The highly coveted contemporary kitchen combines the form and function of the modernist design movement with the warmth of classic traditional or transitional ideas. Use our style guides for tips on how to create the ideal contemporary kitchen!
What is a contemporary kitchen?
Though often used interchangeably with modern, contemporary is its own design style identified by its blending of modern and traditional features. Contemporary kitchens take the functionality, clean lines and sleek, clutter-free look of modern designs and add the warm, classic elements and cabinetry styles of more transitional or traditional kitchens.
Color and Texture
Contemporary kitchens often feature neutral color palettes with high contrast; dark gray or navy cabinets, for instance, may be paired with white granite or marble counter tops. Where modern kitchens tend to be more restrained, contemporary kitchens layer patterns and texture to add ornamentation and character. Combining metal, wood or tile accents helps to create contrast, define focal points and blend design styles. Juxtaposing smooth stainless steel appliances against butcher block counters or a rustic tile back splash is one way to give your kitchen this sleek yet livable look.
Counter tops and Islands
Stainless steel, butcher block and granite counter tops are all popular in contemporary kitchens, as are modern metal or wood island stools. Keep your island sleek and clean with pop-up hidden outlets or custom pull-outs.
Keep your kitchen feeling open and airy with recessed lighting. Over the island, add unique statement light fixtures like modern pendants or a classic glass chandelier to brighten up your eating area and add a touch of personal flair.
Traditional or transitional cabinetry is most common in contemporary kitchen designs. Open shelving is rare, as it takes away from the sleek, modern look. Use full wood cabinets to hide unsightly clutter, but consider clear glass inserts to display your favorite ceramic ware or statement pieces.
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