Modern vs contemporary interior design: What to know for your next home


In this video, we talk about modern
versus contemporary design styles. We also talked about transitional versus
traditional. That’s starting right now. Welcome to Homebuyer’s School, brought to you by Brookfield Residential. Hi everyone I’m Karl Yeh, and welcome to another Homebuyer’s School video, a channel where you get the latest
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so you don’t miss anything. So today I’m joined by Deborah Armstrong, Senior Interior Designer with Brookfield Residential and today we’re gonna do a
little bit of – I guess, classroom activity, not that this is Homebuyer’s School but – but the question I wanna answer is: What is the difference between modern versus contemporary interior design? So modern is a time period, typically known as mid-century modern. It’s any design that’s – you know, you could see in the 50s and the 60s.
Okay. A contemporary is ever-changing, whereas modern you can’t change it, it’s always – you know, the 50s and 60s you know. So what does the – what does that mean? Like 50s and 60s design, can you give a
couple examples? yeah in the 50s and 60s if you look back, I
mean, I can remember those days, but they’re – you know, very clean lines.
Everything’s very, very clean. The furniture was raised – you know, off
the floor, no skirts on sofas, a lot of wood, teak. Would hardwood floors be an example? Absolutely yeah, they were the narrower boards, they were site finished, but yes, definitely
hardwood floors, area carpets. And then the type of furniture, what kind of – how would you define modern type of furniture? Again very, very straight clean lines. There was a molded furniture whether it be wood or plastic that we saw back in those days. Accessories were very clean
lined as well, not fussy at all. Okay and would – and what is the difference between that and contemporary interior design? So contemporary is ever-changing. It is what is current today. So five years ago, what was contemporary then is not contemporary today. so I – so like you said it was ever changing,
so let’s go back to modern. So what – what is in a modern home and I think you talked about that but like – what type of materials did they use? A lot of wood, metals, a lot of chrome, glass, leather, leather yeah. Leather was very, very popular back – back
then too and and even plastic – like to look like leather. And so there’s another thing that I
want to talk about too is in traditional versus transitional, so how does traditional and transitional go together with contemporary versus modern? well they don’t really, again because modern is a time period set on its own
in the fifties and sixties, contemporary is what is current now. Maybe what transitional you could mix what is current now with very traditional furniture so you get a blend of contemporary and traditional and
that’s called transitional. So let’s talk about traditional: what is – first of all what is traditional? Traditional is usually based on the airs
between in the 18th century and the 19th century. It’s quite fuzzy furniture, elegant, heavy
draperies, beautiful fabrics. Woodwork was very ornate – you know, heavy crown
mouldings. The furniture itself too – it was very heavy and ornate. You had certain
areas, particularly the Chippendale, the Sheridan, the Queen Anne furniture.
Very common during that transitional time – traditional period. So when you say traditional, what in my mind that brings about like royalty would that be correct? It has a – yeah, you could say that,
very fussy, very elegant So like something you probably see in
Buckingham Palace? Yes, yes. Okay. And today, so what – I guess – in today’s interior design world what is, I guess popular? Right now we’re seeing a lot of come back with the modern furniture
known as mid-century or some people refer to retro. So again, we’re starting
to see those really clean lines again, minimalistic looks. So I guess you could say that modern has become contemporary? Yes you could.
And most, I guess most – do most home builders now appeal to that like contemporary designer or are there like – not that we want to name any of them, but like are there
any ones – any that are very specific to a traditional look or transitional look or
or is it mostly all contemporary nowadays? I think most of it’s contemporary nowadays and – and how people are
changing the look of their home is how they decorate it.
They’re putting their stamp on it through – through their decorations and
maybe some of their interior selections whether it be carpet or tile, to work
around those and in design aspects. And does this design actually impact how the house is actually built or no? No not at all. If you’re looking for a
modern home exact, it will. Yes, you will build a home that has the look – much more
clean lines yes you know for that modern feel. Clean, very straight clean lines on
the outside. And we are seeing that, we are seeing some builders, not
specifically – I mean it’s the home owner’s you know, custom design that’s dictating that.
Okay perfect, anything else to add in terms of modern contemporary interior design?
No, just have fun with it all they’re all great, you know – and everybody
likes a little something different so anything goes nowadays. Thank you very much for joining us and
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