The History of Furniture: Contemporary

In today’s home, contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. Today’s contemporary style is equally appropriate for offices and stores, loft apartments, and traditional homes. In this article, we will discuss more about Contemporary furniture. First, What’s a contemporary style? Fundamentally, a contemporary style of decorating is defined by simplicity, subtle sophistication, deliberate use of texture, and clean lines. Interiors tend to showcase space rather than things. So usually, things that are modern and current with the styles of the moment are contemporary styles. By focusing on color, space, and shape, contemporary interiors are sleek and fresh. To achieve the look of a contemporary home, it’s important to stick to some basic rules.

Contemporary Furniture Set

Contemporary Furniture Set | Source:

If you have done any research on furniture design, you’ve probably seen “contemporary” and “modern” used almost interchangeably. Current contemporary furniture incorporates aspects of modern furniture—such as its clean lines and simplicity—but it also includes aspects of art deco and postmodernism, adding flair and boldness to minimalist designs. Modern design refers to an era that has passed, while contemporary design is all about the now and the future. The most popular modern design era is the mid-century modern era of the 1950s and 1960s. Modern design today isn’t too far from its original roots. The objectives are all the same and the clean-lined, uniformity of mid-century modern is still just as favored. Now, by definition, “contemporary” refers to the period we’re living in at the moment, so this style has a bit more fluidity. 

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To identify contemporary furniture, look for the following characteristics:

  • Splashes of a vivid accent color, perhaps in throw pillows or wall art
  • Hard edges and gentle curves, such as in our Contemporary teak chair 
  • Natural materials, including wood, glass, and stainless steel
  • Minimal ornamentation, such as the Marble Mirror with leaf motif, which offers a minimalist design with subtle, floral accents in the corner.
  • Solid fabrics, or very modest geometric patterns

In conclusion, Contemporary-Style Furniture pieces should make a bold statement but at the same time be simple and uncluttered, without curves or decoration. Smooth, clean, geometric shapes are essential. Upholstered furniture often wears black, white, or other neutral tones, using the natural fibers found in wool, cotton, linen, silk, jute to add textural appeal. Pillows in clean geometric shapes add a shot of color and texture.

Wooden Furniture in a Contemporary Setting

Wooden Furniture in a Contemporary Setting | Source:

Use a basic background and shout out with your favorite color on a furniture piece that stands out. Less is more! Sofas, chairs, and ottomans often have exposed legs. Beds and chairs usually omit skirts, trims, fringes, or tassels. Don’t use ruffles, excessive carved details, fringe, or floral prints. Abolish cute and small—go basic, bare, bold, and structural.

Contemporary Pieces at Kaliuda Gallery

Find and see how contemporary pieces can work within your home at Kaliuda Gallery Bali. As the best teak wood furniture supplier in Bali, we strive to give the best quality and service. Not only supplying furniture but also providing Balinese home decor and antique primitive art. 


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