Living spaces
Living spaces
A&L Windows | Doors
A&L Windows and painted bricks is the perfect living area combination.
Inspiration for a contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors, a ribbon fireplace, a brick fireplace surround and beige floor.
Stonetrack Grey Pattern
Stonetrack Grey Pattern
Urban Tile Company
Stonetrack Grey R11 - Laid in multisize pattern - Project by Pitch Projects
Photo of a contemporary backyard patio in Brisbane with an outdoor kitchen, tile and a roof extension.
Moulton - Renovation
Moulton - Renovation
Big House Little House
Design ideas for a contemporary two-storey black house exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding, a hip roof and a metal roof.
Seaforth House
Seaforth House
TKD Architects
Michael Nicholson
This is an example of a contemporary deck in Sydney.
Kitchen in Sorrento with high mid century windows
Kitchen in Sorrento with high mid century windows
Hindley & Co
The arrangement of the family, kitchen and dining space is designed to be social, true to the modernist ethos. The open plan living, walls of custom joinery, fireplace, high overhead windows, and floor to ceiling glass sliders all pay respect to successful and appropriate techniques of modernity.
Freshen Up
Freshen Up
Sandbox Studio®
This is an example of a small contemporary single-wall laundry room in Sydney with an undermount sink, quartz benchtops, a side-by-side washer and dryer, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey splashback, white walls, grey floor and white benchtop.
Living Room
Living Room
Atlas Architects
Light filled lounge area with views out to the garden.
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary formal open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, no tv, brown floor and medium hardwood floors.
Contemporary Glam - Living Room
Contemporary Glam - Living Room
Caroline Touzeau Design
This is an example of a contemporary living room in Melbourne with white walls, carpet, a ribbon fireplace and grey floor.
Applecross I
Applecross I
Luxus Homes
Acorn Photography
Photo of a contemporary bedroom in Perth.
Contemporary Custom Home
Contemporary Custom Home
nead architecture + design
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary bathroom in Other with a freestanding tub, an open shower, white tile, a vessel sink, engineered quartz benchtops, an open shower, white benchtops, a single vanity and a freestanding vanity.
Exterior of Calypso Bay Residence, Gold Coast
Exterior of Calypso Bay Residence, Gold Coast
Evbuilt Pty Ltd
Double Lock Up Garage with timber roller DLUG Front and rear facing balcony
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary two-storey concrete white house exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with a flat roof.
Greenwich New Build
Greenwich New Build
House to Home Finishes P/L
This is an example of a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Sydney with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, mirror splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Raw Beauty
Raw Beauty
Real Living Homes
Design ideas for a contemporary bedroom in Sunshine Coast.
Five Dock
Five Dock
onefour interiors
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary 3/4 bathroom in Sydney with black cabinets, an open shower, black tile, black walls, an integrated sink, black floor, black benchtops, a niche, a single vanity and a freestanding vanity.
camperdown
camperdown
PandA studio architecture
Design ideas for a contemporary open concept living room in Sydney with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a wall-mounted tv and brown floor.
Clifton Hill Residence
Clifton Hill Residence
Full of Grace Interiors
Contemporary galley kitchen in Melbourne with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, stone slab splashback, light hardwood floors, with island, beige floor and white benchtop.
Patios
Patios
Real Property Photography Perth North
Contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with decking.
Wareemba
Wareemba
Brewer Architects
Small contemporary master bathroom in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, an open shower, white walls, concrete floors, a console sink, grey floor, an open shower, white benchtops and white tile.
Hawthorn East Home
Hawthorn East Home
smarterBATHROOMS+
The small ensuite packs a punch for a small space. From a double wash plane basin with cabinetry underneath to grey terrrazo tiles and black tapware. Double ceiling shower heads gave this room a dual purpose and the mirrored shaving cabinets enhance the sense of space in this room.
Northcote
Northcote
Lena Bruno
Photo of a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, a freestanding tub, a curbless shower, white tile, white walls, white floor, an open shower and white benchtops.
People often struggle to define contemporary home design because it takes so much inspiration from different styles and eras. Unlike modern design, contemporary design isn’t a design movement; rather, it is simply ‘of the moment’. When working towards a contemporary home design, it should break away from traditional thinking, and be specifically tailored to today’s living. Here’s what defines contemporary home design today.

What is contemporary architecture?


This style of architecture has simple lines, planes and angles. Dramatic, large, open-plan spaces create an almost structural quality – an integral component of the overall design – and large, undressed windows are in abundance. Other structural features include high ceilings and geometric shapes.

What is contemporary interior design?


‘Less is more’ definitely rings true in contemporary interior design. Bare spaces can be just as demanding in a contemporary home than the furniture or art that fills them, for instance. Contemporary style uses neutral colours – think cream, white, tan and black – so that the lines and shapes of the architecture itself and the decor that fills it can take centre stage. Surfaces are sleek and often high-shine, helping to bounce light around the space.

What is contemporary furniture?


Contemporary furnishings are high-impact, but with minimal fuss – again, think clean lines and little to no decoration. As mentioned previously, contemporary design borrows from other styles, and so classic furniture pieces are forever updated under this style. Take the Bentwood chair, for example. This furniture design, which is more than 100 years old, now comes in a two-tone effect and has, in turn, become a popular contemporary dining chair. The spacious, open-plan nature of contemporary homes also makes them well suited to large-scale furnishings.