When you think of the words ‘contemporary kitchen’ you may well envision images of sleek, minimal spaces featuring the latest high-tech gadgetry, clutter-free worktops and open-plan spaciousness. While these certainly play their part, they shouldn’t be seen as exclusive or as the only ways to create a kitchen that is thoroughly modern.
Above all, a contemporary kitchen should be designed to be functional, comfortable and stylish; a space that is perfect for cooking, dining and enjoying time together with family and friends. A kitchen designed to suit a modern way of living. Take inspiration from the following design ideas and create a contemporary kitchen that you will love spending time in.
Keep it simple
Opting for a single colour palette works well in the contemporary space, where less is most definitely more. An all-white kitchen shouts modern, but over larger areas can appear quite stark and cold, so we suggesting adding warmth by combining white walls and furniture with nature-inspired materials.
A marble-effect worktop like Calacatta Quartz, for example, or one with contemporary base tones like Grey Shimmer adds a touch of visual interest and creates a homely feel, particularly when combined with materials like wood for extra warmth and character. Using white as your base colour will help to maximise light and works wonders at making small spaces look and feel much bigger. It’s also the perfect base for layering up with texture and pattern on your worktops, splashbacks and even the kitchen floor. Don’t be afraid to add pops of vibrant colour too – think colourful bar stools or a few jazzy accessories that can be easily changed over time.
Classically-modern is on trend
We often think of cabinetry in the contemporary kitchen as having to be sleek, glossy and handle-free, but how about Shaker-style as a classic twist? This is the perfect style option for creating a contemporary setting that won’t date too quickly, as its elegance is timeless. And by choosing Shaker-style furniture in an on-trend colourway you can create the perfect classically-modern vibe.
Consider a Shaker-style door with a handle-free feature or painted in a dark shade, perhaps teamed with some trendy tiles or worktops and you may just begin to think differently about this traditional idea.
Finishing off in style
The type of finish you opt for on your kitchen furniture can have a big impact on the overall contemporary-feel of the space. Matt-effect finishes are particularly on trend currently, creating an effortlessly sleek and sophisticated look. And don’t rule out high gloss either. Again, this is the ideal choice for reflecting light around the room and creates a clean, stylish look that is hard to beat in the contemporary home. Don’t be afraid to mix things up though – adding in a work surface in a tactile natural finish and brushed-effect brassware will achieve an eclectic look that is all your own.
Make it social
A lot about creating the perfect contemporary kitchen comes down to catering to how we use the space in these modern times. The kitchen is now so often the very hub of our homes, a place for families to come together and for friends to gather. Fixtures like kitchen islands, complete with a few bar stools, wine coolers and even a cocktail bar will ensure your contemporary kitchen works on every level as the entertainment hub of your home.
Turn your walls into a feature
Choose a bright splashback in a contrasting colour or pattern as a splashback to break up an otherwise plain interior. Open shelving is also a very contemporary way of adding extra storage and personality at the same time. The perfect place to display photos, plants, cookbooks and your favourite crockery, this is also a great way to divide up large spaces without losing the sense of flow in open-plan kitchens.