Eye-catching pendant lights, hung at assorted heights to create a mobile-like chandelier, are prominent centerpieces for this geometric and striking contemporary living room. Constructing walls on different planes and reveals along the ceiling create different depths within the space, creating an effortless flow and adding to the home's peaceful living environment. Assorted seating, from sofas to banquette, around a chic glass coffee table is ideal for casual conversation or quiet reflection.
Natural wood beams frame the entrance to this large window nook. A tufted olive green cushion gives height to the space, finished with a decorative mix of patterned throw pillows complimenting the neutral tones of the room. A star pendant light adds a fun, contemporary element to the space.
A black and white three-fold headboard and Buddha art canvas bring traditional asian flair to the contemporary feel of this bedroom. A mix of throw pillows features yellow, orange and purple tones with a sheen finish reflecting the natural light from the windows. Midcentury modern nightstands support warm-toned table lamps on both sides of the bed. A brown rug is angled across the floor to create an interesting line through the room.
Smooth ceramic wood and polished marble countertops create beautiful finishes in this modern kitchen. Unique, spiky pendant lights add some contemporary flair and shape to the sleek design. A dark backsplash made of small tile in shades of brown adds a contrast to the light, soothing color palette.
The key to the couple’s design aesthetic is layering contemporary, prewar and cultural elements seamlessly. In this entryway where crown molding sets the stage, a Moroccan pouf bought during travels sits together with a basket the two designed with a women’s collective in Rwanda. A collection of art also highlights this area including a silhouette photograph of Bryan and a message of social activism by artist Ann Lewis.
The organic nature of this great room dictated an unorthodox furniture layout, with a curved sofa acting as the anchor of this space. In order to create a contemporary and fresh focal wall, the existing firebox is combined with rich plaster and massive floating shelves. Careful attention to detail is seen in subtle elements like the layered use of lighting and restrained accents of bold colors and patterns.
This master bathroom showcases the stunning ocean views by integrating windows, sliding doors and shutters into the available wall space around the room. A spacious shower even connects to the oceanfront patio, making it feel alfresco. To create this contemporary coastal look, designer Bruce Palmer uses copper, reclaimed wood and more modern pieces to form a resort-esque retreat. Design by Bruce Palmer. Construction by Dewson Construction Company. Architecture by Olivieri, Shousky & Kiss, PA. Photography by John Jenkins
In a contemporary addition, architect Robert Wilson chose materials and fixtures carefully to create a multifunctional space with a unified style. For example, a row of pendant fixtures over the kitchen island not only acts as a visual punctuation mark, dividing the workspace from the adjacent seating area, but “inject a glow of bright yet polished radiance,” he says. Tile flooring throughout the entire room keeps the look simple and pulled-together.
This cozy unit from West Elm combines a six-drawer storage bed frame with a sleek headboard and modular nightstands. Finished in white lacquer or a chocolate veneer, this low-slung contemporary set makes it easy to stash books, linens and clothing out of sight. Sizing options run from twin to king.
White walls and open arch doorways create a spacious and airy feel in this living room. Bright red armchairs and a blue shag rug add bold touches of color to the room. A contemporary neutral sofa creates a perimeter for the room and seating to watch the mounted TV on a natural wood accent wall. Floating shelves, an Asian coffee table and a wood mantle board add wood accents throughout the room.
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.
While the color palette in this kitchen is subtle -- full of browns and beiges -- black and white accents add depth and interest throughout the room. Stone walls featuring arched entryways bring an old-world appeal to the space and juxtapose the contemporary cabinets and hanging light fixtures. The centerpiece of the room -- the kitchen island -- seats at least eight comfortably, perfect for a cozy meal with family or friends.
Candy colors and sherbet pinks, yellows and lilacs get a cooler treatment in this color-packed bedroom from Catherine M. Austin interior design. We love how she transformed a narrow hallway connecting a bedroom and bath with a punchy, sweet hydrangea purple balanced with a selection of well-curated contemporary art. Even the bold white etagere becomes an artsy statement piece when it’s piled with colorful art and design books to create a mini library/gallery space.
A blend of contemporary and traditional pieces come together to create a welcoming dining space. The home's architectural features like the arched alcove and French door lend a cottage-style vibe to the space while the upholstered chairs and elegant light fixture give it a touch of formality.
In this distinct kitchen design by Susan Serra, the brushed metal table and glass countertops are counterbalanced by the warmth of wood cabinets, hardwood floors and distinct color accents. The gorgeous hand-blown cobalt blue pendants, with natural imperfections, are scene stealers and add artisan appeal to a contemporary setting. "Natural materials in lighting fixtures such as reclaimed wood and distressed metals also add that authentic element we crave," says Serra. "Imperfections are desired and coveted...in context, of course!"
The craftsman-style home featured orange-tone Douglas fir trimwork, yet the homeowner wanted a contemporary, neutral style. Embracing both worlds, the family recreation room pulls the orange hue from the trim and brings it into a sleek leather sectional.The built-ins are painted a cool gray and provide plenty of open and hidden storage. A bold yet neutral area rug grounds the space and ties all the colors together.
A dark wood china cabinet, dining room table and padded chairs contrast beautifully against the soft green walls in this contemporary dining room. Above the picture railing, the walls are painted white to add visual height to the space and to showcase the arch-topped window. A neutral but patterned rug sits over the hardwood floor to anchor the dining table.