Contemporary style is typically sober, with pared-down pieces. It often calls for neutral colours, such as white, ivory, cream, sand and grey, with some brighter accent colours. Contemporary furniture can be very light or very dark, with straight lines or sleek shapes. Handles and other hardware on this type of furniture follow the same rules. In contemporary design, glass or metal touches fit in beautifully. Accessories include abstract paintings, geometric figures and imposing objects in unexpected shapes.