Contemporary lights feature softened and rounded lines, as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Neutral elements, bold color and focus on the basics of line, shape and form. Tone-on-tone color palettes relying heavily on brown, taupe, cream and pure white. Shots of color are sometimes found on one wall, in a striking floor rug or a special piece of art.
Clean lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Light-colored woods like maple and birch (which also have minimal graining), frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, nickel and chrome. Contemporary floor and table lamps will have straight lines and sleek metallic finishes; color might be introduced with a special shade. Recessed or track contemporary lighting draws attention to art and accessories.