Like the term "Modern", Contemporary can be a confusing word when it comes to describing its style. Contemporary tends to be less bold than Modern and have more subdued designs and colors. The lines of contemporary are clean, often straight or only slightly rounded and tend to be soft.
Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.