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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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10 Ways to Master The Minimalist Design Style

The phrases “form follows function” and “less is more” likely come to mind when you hear minimalist interior design. You probably envision empty rooms with very little furniture, no decor, and white-on-white-on-everything. You might also think of scenes from futuristic movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Tron. There’s truth to all this but the minimalist design aesthetic is (ahem) so much more.

Minimalism was originally conceptualized by the Bauhaus, a German design school in the 1920s and 1930s. It championed the concept that the shape of an object should follow its intended function. This led to interiors that were generally void of decorative objects and had minimal furniture that was geometric in form. It set the tone for the minimalist home, which consisted of sparse interiors, simplified designs with clean lines, and restrained color palettes.

Today, you’ll find a handful of minimalist interior designers who specialize in spaces that embody the style with their own twists—from mixing in ornate antiques to infusing rustic textures and even bold colors. It all goes to show that there are many ways to pull off a minimalist space in the home.

For inspiration and guidance, we’ve rounded up 10 different takes on minimalism that show how you can blend in other styles with the minimalist aesthetic in any space in your home—all without sacrificing comfort, color, and livability. Find out more below!

minimalist interior design1. Rustic Minimalism

You’ve probably seen your fair share of rustic minimalist interiors. The name says it all. A rustic minimalist space emphasizes clean lines and cozy textures, so you’ll find something like a pared-down bed styled up with sheepskin pillows, chunky knit throws, and a plush wool rug.

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The Palette: High-contrast shades are played up in the rustic minimalist space. Think white tones of beige, creams, and ivory mixed with black shades, like charcoal, tar, and ebony.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Less is definitely more. If you want to introduce the rustic minimalist interior design aesthetic into your home, start by editing down your furnishings and accents.
  • Texture, texture texture. Lean into lots of rustic textures and finishes, like grainy woods, faux fur, and natural fibers. They’ll warm up the neutral palette.
  • Hold the accents. Skip the art and ornamental decor, and let things feel a little “unstyled” and spare. Let all the textures do the talking.

minimalist interior design2. Minimalist Maximalism

Opposites attract. That’s basically the minimalist maximalist look in a nutshell. It’s a minimalist design approach to furniture and decor with a maximalist take on color and materials. The result? A space like this, where you’ll find a sculptural coffee table and a curvy sofa set against a bold wall color.

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The Palette: Instead of a minimalist living room that’s all white, you’ll find bright colors that make a statement in various ways. It could be a sapphire blue armchair, an emerald rug, or bright red walls.

The Key Design Elements:

  • All about the curves. Rounded shapes and curvy designs are the stars of the show here, so bring on the sculptural furniture starting with your seating.
  • Luxe it up. Pick beautiful materials to even out the strong colors. Mix together a marble coffee table, a matte-black pendant, and a velvet sofa. Think simple yet elevated.
  • Fewer, bolder. Take a page from the minimalist interior design rule book when it comes to accents. You don’t need five paintings. But the hand-carved stone vase? Yes, indeed.

minimalist interior design3. Eclectic Minimalism

Perfectly minimalist. Carefully curated. The term ‘Discerning Collector’ sums up the eclectic minimalist look, which consists of distinct sculptural furniture and unique accents that all tell a story.

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The Palette: Warm neutrals, like cozy ivory and cream, mixed with pops of black is the energy you’ll find here. It’s finished with touches of light woods, beige linens, and white ceramics.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Go linear. In classic minimalist interior design fashion, keep to pieces that have strong, clean lines, like a super sleek marble dining table or a cutting-edge light fixture.
  • Play with visual textures. Details like marble veining, embossed surfaces, and woven touches are what will bring your room to life. Let them shine.
  • Showcase stories. Before you add an accent to your space, make sure you’re not just displaying it for visual interest. Here, art and objects with backstories reign.

minimalist interior design4. Refined-Rustic Minimalism

You can say refined-rustic minimalism is the elevated older sister to rustic minimalism. It has the same strong rustic streak, but this minimalist interior design style dials up the cozy with farmhouse furniture and more textures.

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The Palette: You can expect a mix of white hues and natural tones in a refined-rustic minimalist living room. There will also likely be a few pops of black metal added in for contrast.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Keep it simple. The refined-rustic minimalist space is anchored in big comfort and ease. So stick to fewer pieces, like a slipcovered sofa and a spacious coffee table.
  • Natural materials galore. A weathered-wood coffee table, a striped sisal rug, a slipcovered sofa… combine these pieces to highlight their natural beauty.
  • Make breathing room. Pick furnishings that open up a room, like a hanging mirror and a soft-colored rug. They’ll extend the minimalist vibe.

minimalist interior design5. Organic Minimalism

Simplicity and organic elements are at the heart of this minimalist interior design style. Just imagine a minimalist space grounded with Mid-Century designs and sparsely layered with natural accents.

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The Palette: Neutral hues are contrasted with warm wood and woven materials. From that you get white rooms with a cozy vibe, thanks to earthy notes from the furniture and accents.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Function with style. You’ll want to truly abide by the ‘form follows function’ principle if you’re going after this look. Pick designs with practical sizing and storage before shape.
  • Let modern be. Mid-Century Modern furnishings have innate minimalist appeal, so all you need is one or two classic designs, like a Wishbone or an Eames chair.
  • Weave in texture. The main organic touch here comes from woven baskets and rush chair seats. They pair perfectly with Mid-Century pieces, so make sure you have them.

minimalist interior design6. Industrial Minimalism

Raw and rugged, this bold take on the minimalist interior design aesthetic focuses on industrial designs that make a statement. You know the look. It has heavy-duty shelving, a big metal floor lamp, and a leather armchair that steals the show in the living room. Yes, that minimalist space.

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The Palette: There’s a lot of tonal contrast that comes from the heavy mix of leather, metal, and woods. It’s this bold juxtaposition of tones and materials that define the industrial minimalist home.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Geometry is important. With the industrial minimalist look, remember that your priority is pieces that have distinct shapes and sharp, clean lines.
  • Add subtle pattern. It’s a plus here, but you have to make sure the pops of patterns you choose are soft and easy on the eyes, like a subdued abstract print.
  • Go plush. You’ll need soft finishing touches like shaggy pillows and a patterned cowhide rug to balance out the strong lines. They’ll make your space feel more inviting.

minimalist interior design7. Monochrome Minimalism

You know by now that minimalist interior design doesn’t imply an all-white home. You can experiment with color as long as you stay within the same tonal family. That’s what sets apart monochrome minimalist interiors.

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The Palette: Focus on one color and its varying shades throughout your space. If you use an earthy brown for your living room walls, follow up with accents in tan leather and sandy hues. Contrast it all with crisp white accents.

The Key Elements:

  • Focus on negative space. You don’t want to visually crowd your space. Leave lots of blank wall space and breathing room between furniture and objects.
  • Get sculptural. With a saturated color approach, you’ll want to offset the visual impact. Seek out curvy furniture with a softer edge.
  • Monochrome palette. Technically you can translate this look into your home using any color, but our favorite spaces tend to stick with warm neutrals and pastel hues.

minimalist interior design8. Mid-Century Minimalism

We can’t talk about minimalist interior design without talking about the Mid-Century minimalist aesthetic. Think of it as the Mad Men-inspired look given the clean lines and cool vibes.

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The Palette: This is a classic Mid-Century palette of wood tones, black metal touches, and neutral upholstery. It’s a tried-and-true formula for a minimalist space that doesn’t require white as the unifying shade.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Set a mood. Make sure your furniture and colors build up a sense of drama. Try gray tones as a base and choose the color of your furnishings around that.
  • An authentic mix. Opt to include quality Mid-Century designs, like a white Tulip dining table or an Arco floor lamp, alongside other modern pieces for a more dynamic look.
  • Spread out focal points. Every piece will make a statement, so be sure to space out your furniture and accents. This will help add visual interest around your home.

minimalist interior design9. Contemporary Minimalism

If it’s a comfortable minimalist home you’re after, the contemporary minimalist interior style is for you. It’s an approachable, livable take on minimalist interior design that’s perfect for the family-friendly home since it’s rooted in clean-lined comfort.

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The Palette: Shades of white, from cream to eggshell, take center stage in the contemporary minimalist space. You’ll also find light wood and lots of woven textures, which provide contrast.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Foundational furniture first. Because this style is all about comfort, so make for cozy anchor pieces, like a plush armchair or a clean-lined upholstered bed.
  • Bring on the baskets! You’ll love having these for practical storage, but their texture and natural color will also help warm up your space.
  • Layer in a few frills. Use pops of subdued colors and soft patterns from pillows and wall art to enliven your space in a way that still feels homey.

minimalist interior design10. Urban Rustic Minimalism

There’s an earthiness to the urban rustic minimalist design look, which is informed by Scandinavian minimalism. Here is the minimalist living room where you’ll find Danish furniture alongside contemporary pieces and artisanal handcrafted accents.

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The Palette: The color scheme stems from the natural materials of the furniture. It’s all balanced with warm white tones, resulting in a minimalist interior that’s calm and collected.

The Key Design Elements:

  • Streamline your furniture. A few distinct pieces, like a Scandinavian armchair and a wooden bench table, is all you need here for a stylish and livable space.
  • Spotlight natural beauty. Highlight natural textures and materials near daylight. It will add a sense of sophistication to any space in your home.
  • Accents you love. You want to bring in pieces that inspire you. Hold out for that awesome lamp or amazing pillow. It will be so worth it.

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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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Minimalist Interior Design 101: How to Get the Look in Any Room

When you think of minimalist interior design, images of spare white-box rooms might immediately come to mind. But to understand the evolution of minimalist style, you’ll have to look back to the 1920s and 1930s. It was during that time when a German design school introduced the Bauhaus style, which was characterized by spare, simple decor.

From there, the style developed over the decades to include functional furniture and clean-lined objects and geometric shapes, often placed within sparse and spacious settings that featured no more than two basic colors. For a while, that became the most recognizable approach to minimalist interiors. But that’s no longer the case!

Minimalist interiors today are anything but overly stark. They range from cozy and livable spaces that are layered with woven textures and streamlined and comfy sofas and chairs to rooms that are anchored in a strong color palette and iconic mid-century designs. It makes sense and simply goes to show how the pared-down minimalist look works with virtually any style designs.

Can’t imagine how minimalism can work for you and your home? Don’t worry. We’ve rounded up some of our top minimalist interior design ideas that perfectly showcase the pared-down look to help inspire your own design. Read on to see the spaces and get our design tips!

Minimalist Living Rooms

Minimalist living spaces are just as big on comfort as they are design-forward. You’ll find they’re often anchored by modern seating, stylish investment pieces, and smart, airy layouts, which give them simple and cozy appeal.

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The Style: Industrial Minimal

This airy space with angular metal furnishings and accents has an unmistakable industrial influence. There’s a simplicity to the industrial minimal look, from the shapes to the layout, that make this space comfy while still having room to breathe.

The Key Elements: Slender modern seating and table, a high-pile area rug, metal light fixtures, which all add up to a balanced and clean-lined look that’s minimal with an industrial edge.

The Color Palette: Greens mixed, contrasting neutrals, and pops of black and white, which lend a simple and sophisticated vibe.

Why We Love This Look: This conversation area is playful and functional without feeling too subtle or too bold, thanks to the slender designs. And when it comes to livability, between all the seating and the plush rug, the room is comfy and soothing while still remaining stylish.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This fabulous living-room with its luxe use of velvet and style-forward furnishings is for those of you who love having a few iconic and of-the-moment design pieces. The best part is that this space is as loungey and comfy as it is captivating.

The Key Elements: Sculptural furniture, unique accent pieces, sumptuous textures, luxurious materials (velvets, hide, marble), all with distinctive shapes.

The Color Palette: Jewel tones meet neutrals, which is a bold approach to color that works especially well if you have furniture with simple lines and shapes.

Why We Love This Look: This is just the look and style if you love a luxurious space that’s also simple and chic. This gives you an elegant lounge for casual entertaining as well as a seating area where you can catch up on your favorite magazines on the weekends.

The Style: Contemporary Minimalist

Soft lines and an unfettered casual vibe make this space both cozy and contemporary. The key though is the spare layout, which provides minimalist appeal while still being warm and inviting.

The Key Elements: Deep comfy seating, storage coffee table (perfect for easy clean up after family game night), subtly patterned rugs, neutral textured pillows, simple art in light wood frames, pared-down and minimal styling.

The Color Palette: Soft neutrals and light wood tones give this space a relaxing appeal that’s beautifully calming and contemporary.

Why We Love This Look: Just because a space is minimal doesn’t mean it isn’t functional. This room is big on comfort with a massive sectional and plenty of storage space to match—which are pieces that are livable and none too precious.

Minimalist Bedrooms

Relaxing and tranquil, airy and uncomplicated, the minimalist bedroom is a modern haven. These spaces have fewer, more captivating furnishings, resulting in a space that’s light-filled and calming.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Refined Minimalist

Less is more is definitely the mantra for this style. There’s also a touch of industrial cool that comes with the look. For a refined minimalist bedroom, a statement-making bed frame is all you need to add gravitas to your space while making sure it still feels relaxed and airy.

The Key Elements: A striking bed (four-poster, canopy, or one with a stylish headboard), spacious bench, industrial light fixture, streamlined nightstands, all in a moody palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white is your foundation, then layer in accents in their natural textures and finishes. Soft gray touches (pillows, blankets, rug) work well here to add coziness.

Why We Love This Look: With a spare layout and a highly curated selection of bold furniture pieces, this bedroom style is both functional and sophisticated. There’s lots of under-bed and bedside storage, and it’s great for someone who loves a modern bedroom that’s livable and easy to maintain.

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Because mid-century modern design is known for its considered clean lines, it’s the perfect go-to style if you’re after a minimalist bedroom. Just make sure you work in those warm earthy colors, wood tones, and subtle colors to play up a light but warm vibe.

The Key Elements: A bed frame and headboard with clean lines, slim leather bench, simple light fixtures, wooden side tables, modern and abstract wall art, natural-fiber rug, crisp white bedding.

The Color Palette: Natural tones of materials paired with the brightest whites will give you a foundation to add in playful hints of unique color, like yellow, coral, and blue.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist spaces are far from serious and sparse, and this bedroom proves that. It has all the warmth and charm of retro mid-century modern spaces, but it also pared-back just enough to feel casual and relaxing. Plus it’s got practical end tables and feels super livable with the padded headboard and bench that provide maximum streamlined comfort.

The Style: Casual-Chic Minimalist

The pared-back styling of this casual and minimal bedroom room is at once cool and laid-back. With spare furnishings and subtle pops of brass and glass accents, it’s a look that’s simple and practical.

The Key Elements: Metal bed frame, nightstands with open bases, neutral patterned rug, glass pendants, ocean-inspired art, minimal styling, tried-and-true blue-and-white color palette.

The Color Palette: The two-tone navy and white color scheme is a classic color combo that establishes an overall relaxing vibe in the room. It makes for a great base for layering on gold accents and other nautical and ocean-themed art.

Why We Love This Look: The bedroom is highly functional with a symmetrical layout here plenty of bedside storage and extra under-bed space. Hanging pendants that serve as nightlights also save space. The minimal accents and styling also plays-up an easy, livable vibe that goes perfectly with the overall minimal-nautical theme.

Minimalist Dining Rooms

When it comes to designing a minimalist dining room, streamlined furnishings and a few statement pieces are the way to go. Think chairs with clean lines and a striking chandelier.

The Style: Mid-Century Modern Minimalist

The mid-century dining table and chrome-base chairs are the centerpieces of this warm and minimalist dining room. The clean lines and warm wood tone make the sage green walls and captivating bubble chandelier pop, while the art and rug add in some color and texture.

The Key Elements: Mid-century modern dining table, contemporary dining chairs, sculptural chandelier, abstract wall art with soft colors, light-toned patterned rug, a bold but also soothing palette of green and gray.

The Color Palette: The green-gray palette is an elegant minimalist color combo in that it doesn’t need much color otherwise. The green further brightens the white doors and trims and the gray does the same to the neutral rug.

Why We Love This Look: As much as it is bold, this dining room is also highly functional with its large table and padded chairs can accommodate large groups for long meals. It’s also livable and approachable in that it nothing feels too precious.

The Style: Traditional-Chic Minimalist

This room proves that just because a room has minimal styling doesn’t mean it can’t still feel traditional. That’s at the core of our traditional-chic minimalist look, which is all about working in classic pieces with a few boldly modern designs.

The Key Elements: Minimalist furniture (streamlined white upholstered chairs, modern wood table), captivating linear light fixture, classic table lamps, contemporary abstract art, traditional rug, tall plants, a white and off-white palette.

The Color Palette: White, gray, and natural hues combine to create a warm and airy effect. Greenery also adds to the light and cozy atmosphere.

Why We Love This Look: With its symmetrical and somewhat formal layout, this dining room is minimal, practical, and inviting. It conveys a deep sense of comfort and livability in that it’s chic and formal enough for fancy dinners but also doesn’t feel stuffy or overly dressed up.

minimalist interior designThe Style: Minimalist Meets Rustic

This minimalist meets rustic look might be a little closer to what you typically imagine minimalist rooms to be. It’s got spare white walls, light textures, and just a few essential pieces and rustic and organic accents that give it tons of warmth. The bright and simple aesthetic, it’s easy to see why it’s one of our Modsy customers’ favorite styles!

The Key Elements: Modern dining table, mid-century-style chairs, contemporary pendant lights, sculptural black-and-white vessels and accents, tall greenery and plants, vintage or neutral woven rug, high-contrast palette.

The Color Palette: Black and white with a touch of deep wood tone are all you need here. Have a few graphic accents, then simply layer in a few striking plants for a bit of vibrancy.

Why We Love This Look: The natural textures in this room add warmth and texture to the minimal layout, making it functional, relaxed, and approachable. This is the best example of how minimalism can be cozy with just a few rustic touches.

Minimalist Entryways

Minimalism works seamlessly in any entryway in any home. It simply comes down to creating an airy and inviting space using bold modern designs that are both stylish and practical.

The Style: Minimalist-Maximalist

This passageway entry is a true hallmark of the Minimalist-Maximalist design trend with its striking wall color and eye-catching furniture and art. It all adds up to a space that’s as inviting as it is statement-making.

The Key Elements: Modern designs with strong forms (a painted mid-century cabinet, a design-forward chair), oversized abstract art, sculptural accents (cool metal vessels, vintage showpieces), contemporary sconces, neutral and lightly patterned rug, a captivating monochrome palette.

The Color Palette: Think monochrome, like this soothing gray-green, which works perfectly with notes of brass and black.

Why We Love This Look: The deep color of the walls helps to make this open pass-through space feel a lot warmer and it also provides a unique backdrop for the equally distinct furniture and accents. The layout and arrangement of the sculptural pieces also make this a highly functional and livable space, with the large storage console and side chair at the ready. Form meets function dreams come true!

The Style: Minimalist Meets Contemporary

If you’re after a pristine and calming entry, the minimalist meets contemporary look might be for you. It has curvilinear shapes, a soft neutral palette, and an instantly inviting vibe, making for a perfect way to set the tone to the rest of your home.

The Key Elements: Contemporary designs with minimalist forms, light woods, and upholstery, crisp white accents (a stool, bowls, vessels, vases), modern art (think drawings, photographs), and an overarching neutral palette of white and soft gray tones.

The Color Palette: Shades of white paired with airy gray tones and light woods.

Why We Love This Look: Clean-lined and comfy, the minimalist forms and contemporary color palette immediately set visitors at ease in this entryway. It’s also stylishly arranged for functionality and livability, while pared-down accessories that set a delightful first impression.

Minimalist Home Offices

Don’t make more work out of work. Keep a simple and tidy home office with a boldly minimalist design approach. In our book, that means a light, airy workspace organized with streamlined furnishings, a bright neutral palette, and lots of stylish and inspiring finishing touches.

The Style: Organic Modernism

Warm earth tones, natural materials, and modernist designs lend a homey and calming vibe to this workspace filled with attention-grabbing pieces.

The Key Elements: A striking modernist desk, mid-century-style chair, low-slung leather sofa, woven patterned rug, oversized floor lamp, natural and rustic accents, a minimalist palette of neutrals and earth tones.

The Color Palette: Rich earth tones and creamy neutrals that truly let the bold silhouettes and shapes of the furniture and accents shine.

Why We Love This Look: Balancing a soft and minimal design approach with a functional layout, this workspace sums up our Organic Modernism style. Along with the spacious desk and sumptuous sofa, this makes for a livable home office that’s both a therapeutic retreat and a haven of productivity.

The Style: Minimalist Meets Classic

Think of this as a collector’s pared-down approach to minimalism. That’s our idea of the minimalist meets classic look. It’s bold but simple, curated but airy, all of which makes this style an easy look to pull off in big and small spaces alike. Take this hallway office, which blends both traditional and modern pieces to create a practical yet perfectly tailored office corner.

The Key Elements: Spindle chair, rustic-industrial wood desk, steel display cabinet, light-hued classic rug, streamlined table lamp, modern painting, minimalist vessels and accents, a palette of bright whites, bold blacks, and natural tones.

The Color Palette: Pared-back black and white as the foundation allows you to meld styles seamlessly, from rustic to industrial to minimalist.

Why We Love This Look: Minimalist pieces are right at home in this classic office nook. The furnishings are curated and functional, the palette is simple but bold, and together it all feels comfortable and approachable.

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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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Layout Guide: Ideas For a Large Open Living-Dining Room

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of designing an open dining and living room layout, where the possibilities seem endless—and overwhelming.

The Space: A large open living-dining room with big windows and an amazing fireplace

The Style: Inviting Industrial

The Challenge: Designing an open living room layout that is functional, comfortable, and has a cohesive style across the different areas.

More space, more design opportunities, right? True, but that’s also part of the challenge when it comes to designing an open living-dining room. While you have more space to work with, it’s also easy to suddenly get caught up with all sorts of design and decor ideas.

What if I placed my sofa away from the fireplace? Is that weird or just impractical? A sectional and two chairs make the most sense, but what if I just stick to a sofa and go for a bigger communal dining table?

These are common questions that come up when you’re working with a spacious open living room. To provide some guidance and inspire your open living room design, we explore two different layout ideas for open concept spaces that offer style, function, and big comfort all at once. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for setting up your space.

Layout Idea #1: The Relaxed Gathering Living Room Layout

Equal parts modern, industrial, and livable, this layout is the perfect setup for a casual family home today. The emphasis is on laid-back comfort and simple style, and the boldly neutral palette adds warmth and an approachable vibe to the large open room.

 

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Why This Relaxed Layout Works

Family-Friendly Seating. If you’re working with an open living-dining room and want to keep a casual vibe, a large sectional sofa is a perfect choice. It’s family-friendly since it gives everyone tons of room to kick back and stretch out, and it also acts as a divider for your living and dining areas. Pull up a pair of armchairs and you’ve got a layout that’s big on comfort with good flow.

Casual Dining Area. With a smaller round table, you’ll have a relaxed dining area that’s simple and perfect for easy sit-down dinners. It’s great for a family of four with grown-up kids, or for those who prefer more free-flowing meal gatherings, like potlucks and pre-dinner snacks.

Good TV Placement. The TV mounted above the fireplace makes this an ideal layout if you love hosting movie nights or enjoy spending time keeping up with all the latest shows. The best part about this placement is that it makes watching TV easy from anywhere in the room, but it’s not the main focus in the space.

Modern and Comfy. Streamlined furnishings often can feel overly sleek and spare, but the pieces here are minimalist without feeling cold, thanks to the restrained color palette. The hint of brown in the dining chairs, the solid blues, and the subtle patterns all help to balance out the clean lines of the furnishings with touches of warmth.

Will This Open Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy casual gatherings that are laid-back and relaxed.
  • Love to host friends with kids for movie nights where everyone gets a seat.
  • Prefer having people over for no-fuss pre-dinner drinks instead of long dinners at the table.
  • Are all about a family-friendly space that can stand up to busy daily lives.

Layout Idea #2: The Formal Entertaining Living Room Layout

Elegant and contemporary in style, this layout leans formal and is thoughtfully arranged for conversation. It has a high-contrast palette of dark grays, white tones, and light woods, all of which give it a polished and considered look and feel. The mix of luxurious materials helps tie together the different areas and adds to the elevated appeal of the open room.

 

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Why This Formal Layout Works

Symmetrical Seating. By placing two facing sofas in the living area, this layout instantly takes on a more formal look while keeping the flow of the room open. It’s an arrangement that’s great for conversations but is equally inviting and comfy for leaning back and putting up your feet.

Serious Dining Area. With a larger dining table that accommodates six people, the dining area is more primed for hosting long dinner parties. Combined with the formal seating area, it makes the overall room perfect for all sorts of entertaining, be it intimate book clubs or big fancy soirees. The fully stocked bar cart in the living room corner adds the finishing touch!

Lots of Vertical Storage. To keep the airy look and feel in this formal layout, the bookcases flanking the fireplace provide convenient vertical storage that opens up the floor space. It also acts as a showcase for accessories, photos, and objects while drawing focus to the fireplace.

Elegant and Cozy. This layout proves that you can have both formal style and comfort in an open space. The neutral color palette of varying gray and wood tones plays up a contemporary look that also feels warm and welcoming. Materials like velvet and sisal paired alongside wood graining add to that cozy feel.

Will This Living Room Layout Work In Your Space? Yes If You…

  • Enjoy a little formality in your living and dining space that’s still inviting.
  • Love hosting a good game night as much as you love a cocktail party.
  • Are a big home cook who likes hosting long sitdown dinners with family and friends regularly.
  • Appreciate a space that feels curated and collected when you come home each day.

 

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My Modsy Story – Graduating From IKEA to a Design of My Own

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When she moved to a new condo, Audra was ready to trade in her IKEA furniture for something more sophisticated.

Homeowner: Audra, Education Administrator

Location: Boston, MA

Room: Master Bedroom

Her Style: Contemporary Minimalist

The Backstory

After moving to a new home, this family was ready for a furniture upgrade

My family and I had just moved into a new condo and we were ready for a furniture upgrade from our old IKEA set to something more adult. We wanted to celebrate our new home and create a space that reflected our unique design aesthetic.

Audra’s space before

The Design Dilemma

She knew what she liked, but couldn’t put it all together

I actually have a good sense of my own style and know what I like when I see it. The problem for me was putting all the pieces together. I remember browsing online at places like West Elm and Crate & Barrel and finding pieces I liked but struggling to imagine how they would look all together.

“I couldn’t visualize how my ideas would translate to our exact space.”

To top it off, our new condo is on the smaller side and figuring out how to make the most of our master bedroom was particularly challenging. I wanted to maximize storage but I couldn’t visualize how my ideas would translate to our exact space.

furniture upgradeAudra’s Modsy design #1

The Modsy Moment

Too good to be true or the cure to her design blues?

One day, an ad for Modsy showed up in my Instagram feed and I decided to try it out. I took their Style Quiz and, to be honest, was incredibly skeptical about whether or not that exercise would accurately help a designer understand my aesthetic.

“My first thought was, ‘It’s like our bedroom if it were in a magazine!’ I was in love!”

Additionally, the service struck me as very affordable, so I had to wonder if the price might be a reflection of a low-quality product on the other end.

Luckily that was not the case! When we go our master bedroom designs back, my first thought was, “It’s like our bedroom if it were in a magazine!” I was in love!

furniture upgradeAudra’s final Modsy design

How Modsy’s Designs Helped Audra

Unlocking new ideas for a small space

The layout that our Modsy designer suggested completely solved our storage concerns and changed the way we thought about the room. They gave us some creative solutions that I never would have come up with on my own.

I loved the bed, nightstand, and lamp ensemble from the first design design, and the wall art and dresser configuration from the other. Both designs reflected our style and I could easily see us settling into the room as a retreat each evening. The hard part was deciding between the two!

Seeing exactly how the design would look made us so confident in our choices. We ended up combining our favorite parts of the first two designs and purchasing it all. It is crazy to see how closely Modsy’s 3D images look like our room in real life!

furniture upgradeThe Real Results

Getting the HGTV treatment for her home

We thought that our room’s small footprint and lack of storage space would prevent us from having the bedroom of our dreams. Our Modsy designer showed us that with the right furniture and layout we could have more than enough storage space without compromising on style.

“Modsy allowed us to fall in love with our new master bedroom before all of the pieces even arrived at our door!”

This experience was a game changer for us. I’m an HGTV junkie and Modsy is the next best thing to being on one of those shows! The 3D designs are incredible and the designers are so talented. Those two things combined allowed us to get expert design ideas, make changes on our own, and see it all in an impressively-accurate 3D version of our space.

Basically, Modsy allowed us to fall in love with our new master bedroom before all of the pieces even arrived at our door!

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My Modsy Story: Overcoming Self-Doubt When Designing My New Home

Like Erin Canova, we often talk ourselves out of ideas for our spaces—until we realize we had it right the whole time.

Homeowner: Erin Canova, mom extraordinaire

Location: Sacramento, CA

Room: A tall-ceilinged den and TV room

Her Style: Contemporary Minimalist

The Backstory

Balancing a new home’s great bones with not too much decor

In our new home, we are blessed with all these incredible rooms. We have very tall ceilings, which was one of the hardest things for me to try and design around. I just had no clue how to compensate for that with the decor.  

That said, I did not want to have too much decor in the space that I would have to dust or tidy up on a regular basis. I want a minimal home that feels welcoming and homey, but also functional and that enhances our daily lives rather than creating more roadblocks.

The Design Dilemma

Knowing what she loves but not what blends together in an empty room

My biggest challenge was room cohesion—if that’s even a term. I can pick separate pieces of furniture that I like, but picking the right items that all blend well together is next to impossible for me. I started with this den and TV room because I hadn’t purchased any new furniture for it yet. It was essentially a clean slate.  

The Modsy Moment

Taking a risk that cost far less than hiring an interior designer

I first saw Modsy in a blog post, and I figured even if it was a total bust, $70 was such a reasonable price compared to what I was considering with an interior designer, which costs much much more.

Getting started was so incredibly simple that I was kind of blown away at how easy it was. I didn’t even have to clean up my space before hand!

How Modsy’s Renderings Helped Erin

She thought her idea wouldn’t work; but seeing furniture in the space reassured her it would

I was through the roof with excitement when I first saw my Modsy renderings. It was so amazing to finally see the room transform into EXACTLY what I had envisioned. It’s currently covered in random kids toys, and I just had no idea where to start; now I know exactly what to do, how to lay out the space and what items to buy.  

I was especially excited with the second Modsy layout design I was provided because I had actually thought about purchasing a sectional and placing it the same way but convinced myself it wouldn’t work and that the space would be too tight. Seeing it in the rendering showed me that with just the right size sectional I actually could divide the larger space into two zones to get the most use out of the room.

Modsy Design 1
Modsy Design 1
Modsy Design 1
Modsy Design 2
Modsy Design 2
Modsy Design 2

Modsy took an issue I had been stressing over for months and not only solved the issue but got me excited about tackling it going forward! I’ve felt bad about continuously changing things but my Modsy advisors assured me that it’s not a problem.

I’m still working on changing the renderings (I’m on my sixth design) to get the room just right. But I plan on buying most, if not all, the pieces detailed in the design. I also love that many of the items placed in my renderings are incredibly affordable and I can find them at my ultimate favorite retailer, Target!  

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Modsy Collections: A Soothing & Serene Living + Dining Room

Now that 2016 is behind us, we hope you’ve had a chance to relax and spend time with loved ones. But, as we know recovering from the holidays isn’t always so easy. Here’s a little post-holiday detox for your home. We even went ahead and swept up the pine needles and packed up the holiday decorations for you.

A muted palette of beiges, greens, and earthy browns, lays the room’s serene foundation, while antiqued metal finishes and playful pops of pattern enliven the space and keep it feeling contemporary. A sophisticated collection that looks toward spring, but still warm and cozy for the winter.

Soothing & Serene Dining Room

Designed for anyone who craves a space that is so fresh and so clean, our collection will help you sail into the new year feeling uncluttered and renewed. Contemporary Minimalists, Discerning Collectors, and even those drawn to rustic and warm spaces will especially love this look. Not sure what your Modsy style is? Take our Style Quiz to find out.

Soothing & Serene Living and Dining Room

Stylist tip: Try pairing more formal pieces of furniture with playful accessories, such as fun art or patterned rug to give your space a little contemporary edge. We love the Looking Forward and Out of Egypt prints from Minted. They add the perfect touch of visual intrigue to a space, while still creating a balanced, put-together look.