When creating a contemporary or modern home you may well be focused on the pieces of furniture you are going to bring in to create the perfect setting. But, it is important to realize that furniture alone will not create the perfect modern living space. Modern and contemporary decor is about art and function. While furniture will serve as the function in your home, something will be missing if you don't add a bit of art into the folds. Here is a look at five ways to use modern art in your home: Modern Paintings Since modern and contemporary decor makes many people think of being in an art gallery, why not give them what they expect. One of the easiest ways to really set the scene in a modern home is with a striking piece of contemporary art hanging for all to see. Contemporary Wall Tapestries Not only paintings are modern art that can be hung on the walls of a contemporary home, but also there are plenty of contemporary wall tapestries. These pieces, while modern in design, also add an air of softness to the room. This is a great thing to know while decorating in this scheme. While modern decor is supposed to be relatively stiff and crisp, this is also your home and should have a homey feel about it. A woven creation, like a contemporary wall tapestry can help you reach that balance. Modern Sculpture Whether geometric or abstract, you likely know the feeling of being drawn right up to a modern sculpture to study it. There is something about a three-dimensional object that pulls viewers in to see what it is and how it was constructed. While much of modern decor is minimalist, you can still choose a few pieces of modern sculpture to liven up this space in your home. Modern Furniture Who says furniture can't be artistic? When you are choosing furniture for your home, you should be open to new pieces that are as much a piece of furniture as they are a piece of art. Whether it's a contemporary sculpture that has been turned into a glass-top accent table or even a chair that is so unique in it's creation that it is a piece of art in itself, consider that furniture can also be art in your home. Modern Floral Arrangements While they may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are considering how to decorate your home in a modern or contemporary style, there are plenty of floral arrangements out there that are modern. They won't include your typical large bouquets of roses or carnations, but instead will use various flowers, stems and other foliage pieces to create works of art. The blooms on these pieces are usually simple - just a few flowers, often white or one or two with a burst of color. So there you go. After you have chosen the modern art you want to use in your home, remember, you can take a few extra steps to make it a focal point. As you install lighting in this room consider where the focal points are and allow your lighting to lead the way.