There is pretty much confusion when you ask people what the difference between contemporary furniture and modern furniture is. To most people, both are almost one and the same thing. Well, the difference is rather grey and it is easy to confuse the two. In any case, the term modern furniture is a bit confusing itself because contrary to what one would think, this style is rather old! Modern furniture started gaining prominence in the late 1800s. Contemporary furniture on the other hand started as a blend of different styles and it gained popularity in the 1970s. As a home owner or interior designer, you can opt for any of these two in order to give your space the look and feel that you want. Each is unique in its own way.

  • Like aforementioned, contemporary furniture started off as a blend and mix of different styles. It borrowed heavily from postmodernism and modernism. It also has some elements of futurism, deconstructivism, art deco, and the likes. Thus, where modern furniture tends to be constant and sticking to a particular format, contemporary will try to showcase different styles blended into one.
  • The modern furniture design is a form of modernism movement that gained popularity in the late 1800s. Its origin can be traced back to the German Bauhaus schools of design; it also has deeply embraced the Scandinavian designing norms that value simplicity and functionality.  In this regard, you’ll notice that most modern furniture pieces follow a particular constant design that doesn’t attempt to complicate things in the name of decorations.

Are there similarities between the two?

Yes! Nowadays, contemporary furniture pieces are bending the rules a little bit in order to be more accommodative. Ottoman furniture with exposed legs, modern furniture pieces with leather upholstery, contemporary furniture with a single, simple dominant style; the bridge between these two styles is getting narrower. As a home owner, you have the freedom to pick either the contemporary style, or the modern. Better still, you can blend and mix the two to come up with an amazing feel. The dining room looks great when modern furniture is used; contemporary may work better in the kitchen, or the children’s bedroom

You can always seek the services or advice of a professional interior design company regarding the best furniture for your particular space. What works for a friend may not necessarily work for you.