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In the world of real estate and interior design, the words modern & contemporary are often used interchangeably but are in fact not one in the same. We will often hear people describing houses as modern & contemporary not realising that these are two very different design styles.
Whether you are thinking of selling and want to know how to style your property or whether you are looking at decorating, it is important to know both what style your current home is and what style you are looking to achieve. Styling has a large impact on how a house can make you feel and an even larger impact on the selling price if you were to sell.
The easiest way to explain it is that Modern, which is actually short for Mid-Century Modern, is a design style that was heavily used & created between the 1920’s – 1950’s. Contemporary on the other hand is simply the term used to describe what style is current and popular right now and is “of the moment”.
As a style, Modern has its own characteristics which will allow the style to always be recognised as a historical style trend, whereas Contemporary will always refer to different style elements depending on the times. What is Contemporary today will not be Contemporary in 10 years whereas what are considered to be authentic Modern design elements will always be the same.
Some of the main elements of Modern design are simplicity & clean geometric lines. Modern spaces are usually sleek, spacious & uncluttered and consist of open floor plans. Modern design is all about creating natural light & warm spaces. This is achieved with lots of large windows & glass walls to let the sun in along with sloped high ceilings & exposed masonry to create a rugged natural warmth whilst being open and airy.
There is a heavy use of organic & natural materials such as wood, leather & linen along with moulded plywood, metal & plastic. This is common in both furnishings, sculptures & building materials. The famous Noguchi coffee table, which has made a resurgence today, was iconic to Mid-Century Modern design.
In the kitchen, it is common to see wood cabinetry & glass cabinets along with island benches and bar stools. Throughout the house statement lighting is used along with graphic artwork & a minimal amount of period pieces. The key to this design style is not to over clutter, so if you were looking to redecorate your home in the Modern style, as is very popular in today’s times, select a few pieces that create a statement without getting too carried away. The key is to decorate the home with Art pieces that have a unique appeal and to keep away from accessories such as trinkets, candles & throw rugs. Furnishing’s that have not been overly decorated and that consist of wood, metal, glass & chrome work best with this style.
The colour palette of Mid-Century Modern homes consists of neutral colours contrasted with bright & vibrant colours. It is common to see neutrals such as white & beige paired with bright orange or aqua blue, helping to create a warm, bold, bright & happy colour scheme.
As Contemporary is not a historic style in itself and will most likely change in definition as the years progress, it is important to understand what it means for us in today’s design world. Contemporary design consists of simple lines & solid geometric forms. This style consists of large open spaces & open living areas with lots of natural light & large unadorned windows. Indoor outdoor living areas are also a key to create a flowing, open living space in Contemporary Design.
Wood can be used but it will usually be very light or very dark to contrast with the neutral black, white, cream, beige & grey colour palette that is a staple of today’s Contemporary design. To add some colour in this design style the neutrals are paired with bold colours and subtle patterns to create a contrast. For example you may have a black & grey scheme and add a touch of red for contrast or white with a deep blue.
Simplicity really is the key to today’s Contemporary design and therefore there is very little ornamentation. In Contemporary homes floors are usually left unadorned and the best type of artwork that suits this style is anything Abstract & oversized. Expect lots of high gloss, chrome & polished features in this design style. Furnishings should be unique & striking to stand out amongst the unadorned surroundings.
Considering re-decorating or looking to get a property styled for sale/rent?
The team at Amkar Real Estate would love to come out and give you a free appraisal along with some great tips for sprucing up your home. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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