Given the ongoing debate between modern vs contemporary home design styles, we know you’re probably stuck in a dilemma. Many use these terms interchangeably, but with respect to interiors, these are two distinct design styles. So, we decided to give you a lowdown of how these styles are different.
Modern Interior Design
Modern interiors refer to the Mid Century design style of the 1920-’50s era. It has traces of the famous Art Deco style and also certain features of the post-modernist styles that were popular during the 80s and 90s.
Materials: Modern interiors lean towards natural materials and thus, you find the furniture and furnishings mostly in wood, linen, leather and so on. Teak wood furniture is usually a part of the home design.
Colour Schemes: Since natural materials are preferred, you’ll get to see earthy hues – brown, olive green, turquoise colours, to name a few. The walls are usually white with colour used in moderation.
- Bare floors are predominant in this style and even if an area rug is used, it is mostly a woolen rug
- The furniture is raised higher than the floor to give the room an airy feel
- Nature-inspired decor finds its place in the design
Contemporary Interior Design
There is no specific time period for contemporary as it is ever-evolving with time. This style is what is trending in the present. Thus, if you want the latest designs and furniture styles then your home is dressed in a contemporary theme.
Materials: This style adopts state of the art materials like glass, metal and plastic into its design. It can also be a mix of engineered wood like MDF, plywood too.
Colour Schemes: While black, whites and greys dominate these interiors, and brighter shades like red, indigo, orange are also acceptable. Currently, dark and bold hues are ruling the market.
- This design style borrows elements from different styles
- It adapts to the current trend in the market
- The furniture usually has straight lines and minimal carvings
So while the lay man may use the terms modern and contemporary interchangeably, it is significantly different from one another. To summarise, the modern style evolved in the mid-1900s while the contemporary style is anything that is currently in fashion. Even something that was in vogue five years ago will not be considered vintage.
Both the design styles enliven the space while making maintenance a breeze. Thus, these two styles work well for the working class. Which of these two styles is your favourite?