Contemporary design and décor has gained popularity both for its subtle elegance and aesthetic flexibility. Dating from approximately the early 1970s through today, it habitually features a neutral color palette, sometimes including punctuations of bold, natural color, and is often created using the most cutting edge materials and processes. Like its modern predecessor, contemporary interiors and décor favor a minimalist approach through clean lines, an open feel, and architecturally inspired design. Furniture and decoration from this style omits ornamentation, and there is an affinity for natural fabrics and materials, such as linen, silk, and light-colored woods such as maple and birch, and hardware maintains the clean feel by often figuring chrome or stainless steel. Despite the understated sophistication and luxury of contemporary design, there is always room for pieces that make a statement, such as an architectural light fixture or sculptural furniture piece, reflecting the discerning tastes of their possessors.