Modern Designs vs. Contemporary Design
July 25, 2016

In our previous article, we had discussed about Modern Design vs. Traditional Design. The terms contemporary and modern are often used interchangeably when describing design. When two styles are used so interchangeably, it’s a common point of confusion because both styles can share several commonalities, such as clean, straight lines, industrial materials or an overall neutral color palette. So, how do you distinguish between modern and contemporary designs? Let’s take a look at a few of the differences.

Modern Design

As already discussed in previous blog, Modern design is part of the larger movement of modernization. It is usually backdated to the end of the 19th century. Modern design is connected to the age of machination and is typically referred to that of the 1920s-1950s. Modern design is similar to the contemporary design. It is also influenced by an integral part of the Japanese design, which views as clean, straight lines, controlling the light without interrupting the view, contrasted by plain walls with one main accent color, produce cool and uncluttered effect and elegant.

Contemporary Design

Contemporary is often defined by clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors, elements and materials inspired by nature. Contemporary architecture and style is defined as literally what is being created and produced. It is dynamic in nature, i.e. constantly changing. Contemporary designs tend to reinterpret conventional styles in a linear fashion and make us rethink the way we choose to decorate our homes. Contemporary design does not have many rules and is always evolving to reflect trends and individual tastes.

7 main Difference in Modern and Contemporary

1. Modern : Raised open furniture

2. Contemporary : Open floor plan

3. Modern : Clean Interior

4. Contemporary: Dynamic in nature

5. Modern : Clean lined and artistic flair

6. Modern : True form is rarely viewed as stark or cold

7. Contemporary: Interiors with a bold starkness

As you can see, it’s easy to mix and match modern and contemporary styles, but with a few key differences in mind, you can create interiors that stand out as more modern or more contemporary depending on your preference.

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