Traditional vs Contemporary: What Furniture Style is Better for Your Office?

Traditional VS Contemporary Office Furniture: What's better for your office?

If there was ever a debate between the office furniture traditionalists and the contemporary converts, it might sound something like this:

“I like Traditional Furniture…

It feels like REAL furniture. The Googles of the world may have their all-glass offices with stark white desks and paper thin laptops, but I need something substantial. There is something about a piece of nice, solid furniture with a dark wood grain and shimmering veneer that just feels REAL and says “This is a place of business.”

Business is serious. Our clients pay us to work, and I want them to see this is a real place of business with real work and serious meetings taking place. Offices and conference rooms are where big decisions are made and weighty discussions take place; I want the furniture to reflect that.

There is nothing wrong with an “upscale” look. Isn’t “executive” a good thing? Having a classy office doesn’t make us look stuffy – it says my business is successful and that we take our work seriously.”

What We Say:

Despite the contemporary furniture trends you see in retail stores, the style of furniture we typically call “traditional” is still very much a mainstay of business interiors.

1. Darker finishes are popular again, in both traditional and contemporary furniture styles. That ever-present “medium oak” finish that was part of more contemporary furniture for many years has been discontinued by many manufacturers. Magazines are showcasing dark walnut cabinets. These trends have crossed over into the office setting to project a more ‘demure’ workplace.

2. Formal settings call for serious business furniture. Traditional furniture is still being used in many formal settings like financial institutions, law offices and executive suites. Furniture that appears more upscale still reflects the “financially successful” appearance these businesses prefer.

3. Residential and rustic mean traditional is really in. You’ve seen chairs with decorative details like nailhead trim and tufting used to give a rustic appearance or luxurious feel when used with leather upholstery. These higher-end touches are another reminder of traditional furniture’s place in our industry.

“I like Contemporary Furniture…

It’s simple and low-key. Clean lines and low-maintenance finishes are important in our fast-paced workplace. I don’t need a lot of big heavy pieces of furniture that are hard to reconfigure or difficult to match later on.

Business is change. I like furniture that reminds my clients we stay on the cutting edge, constantly moving forward and adapting to meet their needs. We want to project the image of our business as a catalyst. Brainstorming and collaborating are vital to what we do, so I want comfortable, inspiring furniture that keeps the creative juices flowing during meetings and team sessions.

So what if I like having the “trendy” look? My office is a reflection of my contemporary tastes, and I like that it’s the same style I see at Target or Ikea, but with the professional edge of office furniture. It’s a breath of fresh air and gives our office a more open feel.”

What We Say:

Contemporary furniture is a popular option in many offices today. By the very nature of the term, furniture that is considered “contemporary” changes with time, and right now, it encompasses a wide range of features and looks. Here is why it could be a good option for you:

1. A wide range of colors and finishes provides endless options. It doesn’t have to look like a space station – your Perry Office Plus Furniture Consultant can help you design a contemporary space that is also warm, inviting… and yes, serious.

2. It offers increased team opportunities. Many contemporary lines make it possible to create unique seating arrangements and shared workspaces that allow for better teamwork and collaboration — both scheduled and impromptu — while still catering to the individual.

3. You can change things up and even go mobile. The modular nature of most contemporary furniture makes it easy to reconfigure and rearrange when your office grows or changes. The more readily available options to add power and data access points helps with cable management and offers convenient landing spots for your more mobile staff members.

4. It can be a healthier way to work. Contemporary styles are usually the first to pick up on the latest ergonomic trends that can benefit the health of office workers.

The Final Word
Don’t worry – you’re both right. It’s all about YOUR workplace and what works for you and your team. And when you have a Perry Office Plus Furniture Consultant at your side, choosing the best option is easier than ever. We serve all of Central Texas! Call (800) 234-6605 or email

About Perry Office Plus
We're Central Texas' largest independent office products & furniture dealer and have been locally owned and operated since our establishment in 1920. Visit our website to shop for all your office supplies and call any of our fantastic Customer Service Reps if you have any questions or need help with your office products.

One Response to Traditional vs Contemporary: What Furniture Style is Better for Your Office?

  1. Aarsun Woods says:

    Amazing creativity !!! These traditional looks so awesome and enhance the look of any place.


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