When decorating our homes, we so often focus on transforming…
Overwhelmed by the everyday? Keen for a break from the humdrum? Eager to dip your toes into the unconventional?
Here it is. The mother lode.
This massive collection of contemporary interior design ideas will delight and inspire.
Contemporary design isn’t about looking to the future. It’s about grasping what’s hot today. What’s hot may be fresh and new or it may be revamped and timeless.
Either way, it’s all about being ‘on trend’ and not in a wanky way. These ideas are all about giving your home – whether you’re a family, a couple or a single – the latest look and feel. Kind of like getting the latest, fashionable hairdo!
Discover ideas for living rooms, kitchens, main bedrooms, children’s bedrooms, and home offices as well as bachelor and bachelorette pads.
Living Rooms For Life
It might be Summer right now, but gas fireplaces are the new black. Don’t wait until Winter to invest.
Seasons aside, blue is an ‘all weather’ colour in interior design so don’t be shy about embracing the moody blues.
If neutral tones are more your thing, use detail to give the room some pizzazz: splashes of colour, a red sofa or even a stump.
Dig out your old wedding photos and give your favourite photo new life with a beautiful canvas print. Discover more photo print ideas in our personalised gifts feature.
1. Blue living room
From April and May
2. Neutral with pink splashes
From Carolyn Parker
From Yabu Pushelberg
5. Red sofa
6. Wedding canvas print
From Canvas Factory
If you have kids, it’s often hard to find a place to truly relax. Don’t forget the bedroom!
Create a relaxing space to unwind rather than just sleep no matter how small or large. Add a couch, a chair, a desk or simply deck it out like it’s the most important place in the world. And it is. It’s all yours.
7. Couch time
From Design Sponge
8. Black and white
9. Textured accent wall
From Home Designing
From B+G Design
11. Split image metal print
From Canvas Factory
A little bit hipster or a little bit hip? You decide. All I know is that bubble chair is fit for a King or a Queen of any age!
Gender neutral decor is on trend, so forget the pink for girls and blue for boys mantra. None of it is dull and boring. From pastels to primaries, the colours speak for themselves.
12. Fun and bright
From The Ordinary Lovely
13. Cute, soft pastels
From A Cup of Jo
14. Bird mobile
15. Bubble hanging chair
From Home Decor
The good news is that regardless of whether you’re a minimalist or a hoarder, these contemporary kitchen designs are sure to impress.
Give a country style kitchen a contemporary edge with some funky lighting, give a working kitchen a bustling cafe vibe with a blackboard or create a flamboyant feel with gold, gold and more gold.
16. Look, no handles
17. Spherical drop lighting
From Savvy Home
18. Blackboard feature
From Decor 8
19. Gold goodness
From Centaur Interiors
20. Perfect symmetry
The best thing about contemporary interior design is that it can be as simple or as complex as you please. This is great news for blokes who tend to lean towards the minimalist side of things.
The good news is that you can do minimalism well on any budget. Love a bit of hipster? Perfect. Love preppy? No problems.
21. Leather headboard
22. Sleek white lamp
Simply gorgeous, you beautiful single darlings you. We love it that art deco and boho have met the 21st Century. It’s called art deco chic and boho chic and it’s now every girl’s best friend.
In fact, add ‘chic’ to any classic style and you’ve mastered contemporary design.
23. Fur heaven
From The Darling Detail
24. Bubble chair for grown ups (yes!)
From Dkor Interiors
Working from home doesn’t have to feel isolating if you take time to develop the right space, the right look and the right light.
Comfortable doesn’t have to mean boring. Style doesn’t have to mean dull. Think outside the traditional office chair and let loose with a chair with flair.
If your bum loves an office chair, funk up the table or add some serious bling, courtesy of mother nature or the mother of all art installations.
25. Face the outside world
From dehn bloom
26. Chair with a twist
27. Balloon installation