5 characteristics of contemporary kitchens

A contemporary kitchen is not the same as a modern kitchen, even though some people use these terms interchangeably. A contemporary kitchen can be modern but it can also adopt other styles as well. For example, it can have vintage details and accents without being a vintage kitchen. There are a few elements that are specific to this style and that can help us distinguish a contemporary kitchen from other types and that need to be taken in consideration when adopting this style.

1. Cutting-edge technology.

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The first thing anyone thinks about when taking about contemporary kitchens is the cutting-edge technology. Appliances are very important in this case. They need to be sleek, durable, to ensure great performance and to have advanced features. Functionality is an important aspect to take into consideration, as well as style.

2. The variety of materials.

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Contemporary kitchens usually feature a multitude of materials, textures and patterns. The contrasts are highly valued and seen as a subtle way of replacing opulent decorations and details. Most often you’ll notice variations of the type of wood or stone, combined with countertops that come in several types of materials as well. There’s also a mix of shapes and scale that is specific to this style.

3. Eye-catching light fixtures.

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The light fixtures are a very important detail for contemporary interiors. Even if they are usually characterized by minimalism and lack of details, they still stand out in other ways. For example, the size or the shape can be an important aspect, as well as the texture and color. They serve as both functional elements and decorations.

4. Patterned backsplashes.

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Since most contemporary kitchens usually feature crisp white walls, the backsplash becomes a common way of introducing pattern and color into the décor. You will often see versions that feature glass tiles, mosaics, stone or ceramic. It’s an element that represents a way of expressing the personal preferences and personality of the homeowner.

5. Old materials used in new and creative ways.

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Styles are being updated and new ones are created but the materials used remain the same. We rarely get to introduce new materials. In most cases we just find new ways of using them. Creativity is very important in this case. You get to use the same basic elements but you also get to be ingenious and to come up with new ways of using them.{picture sources:1 and 2,3,4 and 5}.