Contemporary design focuses on neutral colors, such as creams, whites, browns, blacks and taupe. Be bold and use colors such as red or yellow for accent or focal piece.
To help soften the sleek lines of contemporary design, pull in fabrics such as silk, linen, velvet or wool for pillows or bed covers. Black metal accents, chrome, nickel or stainless steel give the style the polished feel when used for lamps, hardware and appliances. Keep your furniture comfortable, but not bulky or oversized, leather or upholstery both work well. Opposite of traditional design, contemporary spaces demand attention with abstract wall ideas and eye-catching colors.