Contemporary kitchen design
Contemporary design is not only about being modern, it is about “living at the moment” and, to some extent, even what is projected into the future. It borrows freely from other design styles and uses materials, products and finishes that have often only recently been developed and which are in vogue right now. To illustrate the point, if you bought a house that was built in the past fifty years or so, and which has not been recently remodelled or renovated, you might very well have a modern kitchen, but it won’t necessarily be contemporary.
Contemporary style is more fluid than any of the others and is constantly evolving. It tends to take inspiration and styling cues from different eras, often combining them in either harmony or contrast.
Styles embrace similar concepts to modern design, by using natural materials, but they would often be paired with the latest concrete, steel, glass, solid surface, quartz or other industrial-inspired elements.
Decorative pieces usually focus more on form and aesthetic charm, than on function. Example could be a sculpture or furniture formed from the same solid surface material as the worktops, fashioned faucets and taps, or curved/shaped/formed worktops.
As a variation, contemporary kitchen might have a bold starkness in them in terms of monochromatic black and white combinations, although it may also swing from one extreme to the other on the colour palette. Worktops in natural stone, solid surface in a large variety of colours and textures, quartz, highly polished solid wood, or glass lend themselves perfectly to a contemporary design.
The style blends comfort and sophistication with a fresh look and feel. Designs are usually curvier and more organic, particularly in silhouette, to offset the starkness of colour, than those in a modern design. Integrated basins, arches, curvier backsplashes and downturns and end design on worktops can create endless possibilities.
Metals, such as nickel, stainless steel, gold, silver, and chrome are also popular, often combined with quartz, glass or crystal.
It tends to stick to a stricter monochromatic combination of black & white and grey, but other brighter colours can be brought in, although they are usually pure and saturated tones like indigo, red, and orange. Modern worktops materials such as solid surface and quartz, have developed vivacious colours perfectly suited to a contemporary kitchen.