Traditional vs Modern: Understanding Your Design Preferences

Understanding your modern and traditional design preferences is integral to successful interior design and home renovation projects.

While some prefer a classic and traditional look throughout their home, others may favour more contemporary design. Design preferences are entirely a matter of personal choice, with no design being deemed right or wrong.

Many interior design projects often use elements of both traditional and modern design. But it takes a deep understanding of design elements and styles to bring them together with seamless cohesion.

Tastefully Traditional

Traditional design is a popular choice among many home owners. The idea of ‘traditional’ design will often differ depending what country you live in, as well as your culture. Generally speaking, traditional design presents a timeless, classic aesthetic, and uses rich, dark colours.

Creating a home with traditional appeal often includes the use of dark woods in the flooring and furniture. Traditional textile patterns include plaids, paisleys, florals and stripes. Traditional design incorporates a lot of detail, often in a way which has a cosy appeal to it.

traditional architecture

Modern Moods

Modern interior design is all about bold colours, rigid structures, sleek finishes, open spaces and muted tones. In architecture, modern homes often feature many elements of intentional asymmetry.

One of the most important aspects of contemporary design is minimalism. This means that spaces are free from trinkets and clutter.

modern architecture

Where Do Design Preferences Come From?

Design preferences depend heavily on what you have been exposed to. Design preferences may develop in childhood, but there is no clear-cut answer for why we are attracted to certain styles.

It’s important to remember that it is not just traditional and modern design elements that can be used in your home, there is bohemian, cottage core, minimalism, industrial, and so many more! It’s advisable to take the time to learn about different aesthetics and find what really speaks to you.

Whatever your personal preferences may be, the professional interior designers at Design Scapes are able to help you refine your vision and create a space that is practical, appealing, and true to your personal taste.

To work with one of the leading interior design firms in Africa, get in touch with our team of professionals in Durban and Cape Town on 031 566 1221 or via email to info@dscape.co.za

Share your thoughts

No Comments

Leave a Comment: