Influenced by the modern movement in architecture, the concept of interior and exterior contemporary style is something that has a wide interpretation because it is not attached to any particular genre or narrow set of design aesthetics thanks to people like Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind and Richard Meier.
Instead, thanks to the growing body of contemporary architects and interior designers, contemporary style has adopted many types of characteristics and meanings that have led to one of the most interesting time periods that is continuing to evolve. As such, contemporary style often becomes an umbrella for all types of architecture and interior design developed today.
This article provides some recommendations on interior and exterior characteristics that you can adapt to create a contemporary style for your home.
Both inside and out, contemporary style uses new materials in creative ways to handle modern issues, including climate change. Interior contemporary style is often defined by an interest in natural light and sustainable and recycled materials to create these interior spaces as well as the furnishings and decor. These natural materials can include everything from granite and natural stone to bamboo flooring and reclaimed materials from old structures no longer in use.
A common interior contemporary style element is a more open floor plan that addresses changing social interaction both in personal and professional environments as well as addresses the need for different ways to heat and cool interiors. Within this idea, the interior style of a contemporary dwelling is often simple, yet sophisticated, opting for a non-cluttered look that some may feel is too sterile for their individual tastes.
When it comes to exterior contemporary style, it may seem that anything goes in terms of personalising the architectural style with everything from sleek and simple exteriors to walls of glass and fluid connections between indoor and outdoor living spaces, depending on where in the world the structure is located.
Technology is often now incorporated to envision new types of homes and buildings that fit with a rapidly changing society, leading to exciting, yet often controversial, exterior contemporary styles that are loved by some but hated by others who prefer traditional styles.
There is a significant focus on the environment, energy efficiency, and greater integration into the natural surroundings, opening up a new world of architecture known as green building, biomemetic architecture, or organic architecture. This means that contemporary exteriors could even include living roofs made of plants.
Today’s contemporary front and interior doors, despite not necessarily looking like traditional designs are still manufactured using traditional techniques to ensure security and durability. This includes using a door that has a centre core that is both reinforced and insulated for greater protection.
Modelled after contemporary styles, contemporary doors are often sleek and simple, appearing to have a panelled effect with vertical or horizontal panels. They also feature such modern-day touches as stainless steel inlays, automatic door locks, and high load hinges. View some examples of available contemporary doors for the contemporary exterior here and for the contemporary interior here.
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