Modern, Minimalism, & Contemporary Differences

Last week we covered what minimalism is when used in a home. Now we will explain what the difference is between modern, minimalist, and contemporary.


The Modern style is a reflection of the pre-Industrial Revolution trends in the 20th century, typically seen anywhere from the 1920-50s. This was also the predecessor of the minimalist movement in the 1950s. The Modern style era consisted of machine-made and mass-produced furniture of mid-century modern designers Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, and Le Corbusier.

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Minimalism is all the rage nowadays, with many folks pairing down and decluttering their spaces. This movement focuses on the “less is more” principle, allowing for more functional items to be kept and used as decorative and useful pieces. Efficiency, productivity, and functionality are what characterizes this style.


The term “contemporary” is more of a description of the current and popular fads and trends, such as the concealed hood ranges and open shelving. These trends and fads only last for a short while before the next set becomes popular, typically drawing on other eras and styles for inspiration. However trendy the contemporary style is, it is still considered a clean style with just the right amount of decoration to be fashionable.

Characteristics of a Minimalist Kitchen

Minimalist kitchens are very easy to spot as most of the typical traits are highly visible. Here are some of the most noticeable traits when it comes to identifying and creating this style.

When walking into a Minimalist kitchen, the most observable characteristic in this style is the lack of clutter. In these types of kitchens, everything has a purpose and a place to live, generally behind cabinet doors and off the countertops. If they don’t have a use and have rarely been used, like duplicate gadgets, bread makers that haven’t seen the light of day for years, most of the mugs in the collection in the cupboard, etc., they are decluttered. The rest of the necessary kitchen items are then stored away in cabinets or sparingly on the countertops in a way that utilizes all the space fully and creatively.

Next month we will continue discussing more of the notable traits in a Minimalist kitchen when designing and identifying this style.

Continue to read Minimalist Style Kitchen Part 3.

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