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Interior Design Styles Explained #5 Contemporary Marlin Spring

Interior Design Styles Explained #5 Contemporary Marlin Spring Interior Design Styles Explained #5 Contemporary Marlin Spring

Welcome to the fourth edition of our “Interior Styles Explained” series! We’ve gone over a few different styles previously to help you understand the unique look and feel each of these designs can offer for your home. Today we’re going to be looking at the Transitional Design style. This is a look that goes for comfort and practicality using furniture pieces that are timeless, classic and clean.

Welcome to our second edition of “Interior Design Styles Explained”! We hope you enjoyed our previous edition on Industrial Design (which you can find here). This time around, we’re featuring a style we’ve all come to love: Modern Design. This style is the reflection of the modern art movement inside a living space. We spoke to Kelly Cray – one of the principals from the interior design firm U31 – to learn all about it. Enjoy!

Transitional designs are known for their subtle and clean colour palettes, relying on grayscale colours to evoke a serene atmosphere. This lack of colour makes room for highlighting contrasts with interesting textures such as corduroy, leather, ultra-suede, and soft cottons. Of course, neutrals aren’t the only colour you are allowed to use, but the fewer colours incorporated into the overall décor, the more your space will reflect the Transitional Style.

Welcome to the fifth edition of our “Interior Styles Explained” series! For those of you who are new to our blog, we have created a series of blogs outlining the histories, differences, and looks of several design styles to help you incorporate them into your space. Today we’ll be going through Contemporary Design to help give you a clearer understanding of this simple and subtly sophisticated design style.

Accessories MUST be kept to a minimum in Transitional spaces. Select pieces that do not overtake the space but, instead, maintain the practicality of the room. A good rule of thumb is to group your accessories in order to compliment the casual tailored setting you have created. For example, when decorating, think of small additions like photographs in simple black and silver frames, or a wooden tray paired with silver candleholders.  

Modern Design emerged at the turn of the 20th century – the peak of the industrial revolution. It is a style that became dominant during the modernization that followed World War II, where simplification and minimalism became a widespread ideal.

Modern Design is often confused with Contemporary Design mainly because many modern design elements are found in contemporary schemes, creating false assumptions about these styles being interchangeable. In reality, Modern Design is defined by a specific era (1920’s-1950’s), while contemporary is “of the moment” and “ever evolving” .

When decorating your contemporary space, always remember that less is more! The bare space on walls and between pieces of furniture becomes as important as the areas filled with objects. The open space is just as, if not, more meaningful than the pieces you put in the space.

Stay tuned for the next edition to learn more about our other favourite interior design styles. If you would like to learn more about how you can achieve this look, or more about Marlin Spring, please visit us here.

Kelly pointed out that the modern “aesthetic” embraces a lot of minimalist factory technology and architecture. “Factories began to produce furniture that was stripped down of decoration and focus on the design of the piece in order to save time, money, material and labour”. This is why the idea of function over form is just as important as the notion of originality and technical innovation.

Interior Design Styles Explained: #4 Transitional Feb 23, 2018

Best described as “a new take on old classics”, Transitional Design is the art of mixing Traditional and Modern styles. Clean lines and rounded profiles are used to create the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy within the rooms.

The main differences between the contemporary and modern design is: in modern, the colours tend to lean toward naturals and neutrals, whereas  in contemporary, the colours can be quite bold. Also, modern design champions strong lines while contemporary emphasizes curves. These styles may be similar but they are in fact different and dynamic styles to creating a fantastic living space.

There’s much confusion over the design terms “Modern” and “Contemporary”; often being used interchangeably despite being two completely different decorating styles. Although it’s easy to understand how someone could be confused, there are many differences that can help you figure out the design style.

Interior Design Styles Explained: #5 Contemporary Mar 23, 2018

Contemporary Style became popular in the 70’s, and was originally thought to be simply a blend of styles before it became recognized as its own. This assumption arose because the style does borrow quite a few elements of different styles: Modernism and Postmodernism motifs can be seen as well as ideas from other styles like Art Deco, Deconstructive, Futurism and many more! Simply put, Contemporary Design is ever-changing. It is a style that is always ‘in the moment’; using what is popular or used right now.

For being a relatively new style, Modern Design has deep roots in both the German Bauhaus schools of design, and the Scandinavian beliefs of simplicity and function. It’s truly a style that’s saturated in history and significance, which is why it is widely considered a timeless design.

When we asked how he would describe the style, Kelly said that Modern Design is generally characterized by a clean look, with materials like polished metal, glass, molded plywood and plastics. In his exact words: “Today, designers like me, who have an affinity for modern design, utilize a variety of natural and new synthetic materials. A neutral colour palette is favoured, with walls often white and hints of colour used in moderation.”

Modern spaces tend to follow a very strict guideline; it is a design style that was created in the 1920′s – 1950′s and does not change. Contemporary spaces, on the other hand, have many variations in their interiors, changing constantly to stay on the cusp of current design trends. Also, unlike Modern Design’s preference for natural or neutral colours, Contemporary Design has no problem swinging from one extreme to the other on the colour scale.

The main thing that separates Modern Design from the other genres – Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and Victorian – is the opposition to highly ornate objects, intricately carved wood furniture and elaborately patterned fabrics.

Neutrals, blacks, and whites are the main colors in contemporary style interiors with bright and bold colours punching up the palette. Be sure to offset your bold colour accents with neutral tones. For example, if your walls are painted in a basic neutral, you have a wonderful backdrop for bold coloured accessories and vice versa.  

Both styles feature sofas, chairs and ottomans with exposed legs that help give the space a simple, uncluttered look as well as reflective surfaces such as exposed metals and glass. However, while Modern Design tends to favour keeping the space a little warmer, Contemporary Interiors celebrate a bold starkness with sparse décor.

Accessories are used sparingly in order to keep these rooms uncomplicated, drawing attention to the simplicity and sophistication of the design. This balance between straight, clean lines and ample, enticing furniture creates an inviting and uncluttered space that’s perfect for active households.

Try to take advantage of the structural elements in your space. Air ducts hanging from the ceiling, exposed plumbing pipes, and broken bricks are perfectly acceptable in a contemporary style interior; providing texture and stability. To draw the eye, you can paint these structural details in bold contrasting colors, or diminish them by painting them to blend with the walls.

Furniture pieces should make a bold statement but, at the same time, be a simple and uncluttered decoration. Upholstered furniture often has black, white, or other neutral tones with clean, geometrically-shaped pillows adding a shot of color and texture. Remember that in a Contemporary space less is more: furniture has no skirts, trim, fringe, or tassels. Get rid of cute and small; there is no room for ruffles, excessive carved details, or floral prints here. Think basic, bare, bold, and structural.

Unlike Traditional Design, which features big and ornate furniture pieces, Transitional Design uses pieces that, while inviting, do not overwhelm or take over the room. The furniture blends Traditional Design comfort and warmth with the clean profiles and understated colours of the Modern style. The push for comfort is also what separates Transitional from Modern Design styles. At its heart, this style is the incorporation of lines that are less ornate than Traditional Designs, but not as severely basic as Modern lines.

This is a great design style that ages incredibly well as it can be updated indefinitely to reflect current trends. It gives you the freedom to freshen the look of the space with little accents like new accessories while keeping big, costly furniture pieces untouched.

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