Contemporary Kitchens

Create a soothing, modern design with these ideas for contemporary kitchens.
Black, white, and red kitchen

Black, white, and red kitchen

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Contemporary kitchens are the epitome of the sleek, minimalist layout. Characterized by dark wood or black cabinetry, fresh white countertops and smooth stainless steel appliances, the contemporary kitchen is functional and sometimes artistic in nature.

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When designing your contemporary kitchen, consider pairing dark cabinets with white countertops made from marble or granite stone. Stainless steel surfaces would also work well in this kitchen design. Keep countertop clutter to a minimum, choosing instead to stow away excess appliances and accessories in storage areas. Consider finishing your space with handles and knobs made from brushed silver.

A contemporary kitchen's island will often mimic the design of the countertops and cabinets. Consider, however, lining one side of the island with pub-style seating, using stools made from chrome or other metal.

Choose subtle flooring in a contemporary kitchen design. Slate gray tiles or a simple white marble floor will complete the overall look of this kitchen style. Don't be afraid to include a few pops of color throughout the kitchen. While the look of this design is certainly simple and chic, a red vase or tangerine dish towels can add a bit of life to an otherwise minimal kitchen design. A piece of colorful artwork that serves as the focal point in a contemporary kitchen can also provide a beautiful touch.

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