The cool, contemporary features of this garden are complemented by adding textures and color with other contrasting materials. Native plants in the background soften the concrete planters, and the comfortable wood outdoor couch is made even more inviting with the addition of colorful, overstuffed pillows and a cozy throw blanket. Who wouldn't want to curl up next to that fire pit on a crisp California evening?
Bright light and light gray hues create an inviting look in this contemporary combined bedroom and living room. Rugs help separate the two spaces and add texture to the design. A sleek sectional is topped with ample throw pillows featuring navy pillows for a touch of color reflected in the bedroom space by the blue throw blanket. A patterned hardwood floor connects the room and fits perfectly with the effortless style.
As seen on HGTV Design Star, this bedroom was upgraded to a gray contemporary theme. The matching twin beds feature a patterned comforter, slanted gray corner headboard, and turquoise throw blanket for a touch of color. The window seat displays various gray, black and white throw pillows. The room's review on the show stated, "J and Doug have trouble making decisions together from the very beginning, and the result is a poorly executed room. J's headboards are sloppy, leaving judge Genevieve Gorder to say, 'If you're not going to do it well, don't do it.'"
With so much amazing design going on in this living room, it’s easy to miss some of the smaller details that make it work. Tamara does an excellent job of creating layers in this living room. Every instance of a pattern or color is echoed or repeated somewhere else in the room so that nothing feels out of place. Just in this vignette, the leopard print of the pillow is repeated in the stool, while the yellow of the throw blanket is repeated in several of the art pieces on the wall. This maximalist approach works best when every element in the room reinforces several others.
A three tiered stained glass panel immediately draws the eye to the second story in this loft living space. Below the decorative glass, the living room and kitchen meld seamlessly together with a stylish white marble floor and calm, cool color scheme. A faux fur blanket adds instant texture to the sofa paired with patterned throw pillows for a finishing touch.
This comfortable coral chair creates a welcoming sitting space next to the fireplace. A floral throw pillow and light gray blanket add the finishing cozy touches to the tufted chair. A patterned fireplace surround is topped with a neutral mantel for a lovey, traditional design.
A window lets in the perfect amount of natural light to frame this sitting area. Beige curtains surround the window and compliment the neutral tone of the carpet. A blue chevron blanket and a patterned pillow decorate the arm chair for a relaxed but stylish look. A cube leather ottoman with thick stitching and a small metallic table add texture to the area.
This penthouse loft’s open floor plan flows from the living and kitchen area to the dining area and through the home office with a brown and cream color palette. Designer Tip: In an open plan with floor-to-ceiling windows, float the living room seating in a conversational grouping away from walls and windows. No matter where you sit, each person has a nice view.
Add depth and visual interest to your fire pit area by mixing patterns with pillows and throws. This will add more of a collected look, and to do it without becoming too busy, stick with a tight palette and a range of small, medium and large patterns.
A cool mix of decor keeps this bedroom design simple but stylish. One nightstand features a textured-effect on the black drawers with gold diamond accents between. Gold handles on the other nightstand continue that metallic accent white the table adds a bright pop of color to the room, matched by the throw pillow on the bed. A circular mirror, thin table lamp and singular portrait finish the space.
In addition to pattern, texture is equally important. Whether it’s from a shaggy rug, fringed out blanket or sumptuous throw pillow. Also, adding one small touch that’s really personal or even playful helps to give a room warmth and personality.
This contemporary girl's bedroom mixes soft pink walls with brilliant colors and patterns. A purple blanket and green-and-blue throw pillows on the bed play off the floral pattern on the Roman shade. . A simple white nightstand holds a blue lamp and pink-and-green vases.
The bedroom features black-and-white wallpaper that makes a dramatic contemporary statement against a traditional headboard and bedside table. Bamboo roman shades set behind the yellow window curtains add visual depth to the design, while blanket and throw pillows add layers of pattern and color.
This blue and white contemporary living room features coastal accents like the seashells sitting on the fireplace mantel. A portrait of waves crashing on the shore sits above the mantel as well. Pops of color are added with blue accents like a blanket and throw pillows.
Black and white bookshelf wallpaper creates a gorgeous accent wall in this modern bedroom. A large glass sliding door lets in natural light to illuminate the white bed covers topping the gray upholstered bed frame with faux fur blanket and charcoal throw pillow. A blue area rug adds a touch of color to the design.
A gorgeous seashell chandelier grabs attention and adds great texture and neutral color to the stark white setting of this living room. A blanket-draped sofa is finished with a patterned throw pillow. Two coffee tables break up the black floor space with the wood tops complementing the natural decorative elements by the window.
The beautiful oak floors, white walls and grand ceiling height provided a great envelope for a sparse yet cozy design. Using a black, white and gray palette, the furnishings complement rather than compete with the architecture. A fur throw pillow adds a small and subtle texture addition, and the graphic blanket contributes pattern to the solid space.