How to Create a Contemporary Look in Your Kitchen
Neutral colors and a modern look are all the rage in kitchens today, but how do you create a contemporary looking kitchen that doesn't look stark? Minimalist doesn't have to mean boring, and it can still be inviting to your family and guests. Keep reading for insider tips on designing the modern kitchen of your dreams.
Keep Colors Light
Modern design is often centered around a light and basic color to contribute to the open, airy feel. Natural materials are allowed to show their beauty without multiple design elements fighting for attention. Modern kitchens tend to feature a pop of color or interest but are often decorated mostly in shades of white or off-white for the sake of simplicity. While not all contemporary kitchens are white, there is a definite tendency towards that direction. The light colors open up the space and allow for visual interest in other design elements.
Bold, Horizontal Lines
Modern doesn't always equate to stark, but there is a definite leaning towards long, bold horizontal lines and framing. Designers and homeowners can create this look in a variety of ways such as open shelving, rectangular mosaic backsplash tiles that are long and skinny instead of square or leaving the hardware off of cabinetry. Contemporary styling often includes a layered look that takes full advantage of creative textures and patterns. Wood floors, cabinets, chairs, marble and even the ceiling can add to the strong horizontal structure of the room.
Full Overlay Cabinet Construction
Frameless cabinets, also known as full overlay custom cabinets, are used in modern kitchens as they present a sleek and seamless style that blends well with the modern or contemporary kitchen. With a true frameless cabinet, the face frame is completely invisible, yet spacing is still consistent between doors and drawers -- and even between the cabinets themselves. You can identify a full overlay cabinet easily because when the doors are closed, you will not be able to see the frame at all.
Modern kitchens are often differentiated by a simplicity of style, and that continues to the accent pieces. Stools, lighting and chairs are all taken into consideration by designers to create just the right look for your home. Bringing in some elements of the rest of the home can help pull together a home that is designed in a different style with a contemporary kitchen. You also may notice an overall lack of ornamentation in modern kitchens with a lack of highly-reflective surfaces.
Are you ready to speak with an expert about creating a contemporary look? Contact Kitchen Tune-Up today! You can even use our online design tool to find just the right look for your space. When you're ready to get started, give us a call at 1-800-333-6385 to find the location nearest you.