Do you know the difference between Modern and Contemporary interior design? These names are often and incorrectly used synonymously, yet they mean very different things.

Example of Bauhaus, a style of Modern interior design.


Modern design refers to a specific set of design movements, which includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Bauhaus and Minimalism. The period from approximately the 1860’s to the 1970’s is typically thought of as the Modern period, and is characterized by a break with tradition in favor of experimentation. We’ll delve into some of the modern design movements in a future post.

This living room showcases another type of Modern design- Art Deco.

Contemporary design, on the other hand, is more amorphous and therefore harder to define. Basically, it can be summed up as “current,” so the stylistic markers of “Contemporary interior design” are liable to change from time to time. At the moment, Contemporary design is characterized by a clean, spare combination of sleek lines, asymmetrical and rounded forms, glass, a neutral color palette, graphic elements, and metallic finishes like steel and chrome.

This living room showcases many traits of Contemporary interior design, including rounded shapes, sleek silhouettes, glass, a limited color scheme, and chrome accents.

So which look is right for you? Whatever your style,B MJN & Associates Interiors can help you bring it to life in your Atlanta area home. Call us today for a consultation!

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