October 28, 2016

The Modern + Contemporary Kitchen

The kitchen is one of my favourite rooms in the house. Since I spend a lot of time in it every day, the right decor and style was important to me right from when we planned house renovations 2 years ago.

I'm perfectly happy with my modern-rustic kitchen but I sometimes wonder that if we ever moved houses, would I go for something a bit more modern and contemporary? The answer is I probably would.

Modern and contemporary kitchen designs aim to make the best use of available space. Streamlined and pleasing to the eye, clutter-free is key to making the kitchen look clean and inspiring.


Cupboards
For a contemporary look, cupboard facings should be as unfussy as possibly, so block panels without any carvings or other detailing is perfect. These can be in a matte finish or a gloss, which will help to reflect the light and can help make the kitchen look larger and sleeker. Plain and minimalist handles to complete the look.

Windows
Kitchen windows will have a big impact on the overall look. Instead of net curtains like the good old 80's and 90's, roller blinds or shutters are the way to go. Shutters would be my choice as they are so beautiful and go well with any kind of decor. They are fixed into the window frame and allow you to regulate the light and airflow while still maintaining privacy.

Lighting
Lighting is so important for adding the right ambience to the kitchen. Lampshades such as the ever popular copper ones can add a touch of modern glam. For different levels of lighting, hidden strip lighting beneath worktop cabinets can be installed.

Colour
Finally, the colour of the kitchen is so important! For small kitchens, it's obvious to go with a light colour so that the space appears larger, but for good-sized kitchen then any colour is possible. I love the idea of using yellow in a modern kitchen.


What would you do to create a modern and contemporary kitchen?


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