Five Features of a Contemporary Kitchen
Many people want to change their kitchen to look and feel more modern and contemporary. But how exactly this is achieved is often a sticking point, with the best features to add to the room sometimes not known or thought to be out of reach of most normal people.
This article is designed to help you get an understanding of five of the most basic features that can help to create a contemporary look in your kitchen space.
1) The island
Extra workspace in the kitchen is in high demand, and for those who can’t expand their wall space, an island placed in the centre of the room is the best way around this.
Made popular by numerous cookery shows where a presenter will work from the kitchen’s island, it provides separation for the cooking/preparing and the serving areas – making the room far more flexible and easy to use.
An island can also help to make the kitchen a more sociable area, as it can act as an area to sit around and eat meals and relax with family or friends.
2) Counter tops
Although granite has been a highly popular option in the past, the use of this in contemporary kitchens is coming to an end.
Instead, light coloured marble or quartz options are increasing in prevalence, while glass and even stainless steel are also commonly used. Those looking for a kitchen are often looking for surfaces that will look fresh and clean and require minimal cleaning.
3) Built-in appliances
Ovens, dishwashers, microwaves and even sinks are now been integrated into the overall kitchen design. It’s widely considered that the less you see of these appliances, the more modern the kitchen will look and feel.
A mixture of wood cabinets with stainless steel surfaces work exceptionally well here, as does black glass – helping to create sleek lines and a classy-looking finish throughout the kitchen.
4) Integrated kitchen/dining area
Many people now prefer to have their cooking and formal eating areas in one large, open-plan space. As the heart of the home, it makes sense to share mealtimes together in the kitchen-diner, where the ambience and warmth is more suited to such family gatherings.
There are also the practical benefits of having the dining space integrated with the kitchen. It is far easier to serve and clean up following a meal when there are no other rooms in house to pass through or to doors to open and close.
5) Cupboard door handles
Handles that protrude from cupboards are quickly becoming a thing of the past as people look to expand the amount of space they have in the kitchen as possible. Instead, finger pulls that are built into the top of each drawer are becoming the norm.
You can also get drawers and cupboards that can be opened with a lip cut into the top panel. Either way, the user will find that their kitchen looks and feels less cluttered.