What makes a Kitchen Contemporary ?

Contemporary kitchen designs contain sleek layouts, clean lines, attractive geometric patterns and the focus on function over form. To ensure that your kitchen achieves that attractive contemporary look, you need to keep in mind four major design elements.

The kitchen remodeling experts at Raleigh Kitchens unpack these four elements and explain why they are important.

1. Full Overlay Cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets help define the overall style of the space. Since the goal for your contemporary kitchen is to establish a sleek look, full overlay cabinets are the best choice as they hide the door frame, making the cabinet appear flush and seamless to the wall. Hardware should be kept to a minimum. Unlike traditional kitchen design, which typically features elaborate design elements, contemporary kitchens are all about minimalism and clean lines.

2. Horizontal Lines

Horizontal lines define the contemporary kitchen and establish linear congruence. You can establish this through the key components of your kitchen, such as the cabinet and counters, flooring and backsplash. Selecting the right outline of tile accents is also a great way to establish the horizontal lines in your kitchen.

3. Geometric Shapes

This is the simplest design element to establish. Geometric shapes can be found in a range of hardware, lighting and wall decor options. The overall contemporary shapes to feature are squares and rectangles, which reinforce the sleek look of your kitchen. Circles and curves can be placed strategically on things like kitchen chairs and pendant lighting.

4. Keep Hardware Simple

Finally, the hardware in your contemporary kitchen must be simple and sleek. Avoid ornate-looking hardware, which will interfere with the sleek and seamless look of your contemporary kitchen.

Call the experts at Raleigh Kitchens today to learn more about our services. We are contemporary kitchen design experts serving homeowners throughout Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Chapel Hill areas.


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