Homespiration: The New Contemporary
Our Home Design Ambassador Brian Gluckstein explains how traditional and modern are coming together in a new decor movement.
The New Contemporary describes a softer approach to modern, using rich textures that move away from the austerity of chrome and glass towards a warmer aesthetic. It is not a trend, but rather a long-term movement rooted in the desire to find balance and create a forever home.
Whether you’re decorating an apartment, house or cottage, inviting these pieces into your living space instantly modernizes the room.
Condo living is on the rise, and these glass boxes in the sky provide not only stunning views, but also decor opportunities. Balance the hard edges and floor-to-ceiling windows of a condo space with soft materials and woollen textures. If you live in an older house of a traditional style, those same pieces can bring an important shot of modernism to your rooms. Look to Northern European styles like the Norway II Accent Chair (shown above) or the blonde wood of the Stanstead Cocktail Table (shown at top).
Contrast in colour, texture and aesthetic is an important element of The New Contemporary. Create tension by starting with a sandy, neutral palette for your room, then add pops of texture or bold colour.
Try cushions with depth like the Fairley and McKinley that have a woven feel. Introduce graphic art pieces like the Arquiste wall set and lamps made of textured materials like concrete and feature natural lines.
Bringing blonde wood into the dining area creates an inviting space for guests by warming up the palette of the room. The Blandford Dining Table is a good example of this, and homey feel is further enhanced by dinnerware with an organic feel like the Oliver Bone China Set.
Photography courtesy of GlucksteinHome.