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Dine In Style: Get the Look of These 10 Stunning Contemporary Dining Rooms

It’s easy to think of dining rooms as a very traditional space—but you can really design them to suit any interior design style. If you’re looking for decorating ideas for your dining room design, consider a contemporary style, which gives you an updated and approachable but still slightly formal look.

What is contemporary design?

But what exactly is contemporary interior design? And how does this style differ from modern or transitional design styles? Well, in contemporary design you’ll find a lot of clean lines and smooth surfaces. Furniture forms tend to have softer lines and more rounded edges than the stark, hard lines and forms of modern design. Color-wise, you’ll find lots of neutrals—whether creams and tans, black and white, or grays. Though, occasionally you’ll also see some bold color accents in a contemporary space! But, overall, a neutral color palette will help the focus remain on the shapes and lines within the space.

Contemporary design emphasizes simplicity. With minimal ornamentation, and a neutral color palette, the shapes and lines within the space are the main focal point. So, keep ornamentation at a minimum—but feel free to use texture and upholstery to keep things visually interesting.

Contemporary style is perfect for dining rooms as it creates a clean, welcoming environment to gather with family and friends. (Or the perfect low-distraction space to use as a makeshift home office.) Contemporary dining rooms feel modern while still having a lot of personality.

Interested in creating a contemporary dining room design? Or just want some dining room ideas to spark some inspiration? Keep reading for our 10 favorite contemporary dining room designs and get decorating ideas for dining room designs that will take your space to the next level!

Contemporary dining roomsSweet Simplicity

This dining room is a beautiful mix of contemporary transitional and minimalist styles, with a calm and open vibe. There are some high-contrast neutral moments, but it’s in a way that feels serene, not harsh.

The Key Elements

This dining room comes to life with comfortable, timeless classics, like these dark wood wishbone chairs. The dining table and chandelier have very modern but minimalist lines. We kept the ornamentation minimal—just art, greenery, and some choice ceramics. We even left the windows free of draperty to maximize the natural light for an open feel.

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Those who like iconic, timeless furniture with a minimalist aesthetic.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Chic Affair

This contemporary dining room is a little bit classic and a little bit transitional, resulting in a space that is very chic. While the decor is minimal, the pieces that are used are high-impact—like the oversized art, the sculptural chandelier, and the large orchid on the table.

The Key Elements

A neutral and soft color palette, with subtle pops of blue and green, give this dining room a feel of sophisticated calm. While the dining chairs have a classic look, with the combination of upholstery and polished wood, the soft lines and curves of the design give it a contemporary vibe. Brass elements also play with that classic vibe, but in updated forms, like the dainty brass lamp, the modern marble and brass dining table, and the stunning scalloped pendant light.

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Those who love beautiful, classical spaces, updated with contemporary touches.

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Contemporary dining roomsGet Lost In Conversation

This is a minimalist dining room if we ever saw one—but minimal with a very contemporary vibe. The minimalism comes through in the styling—where a simple bowl is all that’s on the table, paired with a tree in the corner and a contemporary trio of mirrors on the wall. And the lack of a rug gives this dining room a sleek look.

The Key Elements

We love contemporary dining room sets that are geared toward being truly livable. Case in point: Cozy upholstered chairs with arms are great for long meals at the table, filled with conversation. And the clean-lined wood frame gives them a contemporary look. A pendant light with a simple linen drum shade adds a bit of sculptural aspect to this arrangement, while the tiered mirrors on the wall help open up the space while standing in the place of art. A warm neutral color palette gives this contemporary dining room a very approachable feel.

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Those who value timeless colors and comfortable furniture.

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Contemporary dining roomsStep Right Up

This is one of our favorite dining room ideas for smaller spaces where you only have room for a dining nook. The bar-height table has a unique and unexpected shape, while the backless counter-height seating is very hip.

The Key Elements

To achieve this look, go for a mix of metal, wood and upholstery, where everything has clean lines. But that doesn’t mean hard edges! Incorporate curved forms throughout. A blue accent wall makes the neutrals in the furniture stand out, and we love the simple pop of the shibori print art. Since this is a smaller set-up, we went with an understated drum pendant for lighting—and added some candles on the table for added ambiance.

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Those with small spaces or who want the addition of a casual dining space where they can hang out near the kitchen. This is also a great design for entertaining, as it offers a bar-height surface for people to set food and drinks while mingling.

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Contemporary dining roomsEnthusiastically Mod

Mid-century modern and transitional elements combine in this contemporary dining room. We love how the neutral color palette is warmed up with a honey-toned wood table, taupe wall, and navy upholstered chairs.

The Key Elements

We incorporated contemporary elements in this dining room with the silver table frame, chair legs, and lamps, as well as the rug with its solid striation of blues and whites. But the mid-century modern elements—like the sideboard, tiered chandelier, and the tapered-leg chairs—help ground the look. We streamlined the accents, like the glass succulents and the iron sculpture and silver lamps on the sideboard, for a more modern twist.

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Those who like simple contemporary style with a hint of mid-century modern.

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Contemporary dining roomsInvite Industrial Over For Dinner

Industrial and contemporary elements meet in this high-contrast dining room. You see the contrast in the white of the table against the dark chairs and sideboard. But that’s not the only color element to take notice of. The pops of blue and yellow in the artwork add a fun, youthful vibe to the space. The tree in the corner also adds a pop of color, along with some organic texture.

The Key Elements

The white dining room table, along with the blue and white rug and the simple artwork, ground this room in the contemporary camp. But the industrial touches—like the black dining chairs, the blown glass and steel pendant light, and the metal and wood sideboard—add a rough-hewn, industrial element to the space. It makes for a very dynamic contrast! Aside from the blended styles, we also love that this dining room offers enough open space for entertaining, along with plenty of storage space!

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Those who like a clean aesthetic but want to add some rough, industrial textures and elements.

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Contemporary dining roomsThe Contemporary Traditionalist

We love this cozy, contemporary dining nook. This mix of styling—traditional and transitional—is welcoming and homey. The simple, earth-tone color palette adds to this vibe, for a dining room that’s very practical and approachable.

The Key Elements

This dining room is all about the mix of elements. Traditional woods and upholstery, like leather, get updated forms for a mix of streamlined and classic. And the mix of chairs and a storage bench creates unique and flexible seating options. The solid jute rug is a lovely mix of rustic and contemporary styles. And the contemporary pendant light adds an updated touch (contrasting with the more traditional table) and doesn’t interfere with site lines for looking out the open windows.

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Those with kids, as the bench adds a cozy place to sit along with storage underneath. And when they want to sit in chairs, the leather is very easy to wipe down.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Table For Two

This dining room has a very classic vibe—but with more contemporary shapes and a higher-contrast color palette. We love how both the chairs and tables are in black-and-white, creating a sophisticated and dramatic foundation for this dining area. But blue drapes keep it grounded in a more classic look.

The Key Elements

To a contemporary spin on classic, it’s necessary to update the forms. Opt for clean lines—a mix of curves and straight lines for good balance, which you can see in the table, chairs, and bench. (Speaking of, we love the mix of a bench and chairs to make this space casual but classy.) Meanwhile, the seeded glass pendant adds a fun touch to the space. A pop of pattern comes in through the rug, and the simple botanical art print adds a sweet element.

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Those who love a sophisticated, classical look but want it updated with contemporary lines and a bit of contrast.

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Contemporary dining roomsNo Reason To Be Blue

This contemporary minimalist dining room is characterized by its simple decor and minimalist aesthetic. The result? A clean and open space that’s very welcoming.

The Key Elements

The foundational pieces in this room—the table and chairs—are the main element in this minimal space. And though loaded with style and made with contemporary lines, they’re neutral in color, which further drives home their contemporary vibe. To give this space some personality, we added pops of color in the rug, wall, and art—but all in soothing and serene greens and greys. Other than that, the decor is simple, with just the artwork and wood bowl on the table to give an organic touch to the space.

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Those who like minimal and transitional dining rooms but want to add some color ot the mix.

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Contemporary dining roomsA Touch Of Rustic Warmth

Rustic and transitional elements combine for an unexpected take on a contemporary dining room. A neutral color palette keeps this space grounded and approachable. And the fact that these are warm neutral of creamy whites, taupe, and browns speak to the rustic side of this style. And while the decor is simple, the way it’s layered on the buffet further drives home that rustic vibe.

The Key Elements

The forms found in the table and chairs—with their soft lines and curves—is what makes this dining room lean contemporary. But the leather tones, natural fiber rug, and natural wood dining table and buffet ground this table in the rustic camp. Upholstered captain chairs add an elegant touch to the space; they’re very transitional in style but the weathered wood trim adds a rustic element. And the modern cage light fixture in antique brass perfectly blends both styles together.

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Those who love a rustic aesthetic but appreciate the clean, soft lines of contemporary design.

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Sleep In Contemporary Style: 12 Bedrooms You’ll Want to Doze in All Day

Designing a master bedroom is a fun endeavor that lets you exercise your design chops and create cozy space you can retreat to at the end of the day. And if you want to infuse your bedroom with fresh, approachable vibes, look no further than contemporary style! Contemporary is a look that’s all about relaxed approachability. It’s a fresh and clean style that feels pared down without being too stark or minimal—just the right amount of uncluttered. Contemporary design style is also a great choice for those who like dabbling in new trends but don’t want to commit to something too “of the moment.” If you like the polished look of modern bedroom design but don’t want it to feel stuffy, these contemporary bedroom ideas might be just what you’re looking for.

How can I make my bedroom contemporary?

Contemporary style, also known as transitional, is a mix of traditional designs and modern finishes. We like to think of it as a low-drama, “safer” style because it lets you play around with designs for bedroom styles without committing to one trend or another. Contemporary bedroom ideas are meant for easy living—this means that you feel right at home from the second you walk in. You can mix it with more daring bedroom styles to create a slightly different vibe but contemporary itself is about straightforward approachability and comfort.

This style is full of comfy furniture—you’ll often see plush and inviting designs that make you want to curl up with a good book and a cup of hot tea! Think oversized armchairs, creature comforts like plush rugs and downy linens, and straightforward nightstands and side tables that double as storage space. Contemporary style often follows “rules” of interior design, meaning symmetrical layouts and balanced spaces. It’s fair to say that there is nothing “unexpected” in contemporary design—it’s a sensible style with clean lines and conventional forms.

Similar to modern design, contemporary works best with a neutral color scheme and you’ll also find lots of chevrons, trellis, and two or three-tone geometric patterns. You can find lots of furniture, decor, linens and other essentials for your contemporary bedroom at places like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, and Room & Board.

The best thing about contemporary style is that it is one of the most versatile looks that you can mix with other styles to create your own unique space. To prove it, we pulled together 10 contemporary bedroom design ideas to help you get inspired!

contemporary bedroomContemporary Minimalist Bedroom

Combine contemporary design with minimal stylings to create a clean and cozy modern bedroom. These two styles are perfect for creating a casual and tranquil atmosphere in your master bedroom or a guest room. Minimal ornamentation makes the bedroom feel unfettered and bright so you can sleep peacefully after a long day. The color scheme of this bedroom focuses on subdued and soothing grays for a clean, contemporary balance. Adding in pops of lively grass green brings a refreshing, organic feel to an otherwise cool-toned space.

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contemporary bedroomModern Contemporary

Contemporary bedroom design looks amazing with touches of mid-century modern design. This bedroom is all about stylish comfort and immediately creates a relaxed and hip atmosphere. It incorporates a mix of modern patterns for a classy mid-century look—check out the wall art, bed linens, and the funky leaf print rug! To keep the patterns from feeling too loud for a bedroom, we went with a grayscale color palette. A little greenery and some warm wood accents ensure the bedroom feels warm and cozy with an overarching sense of modernity.

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contemporary bedroomPure Contemporary Vibes

This bedroom style is 100% pure contemporary to create an atmosphere of casual elegance. Unlike stark modern design, this look is super welcoming and packs in tons of smart style. Geometric patterns like the rug and duvet cover look crisp and clean against a white brick wall. Elegant touches like the bench at the foot of the bed of the striking bed frame make the space feel serene and modern. And the navy blue and gray with bright pops of yellow add just the right inviting touch.

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Mod Enthusiast

We love this bedroom’s pairing of mid-century modern and contemporary. The design is sparse but manages to feel supremely fresh and welcoming, and the lack of clutter creates an airy and elegant atmosphere. The pared-back bedroom combo allows for funky statement wallpaper that offers a visually stunning backdrop (one of our favorite wall decor ideas for bedrooms). And the crisp, wintery whites lend the space romantic modernity that can stand the test of time.

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Discerning Minimalist

This contemporary bedroom design incorporates elements of both mid-century modern and minimal styles for a look that’s discerning yet casual. This is a great option if you’re looking for contemporary bedroom ideas that create a dignified and modern bedroom atmosphere. The refined mix of materials, like leather, linen and wood, look striking with understated neutrals and rich black accents. A bedroom like this is a testament to the peacefulness of monochrome style!

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Serene Contemporary Style

Another great contemporary bedroom design for purists, this master bedroom is 100% modern comfort. The atmosphere exudes hipness, yet the bedroom is still down-to-earth and accessible. A muted gray color palette draws attention to the pastel wall art with pops of pink and blue to create a soft, cozy vibe. And the clean silhouettes and pared-down styling makes the small bedroom design feel more open and expansive.

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Cool Contemporary Style

If you want a calming, bedroom with a curated look, this blend of minimal and contemporary strikes just the right balance. The aesthetic is all about creating discerning tranquility—the bedroom looks as immaculate as an art gallery yet still feels welcoming and soothing. To retain a sense of warmth, it makes minimal use of mixed materials like metal, buckskin, and dark wood. And the bedroom has a low-profile color scheme focused on dark grays with a few pops of warm yellow to give it a playful vibe.

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Contemporary Bohemian

If you aren’t super into the sleek looks of modern bedroom design, try blending contemporary with elements of rustic and bohemian design. This combo results in a bedroom with a charming personality and a welcoming atmosphere. Natural materials like wood, leather, and woven accents make this bedroom homey and approachable, but it still has a crisp and clean aesthetic overall. The neutral palette is super zen and earth tones like camel and terracotta warm it up and offer a rustic, organic appeal.

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Classic Contemporary

This contemporary bedroom features classic elements for sophistication and elevated comfort. Furniture pieces like the platform bed and the gorgeous twin nightstand lamps add to the refined and cozy atmosphere. Classic formal touches like the gold accent add additional polish—and we love the assortment of textures. The upholstered headboard makes a definite statement against the dark blue-green wall—and the warm cream tones play up the elevated feeling of this luxurious bedroom.

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Contemporary Chic

Adding a few well-placed touches of glam design to your contemporary bedroom is a great way to create a look of pampered simplicity. A dramatic green wall color creates a dark and moody base and the light gray platform bed and rug feel restive and relaxing. Glam materials like velvet, gold, and glass give this look a classy boost, and the stimulating hues and rich textures add to the luxurious modern atmosphere.

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Contemporary Collector

If you like a master bedroom that feels as lavish and serene as a snazzy spa, this mix of transitional and eclectic styles might be just what you’re looking for. The look starts with transitional base furniture like the king-size bed and armchair—think clean lines and expected forms that offer a sense of livable ease. The neutral palette is crisp and calming, perfect for creating a delightful bedroom oasis. To give it a little personality, layer in eclectic accents on top like playful patterns, geometric shaped nightstands and lamps, the mid-century bench, and tropical art. The eclectic mix of materials enlivens the bedroom—just pick items based on what looks good together, like the natural jute rug, chair, and bench. This look is great for striking a balance between unique and serene space. It has a simple, accessible design but the accents give this design a totally original character.

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Contemporary Comforts

Who doesn’t love a bedroom filled with creature comforts! If you’re into plush and cozy spaces, you might just love the style of a rustic-transitional bedroom like this. The design is all about comfort—it’s the perfect bedroom for cozy hibernating (or sheltering-in-place!). The bedroom’s foundational furniture is plush and ultra-comfy, like the upholstered shelter bed and plush oversized armchair (because a bedroom seating area is always a good idea).

Natural textures are a great way to bring the outdoors into your bedroom, adding an approachable element. For extra soothing vibes, we went with a neutral color palette and the super comfy sheepskin rug, white linen armchair and white duvet cover look clean and cozy at once. This bedroom is functional too! The baskets, nightstand, and side table offer plenty of storage and the armchair and pouf provide extra seats when you don’t feel like lounging in bed.

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Rustic Contemporary

Mixing transitional and contemporary design elements is great for creating a welcoming space with rustic vibes. The look features sleek pieces with streamlined, clean lines and a hint of minimalism. Rustic materials like the weathered wood bed, distressed and vintage-style rug add texture and cozy charm. And the plush layers in pillows and curtains are perfect for a bedroom. Notice there’s not a lot of stuff—minimal clutter adds to a clean vibe in the space. This style is great if you want a rustic design without a lot of stuff—mixing it with contemporary keeps the bedroom approachable and fresh.

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10 Contemporary Bedroom Ideas That Will Satisfy Your Design Cravings

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Contemporary design is a tricky style to define, whether you’re new to the world of interior design or have been an expert for years. You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered what exactly makes something “Contemporary” and how this style differs from modern design and other styles like it.

Contemporary design is all about clean lines and smooth surfaces. Furniture forms lean toward soft, rounded shapes as opposed to the stark edges seen in modern design. Neutral shades are essential, so you’ll see a lot of blacks, whites, tans, and grays with occasional bold accents in these spaces. A good rule of thumb in contemporary design is to emphasize simplicity, high-definition, little ornamentation, and conscientious use of texture. Combining these elements creates a totally unique look that’s stunning, subdued, and absolutely approachable.

Contemporary bedroom designs are a popular choice today for plenty of reasons, including that the look is versatile enough to work as it’s own aesthetic or to blend it in with other modern styles! It’s super approachable and has near-universal appeal—plus it is one of the most functional styles for comfortable bedroom ideas. The rounded corners and soft furnishings are great for families with young kids and the smooth surfaces and modern vibe make for easy clean and clutter-free zones.

If you’re looking for bedroom designs to update your master bedroom or guest bedroom, these 9 examples show off how well contemporary design can work with a variety of styles!

contemporary bedroomContemporary Minimalist Bedroom

This is one of our favorite master bedroom ideas for a sleek, minimal look. Contemporary furniture forms are perfectly attuned with the minimal approach to styling and color. The neutral shades of the platform bed and bed linens are the focal point and pops of green and dark wood add balance to the bedroom.

Keep in mind that contemporary design doesn’t need a lot of extra adornment, so keep wall-art and accessories to a minimum. And this is in line with minimal bedroom decor too! And extra storage in nightstand offers extra functionality for a modern, uncluttered bedroom aesthetic.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who loves a sleek, pared-down master bedroom, but not at the expense of comfort!

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contemporary bedroomContemporary Cool Bedroom

This bedroom offers a playful balance of clean, contemporary lines and chic, stylish accents. It’s approachable and comfortable but also maintains a distinct personality. The gray accent wall offers a dramatic starting point and chic gold finishes bring the bedroom to life!

The neutral, sophisticated color palette works well with pops of smokey pastels, and gold elements add a touch of luxury. The abstract rug adds a bit of drama and softens up this space and a mirror on the back wall adds extra light and energy.  With functional bonuses like extra storage in the bench and a chic shelving option, you can keep the room free of clutter. Layers of texture like the fur throw on the rug and woven bed linens make the bedroom more dynamic.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who loves a master bedroom with a chic, dramatic flair—or folks who want a touch of old school Hollywood glamour in their contemporary bedroom design.

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contemporary bedroomScandi Bedroom With a Contemporary Twist

We love contemporary bedroom ideas that make use of a funky space like this! This design features natural wood finishes and an open airy layout, both hallmarks of Scandanavian and contemporary design. The clean, sparse look is perfect for a relaxing and cozy bedroom retreat.

The Scandi end tables and stool pair well with the industrial bed and contemporary finishes like the twin black lamps. Contemporary design is all about a black and white bedroom color scheme like this with Scandi pops of blue, a natural wood finish, and cozy texture from the rug and pillows. Keep the room tidy by tucking clutter into nightstand drawers and under-the-bed hidden storage.

This look is perfect for: Sparse-style lovers who also want their space to feel serene.

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contemporary bedroomInviting Industrial Bedroom

Adding elements of contemporary style is the perfect way to warm up a contemporary industrial bedroom design. This room seamlessly blends the clean, contemporary aesthetic with a subtle industrial edge for a bedroom that’s intriguing and inviting.

Industrial touches like the metal framework of the bed and end tables complement the neutral color scheme. There’s extra storage in the nightstands and bench, and the bench also makes a great place to lay out tomorrow’s outfit.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who loves individual elements of industrial style but needs a bedroom design that balances out the factory vibes.

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contemporary bedroomContemporary Boho Bedroom

This contemporary bedroom design features playful bohemian elements that mingle with contemporary forms and finishes. All the woven textures throughout this easygoing bedroom feel like a vacation from the work-a-day world!

The simple, clean lines of the furniture add balance and complement the rustic, organic vibes. The light, unfinished wood furniture contrasts with the orange and grey pops and the accent wall. Earth-tone accessories tie the room together and bedside mirrors add extra light. If you’re tight on space in the guest bedroom, use a desk as your end table!

This look is perfect for: Anyone who loves a cozy, eclectic bedroom retreat but isn’t all-in on boho style.

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contemporary bedroomHigh-Contrast Contemporary Bedroom

The symmetrical layout of this bedroom keeps things inviting and modern. Forms are bold yet approachable and add drama to the small room without overwhelming it. The cool color pallet still feels warm with a lively mix of patterns and shapes, like the modern wall art, pillows, lamps, and decorative items. And if you’re short on storage, those floating shelves aren’t just for display! Just line the shelves with boxes to keep odds and ends organized.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who feels at home in inviting modern spaces.

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contemporary bedroomContemporary Connoisseur Bedroom

For a bedroom design with a formal touch, we love this contemporary connoisseur style. It features a classic, formal elegance along with gold accented furnishings for subtle glam that’s not over the top. Soft blues, pinks, and grays offer an elegant update on the classic contemporary color scheme.

This master bedroom gets added visual texture from bed linens and pillows and the rug makes a bold visual statement against the design’s clean lines. Using wall sconces instead of lamps help save surface space for added functionality.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who wants their master bedroom to feel like a soothing oasis that’s both relaxing and refined.

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contemporary bedroomContemporary Chic Bedroom

Chic style is a great way to add modern flair and personality to a clean, contemporary bedroom design. Classic lines, soft forms, and symmetry keep the design contemporary and boho touches add warmth and character. We updated the contemporary color scheme with monochromatic pinks to add a little understated drama.

Furniture is both fun and functional, with nightstands serving as extra storage beside the bed and a modern floating shelf that doubles as a vanity! The floating shelf, bed, and nightstands have the classic simplicity and soft form of contemporary bedroom design. And eclectic boho-chic elements like the shell chandelier, gilded mirror and fur throw add softness and style to the contemporary bedroom design.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who wants a bedroom design that’s equal parts character and class.

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contemporary bedroomContemporary Traditionalist Bedroom

Just because contemporary design is based on a neutral palette doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate bold color! The regal blue headboard in this bedroom design makes a big impact! It’s contemporary, but the stately blue makes it the perfect match for the traditional side chair and nightstand.

Blue helps the contemporary elements like the bed, pouf and room accessories tie into the more classically influenced pieces. Pillows and wall art have an abstract design that mingles well with a traditional space. And to save on floor space, the dresser doubles as a nightstand.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who wants a posh yet polished space.

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contemporary bedroomEffortless Organic Bedroom

Contemporary design is simple, yes, but it doesn’t have to be drab! This bedroom design takes a cue from the Organic Modernism trend and features rich textures and metallic pops to demonstrate that contemporary styling can be just as striking as it is subdued.

Colors stay in the neutral palette but get extra texture from the modern bed linens and roused pillows. The bold simplicity of the bench and wall art play up the minimalist aesthetic and the use of natural materials lends an organic, earthy element. Warm neutral walls and dark wood flooring keep the room approachable and contemporary so the strong statement pieces don’t come off too stark.

This look is perfect for: Anyone who wants their master bedroom to feel like an organic oasis with a cool, modern vibe.

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13 Contemporary Dining Room Designs That are Anything but Boring

If you’ve ever wondered what goes into contemporary design, you’re not alone! People often confuse contemporary and modern design, but there is actually a world of difference. Fundamentally, contemporary design is simple and deliberate. The focus is on the basics: color, texture, and shape. Contemporary spaces are “clean” and fresh in appearance—this style is much more approachable than minimal or modern dining room design.

Contemporary design typically focuses on a palette of neutral colors paired with metal accents and wood tones. Good lighting is a central element and you’ll usually see a lot of accent lighting in a contemporary style. Overall, it’s a look that keeps things simple and sleek.

Why is contemporary design great for a dining room?

Contemporary style is a popular choice for dining room designs. The ambient lighting creates a warm and welcoming place to gather, entertain, host dinner parties, etc. It’s a super comfortable and versatile look that can be dressed up or dressed down as needed.

These 13 contemporary dining rooms show off a range of how contemporary design can come to life and blend with other styles. Take a look and get inspired!

contemporary dining room designHigh-Contrast Dining Room Style

This dining room is all about crisp and clean elements that speak to contemporary dining room design. The round table with geometric elements and the patterned rug add interest and texture to the dining room while the white/wood dining chairs add sophistication. The natural wood sideboard is attractive and practical—it anchors the bold black and white art. Maintaining a grey color palette keeps the dining room calm and easy on the eyes, along with the simple and practical decor stylings. To keep the modern dining area from being too monotone, add a plant for a pop of greenery/texture and a few hanging pendant lights (like this sputnik design) never hurt either.

High-Contrast Dining Room

We love this contemporary dining room because it’s tasteful and streamlined, yet still so full of energy. Notice how sleek all of the forms are—the chairs, table, and sideboard have sharp edges and absolutely no ornament. A rich, high-contrast color palette featuring bold blues and crisp whites creates just the right amount of drama and visual intrigue.

Industrial touches like the metal chairs and dark wood floors look elegant with the large windows and view outside. It seamlessly blends contemporary forms with a minimalist edge that gives off an air of sophistication and refined taste. The stark white table on the vibrant white and blue rug helps ground the room and the long blue curtains balance the look. A key element of this look is the small details, as well. We love the geometric forms used in the table setting and the striking white giraffe lamp placed next to the simple mirror and decorative vases. It’s a super bold dining room that makes a statement but is still totally approachable.

contemporary dining room designNavy Blue Contemporary Dining Room

This blend of contemporary and Industrial dining room styles is moody and masculine to the max! The modern dining room features a blue and grey color palette with pops of white and wood for contrast. The brass/bronze light fixture adds geometry and interest and the classic X-Base dining table makes a substantial statement as the dining area’s focal point.

It’s a contemporary dining room design with simple, sleek chairs in a dark fabric so you don’t have to worry about spills. The woven jute rug adds durability and the curtains help to visually frame the setting. The simple but bold styling on the sideboard and the plants add pops of texture and life to the modern dining room.

contemporary dining room designCozy Contemporary Dining Room

This lovely dining room oozes with mod contemporary style and shows off the beautiful, light-filled space and high ceilings. It’s mid-century modern to the max with a transitional edge that makes it more approachable. The mid-century modern undertones in the furniture are unmistakable but also rendered in a more pared-down way so they are less stark.

The dining table is beautiful and substantial and looks great with this minimalist table setting. The key to this look is a mix of materials and shapes, like the forms of table and chairs, the stunning mid-century modern sideboard and the rounded mirror leaned up against the wall with the dramatic vase. We love how the patterned rug underfoot adds lightness and balances the design. And the stylish globe pendant lights are a sure-fire way to start a conversation and add a playful pop that’s cool and casual all at once!

contemporary dining room designEarthy Neutral Dining Room

This dining room has a super sophisticated and curated look that is all out contemporary. It focuses on minimal styling so that what you see has a bigger impact all around. Notice the frill-free chairs and furniture, including the bar cart for entertaining, and the simple pieces of wall art for impact.

The neutral colors of the furniture set against the green wall with blush accents create a sumptuous, luxurious feel while the rug brings in some grounding energy. The sculptural waterfall light fixture adds the perfect amount of mood lighting for this contemporary dining room.

contemporary dining room designContemporary + Industrial Dining Room

If you want to go for a totally unique dining room, try something like this blend of contemporary and industrial styles. The minimalist chairs feel iconic and avant-garde and the tulip-style table doesn’t overwhelm the dining room. The round, striped jute rug echoes the circular shape of the dining table and touches of black and white add a high-contrast, modern flair.

Elements like the hanging pendant lights and the single, bold piece of art bring all the earth tones together with added greenery for an organic touch. It’s an ideal dining room for those who love a little something unexpected and conversational.

contemporary dining room designMonochrome Contemporary Dining Room

If you want a uniquely curated dining room that makes an immediate impression, you might love this monochrome contemporary look! It’s a cheery, inviting space with tons of style and originality. The sleek, transitional forms give it a slightly posh edge and the green monochrome scale adds tons of personality and warmth, bringing it back down to earth. It’s a great option to consider now, just in time for spring!

We love these leather chairs because they are simple, easy to clean and make a statement while not being over-the-top. The gorgeous stone and wood dining table grounds the room in earthy tones and looks sharp and savvy. The colors look fabulous against the cool mint walls and the striking graphic art adds a pop of contrast, pulling the whole room together.

contemporary dining room designContemporary + Modern Dining Room

This dining room seamlessly blends contemporary and modern styles to create a colorful and playful dining room. Jewel tones and elaborate dining chairs give it a luxe feel and the vibrant rug adds color to the modern dining room. The bold, white cement table is ultra-contemporary—talk about a statement piece!

The design pairs well with the tapered legs of the mid-century-style dining room chairs and the striking oversized chandelier. We kept the decor simple with just a large plant next to the sideboard so as not to distract from the beauty of the dining room chairs and table.

contemporary dining room designContemporary Minimalist Dining Room

This minimal dining room pares down to the bare essentials for a gathering atmosphere ready for hosting. Comfort meets design with the upholstered dining chairs. And the honeycomb rug pattern is a smart choice for dining rooms because the busy pattern can help hide any accidental spills!

The blue color palette with greyscale is perfect for lovers of crisp, sleek, and modern dining room design. And when it comes to keeping your dining room clutter-free, there’s nothing better than a practical sideboard with storage.

contemporary dining room designContemporary Chic Dining Room

We love the mix of contemporary and glam touches in this stunning dining area. The regal blue color palette is offset with warm wood and brass tones that give it a luxe feel. Velvet dining chairs against the light, woven rug create a formal modern dining area and the chic sideboard styling helps accentuate the sophisticated vibes.

The unique sculptural pendant light fixture is the perfect ambient lighting situation for a contemporary dining room style. Complete the dining room look with a symmetrical and bold gallery wall to create a striking contrast and a trio of plants to add a modern, earthy feel.

contemporary dining room designContemporary + Rustic Dining Room

This dining room has a distinctly Tuscan feel with dark woods and iron elements that create an immediately inviting vibe. Barrel back upholstered dining chairs add a sophisticated touch and the sculptural sideboard offers storage as well as extra aesthetic appeal. The geometric dining room rug and black and white bold art bring the classic, formal styling down to earth. And a simple color scheme, one of the hallmarks of contemporary design, allows the bold furniture pieces to be the star of the show.

contemporary dining room designCool Contemporary Dining Room

For an urban, contemporary/modern dining room, you can’t go wrong with a look based on a greyscale color scheme. This dining space has just the right amount of mood and edginess and the sleek modern dining chairs are so cool they could be functioning art pieces. This is definitely an entertainer’s dining room—the sideboard can be used for bar/party storage so you can be ready to entertain at a moment’s notice!

The handsome stone dining table with a wood base grounds the room and balances out the black chairs. Then, we added a light neutral rug to bring a little extra relief to the dark colors. And the oversized wall art and tall tree plant in the corner add impactful pops of color alongside the grey chairs. This is the kind of look that’s serious yet swanky, with sass and sophistication galore.

contemporary dining room designUltra-Minimal Dining Room

This contemporary dining room takes a cue from the understated and simple stylings of minimalism. Wire dining room chairs and a glass tabletop give it a clean, crisp lightness that doesn’t impede the beautiful view. The white captain’s chairs at the ends punctuate the table for impact and make the modern dining room feel more formal while the unexpected organic metal chandelier brings nature inside.

For a little mid-century flair, we added the tweed patterned area rug and a single plant for a pop of greenery. Overall, it’s a welcoming, yet cosmopolitan dining room with enough chairs for a small dinner party.

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New Home, New Living Room, No Idea Where to Start

New homeowners, Cristina and her husband, wanted all the right furniture—but they just couldn’t decide on anything.

 

Homeowner: Maria Cristina, global marketing director

Location: New Orleans, LA

Room: A bare living room in a new home

Her Style: Contemporary Collector

The Backstory

Graduating from a rental to her family-of-four’s first owned home

I live with my husband and our kids, and we purchased a home in New Orleans after renting for several years. The house is huge and when we moved in, we needed lots of help figuring out how to design the space.

The Design Dilemma

Designing one room was too much work and making decisions became impossible

Our living room was a blank canvas with just a wall-mounted TV. We knew we wanted it to be comfortable and practical, but style and budget were also very important to us.

To say we didn’t know where to start would be an understatement. Should we tackle the floor plan first? Or would it make more sense to start by finding a sofa? But then how do we arrange things and make the room look cohesive? We couldn’t decide.

Deciding where to buy the furniture was another hurdle. We kept going from store to store, taking pictures, trying to match pieces together. In the end, it was too much work and we could never make a decision.

In the end, [designing the space ourselves] was too much work and we could never make a decision.

living room designChristina’s Modsy Design 1

The Modsy Moment

After two failed runs with online design services, one happy Modsy review caught her eye

I’d tried two online interior design services before coming to Modsy. The experience was unsuccessful to say the least. We worked with designers but the renderings were poor-quality and didn’t help us with anything.

I’d seen Modsy on my Facebook feed, so I did a little research and read many positive reviews of the service. One in particular caught my eye, from a man who noted that the designs took 10 days to complete. This made me a little nervous at first, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of the Modsy service. They took their time to create two very thoughtful concepts for my space, and that was a big differentiator for me.

living room designChristina’s Modsy Design 1

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Maria

Discovering new ideas and having the confidence to know EXACTLY what to buy

My reaction to our first Modsy designs was a huge WOW! I had such a big happy smile on my face. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing my living room furnished in such a realistic way. Every detail of my room was there.

living room deisgnChristina’s Modsy Design 2

When I showed my husband that night, he couldn’t believe that we got such great work for $59. (Then he had to remind me how much money I wasted with the other online design services.) Modsy’s renders helped us think outside the box for our space.

My reaction to our first Modsy designs was a huge WOW! I couldn’t believe that I was seeing my living room furnished in such a realistic way.

We ended up combining a couple of our designs together for our final look. It was so great to know exactly where to go to get the furniture I wanted. We bought a lot of pieces from our design but we also added a few items we found ourselves.

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living room design

The sofa Modsy suggested was great, but after our entire family of four sat on it, we decided we wanted a wider option. But we liked the one Modsy recommended, so we bought a sofa in that same color.

We also purchased the patterned area rug from our final design. I know we would not have been brave enough to choose something like that if we hadn’t seen how it would look in our space. Likewise, we wouldn’t have thought about putting the sun mirror on the wall or adding the artwork and plant.

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I would never have thought of putting bookcases on each side of the french doors. But Modsy suggested it and we ended up loving it, so that was a huge surprise. We’re planning on purchasing those along with the lamps and the sun mirror Modsy suggested!

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