Choosing Modern Contemporary Furniture for Your Home

Modern contemporary furniture generally offers nice clean lines for a modern home. There is a wide range of living room, bedroom and dining room furniture available in a number of contemporary designs suitable for any style of modern home decor.

Your choice of furniture often reflects your character to others, and if you want to impress visitors, it should look chic and sophisticated but also look appropriate for its setting. Keep in mind that we are discussing contemporary furniture here and not antiques or reproductions. The latter can be used to project a specific style to your home or even to a single room, but by using contemporary furniture you are saying that you are a modern person.

That is one reason that you must furnishing the entire room in a contemporary style, and not try to fit modern furniture into a room with old-fashioned carpets an wall coverings. Consider the room as a whole, your living room for example, and either choose flooring and a decorative style that suits your choice of furniture, or vice versa - decide on a style for the room and then select furniture to suit.

Select Contemporary Furniture First

It generally better to choose your modern contemporary furniture first, because you have a much greater choice of flooring, wall covering and window furnishings than you have of furniture designs.

First decide on a color: it might be something simple, such as using natural oak furniture with beige and brown furnishings. However, if you want bold primary colors such as reds or bright blues, then selecting furniture to suit is not so easy.

Look around the Patterson Furniture website for some ideas on the type of furniture you would like. Although you will start off looking for contemporary furniture, you might find something different that you prefer.

Tips on Selecting Contemporary Living Room Furniture

That's one of the benefits of selecting your furniture first - you are not restricted by your existing decor and can change your mind if you come across a striking set of period furniture. Here are some tips on buying contemporary living room furniture.

1. Although there have been several attempts to define the term 'contemporary furniture,' you should ignore definitions and choose what appeals to you. You have to live with your choice every day, so ignore those that attempt to categorize such terms and buy what you like. What is today's contemporary furniture is tomorrow's 'old-fashioned.

2. Make sure you have the room to accommodate your choices. It is very common for people to overestimate the space they have available, and an online room planner is very useful. Many of the furniture manufacturers we deal with offer you an online room planner that can be used to fit scale thumbnails into a scale plan of your living room. That way you get no shocks when your furniture is delivered.

3. If you can, purchase your items as a set, because you can generally get a better price for a set of furniture than if you purchased individual items. A standard sectional arrangement, for example, is often cheaper than making up your own from individual selected components. A bedroom furniture set is less expensive than one made up from selected items.

4. Ask your seller if they can offer you some design tips. Patterson offers a design service whereby or design experts will recommend the best options to meet your needs - not just in furniture, but in fabrics, accent pieces and color coordination. For an additional price we will visit your home and make suggestions based upon your existing home decor and size of your rooms.

5. Get advice on fabrics. Many immediately choose leather, or perhaps a fine-textured textile such as silk or chenille for their upholstered furniture. Your fabric choice should not solely be made on the basis of your personal preferences, but also taking wear and use into consideration. A single person with no pets will have different options to a family with some kids, a dog and a cat. Cats just love woven fabrics, and will seek scratching posts that will have you tearing your hair out!

6. Going back to the beginning, choose a layout, design and fabric that appeals to you and that you can live with. It must be functional and easy to clean, and keep in mind that you will be spending a lot of time with it for a number of years.

Contemporary furniture is a relative term, and what is contemporary today will be period tomorrow. If you like your choice, and can live with it for a number of years, then buy it. Do not be influenced by labels such as 'contemporary' or 'period' - they are all relative, so be influenced mainly by yourself.

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