When thinking about the "contemporary" aesthetic when it comes to home decor, you realize that it can act as a giant umbrella regarding style in the home. You can connect with those that love clean lines, those that love color, those that love modern with a *touch* of quirkiness, and so many more elements that fit the contemporary bill. It can be hard to afford all of that color and beauty into one space, but we've done the work for you and rounded up a few of our favorite pieces that can work with any budget!
Wall art is your friend when decorating! It's an excellent and easy way to bring in color. Whether you use sculptures, prints, or enlarged photographs, look for items with a modern flair. If hanging more than one print, decorate in a triptych or "rule of three" to keep things balanced.
1. Make your own colorful wall art with salvage wood and some paint! via Salvage Love
2. Hanging prints around my home is one of my favorite aspects of decorating. Keep things simple by adding one large print to a wall space, or hang the art in three separate frames right next to each other to keep things looking classic and symmetrical! Get this print from MINTED for $86!
3. Three-piece Gallery-wrapped canvas art - $102 for set of 3 from Overstock!
4. Helical Stairs Canvas Print - $43 from Fine Art America
This is where you can have some fun. Think outside the box and avoid regular coffee tables in boring wood finishes. Search for old pieces on Craigslist that have some character, or scour the web for pieces with colorful accents. The pink desk below would also work as a fun table in the entryway. Look at pieces and see how you could repurpose them elsewhere in your home!
Study Zone II Desk & Chair - $150 from Hayneedle
Strut Coffee Table by Blue Dot - $500 from Wayfair
Finely Home Jackson Metal C Table - $100 from Hayneedle
You can go classic with lampshades or keep things more modern. Add some color with a stained glass effect, or choose a monotonous brass if you don't want the lamp stealing the show all the time. Pendants can be found all around the web in different colors and you're sure to find one that suits your tastes!
Harper Blvd Zeiger Floor Lamp - $117 from Overstock
Tiffany Style Blue Contemporary Floor Lamp - $133 from Overstock
Contemporary Jill Mini Pendant - $92 from ALLMODERN
The accessories in a room are where you can just go crazy. From pillows to sculptures to book ends to shelving, look for modern pieces that will not only bring color to the space, but will help center everything and make the room feel complete. Pillows and blankets are an excellent and cheap way to bring in some color. Don't go crazy and style bookshelves completely full. The beauty of contemporary is that things are still simple, but quirky.
Woodland Imports Rounded Corners Sculpture - $78 from Hayneedle
Looped Ink Blot Pillow Cover - $54 from West Elm
Intersecting Boxes Wall Shelf - $28 from Target
Rachael Taylor Contemporary Throw Pillow - $39 from ALLMODERN
Crewel Circle Lattice Pillow Cover in Citrus Yellow - $20 from West Elm
When looking at pillows, search for bold colors or prints with unique shapes! We'd love to hear some of your favorite places to look for contemporary home decor below in the comments!