Contemporary Home Design: Why Contemporary & Modern Style is Always Best

Because there is a tendency within the wider Australian Housing Industry to use the terms ‘Contemporary Home Design’ and ‘Modern House Design’ in a rather random fashion, it is not unsurprising that we find a dazzling variety of mixed styles within our contemporary housing developments; and increasingly amongst the urban landscapes Small-Lot-House design of the inner city areas.

There is a good explanation for this; what we consider to be ‘modern’ is, in its broadest sense – relatively old – more than 130 years old – as a matter of fact.

The difference between Contemporary & Modern Home Design Styles.Stylistically, Modern House design was a break from the pre-Industrial past that began in the late 1800’s, and was given form by German and Scandinavian Designers with their emphasis on simplicity and function. It is still going strong, and sometimes older forms are barely distinguishable from the more recent examples of the genre.

Contemporary House Design on the other hand, became popular in the 1970’s and was originally a blend of styles, including elements of Modern House Design Styles, before it became a recognisable form of its own.

It was with the adoption of elements of more eclectic forms such as Art Deco, that it has  become literally focussed on the present, and acquired a functionality that is forward looking and extremely relevant to the modern lifestyle.

What has become noticeable in recent years is the prolific incorporation of what was once an Avant-garde break from the past into the Modern House Design framework, which causes it to be confused with Contemporary Home Design. Home Design Ideas, especially as it relates to exterior house design, that  we now regularly see, are a complete stylistic transformation of the Modern genre; rather than the neo-styles that proliferated before, such as the neo-colonial, neo-Victorian and neo-federation forms that are the backbone of our ‘character code’ residential neighbourhoods of the Inner City suburbs of our major cities.

This recent, but belated stylistic adoption has rather rapidly come up against the more forward looking ‘here-and-now’ emphasis of Contemporary House Design. So much so, that distinguishing between them has become difficult, as they blend into an even more pervasive ultra-contemporary style that is both exciting, and perplexing to the average new home owner.

Exacerbating this complexity is a vague sense of foreboding that it all will be a fashion; as in “go out of”; and that the ‘contemporary’ will date.

Modern_House_Design
Modern House Design & Contemporary. Nowadays the two styles meshed into one.

Fad vs. Trend

It is therefore important to emphasise the difference between a stylistic trend, and a fad in New Home Design.House design is all about the whole working together to serve your lifestyle. It functions as a composition, and each element draws on the functionality of the combination of all the various elements. This all-encompassing framework of the construction is referred to as the ‘style’ of the composition. Modern Lifestyles have changed dramatically over the past century, accelerating rapidly after the Second World War, which has in turn had an impact on House Design.The Modern Home Design style variations have reflected these changes. All of these changes:

  • Modern Plumbing
  • Informal living areas
  • Single occupant bedrooms
  • Rumpus rooms
  • Private alfresco dining areas
  • The disappearance of the formal lounge
  • Media Rooms
  • Studies; etc. …

… have been accompanied by facade modifications that are reflected the revised floorplan configurations.Similar misgivings were expressed at the time about ‘faddish’ style elements and whether they would stand the test of time.

A dispassionate examination of those misgivings however, would reveal that it was the pseudo ‘clinging onto’ of  what were considered to be ‘traditional styles’, as reflected in the neo-Colonial and neo-Federation Home Design ‘tack-on’ facades, that are proving to be the most discordant of the Modern Home Design Styles around. It is more than likely because many of these homes lack a compositional consistency.

That the primary facets of the overall style jar the senses because they seem contrived, and at odds with the overall lifestyle intention of the layout.

It is why the Federation style home is so often said to be ‘dated’; it is because many Federation Homes built during the 1990’s, lack the lifestyle layouts the 20thcentury’s Federation period, and were merely ‘facades’ in the true sense of the word … Fakes.

Contemporary House Design Styles – A genuine reflection of Modern House Design lifestyle choices. As we progress into the second decade of the 21st century, the changes lifestyles House design requirements are accelerating.

  • Demographics are now reflecting a remarkable variety in the make-up of household groups
  • Some rooms are definitely obsolete – think of the Study that was so prevalent in the late 20th century
  • The formal Lounge is now a distant memory
  • The alfresco space has become mandatory
  • And, the emergence and development of the Media Room portends that it will soon become the most used room in the home. A room that never existed 15 years ago is set to become the most important room in the home.

In every sense, we can say that the future is here, and that the safest way to ensure your home will never date, is to strive for compositional balance. It won’t always be new, but that way, it will always be stylish.’ and ‘Modern House Design’ in a rather random fashion, it is not unsurprising that we find a dazzling variety of mixed styles within our contemporary housing developments; and increasingly amongst the urban landscapes Small-Lot-House design of the inner city areas.There is a good explanation for this; what we consider to be ‘modern’ is, in its broadest sense – relatively old – more than 130 years old – as a matter of fact.The difference between Contemporary & Modern Home Design Styles.Stylistically, Modern House design was a break from the pre-Industrial past that began in the late 1800’s, and was given form by German and Scandinavian Designers with their emphasis on simplicity and function.

Example of Contemporary House Design Styling
Contemporary: A break from the past.

It is still going strong, and sometimes older forms are barely distinguishable from the more recent examples of the genre.Contemporary House Design on the other hand, became popular in the 1970’s and was originally a blend of styles, including elements of Modern House Design Styles, before it became a recognisable form of its own.

It was with the adoption of elements of more eclectic forms such as Art Deco, that it has  become literally focussed on the present, and acquired a functionality that is forward looking and extremely relevant to the modern lifestyle.

What has become noticeable in recent years is the prolific incorporation of what was once an Avant-garde break from the past into the Modern House Design framework, which causes it to be confused with Contemporary Home Design.

What we now regularly see, is a complete stylistic transformation of the Modern genre; rather than the neo-styles that proliferated before, such as the neo-colonial, neo-Victorian and neo-federation forms that are the backbone of our ‘character code’ residential neighbourhoods of the Inner City suburbs of our major cities.

This recent, but belated stylistic adoption has rather rapidly come up against the more forward looking ‘here-and-now’ emphasis of Contemporary House Design. So much so, that distinguishing between them has become difficult, as they blend into an even more pervasive ultra-contemporary style that is both exiting, and perplexing to the average new home owner.

Exacerbating this complexity is a vague sense of foreboding that it all will be a fashion; as in “go out of”; and that the ‘contemporary’ will date.Fad vs. TrendIt is important to emphasise the difference between a stylistic trend, and a fad in New Home Design.House design is all about the whole working together to serve your lifestyle.

It functions as a composition, and each element draws on the functionality of the combination of all the various elements. This all-encompassing framework of the construction is referred to as the ‘style’ of the composition. Modern Lifestyles have changed dramatically over the past century, accelerating rapidly after the Second World War, which has in turn had an impact on House Design.The Modern Home Design style variations have reflected these changes.

All of these changes:

  • Modern Plumbing
  • Informal living areas
  • Single occupant bedrooms
  • Rumpus rooms
  • Private alfresco dining areas
  • The disappearance of the formal lounge
  • Media Rooms
  • Studies; etc. …

… have been accompanied by façade modifications that reflected the revised floorplan configurations.Similar misgivings were expressed at the time about ‘faddish’ style elements that would, or would not, stand the test of time.

A dispassionate examination of those misgivings however, would reveal that it was the pseudo ‘clinging onto’ of  what were considered to be ‘traditional styles’, as reflected in the neo-Colonial and neo-Federation Home Modern House Design circa 1939Design ‘tack-on’ facades, that are proving to be the most discordant of the Modern Home Design Styles around.

It is more than likely because many of these homes lack a compositional consistency, and the primary facets of the overall style jar the senses, because they seem contrived, and at odds with the overall lifestyle intention of the layout. It is why the Federation style home is so often said to be ‘dated’; it is because many Federation Homes built during the 1990’s, lack the lifestyle layouts the 20thcentury’s Federation period, and were merely ‘facades’ in the true sense of the word … Fakes.

Contemporary House Design: A genuine Reflection of Modern House Design Lifestyle Choice.As we progress into the second decade of the 21stcentury, the changes lifestyles House design requirements are accelerating.

  • Demographics are now reflecting a remarkable variety in the make-up of household groups
  • Some rooms are definitely obsolete – think of the Study that was so prevalent in the late 20th century
  • The formal Lounge is now a distant memory
  • The alfresco space has become mandatory
  • And, the emergence and development of the Media Room portends that it will soon become the most used room in the home. A room that never existed 15 years ago is set to become the most important room in the home.

The future is here, in every sense, and the safest way to ensure your home will never date, is to strive for compositional balance. It won’t always be new, but that way, it will always be stylish.