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A Short Primer on the Contemporary Style Kitchen Design

For homeowners who prefer to live in the moment, a contemporary style kitchen design couldn’t be any more appropriate. Its "clean and simple” philosophy keeps one of the most important rooms of the home, “in the now”.

A contemporary style for your kitchen should be built with a strong emphasis on both line and form — within ample space (typically structured by an open floor plan) that is naturally lit and devoid of clutter. This is not to say that a contemporary kitchen style needs to be cold and boring. The opposite is true, especially when texture and warmth are introduced with items like interesting tiles or are dark hardwood floors.

Not to be mistaken with the “modern” kitchen style — arising in the early 20th century — which is less subjective in terms of what elements should be incorporated, “contemporary” design is all about what is going on right now.

Today’s contemporary kitchen is better equipped than ever, but it does not have to sacrifice atmosphere or style for efficiency. While its technology delivers first-class service to the myriad needs of contemporary families, it can still be personal and inviting as every other room in the house.

With economy of design, the contemporary style kitchen converts normally “dead’ space into innovative, usable work and storage areas. Materials like thin but durable laminates and the development of Eurostyle flush-mounted cabinets with concealed hinges and touch-latch closures have played a major role in giving kitchens a seamless, “fitted” look.

White is the color of choice, but to avoid what could be construed as a lack of warmth, natural light is maximized via skylights and reflective surfaces like ceramic tile, stainless steel, and glass.

Even with its high degree of organization and coordination appearance, the contemporary kitchen style leaves plenty of room for you to personalize the scheme.

By using different surfaces such as tile, plastic laminates, wood, marble, and granite in the same palette, and introducing bold touches of color — in a backsplash design, a cheerful pottery collection, or even a few potted plants — sleek contemporary can be as warm and inviting as it is cool and efficient.

Choose a contemporary style kitchen design if you enjoy efficiency, loath clutter and are prepared to put in the work to keep metal gleaming, wood oiled and surfaces clear.


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