Many people who finally create the contemporary space they longed for find themselves disappointed by the way the room makes them feel. Contemporary can come across as very cold and uninviting, when not done properly. If you love the look of your room, but don't necessarily feel as connected to it as you hoped you may just need to soften it up a little. These tips will help.

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  • Create Balance - One of the biggest mistakes people make is overusing sharp lines. Tables, shelves, entertainment centers, televisions, rugs, and even windows and frame can fill a space with too many sharp lines. Adding a few round elements, such as a bean bag chair, round coffee table, or round rug will soften the look of all those harsh lines. Even round decorative pillows can help.

  • Evaluate the Lighting - Soft lighting can really go a long way in making a room more inviting and comfortable. Exchange overhead lights for pendants. Decorative lamps and even wall lighting with a dimmer switch can help.

  • Wall Mounted Water Features - Wall mounted water features rightfully should be considered a mandatory component in a contemporary space. You absolutely need a focal point, but you don't want to overdo it. The sound and visual display created by wall mounted water features naturally draws the eye. However, this is not the only benefit they bring to their occupied space. The sound is very soothing, which can make even the coldest of spaces seem warm and welcoming. Plus, they literally make the room physically more comfortable by providing the air with the right amount of moisture to combat dry skin, dull hair, and chapped lips. 

  • Soft Textiles - Sometimes, all you need is a super soft blanket draped over the back of the sofa for a more lived in feel. When purchasing decorative pillows, don't be afraid to mix it up a little. By using a variety of fabrics you can create depth in a space that may be a little two-dimensional. A shaggy rug can help and a plush dog or cat bed will definitely take the edge off, providing you actually have a pet to use it. Otherwise, it may raise a few eyebrows.

  • Color - Many people are under the impression that a contemporary space has to be all black, brown, or white, or maybe a mixture of two of these colors. This is not the case. A turquoise rug or patterned curtains certainly won't take away from the modern vibe you've worked so hard to create.