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Learn The Difference: Modern Vs Contemporary Design

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

To certain people, modern and contemporary expressions sound that they're the same thing and the meaning is reinforced by a dictionary description since the words are synonymous. But the words modern and contemporary apply to two separate architectural trends for home designers and interior decorating practitioners. While these two styles of decoration share certain common features, differences exist.

What are contemporary and modern styles?

Western architecture was deeply rooted in the early and middle of the 1900s. The trends of the here and now include contemporary design.

Modern Style

Modern style is the style and decoration of the modernism movement that originated in the late 1800s. The new design style is rather ancient and originated by German Bauhaus design schools and the Scandinavian design focus on simplicity and purpose. The modern decoration is generally related to the beginning of the twentieth century, the 1900s, and the 1950s.

In the middle of the 1950s (60s) and postmodernity (70s and 1980s), modern trends gradually developed into the modern style. While the new half-century looks just like modern architecture with strategically added splashes of vivid color, postmodernism does not. Postmodernism is audacious, it breaks all conventions and is whimsical and humorous. It is more concerned with shape than with the purpose, exactly the contrary to the functional characteristics seen in classical modern architecture.

Contemporary Style

What is known as the contemporary style was popular in the 1970s when fashion rose almost as it was in postmodernism. Initially, it was a fusion of designs until it was identifiable by itself. Modernity and postmodernism have borrowed concepts from architecture. It also pulled together thoughts of several styles, including art deco, deconstructivism, futurism. And yet the style is continuously evolving "contemporary" When every ten years are gone, the day's decoration styles are still contemporary. The new style is not generally related to a single period of time. Rather, it is an ever-changing style that represents today's events.


In both models, there are identical features. This is undoubtedly the cause for much of the confusion when you attempt to distinguish them. Both types tend to prefer plain, sleek, tidy, and imaginative rooms. In a very welcoming space, this provides a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Both models don't tend to decorate with heavy patterns. However, contemporary spaces will break this law as patterns shift constantly. The legs have been revealed in all kinds, sofas, chairs, and ottomans. They all gravitate to shiny materials like exposed metals and glass.

Choose well!

As the modern style is based on the design elements that have been popular in the years 1900-1950, a homemaker with highly functional elements and soft, natural colors, enjoys the aesthetics of that period. And for someone who likes a single design style, it fits well.

The contemporary architectural style is ideally tailored to homeowners who are eager (and budget) to change with the times and are keen to keep abreast of new trends in design and ornament. And this is ideally tailored to those who love the clear contrasts and curved lines so much seen in today's architecture. Contemporary style is for those who find form and ornament more important than function.

Modern Living Room

Contemporary Living Room

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