Do contemporary and modern designs have a similar meaning to you? Do you picture a similar interior when you think of those two words? If you do, you might be surprised to learn they are actually two distinct styles.
But don’t worry, you are not the only one to make that mistake! The words "modern" and "contemporary" have been used interchangeably in the design industry, ultimately leading to general confusion.
Their main difference lies in the fact that they do not derive from nor represent the same era. While the modern style refers to a design that originated between 1920 and 1950, with a German and Scandinavian influence, the contemporary style, on the other hand, simply represents the current trend and the style of today that is meant to be in constant evolution as the design trends keep changing.
Let’s take a look at both the similarities and differences existing between the modern and contemporary styles and how it applies to the choice of your window treatments.
The following similarities may cause confusion:
Modern design characteristics:
Modern Window Treatments:
Contemporary design characteristics:
Contemporary Window Treatments:
If modern and contemporary styles share some similarities, they also have their own very distinct characteristics. If you are looking for a simpler, more minimalist, neutral look, then a modern design might be more fitting to your needs. On the other hand, if you want more flexibility, to add more interest by using bolder colors and softer lines, the contemporary style is for you.
Come chat with our design experts to find the best style that suits your home and personality by contacting the Stoneside office near you to schedule a consultation.