Can you mix the best of both worlds? Clean lined stylish contemporary living mixed with beautiful timeless decor that never looks out of place or passes with the seasons? When you picture the smooth shiny Scandi inspired interiors against the classic farmhouse look you would be forgiven for thinking it cannot be achieved. There are however some top tips that can be used to help create the sought after contemporary style that will stand the test of time and not leave you wanting to move on to the next trend next season.
Colour – neutrals, black and white walls are the main contenders when it comes to keeping things contemporary yet timeless. What’s more is they give you a blank canvas to then brighten your room with bold accessories or furnishings. Remember whilst neutral walls are the ideal base, don’t be afraid of colour. Soft furnishings, throws, rugs, vases, candles, can all add vibrancy and the modern twist that can be easily replaced. Laura Ashley have some truly gorgeous neutral pallets that are certainly worth sampling on your wall.
Lines and space – the most distinctive element of a contemporary interior is clean crisp lines. Be it blocks of colour, bears windows, geometric wall art, sleek furniture. Both vertical and horizontal lines work equally well. Always remember to keep the space, less is certainly more. Less clutter, less crap, less everything. If you can, keep it minimal. Remember to leave amble space between your wall hangings and your furniture and your wall hangings and ceilings.
Furniture – to keep that contemporary look and feel furniture pieces should make a bold statement but be kept simple and uncluttered to ensure it can last through the years. Furniture pieces that fit best are those without curves or decorations and those which are smooth and accentuate the clean lines. For bigger more permanent items of furniture keep the tones neutral – they can always be brighten up with soft furnishings. Blond oak furniture is a perfect example of this. The material is smooth and the colour neutral. Keep it basic, bare, bold and structural. Oak is perfect for this, it is timeless, luxurious and stylish. Specifically, this Eklund range from Quercus Living is ideal for maintaining a contemporary feel that won’t out date. It is complete with strong lines, enhanced by the recessed handles, it is minimal but not bland. Alternatively the Cube Oak Furniture Range also offers strong crisp lines and geometric design, all in keeping with that contemporary yet timeless feel. The Cube Oak Range offers items for all rooms, from living to diner to kitchen. What is more these items are all crafted and finished by hand so that every piece is unique. Prices are also reasonable, delivery is free and items comes with, price promise, free exchange or money back guarantee, more information can be found at Quercus Living.
Flooring – the ideal flooring would be bare smooth wood tile or vinyl. If however you opt for carpet, as we all know the feel of carpet under our feet is nicer, then add texture with plain or geometric patterned rugs. A top style tip, if you are opting for a lighter flooring try styling it with a darker ombre rug and light grey to add that contemporary vibe. This Flair Carved Ombre Rug, from World Stores is a real centre piece that would look perfect when teamed with any number of the styles from Amtico, I have a real soft spot for Amtico flooring and can vouch for it’s quality and worth having it throughout the downstairs of my house.
What do you think? Do you have any tips for maintain a contemporary yet timeless look for your interiors? I ‘d love to hear from you.