November 25, 2012

Modern or Contemporary

Do you know the difference between a modern and a contemporary design? I don't. And try as hard as I could to see the difference, I just can't.

So I researched a little bit. Here's the difference between modern and contemporary according to relishinteriors:

"..the term “Modern” in interior design really refers to “Mid Century Modern”. It is recognizable by it’s clean, unadorned interiors. Use of natural materials such as wood, leather, teak and linen are prominent. Molded plywood and plastic is very popular in modern furniture, as well as polished metal. Furniture is very open and raised off the floor allowing for an airy feeling. Walls are often white adding to the expansive feeling. Modern interiors generally have bare floors and if area rugs are used, they are typically wool, and neutral in colour. Hints of colour were used in moderation..

..."Contemporary" by definition means “existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time.” And that is exactly the same for the use of the term in interior design. Contemporary design refers to what is popular or used right now. Contemporary design can be very eclectic for that reason, because it is ever changing and borrows pieces and styles from all different eras.."

There you go! But to be honest, I am still confused. LOL!

Anyway, I shouldn't think much about it. I had to tackle this issue because we were planning to furnish our condo unit in Manila and hubby and I were discussing what kind of design we would go for.

For me, either contemporary or modern is fine (as if I know the difference!). All I know is that I want something simple, comfortable and easy on the eyes furniture pieces. I will leave all the right terms to the interior designer or people who know more about designing.

For the bedroom, I want bedroom sets like these two:

I like the first one for its tall headboard. It looks very comfortable. But I like the second one better. I am just not sure if it is smart to put something like that in condo. Unless of course you have a really huge condo space.

What about you, guys? When it comes to design, which do you favor most?