Kitchen: 10 Steps To Going Contemporary
Last Updated on Thursday, 9 February 2017 10:30
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Monday, 13 February 2017 09:00
The appeal of a contemporary kitchen is often how clean it looks, and likewise how easy it is to keep clean. Gone are the heavily detailed wood cabinet doors and drawer fronts with their raised panels and crevices for dust (or worse) to get lodged in. Ogee shaped brackets and crown moldings are also a thing of the past when going contemporary.
Smooth, sleek surfaces and straight lines seem to dominate. The blank canvas of a contemporary kitchen allows for you to highlight a piece of fine artwork on an empty wall, a colorful bowl with fruit, or a vase with fresh flowers.
Here are 10 contemporary kitchen ideas that are trending right now.
These are cabinets that have several coats of lacquer in pretty much any color you want. They are polished to a smooth finish.
Satin Nickel Hardware
Nickel is a sturdy metal with a finish that does not highlight fingerprints. Simple door and drawer pulls in nickel can add a modern twist to cabinets.
While these counters have been gaining in popularity, they really play well with a contemporary theme. You can opt for the ones that do not pretend to look like granite. These are available in various colors and are quite strong and sanitary.
Sheet Glass Backsplashes
Glass tile has been a hot item for backsplashes the past few years. You can achieve a more contemporary look by using sheets of glass that don’t have grout lines. The monolithic sheets are available in different color tints. They reflect light well, opening up a space.
Cabinet Depth Appliances
While oversized appliances may be practical, they tend to break up the lines of a kitchen. Newer appliances are now available that are more compact and designed to sit flush with the cabinet face. A good example of this is the refrigerator drawers that fit snuggly into a base cabinet. These are ideal for beverages and produce.
Free Floating Vent Hoods
There are some very cool venting systems for over your range or cooktop available. These are not the ones that hang beneath a cabinet and jut out into the room. These are free floating, stainless steel, works of art that are meant to be noticed.
Integrated sinks have come a long way from the heyday of synthetic solid surface countertops. These materials had some growing pains with the sinks being subject to developing vein-like cracks around the drains and garbage disposals. Integrated sinks in stainless steel or concrete counters tend to fair much better and with the same clean edges.
Wall Mounted Faucets
There is something very smart about having your faucet in the backsplash, rather than on the deck of your counter or sink. An especially nice feature is in the faucets that you can fold back against the wall when not in use.
Porcelain Tile Plank Floors
Porcelain planks are trending for both indoor and outdoor applications. They are available in earth tones and grays, and can have the look of wood. The tile is installed without the need for wide grouted joints. It is extremely durable, easy to clean, and has a modern look and feel.
LED Task Lighting
LED task lighting is more energy efficient and has a lower profile than incandescent or fluorescent fixtures. LED is available in thin strips that can be placed discreetly under cabinets, at toe-kicks, or even in drawers. They are great for over counter lighting and for mood or night lighting.