Each type of kitchen style or theme has a few hallmarks that designers and DIYers alike can call out. These distinguished features range from more concrete additions like kitchen cabinets and flooring, to less permanent components like décor and paint colors. For contemporary kitchens these are some of the common characteristics that we often see and almost always love.
Glass Tile Backsplash
While there are ample backsplash options that would work in a contemporary kitchen there is something so chic about a glass tile backsplash in a neutral color. We see white, light taupe, and gray used frequently, mostly for its streamline effect. A backsplash in these faint colors doesn’t call for your attention like many backsplashes do. The finished product is an understated but beautiful addition to a contemporary kitchen, and an easy way to stay on track with your up-to-date theme.
Dark Kitchen Cabinets
In the same way light colors seem open and airy, dark colors feel personal and intimate. Since contemporary kitchens tend to lack obvious character, their personality is found through simplistic design and an artistic approach to more traditional functions. In regards to cabinetry, there is definitely a preference towards dark kitchen cabinets when executing a contemporary design. Dark cabinets are dramatic and provide a strong visual contrast to other elements in the room such as the walls and flooring. Dark chocolate and espresso finishes also look stunning next to the sleek, stainless steel appliances that are mainstays in modern kitchens.
Your cabinet knobs and pulls can make or break your kitchen theme. In contemporary kitchens, that means hardware that is sleek and subtle. This is one time when less is definitely more. Go with smooth edges like seen in the Verona Collection or Torino Collection from Elements by Hardware Resource. Both speak to simplicity, with a cool and modern feel that will enhance any contemporary style of cabinetry
Clutter Free Countertops
Where a cottage, vintage, or even traditional style kitchen might benefit from odd and ends strewn about — a contemporary kitchen most definitely does not. Contemporary design is all about minimalism, and that goes for clutter as well! Don’t go crazy with décor and keep clutter at bay with ample storage. Drawer and cabinet organizers are a great way to give everything its place, and make finding stuff a whole lot easier too. Installing a kitchen island is another way to amp up storage space, and can even offer a discreet placement for your dishwasher or wine fridge.
Elements of Surprise
Contemporary kitchens often include somewhat of a shock value. We see it in many clever ways, such as the aforementioned hidden kitchen island appliances, or more blatant technological advances. From smart kitchens that can be turned on with the swipe of your phone to refrigerators that can brew coffee, a contemporary kitchen is typically also a technologically savvy one. Maybe it is simply a commonality between owners of modern homes — a lover of contemporary design is usually also a fan of technology. Either way, we rarely come across a contemporary kitchen that doesn’t boast some sort of element of surprise.
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