If you love interior design, and architectural design, terminology matters. Blue is not just blue, it may be cerulean or royal. Modern and Contemporary are easily misunderstood terms. Modern & Midcentury Modern refer to the clean lined, balanced style that developed during the 20th century, which included Bauhaus, Eames, & Scandinavian aesthetics. Contemporary design fluid, it’s what’s happening now, not tied to one particular time period or style.