Contemporary vs. Modern

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When talking about the words themselves, contemporary and modern are not very different. In the world of design and décor, the words contemporary and modern describe two very different types of styles. The word contemporary means “today” or “recent”, while the word modern refers to a look or particular style. Modern designs were made to replace the early Victorian layout of people’s homes.

River sofa by Saba Italia

Modern design is characterized by long, low furniture and natural materials. Many modern pieces are made out of teak wood, leather, and linen upholstery and most pieces are raised off the floor to create an airy and open atmosphere. The lines in modern designs are mostly straight and the fabrics are normally neutral in color. To some people nowadays, the modern design is their “Victorian” style and they have moved on to contemporary designs. The contemporary style deals with the present moment of today. There are fewer rules in contemporary material than modern because really, anything goes. Contemporary design is known to feature reflective surfaces, round edges, vibrant and different colors, and asymmetrical designs. The styles of contemporary design are open ended, which makes it easy for new colors and designs to be incorporated into the contemporary category. The effect of modern design is a more vintage and retro style while contemporary side brings something new and exciting into your home.

Summer Sectional by Cierre

When choosing which style to incorporate into your home, it all depends on your personal taste. Sometimes, they can be used interchangeably. For instance, look at the Apple iPod. It is a new and contemporary item but notice how it is space saving, has a simple design, sleek straight lines and shapes, and is highly functional. The modern style can be very much contemporary when you think about it. Confusing right? Sometimes it is easier to fit a new piece into a contemporary design than into a modern one. For example, if you fall in love with a marvelous headboard, you will most likely be able to incorporate it into a contemporary space as opposed to a modern one. Both contemporary and modern styles have various types which lets you have a variety of styles to choose from. The last part is just deciding which style best suits you, your home, and your lifestyle.

Bahia Sectional by Alivar, Italy

Contemporary sofas are sleek, and beautiful with intuitive designs. These modern sofas and sectionals make breakthroughs in quality and comfort. Choosing a new modern sofa or sectional is a daunting task because of all the choices and styles. While many people prefer leather for their modern sofa or sectional, fabric is a very viable choice too.

Orion Sectional by Eilersen, Denmark

Having the correct modern sofa or sectional in your home can set the balance for the design of the rest of the house. Since it is one of the largest pieces in a home, it is important that all other pieces in your home go well with the sofa. Modern sofas and sectionals can serve as great centerpieces in your living room or lounge area. You can also accentuate your sofa by adding coffee tables or rugs. Some people also choose to get a 3 piece set with a sofa, loveseat, and chair. When there are so many choices for modern and contemporary sofas and sectionals, it is important to take your time and choose the best one for your home.

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