Get the look – 2000’s classic contemporary

As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations we’ve been taking you through the decades recreating 70’s retro, 80’s modern and 90’s tech style looks. This month, we’re showing you how to bring your interior design back to this decade, with a 2000’s classic contemporary style.

If you love a modern and contemporary feel, but are worried it might be too clean-lined and minimal for your taste, why not mix the old with the new?

Although the Internet and digital age continues to be one of the prime contributors to globalisation during this decade, there’s no pressure for you to replicate this in your space.

Why not take a break from the latest technology and instead look to create a homely and welcoming room for all the family to enjoy? Even those with four legs and (very large!) paws.

Check out our design team’s top tips and tricks below:

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Colour – Pair creamy neutrals with soft grey and mustard tones for a cool and warm mix in your space. Start with a blank canvas and opt for a light-toned neutral wall paint to get you started? What’s more, it will help you maintain natural light for a contemporary feel.

Perfect stripes – A re-emerging trend in the fashion industry and interior design, stripes have continued to dominate this decade. To add interest and splashes of colour, look to striped fabrics such as curtains, cushions, rugs and even throws. We’ve introduced striped statement cushions from Dunelm against plain mustard cushions, as well as mustard and grey linear curtains from the John Lewis’s Pioneer Stripe collection in Ochre Fabric.

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Furniture – Modern leather sofas made it to into the top furniture trends to watch for in 2014. To complement our classic contemporary style, we’ve opted for a soft, cream leather sofa from Cousins Furniture Store and statement floor lamp from Habitat. To add a touch of the old, we’ve kept our chair from G Plan’s Vintage ‘The Sixty Two’ collection. A piece that easily fits into any décor scheme from 70’s retro to 2000’s contemporary.

Flooring – This is where you should look to complete the classic contemporary style.  We recommend oak effects, with warm light to mid-brown tones for a neutral and homely backdrop in your space. We’ve chosen our Van Gogh Wellington Oak VGW53T with its distinctive knots and larger scale planks. By laying the planks on a 45 degree angle, we were also able to make the space look much larger whilst still retaining a cosy and welcoming feel.

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