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Kitchen Mood Board designed by KATHERINE ECK
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by KATHERINE ECK
Kitchen designed by Virginia Bennice
KitchenDesigned by Virginia Bennice
Kitchen designed by Dani Flax
KitchenDesigned by Dani Flax
dining designed by donoma brady
diningDesigned by donoma brady
Ryan & Janice Badger designed by Abigail Ridge
Ryan & Janice BadgerDesigned by Abigail Ridge
Untitled designed by Abbey Hilger
UntitledDesigned by Abbey Hilger
Kitchen designed by Jillian Fiebelkorn
KitchenDesigned by Jillian Fiebelkorn
dining4 designed by Cornelia Spiske
dining4Designed by Cornelia Spiske
Basement Kitchen/Garage Floors designed by Alex Dobbs
Basement Kitchen/Garage FloorsDesigned by Alex Dobbs
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Ashley Smith
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Ashley Smith
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Kaela Oden
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Kaela Oden
Kitchen designed by Rim Berradi
KitchenDesigned by Rim Berradi
KITCHEN designed by Brooke Schwartz
KITCHENDesigned by Brooke Schwartz
Basement designed by Olivia Otte
BasementDesigned by Olivia Otte
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Inayah McMillan
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Inayah McMillan
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Angie Pate-Stafford
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Angie Pate-Stafford
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Inayah McMillan
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Inayah McMillan
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Allison Keach
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Allison Keach
Vibe Board designed by Bridgette Pickering
Vibe BoardDesigned by Bridgette Pickering
Kitchen Mock Up - FINAL designed by Kasey Moore
Kitchen Mock Up - FINALDesigned by Kasey Moore
(B) Kitchen Style Board designed by Jenni Winter
(B) Kitchen Style BoardDesigned by Jenni Winter
Untitled designed by Lauren Zeth
UntitledDesigned by Lauren Zeth
Kitchen designed by Lauren Young
KitchenDesigned by Lauren Young
Kitchen Mood Board designed by Jessica Holmes
Kitchen Mood BoardDesigned by Jessica Holmes

Design tips for decorating a contemporary style kitchen

Here’s how to achieve the contemporary aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a contemporary kitchen?

Kitchens hold a special place as “the heart of the home” for a reason. They are the bustling hub where food is prepared, creativity flourishes, and cherished moments are shared with loved ones.

Crafting a functional and stylish kitchen design is essential for maximizing efficiency and creating an inviting space for cooking, entertaining, and gathering with family and friends. From the placement of appliances to the arrangement of cabinets and countertops, every element plays a vital role in shaping the overall flow and functionality of your kitchen.

While kitchen design trends and materials come and go, there are some kitchen layout principles that are tried and true. You may have heard of the “kitchen triangle” — placing your stovetop, sink, and refrigerator in a triangle formation. By arranging these three elements in a triangular formation, cooks can seamlessly navigate between tasks, making meal preparation a more efficient and enjoyable experience. This classic layout continues to stand the test of time, serving as a cornerstone of functional kitchen design.

Whether you're in the process of a kitchen remodel or looking to makeover your existing one, these are the key elements to include in your design:

  • Appliances: Common kitchen appliances include a refrigerator, freezer, stove or cooktop, oven, vent hood, microwave, and dishwasher. If you are starting a new kitchen design from scratch, we recommend deciding where your appliances and sink go first and building the rest of the design around them.
  • Sink: The sink is a crucial element in a kitchen, used for washing dishes, food preparation, and cleaning. It’s common to place the sink in front of a window, but this is purely a stylistic choice. If you have the space, some modern kitchens include two sinks in the kitchen design — one for food prep closer to your stove or main worktop and the other for cleaning closer to your dishwasher or where you store dishes.
  • Faucets: Faucets are an opportunity to add a decorative touch. Select finishes that match other metal elements in the kitchen, such as cabinet hardware or lighting fixtures. Consider water-saving models for environmental sustainability.
  • Countertops: Countertops are essential work surfaces in a kitchen. They provide space for food preparation, cooking, and other kitchen tasks. Countertop material choice is often one of the biggest (and costly!) design decisions. Different countertop materials, from natural stones like marble or granite to engineered surfaces like quartz, offer unique textures that can add depth and interest to your kitchen design.
  • Backsplash Tile: A backsplash is typical for behind a stove or sink to protect the wall from splashes of water, oil, and other cooking ingredients​​. While backsplashes are practical choices they also help to add depth and interest to the kitchen. Different materials can significantly affect the appearance and functionality of your backsplash. For example, glossy ceramic tiles will reflect more light and help make a small kitchen feel larger, while natural stone tiles could add warmth and texture to make a larger kitchen feel more cozy.
  • Cabinets and Storage: Incorporate a mix of open shelving, base cabinets, wall cabinets, or tall pantry cabinets in your design for storage space for dishes, cookware, and pantry items. Select a cabinet material or color and cabinet hardware that fits with your desired contemporary style.
  • Kitchen Island or Work Table: An island or work table provides additional workspace, storage, and seating options.
  • Runner Rug: A runner can add warmth to your kitchen and a comfortable place to stand while cooking.
  • Seating: Seating areas in kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. If you have an island or work table, you may want to include stools or bench seating on one or multiple sides. If you plan to have a dining area in your kitchen, include a dining table and chairs or a breakfast nook with banquette seating. Or, take a page out of our favorite kitchen designer’s book (cough Helen Parkhust of DeVol cough) and include an accent chair or two for a more cozy seating option.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the kitchen and complements the contemporary style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall to serve as a focal point.
  • Lighting Fixtures: Proper task lighting is essential in a kitchen. Include lighting fixtures such as overhead lights, pendant lights, wall sconces, and under-cabinet lighting in your design to ensure adequate illumination. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Cafe curtains, in particular, are popular choices for kitchens. Don’t forget the curtain rod!
  • Contemporary Kitchen Decor: From kitchen towels and storage jars to drying racks and utensil holders, kitchen accessories should be both functional and decorative. Coordinate the color and pattern with the overall kitchen color scheme and contemporary style to bring your design vision to life.

Get creative and have fun with your contemporary kitchen! If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on How To Design a Kitchen.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a contemporary kitchen design?

The word “contemporary” is often thrown out in the design world, but what does it actually mean? (We thought you’d never ask.) Contemporary interior design is ever-evolving, reflecting current design trends and innovations while maintaining a sleek, sophisticated aesthetic. Unlike our other design styles, contemporary design isn’t tied to a specific time period. Contemporary design borrows elements from modernism, minimalism, and art deco, prioritizing clean lines, neutral color palettes with bold contrasts, and open spaces that promote a sense of calm and order.

To achieve a contemporary look in your kitchen, focus on furniture and accessories that are sleek and streamlined. Furniture should be stylish yet functional, with an emphasis on form and quality materials like glass, metal, and smooth wood. Decor is minimalist but impactful, with statement pieces like large-scale art or sculptural lighting taking center stage. The contemporary style is adaptive and fluid, effortlessly blending elements from various periods and movements to create spaces that are cutting-edge and harmonious.

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