Traditional vs contemporary furniture


Whether you’re more inclined towards contemporary or traditional interiors, your home is a reflection of your personality. And so, the style of the furniture you choose plays a pivotal role in defining that. Most furniture can be divided into two categories, traditional or contemporary. Now I'm sure you've heard these terms being thrown around before, but what exactly do they mean? Well, let's figure that out together today!


Traditional furniture:

Classic styles are just that, classic. Traditional furniture pieces have stood the test of time and will always hold a certain appeal because of their excellent craftsmanship. Traditional pieces also pull on our nostalgic strings – they feel familiar, like something we grew up with, instantly making a house feel like a home.

Traditional furniture is often associated with over-sized, over-bearing and overly decorative furniture. This may have been the case back in the beginning of the 20th century when most of this style developed but more and more these days, traditional furniture is being designed to be more compatible with our 21st century lifestyles. Softer curves, subtler patterns and controlled carvings make modern-day traditional furniture lighter and easier to incorporate into our everyday lives.

Some traditional pieces may not be as practical as more modern pieces as they do tend to be a bit larger in size and may not offer as much functionality but traditional furniture does have its perks. Traditional designs tend to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere and furniture that features elaborate decorations and embellishments also gives the home or office a touch of luxury.


Contemporary furniture:

Options are endless when it comes to contemporary furniture pieces as retailers have cottoned onto the fact that increasingly more people are gravitating towards this look. Contemporary designs ensure that the pieces can be personalised to your individual space and requirements.

Our busy day-to-day lives mean we want simple interiors that are easy on the eye, low maintenance and adaptable to changing circumstances. Modern sofas are a perfect example of this, where one couch can serve several purposes – robust materials mean it can handle mess from kids and pets and pieces can be personalised to your individual space and requirements. Added pieces such as ottomans create extra seating for guests or a place to kick up your feet when watching a movie and reclining backrests mean your sofa can offer a truly comfortable place to relax and unwind.


Where two worlds collide

It may seem like you are limited to only one of the two styles mentioned above, but it is not as clear cut as that. If you’re struggling to choose between contemporary and traditional because you love both looks, then combine the two. 

Combining old and new is a popular décor trend nowadays – the two different styles can play off each other perfectly. The elaborate detailing, lavish textures and shapely curves of traditional furniture can effortlessly offset the clean lines and masculine textures inherent in modern pieces.