishings shine.
Venetian plastered walls, cypress beams and custom-made wrought iron lighting set an elegant tone upon entering this traditional living room. Designer Troy Beasley mixes contemporary chairs, tables and accessories with charming Moorish art and rich, Tuscan hues. Tuscan style is known for its natural, earth-toned colors, like golden yellow, terra cotta and green for an airy effect in warm-weather places, and this ivory and gold color scheme provides just that.
Designer Douglas Hilton likes to mix styles in his rooms, from classic to contemporary as seen in his guest bathroom for the Cashiers Designer Showhouse. He also advises homeowners work with galleries when sourcing artwork for their home. When you work through a gallery, they have already vetted the work. And when you establish a relationship over time, the gallery begins to know your style and taste and can make specific recommendations says Hilton.
In the smaller guest bedroom, designers chose a neutral color palette to reflect the natural light of the large window and make the space feel larger and more open. A navy and white patterned bed frame was installed, making the space feel warm and welcoming, while a yellow and white pillow adds a splash of color and contemporary table lamps and modern nightstands bring stylish elegance into the room.
Café lights add a gorgeous glow to an outdoor living space, but they can be tricky to hang if you don’t have trees or other tall objects to string them from. Here’s a freestanding solution for hanging lights that uses planters and wood posts. It’s totally temporary, so it’s perfect for renters.
The stairway pendant in the design studio was designed by Andrea Michaelson and was made using reclaimed factory coils with a vintage-style exposed bulb. The contemporary aesthetic with touches of industrial style was used throughout the entire space on everything from fixtures to furnishings.
As seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation, homeowners Robert Marra and Nathan Baynard found their ideal house in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. They created a contemporary office in one of the guest bedrooms using a bright blue/green color for the walls, to set off the black furniture, and placing a full-length mirror on one wall to bring more light into the room.