Contemporary architecture is here to stay, and more people find the clean, sleek look very appealing. Some say “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” and that applies to a contemporary home. One of the key design elements is glass, and lots of it! Large clear spans of glass windows are one of the most important features of contemporary architecture. Two other elements that set the tone in a contemporary home are open riser stairs that often have glass or cable railings, and also cabinets and trim details that are smooth and flat. Sometimes there is no interior trim used at all, and cabinets are almost a hidden feature.