What is the character of post modern furniture?
Use of Metal
Chrome and stainless steel make up a big part of modern design. Doing away with traditional metal details (like wrought iron) opens up the door for clean, polished metals to be used in their place.
It's not uncommon to see chrome or stainless steel as part of the furniture, such as table legs or exposed portions of a chair's frame. Chrome is used extensively throughout the home seen in faucets, doorknobs, cabinet handles, lamps and railings. Polished chrome has a very high shine and a slightly blue undertone that makes it appear very cold, which helped it fit in well with modern design's mission for moving away with older, more "lived in" styles.
Minimalism plays an integral part in modern design, contemporary modern design and contemporary design. The basics of minimalism include a "less is more" approach to designing a space. This means there are no superfluous details such as columns, moldings, cabinet trim, excessive use of color or excessive use of textiles.
Lack of Clutter
A lack of clutter ties into the minimalist approach to modern design. While clutter can mean many things to different people, in regards to modern design it refers primarily to accessories. This means no knick-knacks, vases, pottery, collections or excessive use of throw pillows, rugs or blankets. Any necessary items, including books, electronics and keepsakes are kept either out of sight inside a cabinet or closet, or are built into the home with built in shelves or hidden storage beneath benches or window seats.
Keep your living room as clean, open and uncluttered as possible to create a contemporary feel. Sleek leather couches and chairs paired with glass and chrome coffee and end tables can help formalize the space. Break it in a little with some dramatic art work, or abstract throw rugs on the floor. Keep the flooring relatively bare with either hardwood planks or oversized tiles to create the illusion of space; toss throw rugs only around the seating area to create a cozy conversation nook.