Difference between Contemporary and Modern Homes?

Many people think that the words “modern home” and “contemporary home” are interchangeable and can be used to describe each other. But, while many thesauruses do consider these two words as synonyms, they do have differences, particularly when used to describe houses.

What are modern homes?

Modern houses have designs that break free from the styles that were in vogue during the traditional, pre-Industrial Revolution era. They’re usually connected to the architectural styles that emerged from the 1920s to the 1950s, although many people say that anything that was developed within the 20th century can be considered as “modern”.

More often than not, modern homes strive to stay away from the heavy, stuffy designs that are often seen in traditional architecture. They’re characterized by clean lines, right angles, and intentional asymmetry (although many modern homes also embrace symmetry). Most modern houses have flat roofs (to distinguish themselves from the steep, sharp-pointed roofs in traditional homes) and use neutral colours (predominantly white) to create a clean, streamlined look.

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Modern homes almost always have minimalist interiors. This is one of the ways through which they separate themselves from the traditional design, which creates spaces that are “full” both physically (in terms of furniture and decorations) and visually (in terms of colours, patterns, and textures). Modern houses lean towards airy, clutter-free interiors that have a simple, classic look and feel.

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To create a balance and prevent spaces from looking too sterile and clinical, modern homes can be accentuated with natural materials. Dark wooden floors maintain the minimalist appearance while adding warmth to a room, while a leather sofa in a solid colour adds a touch of comfort and elegance without being over the top.

What are contemporary homes?

The contemporary home design refers to styles that are created and produced right now. It’s very fluid since the current style is always changing and evolving, and it can be a breath of fresh air to those who want to break the mold. Contemporary homes borrow elements from different styles and eras and mix them to form a different and new approach. They tend to lack a specific look and feel and rather can come across as eclectic at times.

In terms of architecture, contemporary homes are similar to modern homes in that they often have flat roofs. But, unlike modern houses that are designed to stay as inconspicuous as possible, contemporary houses usually stand out from the crowd because of its interesting shapes and styles. Curved lines, cubic spaces randomly placed walls, cantilevered structures — these are just some of the things that you’ll notice in many contemporary homes.

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In terms of interiors, contemporary houses are similar to modern homes in that they do away with the stuffiness of traditional dwellings. But their similarity often stops there because, while modern houses focuses on clean lines and neutral colours, contemporary houses strive to inject a touch of warmth and uniqueness to the space. Open floor plans are preferred to create an airy and comfortable living space, and natural materials are paired with metal to strike a balance between earthiness and modernity. Furnishings with extraordinary, eye-catching designs are often used to let the owners express their personality.

Modern house interior

Although the words “modern home” and “contemporary home” may be used in similar ways they contain strong features that distinguish each other when describing a house. The examples above showcase these features and Rykon’s diverse ability of construction from traditional home – modern home – contemporary home. Rykon can help you and work with you to find your style of home. There is no right or wrong design, instead pick one that speaks to you and perfectly fits your lifestyle.


May 2016