Modern & Contemporary Design
Modern and Contemporary design styles are often confused with one another. That's okay! We're here to explain.
Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel. In its simplest terms, modern interior design refers to the reflection of the modern art movement on the interiors of the home. Modernism was a rejection of the ornate flourishes of other design styles, such as Gothic, Renaissance and Victorian styles of design. This is why it employs a sense of simplicity in every element, even furniture. A word that’s commonly used to describe modern style is sleek.
Contemporary, on the other hand, is based on the here and now. It is more fluid and can represent a sense of currency with less adherence to one particular style. Contemporary interiors are comfortable and welcoming without being cluttered and dark. Unlike other styles which are more or less set in stone, what’s “of the moment” today may change in a few years’ time. Today, the look is defined by curved lines, neutral colors and minimalism, but it may look slightly different in the future.
The primary difference separating modern and contemporary design style is that modern is a strict interpretation of design that started in the 20th century.