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Contemporary Furniture Family Room

If you have done any research on furniture design, you've probably seen "contemporary" and "modern" used almost interchangeably. While contemporary furniture borrows many aspects of the modern style, the two are not the same.

Learn the difference between the two styles of furniture and to help guide your search for contemporary family room furniture. Then take your search for the perfect contemporary pieces for your family room to Bassett Furniture, where you'll find quality without compromise. 

Contemporary vs. Modern Design 

Contemporary interior design takes its cues from whatever is popular at the current time. It is a dynamic design style that changes with the current trends, so contemporary furniture today may look very different from contemporary furniture 50 years from now.

It incorporates features from a variety of styles and eras, blending them with the overall minimalist look. At the current time, Mid-Century Modern furniture is trendy, so contemporary furniture looks similar to modern style.

But Modern Furniture is different from Contemporary Furniture. Modern design refers to a static style that breaks with the pre-Industrial Revolution traditional style. Modern style draws inspiration from the rise and dominance of industry in the early-to-mid-twentieth century and allows much less flexibility than contemporary design. 

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Elements of Contemporary Furniture and Design

Easy to clean, highly functional, and unadorned are the hallmarks of the contemporary style. You can achieve this look by including the following features.  

  • Start with a neutral color palette. Beiges and white dominate contemporary interior design with furniture extending the neutral tones. You can make a room pop with a few vibrant accent pieces or artwork. 
  • Look for sleek lines and smooth textures. Contemporary furniture borrows its emphasis on functionality from the modern style. Comfort without fussiness characterizes contemporary furniture. Straight, clean lines, boxy chairs and couches intermingled with an occasional sensuous curve give a contemporary family room an uncluttered inviting appeal. Tables are often made of lacquer, highly-finished wood, or chrome and glass. Chairs, sofas, and tables are raised off the floor on lean legs for a light and airy look. High-gloss, smooth surfaces are the perfect compliment to contemporary furniture in your family room. Tables that gleam, simple display areas that shine, and largely unadorned walls keep the look clean and sleek. 
  • Let the light shine in. Contemporary design relies on lots of natural light to illuminate all of the gleaming surfaces. Large windows left untreated or with either minimal treatments, such as mesh shades, narrow blinds, or Roman shades, allow plenty of natural light in the room and keep the look simple and polished.   
  • Go easy on the accessories. Keep the room uncluttered with a few simple accessories that might add a pop of color or break up the linearity of the furniture. A few uniquely shaped sculptures, vases, or accent chairs will stand out among your contemporary furniture. Consider one piece of large-scale art to create a focal point for the room. 

You can see thousands of examples of contemporary family rooms to help you visualize how this style would look in your home.  

Bassett Has What You Need for Your Contemporary Family Room

From sofas to accessories, Bassett has everything you need to furnish your family in the contemporary style. Consider these family room design ideas from Bassett:

See all of our contemporary pieces or browse our entire collection for high-quality family room furniture that you'll love. 



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