create this look in your home, start by incorporating
these five key elements: color, metal accents, texture,
wood tone and lighting.
design is offset by neutral color palettes. When painting
the walls, choose shades of brown, taupe, cream or pure
white. However, neutral does not mean boring, so be sure
to infuse the room with small splashes of a more vibrant,
bold color. This may include painting one wall with an
accent color, adding a bold red sofa, or adding vivid
accessories, such as decorative pillows, towels, rugs or
art. Just be sure not to over-accessorize -- the key to
contemporary design is simplicity.
steel, nickel and chrome metals are prevalent in
contemporary design, providing a decorative framework of
sleek finishes. Furniture, end tables, lamps and even
bathroom fixtures featuring beautiful metal accents
provide this look in all rooms of the home. In the bath,
Moen's new Icon suite features clean, geometric lines, a
high-arc spout and Chrome and Brushed Nickel finishes.
Plus, with accessories, such as a robe hook, decorative
tank lever, towel bars, and glass shelf, it's easy for
homeowners to coordinate the urban, stylish look
throughout the entire room.
offset the clean, smooth lines of the metal accents, use
fabrics such as silk, crushed velvet, linen or wool in
your room to add texture and create a more natural,
inviting feeling. In the bathroom, this may include
fluffy rugs, towels or fabric shower curtains. In family
rooms, this could include over-stuffed pillows, window
treatments or the furniture upholstery. Texture can also
be added to walls. New wallpapers made of linen can be an
interesting way to add depth to the vertical surfaces of
the room. But, one word of caution -- stay away from
elaborate patterns or intricate details when choosing
fabrics, as this will confuse the clean, contemporary
look you are trying to achieve.
it comes to wood surfaces, contemporary designs bring out
the extremes, featuring very light or very dark tones.
When incorporating woods into your design, look beyond
the coffee table and utilize wood surfaces in accessories
such as picture frames, large dramatic flower pots or
shelves. Feel free to mix the design styles of the wood
accessories, but be consistent with the wood tone and
carry it throughout the room for a professional
is extremely important in contemporary design, often seen
as the key in illuminating the room's design. When
choosing lighting for your home, there are many new
choices available that provide interesting, clean lines.
Track lighting or floor lamps are popular in contemporary
design and often utilize metals or bold colors to
reinforce the other metal accessories or splashes of
color incorporated into the room.
looking at these five different elements and
incorporating them into your home décor, you'll be
on the path to creating a sophisticated, yet
contemporary-styled home. Just make sure that you choose
items that you love and elements that inspire you and
you'll be on the right path to a beautiful and inviting
more information about Moen's Icon Collection, visit
www.moen.com or call (800) BUY-MOEN.