Warm Contemporary Kitchens

Wood meets metal, concrete meets glass: See how warm natural materials can soften a clean-line kitchen design and how minimalist can feel like having it all.
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November 24, 2014

Photo By: Designer, Beth Haley Design

Contemporary, Cozy Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen has a subdued, earthy palette that warms up the space. The table has a majestic tree image carved into its base, and the surrounding chair backs are sculpted like branches, creating an outdoorsy yet modern space. Photo by David Duncan Livingston. Design by Douglas Dolezal

Modern Kitchen Look

This contemporary kitchen has a dramatic feel with richly colored cabinets, black countertops and stainless steel appliances. With clean lines and modern touches, the space is very contemporary, yet still warm. Design by Annie Speck

Daring but Classy Kitchen

This large contemporary kitchen is artful and daring, while still classy and elegant. The space features two islands and different woods throughout, such as Australian lacewood, curly maple and faux-finish MDF. The chartreuse and cherry stains also create great visual appeal, and the earthy tones help warm up this kitchen. Photo by David Duncan Livingston. Design by Lou Ann Bauer in San Francisco

Mixed Materials

Combining a variety of materials creates an interesting and inviting look in this contemporary kitchen. The space mixes full-height granite backsplashes and decorative details that add beautiful elements to the space. Design by Laura A. Suglia-Isgro

Kitchen on a Budget

This low-budget kitchen achieves high style with patterned metallic tiles, inexpensive metal shelves, espresso cabinets, soy-stained concrete floors, tile countertops with aluminum edging, an earth-toned color palette and stunning pendant lighting to warm up the space. Design by Amy Bubier

Natural Color Palette

This attractive kitchen has plenty of workspace and storage, thanks to the island, which also creates the appearance of a larger space. The soft white cabinets, naturally colored countertops, textured glass cabinet doors and light mocha-tinted subway tiles add a warm touch to the space. The contemporary pendant lighting brings the kitchen into the 21st century. Design by Tina Muller in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Sit by the Fire

This contemporary kitchen connects to the screened-in porch and features a double-sided fireplace. The hood, sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and icemaker, concrete countertops, and a Dutch-style entrance door complete the look, while the tiled floors, detailed fireplace and darkly stained cabinets warm up the space.

Multicolored Backsplash

Rich wood cabinetry defines this kitchen, designed by Christopher J. Grubb. Contemporary gray counters are highlighted by a multicolored tiled backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Photo by Greg Weiner

Leather Accent

The center island is topped with rusty red granite, while the rest of the space has darker countertops. The three hanging pendant lights illuminate the area and warm the space. The brown leather stools also add beautiful contrast and give the space more depth. Design by Ackerman Interiors

Natural Light

Warm wood tones in this kitchen are brightened by plenty of natural light and a fabric pendant lamp. The space also features a subway tile backdrop, gray countertops and stainless steel appliances, which keep the kitchen looking modern and interesting. Design by Beth Haley in Nashville

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