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Contemporary


Contemporary takes a deep breath and relaxes, settling into the groove that is the moment. It can be the sleek shape of a side table and the sofa you happily sink into.

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Contemporary

Does anyone know what "contemporary" really means? It can be a bit of a conundrum, but it frees you up to be…you. Contemporary is current and constantly evolving. Today’s definition might be clean lines and smooth surfaces, but tomorrow’s might be different.

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Hallway with Sisu and Odessa sconces flanking artwork

Contemporary Vs. Modern

"Contemporary design evokes the essence of the moment. While it can take inspiration from heritage Modern styles such as Scandinavian, Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco, the aesthetic continually pushes boundaries and defies tradition. Modern design, on the contrary, refers specifically to the design aesthetics of a past era between the 1920s through the 1970s." - Mollie Hambro, Associate, Trend and Design

Contemporary bathroom with LED tape lighting during they day.

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Gala 55.75 Inch 12 Light Chandelier in Champagne Bronze with White on a white backgroundGala 55.75 Inch 12 Light Chandelier in Champagne Bronze with White on a white background

Gala Chandelier

52533CPZWH (Champagne Bronze | White)

55.75" DIA x 16" HMulti-Tier12-Light

$1564.99*


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Petal 31 Inch 5 Light Chandelier in Champagne Bronze with Black or White on a white backgroundPetal 31 Inch 5 Light Chandelier in Champagne Bronze with White on a white background

Petal Chandelier

52572CPZ (Champagne Bronze | White | Black)

31" DIA x 16" H1-Tier5-Light

$1124.99*


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Tibbi 5.5 Inch 1 Light LED Flush Mount with Satin Etched Cased Opal Glass in Black on a white backgroundClose up view of the Tibbi 5.5 Inch 1 Light LED Flush Mount with Satin Etched Cased Opal Glass in Black on a white background

Tibbi Ceiling Light

52600BK (Black)

5.5" DIA x 4.75" HFlush Mount1-Light

$149.99*


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Sago 40 Inch 3 Light Semi Flush with Clear Acrylic with Inside Satin Etch in White and Champagne Bronze on a white backgroundClose up view of the Sago 40" Semi Flush in White and Bronze on a white background

Sago Ceiling Light

52604WHCPZ (White | Champagne Bronze)

40" DIA x 10.75" HSemi-Flush Mount3-Light

$1174.99*


Sisu 9 Inch 1 Light Semi Flush in Champagne Bronze on a white backgroundSisu 9 Inch 1 Light Semi Flush in Champagne Bronze on a white background

Sisu Ceiling Light

52598CPZ (Champagne Bronze)

5" DIA x 9" HSemi-Flush Mount1-Light

$119.99*


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Darski 27' LED Pendant Matte Black on a white backgroundDarski 27' LED Pendant Matte Black on a white background

Darski Pendant

84310MBK (Matte Black)

1" W x 27.23" H x 17.25" LPendant1-Light

$434.99*


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Caputo 19" LED Semi Flush Matte Black on a white backgroundClose up of Caputo 19" LED Semi Flush Matte Black on a white background

Caputo Ceiling Light

84321MBK (Matte Black)

17.01" DIA x 10.5" HSemi-Flush Mount2-Light

$729.99*


Baland 22" Chandelier Black and Nickel on a white backgroundBaland 22" Chandelier Black and Nickel on a white background

Baland Chandelier

52417BKLED (Black)

22" DIA x 20" H1-Tier6-Light

$699.99*


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Finnick™  20" Wall Sconce Champagne Gold on a white backgroundFront view of the Finnick™  20" Wall Sconce Champagne Gold on a white background

Finnick Wall Sconce

52339CG (Champagne Gold)

8.75" W x 20" HWall Sconces1-Light

$279.99*


Close up view of the Arabella LED 6 Light Chandelier Gold on a white backgroundArabella LED 6 Light Chandelier Gold on a white background

Arabella Chandelier

84066CG (Champagne Gold)

26.5" DIA x 5.75" H1-Tier12-Light

$1129.99*


Close up view of the Sylvia 4 Light Rail Light Brass on a white background

Sylvia Ceiling Light

52129BNB (Brushed Natural Brass)

4.75" W x 9.5" H x 30" LRail4-Light

$279.99*


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The Jestin 38" LED Linear Chandelier White on a white backgroundJestin 38" LED Linear Pendant White on a white background

Jestin Chandelier

84322WH (White)

38.15" W x 9.25" H x 5.62" LLinear3-Light

$989.99*


Soho 11 Light Pendant Cluster Black on a white backgroundProfile view of the Soho 11 Light Pendant Cluster Black on a white background

Soho Pendant

84099 (Black)

5" W x 18" H x 36" LCluster33-Light

$2479.99*


Key Contemporary Characteristics

Vases on a table with branches

Minimal Accessories

You won’t find a lot of excess here. Contemporary is all about the minimum making a maximum statement. Well-chosen and well-placed accessories allow sophistication to shine.

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Kitchen at night with variety of lights under cabinet and featuring a Jestin chandelier over a long marble island

Lots of Light

Contemporary looks love layered lighting and the more natural light the better. Big and beautiful plants can be a nice accent, as can accent lighting. Downlights and rail lights can help you showcase photography and art.

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Mix of Textures and Materials

Focus on materiality - in both decorative accents and accessories. Natural materials such as warm woods, rattan, marble accents, and organic linens are continuing to trend.

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Close up of pink flowers in a pale cream vase

Neutrals with a Splash of Color

Taupe. Cream. Bright white. Let neutrals be the star, and bring in splashes of bright color in a pillow, a piece of art, or maybe even a blooming plant – who doesn’t love a flower?

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Modern kitchen at night with two Viho pendant lights hanging above a kitchen island

The Art of Lighting


The perfect light can elevate a space and set a mood. It can serve as an art form with geometric shapes, curves and distinctive finishes. élan offers all this and more.

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Explore Other Styles

Daytime image of a rustic kitchen with Karthe chandelier

Cottagecore

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Dining room with long wooden table featuring a Moorgate chandelier

Farmhouse

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Bedroom at night with Channel lights embedded in the ceiling
Kadas chandelier in living room with fireplace.

Art Deco

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Branches sconce hanging next to a built in shelf during the day

Mid-Century Modern

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Porch at night with Pier pendant lights and sconce

Coastal

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Bedroom at night with Ali 6-light chandelier and Ali wall sconces in brushed natural brass, lights turned on

Traditional

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Industrial style dining room and kitchen featuring a Cuyahoga Mill chandelier

Industrial

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Inspiration


See contemporary spaces from our customers home projects.

Kimrose chandelier in dining room during the day.

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