There are a bunch of buzzwords in the interior design community, like Contemporary and Modern Design. The question is, what the heck do they mean and why should I care? With some inspiration from the folks at Medallion Cabinetry, let’s dig in.
For the purposes of this blog, we’ll treat Light Contemporary and Contemporary as being the same thing. We’ll also discuss how you can incorporate Contemporary design elements into a home that might not have been designed with that style in mind.
Contemporary Design – Decluttering
There has been a pretty significant decluttering movement going on for the past few years. Interestingly enough, a number of large non-profits have been seeing a large increase in their hard and soft-goods donation and not seeing a demand for purchasing.
Contemporary Design is very simple and decluttered, with many items that would normally be found on a countertop, hidden away.
Communicating With Us
If you think that Contemporary Design will work for you, the first thing to do is find some images that you can share with us. That’s important on a number of levels. Most importantly, we want to know what your visual definition of Contemporary Design is.
Questions We’ll Ask
Naming a couple of things, what does Contemporary Design mean to you?
You might say things like “Lots of light.” or “Uncluttered.” or “Clean.” It doesn’t matter which words you use. We have a number of cabinet styles in our showroom and a ton of photos in our portfolio. For example, if you say, “Uncluttered.” we will probably show you some of our innovative multi-level, deep-drawer storage solutions. A great way to keep things out-of-sight but close-at-hand when you need them.
Note, above, the vertically-opening cabinet doors that reveal mixers, serving pieces, and ingredients.
Next, we’ll probably ask, “What style of home do you have or what style are you building?” Architectural plans, elevations, or photos are a big help. The great thing about Contemporary Design is it can co-exist with or lean towards other styles, as in the example above.
Another question is, “How much natural light falls into the space?” We’ll recommend cabinetry finishes that keep the room as bright as possible. If your room is filled with light, we’ll be able to propose darker, more dramatic colors and finishes, as shown below.
The next part of the process will be proposing different finishes, which can be paints, stains, highlights, or a combination thereof. For example, below is a color story that we might suggest:
Once we get your feedback on the finishes we might have you look at some natural woods, just to give you a frame of reference. You may decide that you like a combination of finished and natural woods (or not!), like these:
It really doesn’t matter where you end up – we are happy to assist you with your journey. Sometimes we end up in a surprising place and you’ll get something that you hadn’t considered, that you really love!