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Key Elements of Contemporary Interior Design
Clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details characterize contemporary design. However, that doesn't mean your home will look stark or cold, because the days of boxy furniture and eccentric decorating are long gone. Today's updated contemporary design is a blend of comfortable, livable elements that create a sophisticated, fresh look and feel. To create a contemporary look in your home you'll want to incorporate these key elements: color, metal accents, texture, wood tone and lighting.
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Hot Home Lighting Trends
Here is a list of home lighting trends that will define the 2010 decorative lighting scene. Many of the trends go well beyond function and efficiency, to other aspects like style, because for most homeowners it's all about having a good-looking fixture to accent their interior design.

• Recessed lighting is out — our architects and designers love the look of the lighting, but it's been so overused that it ends up creating a pockmarked ceiling that is more obtrusive than appealing.
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This contemporary flower pendant chandelier from LAMPS PLUS® has an engaging, organic look that is beautifully stylish. Visit

Adding an illuminated glass block system from Swift Track makes the perfect contemporary accent to your home's interior design. Visit Swift Track to learn more.

Solar garden lights are starting to become more popular and come in a variety of designs such as pole lamps, stone lights, wall lights and others. It makes for a great eco-friendly touch to your outdoor living spaces. Be on the look out for indoor solar fittings. They are very easy to install, but since they are a relatively new product, the kits are a bit expensive. Like with most green products you have to look at the overall savings to your energy costs. If you choose to install solar lights indoors make sure you choose rooms that are free of shade for most of the day.

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