Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen
styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or
season. Today, modern
kitchens evoke clean lines and
simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space
for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in
transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary
space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen
to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for
creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own.
1. New elements of a
Regardless of the genre of
style, when we think about modern design, the first thing that comes
to mind is the use of new materials and incorporating new technology
into the space. There have been many advances in kitchen appliances and high-tech
accessories over the past few years. Easy updates in this realm are
stainless steel appliances that not only offer cutting-edge function
but also sleeker styles. In addition, modern kitchens often have
modernized sleek hardware and simple cabinet styles to keep up with a
clean design scheme that create a continuous flow with the dining
room. Think pulls rather than
knobs and silver rather than brushed bronze when it comes to your
Modern design is all about
keeping a clean space, so the use of custom storage solutions and
other accessories like under-cabinet lighting and hidden outlets not
only make your kitchen appear contemporary, but they also provide
better function. Again, the key is to place focus on the updated
materials, so limited use of decorative accessories help to keep the
style clean and open.
2. Modern kitchen
designs for small spaces
renovating and starting from scratch or just looking to refresh your
existing space, try maximizing your kitchen storage and efficiency
with these small-kitchen design ideas and space-saving design hacks
A small one-wall kitchen
doesn’t need to be the focal point of the space. Install folding
doors or panels to close it up when it’s not in use, it wille make
the most out of the small areas of your home.
Common in small bungalows,
a galley kitchen has a hallway-like layout with two parallel walls. Galley kitchens have a tendency to feel
cave-like, but removing the upper cabinetry and replacing it with
shelving can help open the space up. Limit tall storage to the pantry
area, where you can keep bulky items that you don’t use frequently,
rather than on the counter.
That extra surface area is
perfect for prep, but you’ll want it to be well-lit. Add a row of
striking pendant lights to brighten up the entire kitchen.
While some kitchen layouts
offer plenty of storage, all that cabinetry can make the space feel
dark and cramped. A coat of white paint can brighten up the room, and
exposed shelving will make it feel more open.
Even a small space can
look sleek and put together. Go for panel-ready appliances and match
them to the cabinetry and countertops for a modern kitchen.
3. Sleek materials for
your kitchen countertops
Modern kitchens are all
about simple designs that highlight the superior materials, so choose
a counter that works for your lifestyle and gets the job done the way
free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat
and impact resistant. Thanks to their non-porous surface, they also
don't need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in
a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz typically ranks close in
popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.
countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen's value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural
material, variation in the stone's pattern is common and, for most
people, adds to its appeal.
By far the most
budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a
resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural
stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost.
The current darling of the
design world, the gray-toned veining in marble isn't just
aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light
timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end
4. Modern kitchen
cabinet styles in color
The easiest way to pull
off a contemporary kitchen design is to update or
reface your cabinets with simple styles. The fun part about modern
style kitchens is that they typically pair simple cabinet door styles
with new colors.
Rather than opting for a
natural wood color like classic mahogany or hard rock narra, you can
go for something out of the ordinary, like a patterned or textured
look with two different colors. Another popular door color in
contemporary design is the use of gray. Whether it’s a light or a
dark gray, these fun door colors bring a new appeal to the space and
set your kitchen apart.
Reds, greens, oranges, and
blues also add pops of color to create the perfect contemporary look
to your kitchen. If you’re feeling playful, incorporate the
combination of barn red and sage green as accents to your cabinets.
Cool gray at hot orange also brings a good balance between the sleek
and bold character of your cabinets.
5. Wall décor ideas
for your modern kitchen
Personalize your space
with these simple and stylish wall decor ideas to bring a
contemporary feel to your kitchen. From artwork to accent walls,
there’s a tip for every taste.
Tile isn’t just for the
kitchen floor or the backsplash. Cover a wall with a graphic pattern
or a tile mural for a vibrant display that’s practically a work of
art. In fact, it’s easy to clean and maintain.
Open shelves can store
plates and glasses, but you can also take advantage of the empty
ledges by displaying interesting objects or colorful art. Try mixing
cookbooks, kitchen supplies, and decorative objects for a practical
yet stylish arrangement.
Any blank surface can
become an inspiring spot with the addition of a mural. Stencil or
hand paint a design on a wall or the kitchen island, or choose a
scenic wallpaper to give the look of a mural without the painstaking
A simple coat of paint on
one wall can transform an otherwise bland kitchen. Go for a bold
color to add impact to the space.
The ideas are endless when
it comes to mixing sleek and clean furniture and fixtures to create
the perfect modern kitchen for your home!