Some people are drawn to cool colors, clean lines and simple shapes that depict a modern style decor.
But they also want their kitchen to feel cozy and inviting. So we help them plan a warm contemporary kitchen.
A contemporary kitchen is clean lines with not a lot of decorative features. Classic choices include white, cream, tan, beige, gray and black, or a mix of these colors. Colour pallets are more monochromatic and patterns tend to be minimal or uniform.
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A contemporary look that is also warm requires attention to balance, proportion, combinations of finishes, colors, textures, that bring a space to life.
Cabinets: If you have a slab door, that is a contemporary kitchen look. A slab door or drawer is flat, in one piece, without trims or frills. It can lay over the cabinet, but sometimes it is set into the cabinet frame in a construction method known as inset. In terms of colors and finishes, these cabinets may be white and glossy or matte and flat, and made from wood or a variety of laminates. Many finishes can work.
Sometimes shaker-style doors might be an option for a contemporary kitchen, but is a better fit for transitional or traditional kitchens.
Cabinet pulls: Contemporary kitchens cabinets often don’t have knobs or pulls. Designers can use press-touch technology or simple streamlined bar pulls can work with the other elements of the kitchen. Stainless steel or matte black, also white or chrome pulls.
Placed horizontally makes for a contemporary look and allows for uniformity, whether the cabinet opens to the left or the right. Making them oversized also creates a contemporary look, 8 to 12 inches looks more modern than 4 to 5 inches.
Island: A popular look in contemporary kitchens is an island with a waterfall edge, which is when the counter material continues along the short edge of the island, like a waterfall tumbling off a cliff.
Flooring: Concrete, or materials that look like concrete, is great for a contemporary kitchen, but there are many floor types that can work as well. Pattern in contemporary floors tends to be subtle or nonexistent. Oversize tile in concrete or porcelain can work, as can hardwoods.
Countertops and backsplash: In contemporary kitchens, the countertops and backsplash are frequently made of the same material, too much pattern in a natural material, could pull the kitchen into a different design direction. Countertop finishes are either shiny or matte.
The backsplash doesn’t always have to be the same as the countertop. There are so many options, glass tiles with clean lines can make for a contemporary look, as can more contemporary ceramic tiles or even a stone if it’s more uniform-looking.
Appliances and fixtures: Today, range hoods as well as appliances tend to have sleek, clean lines. Faucets tend to be clean and sleek as well, often in stainless steel or matte black.