Contemporary Design and Modern Design Explained
The world of interior design is full of jargon. This can create a few issues for a first time home buyer looking to create a certain aesthetic and feel for their home, but unsure of how to communicate their vision.
This is no truer than in the case of contemporary and modern design. These terms are often, and incorrectly, used interchangeably. That is why we thought it would be a good idea to clearly state the meaning, similarities, and differences between the two aesthetics.
There are a couple of reasons why these styles are confused with one another and so closely linked. The main reason is that, despite having rather different styles, their definitions are quite similar.
Never fear! We are here to clear things up. To clarify what it means for something to be contemporary compared to modern, let’s take a look at some of the distinguishing features of the styles in more detail.
You may find that instead of wanting to go for a modern look and feel for your new kitchen, that what you were actually meaning was contemporary.
What Is Contemporary Design?
The word “contemporary” simply means “of the moment”, which is why another defining feature of contemporary design is that it is constantly evolving.
Essentially contemporary design is a mix-match of multiple aesthetics dating back to the last part of the century. It is a combination of elements taken from an array of styles. For instance, a contemporary style could have elements of modern, traditional, art deco or futuristic design. Contemporary design can, therefore, boast an array of diverse colours.
What Is Modern Design?
Unlike the ever-changing characteristics of contemporary design, modern style is stuck in a specific time period. It is a design movement born in the early-mid 20th century.
Straight lines, uncluttered spaces, natural materials, neutral, earthy and monochromatic colours. These features scream modern.
In More Detail…
Form sets contemporary design apart from similar aesthetics such as modern. When we discuss form we are basically referring to shape. Contemporary spaces feature a medley of curves and straight lines. Modern designs stick completely to straight, clean and fairly boxy lines. There is a crossover from modern style into contemporary design.
Though contemporary design can feature a range of colours, today it is taking some inspiration from the modern look and opting for neutral colours and minimalism, but choosing to differ in terms of its love of curved lines.
But who knows what the future holds for contemporary design? It is not constrained by a timeframe or rules and guidelines that dictate the form and function of other designs, such as modern.
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