The Essential Elements of a Contemporary Kitchen



The kitchen isn’t just for preparing and cooking meals. Many times, it’s also where you eat, do homework with your kids, entertain guests and sometimes even where you work. 

If you think it’s time to give the heart of your home a refresh, why not go contemporary? Kitchens in this style are sleek, sophisticated, practical and functional. Keep reading for helpful interior remodeling tips. 

Know the Basics

Linear, geometric themes are among the most common characteristics of contemporary kitchens. They often have minimalistic cabinets and moldings with only subtle ornamentation. These kitchens use manmade materials such as linoleum, steel, plastic, chrome, molded plywood, laminate, acrylic, glass and concrete. However, you can still add natural materials to keep your space from feeling cold and industrial. Slate, granite and wood are popular natural touches in contemporary spaces. 

Key Design Elements

Contemporary cabinets generally feature basic slab or horizontal lift door styles. Home renovation experts typically incorporate metal components such as copper, chrome or stainless steel into contemporary kitchens. They also tend to use wood with a delicate grain like birch, ash or maple. 

Maximize Storage Capabilities

Cabinets in contemporary kitchens normally reach the ceiling for increased storage. You can have your upper cabinets at staggering heights for more visual appeal. Consider creating sections of open shelving to break up cabinet space or add sections of upper cabinets with glass doors. Another way to maximize storage is to use deep drawers for pots and pans. 

Get Creative With the Countertops & Backsplash

Stone countertops are common in contemporary kitchens. Some of the most popular countertop materials include quartz, granite, marble and recycled glass. Modern technology has made laminate countertops more durable, versatile and attractive than ever. This countertop material option comes in a wide range of colors and styles, with seamless edging for engineered stone designs. 

Include an Island or Breakfast Bar If Possible

An island and a breakfast bar are two things you should consider in your contemporary kitchen, especially if you have sufficient space. Give the heart of your home a pop of color by adding an island in a different color than your cabinets. A breakfast bar can be integrated into your island or into the area that separates your kitchen from another room. 

Achieve the contemporary kitchen of your dreams by working with a dependable remodeling contractor. At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Southern Lakes, we want you to have a seamless and enjoyable experience in all aspects of your home remodel! Call us at (262) 500-3689 or fill out our contact form to reach our design experts. We serve homeowners in Kenosha, Racine, Burlington, Pleasant Prairie and nearby communities. 

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