Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. If it is not to your taste, then you won’t be happy working in there, and the kitchen will become a place that you can’t wait to get out of instead of a place where the family congregates. Too much clutter, too little space or old-fashioned appliances and fixtures can make your kitchen less than a joy. When you are redecorating, consider a contemporary kitchen that meets your family’s needs.
Today’s contemporary kitchens have clean lines and an uncluttered look. They focus on minimalism, and they don’t include anything that brings clutter into the space—not even baseboards. The kitchens have seamless functionality, geometric designs, and very little in the way of ornamentation. This makes them very attractive. A messy kitchen is hard to work in, but a large open kitchen that includes a large amount of storage space for all the things that are usually kept out on the countertops is just the opposite.
Having everything tucked away out of sight, but in easy reach makes your kitchen easy to work in and gives it a clean, fresh look—but does it have that friendly, homey feel? Will your children feel welcome doing their homework at the kitchen table? Will the kitchen give the impression that someone has recently been at work making chocolate chip cookies? The big question you might be asking is “can a contemporary kitchen give the same feeling of love and warmth as a traditional kitchen?”
Blending the two
Blend warm textures and colors into the clean lines so that your contemporary kitchen doesn’t seem quite so sterile. You can bring in an interesting texture to the tiles, or a brighter, warmer color to the floor. Just don’t get too carried away. You will also want to put a few things on display. Some flowers, perhaps, or your pottery bowl collection. But again, keep it light. You don’t want to risk bringing in too many details.
Making it work with color
Most contemporary kitchens work well with most of it in one simple color—say a shiny white—an accent color (anything that suits you), and then perhaps some chrome for everything else. The fixtures, such as the kitchen faucets, look lovely and natural in chrome, or, if you prefer less shiny but still lovely, brushed nickel. Contemporary kitchen faucets are geometric in design and shape and have more functions, like a gentler spray, or a hose attachment.
Although some of the newer kitchens can look very space-age, it’s your kitchen and you can decide how it will be used. If you are going to have visitors and kids in the kitchen throughout the day, your contemporary kitchen will serve all the better for having that clean, minimalist look. Your guests, your children, and you will be able to interact in a kitchen that is not full of distractions, and is all the more functional because of that.