A contemporary home reflects the current style, which in this case would be 21st-century architecture and design.

Contemporary Style homes are modern-era houses and became popular in the 1960s and 1970s.

A few defining characteristics tie this style of home together such as an irregular, asymmetrical façade, an open floor plan, and mixed materials on the exterior of wood and stone.

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What is Contemporary Style?

A contemporary home reflects the current style, which in this case would be 21st-century architecture and design. It’s evolutionary, meaning it changes and grows as we do, constantly adapting to what’s new, intriguing, and trending in the world of home design. Because the concept of a contemporary home is so fluid, it often overlaps with other interior design styles. For example, today’s contemporary homes present many similar elements of modern boho, farmhouse, and mid-century modern design—serving as a testament to the trending nature of these styles.


History of Contemporary Style

The era of contemporary architecture is generally thought to have begun sometime after the modern period of the rough first half of the 20th century and the postmodern period that was a reaction to it beginning in the 1960s and continuing through to the ’90s. Therefore, buildings from the late 20th century to the present might be considered works of contemporary architecture.

Some notable contemporary 21st-century architects include Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Santiago Calatrava, and the late Zaha Hadid,

  1. Irregular, asymmetrical façade
    Asymmetrical patterns provide an element of surprise and interest. A Contemporary house may have bump-outs and walls on several planes for visual interest.
  2. Open Floor Plan
    Clean lines and open spaces – these words describe modern houses. When looking at modern floor plans, you’ll notice the uninterrupted flow from room to room as every plan is designed with form and functionality in mind.
  3. A mixture of Wood and Stone Exterior
    Wood, stone, metal, and gray paint are popular contemporary building materials. This combination especially complements contemporary architecture that uses lots of straight lines, but it can also give an older home a contemporary flair.


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