If you're looking for ideas for a fresh, contemporary bedroom, you've come to the right place.
Before we begin, it's important to distinguish between "modern" and "contemporary" in terms of interior styles. Whilst the two terms are often used interchangeably, modern actually refers to a time period, roughly spanning the 1920s to 50s, where the ornate and highly decorative designs of the Victorian and Edwardian periods gave way to futuristic designs that looked ahead of their time. Contemporary refers to anything that is current and on-trend, i.e. styles that are popular at this point in time.
With a wide range of influences, such as Scandinavian design, today's contemporary bedroom can encompass a huge variety of styles. This guide will help you understand how to bring your very own contemporary style to your bedroom space—giving you tips on the current look for different parts of the room.
1. Start with the bed
Obviously, when redesigning a bedroom, as with a bath in a bathroom, you’re going to start with the item the room has been named after. The bed is the most important decision in dictating the overarching style of the rest of the room. In terms of creating contemporary, there is no need to stick to rigidly to one style or another.
In reality, you actually have a wide range of choices and styles to choose from when deciding on your dream bed. While touches of natural shades, from dark walnut finishes to dependable oak, are very popular in creating a subtle, refined tone, today’s contemporary gives you the freedom to push the boat out and involve lavish neutral fabrics.
Upholstered beds in neutral shades are perfect for contemporary style bedrooms
2.Select beautiful furniture
Whatever your contemporary identity, your furniture also has a big role to play in working with the bed to create the look and feel you’re after. Helpfully, we’ve paired our ranges together to help you in the process of creating a consistent feel.
For example, our London range offers a cultured, masculine appearance characterised by strong lines and a minimalist finish. Designed in a variety of schemes, black/walnut, white/oak or in solid oak, we provide the variety to tie into a range of neutral shades.
This oak bedroom furniture offers a beautiful, minimalist finish
For a more glamorous contemporary style, the Paris range adds that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that brings together a family of furniture to create a sumptuous Parisian-style boudoir. Available in either white glass or mirror options, you can mix and match from anything from retro trifold mirrors to stunning dressing tables.
Even if you don’t want to have everything matching, you should consider all the items you might need such bedside tables, drawer chests, wardrobes and dressing tables and ensure that it fits in with your taste.
3. Get the colours right
Contemporary colour schemes entail a neutral base palette and then you can really go your own way with the level of personalisation and vibrancy. The colour scheme of your room will lead you down the road towards two possible style houses.
If you’re going for neutral, masculine tones such as greys, charcoals or browns then you’re like to be going for what we call ‘contemporary pure’. This style encapsulates cosmopolitan sophistication and is represented in our offer by the London range.
If you like a livelier palette, big, bold injections of accent colours are a fantastic way of making a statement and really adding that personal touch to your space. Hot pinks and vibrant yellows are particularly popular on-trend options that lead towards what we call ‘contemporary colour’.
Black can be a very bold accent colour
4. Add that personal touch
Besides wall colour, creating contemporary is all about introducing those little personal touches. You can be imaginative with how you do this as there is plenty of room to be creative. A great way of doing this is could be a piece of geometric artwork, adding texture with a unique throw, or an extra splash of colour with a set of curtains or a rug. Creating your own thoughtful display is another excellent way to show off your individual style.
Essentially creating a contemporary space is about bringing your own style together with a stunning bed centrepiece, beautiful and in-keeping furniture, while adding feature details – in colour, artwork, and textiles. Be inspired and make sure you create a space that you’re ready to love.