You don’t have to be a design aficionado to know clean, sleek furniture and design are all the rage these days. But discerning whether a piece is minimalist, modern, or contemporary? Now, that’s another story.
Chances are you’ve been using minimalist, modern, and contemporary interchangeably for years, without thinking twice about whether or not they’re the same. It’s okay, you’re not alone.
“It’s pretty easy to understand why people would have trouble differentiating these styles,” says Kita Marie Williams, interior designer and CEO of KMW Interiors. “All three styles use cleaner lines and simpler forms than traditional furnishings and decor. All three are much less ornate and use more purely geometric lines.”
Sure, the three styles may look the same, but there are small, historical differences between them. So we asked Williams to break it down for us, and here’s what she had to say:
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