Contemporary Bungalow: Make This Trend Your Own

By Jolene Hanson
Sleek. Simple. Sophisticated. No other trend embraces these décor goals quite like Modern Classics.

Sleek. Simple. Sophisticated. No other trend embraces these décor goals quite like Contemporary Bungalow. Indoors or out, this trend elevates ordinary spaces to create soft yet tailored sanctuaries that induce quiet and calm. Contemporary Bungalow décor takes its cues from classic design, but offers distinctly modern twists.

Simple lines and minimalist yet luxurious furnishings combine with intentional, inspired placement to define indoor and outdoor living spaces. Incorporate these elements of Contemporary Bungalow style to make this look your own:


Cool and warm neutrals dominate the Contemporary Bungalow palette and flow seamlessly from wall and floor decor to furnishings. Crisp, creamy white provides a unifying backdrop as cool charcoal gray, stone-inspired tans and steel blue play off warm wood tones. Other warm neutrals, such as pale, buff brown and golden wheat, thread their way through rooms. Showcase your personality with added accent colors, but keep the palette simple and timeless. Save the most vibrant pops of color for your wall art.

Patterns extend through fabrics to natural flooring with this trend.

Textures and Patterns

Contemporary Bungalow design points to natural, tailored styling that's soft on texture and light in weight. But multiple, contrasting patterns — all in the same palette of warm and cool neutrals — flourish in pillows, flooring and floor coverings. Fabrics in modern geometric designs pair with woodcut-styled botanical prints, while classic herringbone and houndstooth checks meld into modern complements. Let patterns run free, but stick with simple, soft, almost monochromatic choices to bring modern flair to your classic look.

With Modern Classic style, ornamentation is out and tailored sophistication is in.

Defining Features

Bare windows and open floor plans amplify streams of natural light that highlight Contemporary Bungalow settings. Low-slung, modern furniture keeps sight lines open and flowing, while nature-inspired pieces claim their place, too. Chrome-and-glass or Lucite tables sit next to organic, sculptured wood or faux-wood pieces. Leather-and-chrome sling chairs meet hand-oiled teak and rattan. With Contemporary Bungalow style, ornamentation is out and tailored sophistication is in. Forget big, fluffy bouquets, and go with single blossoms or slim, elegant tulips instead.

Decorative containers are paired with plants, and used in other ways throughout the home.

Containers and Plants

Strong lines and classic container detailing combine with subtle, nature-inspired colors and finishes to accessorize the Contemporary Bungalow look. Decorative containers are paired with plants, and used in other ways throughout the home. Match the neutral colors and low, wide silhouette of an earthy-brown clay low bowl with miniature succulents or a sculptural aloe vera. Lend stylish stature to icy-green, classic Italian stoneware with an upright rhapis palm and its blunt-tipped leaves. Offset the detailing of a chevron planter with a flowering bromeliad, or fill it with kitchen utensils instead. Use polished containers or saucers in coordinating, classic colors to organize playrooms, workrooms and bathroom shelves.

Big windows flood rooms with natural light in Modern Classics spaces.

Classic Extras

Like everything in this sophisticated trend, finishing touches are kept simple, minimal and modern — indoors and out. Sit broad candles, either singly or in trios, in tall, clear-glass hurricane holders at floor level. Fill tall glass pillars, based on metal or wood, with short, broad candles atop natural stone mantels or countertops. Create outdoor garden spaces designed for contemplation and conversation with pathways of simple pea gravel for classic garden style. Choose blends of creamy, natural tan and gray pebbles to connect outdoor rooms to those indoors.

With Contemporary Bungalow elements, you can style soft, sophisticated spaces and make this trend your own. Pennington Garden Décor is here to help with timely, trusted advice on home and garden style and the latest in trending containers and other décor.

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