If you have visited the La Maison showroom at all, you may notice our common themes of modern and contemporary luxury furniture. You have probably heard these terms used often to describe furniture, architecture and overall home and room design that you probably have wondered if there is a notable difference between these two styles, and there absolutely is. So what is the difference between modern and contemporary interior design really? This is a question for the ages. La Maison wanted to clarify once and for all. Modern and contemporary design are not one in the same, as many people may think. However they both have influences in fusion styles that may incorporate characteristics from each other.
Modern design is static and refers to a period in time. It breaks with the past, specifically traditional styles for example pre-Industrial Revolution; in other words the style is associated with the age of mechanician. You may recognize this style by its characteristic ‘clean lines’ and modest interiors. The furniture is known to be very open and raised off the floor; this allows you to add an airy feeling to your room. The use of natural materials are quite prevalent as well, giving the style a unique and timeless look. Wood, leather, teak and linen are materials that you will often see to achieve this natural look. Neutral colors are favored when pulling the look together; white walls add to the expansive feeling that modern design encapsulates. Going with a complete modern design is fun because you design with the goal of achieving the look of a ‘retro’ era. Many modern interiors today are glamours because they exude an ageless elegance in its simplicity.
Contemporary is architecture produced of the moment; it is literally what is being created right now. This style is fun to work with in it’s own way because it’s not limited to a single stylistic thread. Many designers describe this look to be forward thinking and dynamic. Whatever is popular in interior design at the moment is what is used in contemporary design. Described as eclectic, this look brings in styles and pieces from various eras. You will probably recognize this look by the in-ornate furniture and its use of also recognizable ‘clean lines’. Unique and eccentric shapes of art go well with this style and add a sophistication to its specific glamour. You may be wondering why contemporary design is copying the look of modern design. Being that contemporary style focuses on what is created in the now, a lot of mid-century modern design is being incorporated into the contemporary stylings you see today. In 10 years, there will be a different way to embody a contemporary look in your home.
Through time and the innovation of designers, these styles have variation in them to adapt to each home and individual style. Though these characteristics define what modern and contemporary design is doesn’t mean you can’t infuse your own luxury or chic aesthetic to them. That is why design is so much fun! With the right knowledge and the right furniture, you can transform your interior into something gorgeous. Whether you aim for a modern or contemporary style home, we hope this clarification between these popular styles helps you come up with a fabulous space. Visit our showroom this week for more inspiration and advice from our designers. Happy styling!