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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.
Photo of a contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a freestanding tv.

Photo of a contemporary open concept living room in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a freestanding tv.
Combination of light coloured floor w light coloured furniture separated by dark rug - erin_brimelow

Photo of a contemporary master bedroom in Sydney with white walls, carpet and grey floor.

Simon Whitbread Photography
Photo of a contemporary master bedroom in Sydney with white walls, carpet and grey floor.

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Inspiration for a contemporary dining room in Adelaide with white walls and no fireplace.

Sam Noonan
Inspiration for a contemporary dining room in Adelaide with white walls and no fireplace.
Simple design and legs in good place so not in the way for anyone - trent_collins12

Photo of a contemporary bathroom in Sydney with cement tile.

Photo of a contemporary bathroom in Sydney with cement tile.
Great tiles for Villa Bathroom? - homestagingsolutions

Photo of a contemporary living room in Melbourne.

Photo of a contemporary living room in Melbourne.
herringbone pattern with long planks of wood - natasha_djemal

Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with a water feature.

Joel Barbitta
Design ideas for a large contemporary backyard rectangular lap pool in Perth with a water feature.
The doors and little bit of feature stone - webuser_80196911

This is an example of a small contemporary two-storey black exterior in Melbourne with metal siding and a flat roof.

Kevin Hui
This is an example of a small contemporary two-storey black exterior in Melbourne with metal siding and a flat roof.
Roof on alfresco "cantilevered" - could use similar effect for roof leading to front door? - chdesigndraft

This is an example of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Adelaide with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, marble benchtops, grey splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors and an island.

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This is an example of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Adelaide with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, marble benchtops, grey splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors and an island.
layout plus sliding door in dining room - acdcbuild

This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Sydney.

Yie Sandison
This is an example of a contemporary dining room in Sydney.
Those chairs - jesam07

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Inspiration for a contemporary teen room for girls in Hobart with red walls and medium hardwood floors.

Inspiration for a contemporary teen room for girls in Hobart with red walls and medium hardwood floors.
Bedset, cushions - webuser_613518599

Mid-sized contemporary galley kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, light wood cabinets, solid surface benchtops, white splashback, marble splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors and an island.

Modern kitchen design with layered materials and textures. Image: Nicole England
Mid-sized contemporary galley kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, light wood cabinets, solid surface benchtops, white splashback, marble splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors and an island.
Light floor boards, black island, white marble - taylorrachel_beaugeard

Inspiration for a contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Sunshine Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, black splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood floors, a peninsula and white benchtop.

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Inspiration for a contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Sunshine Coast with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, black splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood floors, a peninsula and white benchtop.

Photo of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Melbourne with a drop-in sink, light wood cabinets and an island.

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Sink with stove next to it. Rug gives an effect. Plant in the corner - laragpalmer

This is an example of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Newcastle - Maitland with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white splashback, subway tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, an island, brown floor and grey benchtop.

Tracey Beveridge Photography
This is an example of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Newcastle - Maitland with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white splashback, subway tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, an island, brown floor and grey benchtop.

Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in Brisbane.

Dion Photography; Red Images Fine Photography; Scott Horesbra
Design ideas for a contemporary bathroom in Brisbane.
Wall sistern Sistern shelf Powder room - gael_middelveld

Contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, concrete pavers and a roof extension.

Contemporary backyard patio in Sydney with an outdoor kitchen, concrete pavers and a roof extension.
I like the modern, clear finish on this outdoor table. The green plant brings out the nature vibe! - silvermistispretty

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Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, a corner shower, a one-piece toilet, beige walls and a vessel sink.

Inspiration for a contemporary bathroom in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, a freestanding tub, a corner shower, a one-piece toilet, beige walls and a vessel sink.
different tile above benchtop, similar to ensuite? - ahajro

Photo of a mid-sized contemporary dining room in Sydney with light hardwood floors, white walls and no fireplace.

The owners of this Randwick semi-detached home came to The Designory looking to improve the overall flow and use of the home, update the joinery throughout and redesign their open plan kitchen. The brief for the kitchen design was to create an improved flow from the entrance to the house through to the open plan Kitchen, Dining and Living areas as well as improve the storage and layout for a more functional cooking and entertaining space. The client a creative herself, also loved a palette of timber, natural stones, greys with small hints of interests. The Designory team worked closely with the owners to bring the project to life by opening the spaces further to create a true indoor/outdoor connection and selecting special personal elements to create a bespoke finished project that the client loved. CREDITS: Designer: Larissa Raywood Builder: B2 Construction Photography: Danella Chalmers
Flow from dining to kitchen bench - lottiredshoes