If high-tech appliances, cutting-edge storage and the
layered look appeal to you, a contemporary kitchen may be right up your alley
As discussed in our story on modern kitchens, it can be hard to distinguish
between modern and contemporary. "Contemporary" typically means of
the moment or current, the design of right now.
Contemporary kitchens can be modern as well, but they can also have elements of
other styles. When I think of what makes a kitchen contemporary
, it most often
includes cutting-edge design and technology and use of new trends and
materials. 1. Cutting-edge appliances
been a technology race in almost every industry since we put a man on the moon,
from spaceships to cars to appliances. Engineers are looking for better
performance, lighter materials, durability and advanced features. Gone are the
pink ovens of the 1950s and the avocado or harvest-gold appliances of the
1970s. Now it's all about sleek, stylish and high-functioning electronics in
the world of appliances: built-in coffee makers, high-performance hoods,
induction cooktops and more.2. Old materials used in a new way.
Contemporary design is often know to push the boundaries of what we know. Sure,
everyone knows concrete sidewalks and glass windows, but what about concrete or
glass countertops in kitchens? New and improved products are added to the
marketplace every day. From concrete to glass to solid-surface materials like
quartz, which tries to achieve the look of natural stone without the
maintenance concerns, there are more options for homeowners than ever before.
3. Extensive options for backsplashes.
In a pure modern kitchen you
might see a full-height marble or concrete backsplash with little
ornamentation, but in contemporary kitchens there's often a lot of pattern.
Glass tiles are a favorite, as are mosaic, stone and ceramic. Contemporary
kitchens often exude personality and let homeowners really express themselves
through the use of different materials, and the backsplash is a great place to
4. Updated accents and accessories.
From aluminum appliances and
hidden outlets to new options in glass-front doors and under-cabinet lighting,
today's contemporary kitchen takes advantage of every new gadget, convenience
and product available.
5. A mix of materials, shapes and scale.
One of the biggest telltale
signs of a contemporary kitchen
is the use of multiple, layered
materials with lots of pattern and texture. Modern kitchens
tend to be more restrained and lack
ornamentation. Here we have various types of wood and stone, shifting planes of
countertops, round lights contrasting the rectilinear elements and even some
pattern in the fabric on the chairs.
6. Bar stools and decorative lighting.
When a modern kitchen is more
adorned with texture and pattern, it goes contemporary. The glass tile,
concrete countertops, whimsical lighting and bar stools add another layer.
Article credit: Rebekah Zaveloff