Modern style furnishings and decor celebrate natural materials, neutral or earthy colors, and the elimination of unnecessary detailing. It uses monochromatic colors whilst contemporary style has a wide range and variety of colors.
The typical characteristics - mainly structural elements ( concrete and beams) are often left exposed, emphasis on horizontal and vertical lines with fewer curves, lack of fluff, low, horizontal furnishing with clean lines, a celebration of natural light with unadorned windows, natural materials such as unpainted wood, metals, leather and natural fibers, neutral/ natural color palettes, reflective surfaces such as steel, chrome or glass and natural woods and wood veneers.
Modern architecture and interior design both operate on the principal. The form follows function. Buildings and furniture are first and foremost practical rather than ornamental. Modern style strives to be honest and straightforward without embellishment. Modern is a broad term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple color palette, and the use of materials that can include metal, glass, and steel. Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element including furniture. A word that is commonly used to describe the modern style is sleek.