As much as we are able of keeping up with fashion styles and trends, it’s easy to get lost in all the terminology. Such is the case also with popular interior design trends; I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s had trouble distinguishing between modern and contemporary. What’s most to blame for this mashup is the fact it’s not rare to see them used interchangeably.
Luckily, I finally got it: while modern refers to the decades of the 20th century, reflecting the Industrial Revolution Era’s lack of ornament, with a focus on rawness through materials like concrete and steel, contemporary is the style of whatever’s produced now, in present time, from contemporary furniture for sale, to building structures. Simply said, modern looks to the past, contemporary looks to the future. One of the reasons these two terms are used interchangeably has to do with the contemporary style’s roots in the modern, even though they don’t exactly look alike.
Understanding all the popularity of contemporary furniture for sale, as well as that of contemporary architecture in general, we have to know contemporary style is sustainable, inspired by nature and recycling, and rather appealing globally as it’s the fusion of various influences hence it fits well worldwide. It’s neutral, and it’s not fussy and that’s why it’s so appealing.
Let’s not forget there’s attention given to energy efficiency, something that’s focused on every single detail of the household and designs, from the glass of the windows, and materials of doors, to the types of blinds used, so it’s budget-friendly too.
It’s safe to say this is the style that can be described as bold, and striking, allowing you to easily make a statement and show off your individuality. Along with that, it’s inventive in the way there’s more value to design in it. The clean and simple lines characterising it make it piece of cake welcoming minimalism into one’s abode, where the focus is on the form (mostly geometry predominating); mind you though, it’s not the same as the cold, and impersonal modernist architecture.
Then there’s also the focus on light and spaciousness, and the attempt to bring the indoors and outdoors closer together, a flow between the two, thus the exterior is viewed as an extension of the comfort of the interior. Adopting this style can certainly inspire you to surround yourself with more things that evoke nature, and you can count on lack of trouble with decoration as natural materials and fabrics are the perfect fit.