If you read our post on traditional interior design and thought, “Well, that’s pretty, but it’s exactly the opposite of my taste,” this one’s for you.

Contemporary interior design is sleek, clean, and largely free of embellishment, making it a favorite for anyone who strives for simplicity and minimalism. While many contemporary interiors tend toward neutral palettes, especially gray and taupe, color blocking (see photo with blue wall & sofa) can be a stunning addition to this style. Contemporary furniture features straight lines and sharp angles, steering clear of the curves and delicate scrolls of more traditional styles.

What this style lacks in ornamentation, it makes up for in inviting textures and mixed metallics. Minimalism is anything but boring! Take a look below for some inspiration:

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Want to see some other styles? Visit this post for a more comprehensive Design Dictionary.