#FridayFavorites: Interior Design Styles – Contemporary

Today, we’re showing off some really great contemporary items you can place in your homes at an affordable price! Contemporary is so sleek, chic, and an amazing design style to use in your home if you entertain guests often. It has a very sophisticated look to it. This design style is often used in big city apartments and in huge demand by young professionals. We love the “cosmopolitan” vibe it gives off. Check out how we create this look…

Foundation

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Cool tones on the floor keep this style from having a traditional look. Wood flooring typically completes the foundation nicely, but contemporary is also very open to tile flooring as well.

Furniture

(All furniture sourced from Wayfair)

Keep everything somewhat simple. Have almost a minimalist mindset with an unusual twist. The quilted back gives that plain black office chair a tad bit of pattern. The simple bar cart is perfect against that plain wall you don’t know what to do with, and the nesting table crossing over the coffee table gives the central area of the living room a unique look.

Decor

(All decor items are sourced from Wayfair)

Keep simplicity in mind when picking out decor as well. Don’t go too far to get anything extremely loud or bold. More than likely it won’t fit in with the rest of the vibe. Keeping the decor to neutrals and metals is ideal, but don’t forget to add in your own personal style with the design of the items!

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Tricks of the Trade: Ceiling Options

Who wants a boring ceiling with ugly popcorn texture? We don’t, and we’re sure you don’t either! We have a few solutions to this problem we want to share with you. Pick which one works best for you, and start making moves!

Tiles or Planks

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     Our first suggestion is to cover the ceiling with tiles or planks. You have many options when it comes to the material of the planks or tiles, such as laminate, mineral fiber, PVC, vinyl, or patterned tiles. The patterned tiles will definitely give a unique personality to the room that you don’t see very often. Another cool look you can create when considering planks is using the planks that mimic wood or beaded board. This is a great way to conceal ceiling damage as well!

Tin Tiles

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     Tin tiles covering the ceiling do a great job at hiding uneven areas. To add your own style to it, you can use oil-based primer and fun colored oil-based paint. It is extremely important to use oil-based primer and paint, because rust can become a huge issue. You also have the option of leaving the tiles as is to give it a very retro, vintage look. In this case, you will still want to get an oil-based covering, because rust would still be an issue.

Crown Molding

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     Crown moldings and wood trim can add so much to a room. These create height dimensions and give an elegant effect. You can acquire pre-made crown moldings people like to put up themselves, or you can have it professionally done. If you are a DIY fanatic, try out the pre-made moldings, but if not, we suggest getting it professionally done. The pre-made ones require a lot of skill and a compound miter saw. Most of us don’t have one of those just sitting in the back of our craft closets.

Paint

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     Our last and most cost-effective suggestion is paint. Simply painting your ceiling can cause a huge change in the look of the room. If you want the room looking larger, lighter colors are the way to go! If you already have tall ceilings and want a warmer feel added to the room, use darker colors! If you have a big room but a low ceiling, continue the wall color as a border around the ceiling. This little trick creates the illusion of a higher ceiling. Pick which strategy you are going to pursue depending on which room you are trying to affect, and most of all, just have fun with it!

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