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Different than the Modern furniture styles that can be too stark or
industrial looking, Contemporary furniture combines the latest trends
in home fashions with tried and true furniture styles of the recent
past. This transitional style offers a refreshing alternative from
the more formal historical styles that preceded it.
Contemporary furnishings represent the new, more casual lifestyle that
evolved in Western culture after World War II. Young families in smaller
houses needed furniture that was stylish, affordable, and comfortable.
Much of today's furniture meets the demands of urban living emphasizing
comfortable, sometimes over-stuffed sofas and chairs with natural, tactile
upholstery. Upholstered furniture tends to be sleeker and more rounded
rather than the more angular Modern styles. Neither carved or applied
decoration or ornamentation is used on Contemporary and Transitional styles
since the elegance of the furniture is captured by the over all shape and
appearance of each piece.
Woods range from warm walnut stain, rich cherry, ebony, and deep mahogany
stains, to lighter woods such as ash, birch and maple.
Hardware is usually not emphasized, using reveals or touch-latch components
for opening doors and drawers. Visible hardware is simple in design and
made to compliment the piece, most popular are knobs and handles made from
stainless steel or wrought iron.