How to use burgundy in contemporary design

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How to use burgundy in contemporary design
Burgundy bedding can be part of contemporary design. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Contemporary design in home decor typically means the use of plain furniture, straight lines and lack of clutter. Contemporary design represents what is "in" currently and that can include colour trends. Modern design, on the other hand, is associated with mid-century design, also known as the modern age. The colour burgundy is linked to contemporary home design and decor and it can be seen in furniture, bedding, wall art, area rugs and accessories.

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    Place a burgundy leather sofa or sectional couch in your living room or family room for a bold statement. For another contemporary option, put a burgundy side chair in an office or den. Do not add other loud colours or patterns in the room to maintain your overall contemporary look.

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    Use burgundy coloured-bedding on your bed. Buy matching pillow shams, throws, pillows and even curtains to coordinate your bedroom colours. Combine solids and stripes for a classic look. Use a burgundy comforter with burgundy-coloured sheets, or accent your bed with burgundy pillows if you just want a punch of colour.

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    Decorate your floor in your family room, bedroom or living room with a contemporary burgundy area rug. A two-toned rug, for example, of burgundy and beige or burgundy and grey would go well in a room with beige or grey walls. Burgundy is a fairly strong colour, however, so avoid too much burgundy in one room such as burgundy furniture and a burgundy carpet or burgundy-coloured walls and burgundy furniture.

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    Add a splash of sophisticated colour to neutral-coloured walls with wall art that has burgundy in it. Use photos, paintings or watercolours. For example, add a dramatic touch to your dining room or bedroom with a contemporary sumi-e style bamboo painting with hues of burgundy, rose and black.

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    Accessorise any room with touches of burgundy. Use a burgundy leather desk set in your office, for example, or burgundy-coloured lamp shades in your living room. Add a burgundy storage box for a functional and smart look in any room.

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  • You can purchase weather-resistant privacy screens in burgundy that would be a unique and contemporary decorative accent outdoors for patio or pool areas or consider burgundy seat covers for patio furniture.

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