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The Joy of Clean, Calm, Contemporary Home Decor

The Joy of Clean, Calm, Contemporary Home Decor

A clean, clutter-free home need not be cold and emotionless. It does not have to look like a museum, or feel like a doctor’s office. It can, and should be, a place that invites you to breathe easy, enjoy a little of the outdoors, and feel restful within.

So, strip off the heavy curtains and the bulky chairs. Give your pad a cool, comfortable and clean look with minimum fuss and furniture. You’ll see that it has a wonderfully calming effect on your mind, too.

Keywords in Contemporary Decor

Sleek: lacquered cabinets, granite work surfaces, stainless steel, smooth stone. Rule of thumb: no intricate patterns or elaborate details. Ease of cleaning and maintenance are prime. Keep your upholstery smooth and simple, too. Instead of high-maintenance velvet and satin, think linen and raw silk.

Clean: uncluttered. Ideally, a modern home is free of unnecessary knickknacks, but if you simply cannot let go of those old favorites, line a wall with flush-mount cabinets and neatly stack everything in.

Open and well-lit: lots of glass! Clear glass windows and partitions, with lots of light and sweeping views. Indoor lighting is planned with care—no ugly hanging wires and garish chandeliers. Think pure clean halogen lights, track and recessed lighting, focused fixtures and smart lamps with dimmers.

Functional: simple, low-base, modular furniture with sleek lines and angular contours. Everything in your contemporary pad should be here because it looks good and has some use. No room for sentimentality or stuffiness here!

Neutral: think natural, sophisticated white, beige, grey and black. Tone-on-tone upholstery. No, don’t yawn yet! Subdued doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, give it a slight pop of colour—a zebra-print cushion, a vibrant lamp, a warm accent wall—just enough to wake up your place in a blink!

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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10:36PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Like the color of the white, but I would have to have my own furniture!
Thank You

3:03PM PDT on Sep 29, 2012

I LOVE really cleaning, the walking in after a long night at work and remembering I dont have to clean :) it doesnt last long with a two year old, but it sure is nice

6:00AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:26PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

I look at the picture and it does not say comfortable...stark maybe but not comfortable. Were are the plants or pictures or something that shows that people lvie there. I need a lot of nature in my space.

7:06AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

good furniturs dont forget to look over my furniture www.mobilyala.com

7:06AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

good furniturs dont forget to look over my furniture www.mobilyala.com

9:16PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

To a lot of people my home probably would seem cluttered but it's more of an organized chaos. I cannot stand minimalism but I like it clean and organized ,without being a jumble sale. A warm inviting cosy home is the look I love.

5:15PM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

No clutter and clean look...

4:59AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

No-one could deny the room looks cool and clean but comfortable? I don't think so. It'd take me half an hour to get off that couch.

4:05PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Thank you for the info, BUT, i don't really like that room.

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