Contemporary kitchen, Modern kitchen…..same type of kitchen, right?
Wrong – although often categorised as the same type of kitchen.
Let’s get this cleared up and explain what exactly makes a contemporary kitchen. In it’s most fundamental form a contemporary kitchen style can be determined as ‘of-the-moment’ design, which means that is it in the most current-day style. By today’s standard a ‘contemporary kitchen’ means, clutter-free, open and airy spaces with hints of bold striking colour, usually accessories and technology!
How do you create the perfect contemporary kitchen?
Where to start? Colour! Neutral colours lead the way in a contemporary space and stand the test of time, colour can be the quickest way to date a room as colour changes come in and out fashion quickly. Using muted tones does tend to sit with the modern design, however, whites are replaced with creams, beiges and off-whites, giving your area more of a warm feel to your space – often contemporary kitchen designs will be complemented with muslin or taupe materials.
Recently we have seen a transition in contemporary kitchen styles with the use of darker colours on the shadowy spectrum, think, dove greys, slate, charcoals and midnight blues. Bold and bright pops of colour can be added to enhance the effectiveness of the contemporary kitchen colour and design.
Contemporary kitchen design uses a combination of materials mixing and matching natural materials with metals, giving a highly effective contrast between textures. The use of timber in a contemporary kitchen is still very popular (like most kitchen designs) and it is very common to pair rough materials such as concrete with more luxurious, high-shine metals.
Create softer lines, geometric shapes remain extremely popular and are a strong inspiration in contemporary design, it is used more often than not to create a softer aesthetic within a space. Contemporary cabinets welcome curved doors and rounded edges as well as more angular features in contrast to modern kitchen design cabinets which have 90-degree corners and sharp angles. Form is more fluid with a contemporary kitchen, with more flowing transitions between open-plan kitchens and dining/lounge areas.
Finally, you have to consider the technology you use in your contemporary kitchen because let’s be honest, technology is now a huge part of any modern or contemporary kitchen design. With the rise of the Internet of Things, modern-day appliances have been created to assist us with our day to day living. From smart fridges which detect the type of items stored in it and keep track of important details such as expiry and usage. These refrigerators work on a barcode or RFID system whereby they collect the batch and manufacture detail directly from the Internet, to hidden speakers, recessed lighting and lighting controlled via an app on your phone or through a ‘home voice assistant’ to integrated extractor fans and built-in worktop grills. Contemporary kitchens are designed to make your life easier.
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