Modern & Contemporary Kitchens
Are you preparing to give your kitchen a much-needed face-lift? If you like the sleek, stylish look of clean lines, glossy surfaces, and simple designs, odds are you’ll love having a modern kitchen. This is one of the design styles Innovative Construction specializes in, making us well-suited to bring your vision to life. Team up with our in-house designers for your kitchen remodeling project, and soon you’ll have the beautiful, functional kitchen you’ve always craved!
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Elements of a Modern Kitchen
While traditional kitchens focus on ornamental details, modern designs favor simplicity and minimalism. Keep in mind that “modern” and “contemporary” are two distinct design styles, even though they share many of the same concepts. Modernism harkens back to the design movement spanning the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, while contemporary design celebrates whatever’s up and coming. Today’s contemporary look overlaps modern design, but this might not be true 50 years from now.
Having said that, here are some of the features commonly found in today’s modern and contemporary kitchens.
Little to No Ornamentation
You’ll be hard-pressed to find wainscoting, corbels, and other “unnecessary” adornments in a truly modern kitchen. The cabinets often feature flush doors and flat surfaces with minimal, angular hardware or no hardware at all. Straight lines, sharp corners, and stark geometric shapes are the norm.
Bold or Contrasting Color Palette
You can find all-white or neutral-colored modern kitchens, but bold colors also suit this design style. Teal countertop appliances, canary yellow cabinet doors, and bright red appliance knobs really lend a science-fiction appearance to the room. Another common technique is to use a high-contrast color scheme. For instance, black countertops are often paired with white cabinets.
Emphasis on Synthetic Materials
Modern kitchens often detour away from natural elements. Laminate, ceramic, glass, and molded plastic may take the place of wood and stone. But that’s not to say modern kitchens can’t have natural aspects — when they do, these elements simply feature the angles and lines characteristic of modern design.
A countertop-to-ceiling backsplash offers a clean, luxurious appearance. For instance, a primarily white kitchen might have a glossy gray or black tile backsplash to create a statement. Making the entire wall a sleek surface is characteristic of this design style.
You’ll find the latest and greatest appliances in modern kitchens. They are often stainless steel and energy-efficient, with smart features that make them as convenient as they are beautiful. One common modern appliance is a convection wall oven that doubles as a microwave.
Wood or Tile Floor
Flooring in a contemporary kitchen can take many forms. Light birch or maple is a popular choice, as are porcelain tiles or vinyl planks that mimic the look of wood without the maintenance. The material and color are often chosen to contrast the cabinets, which helps create a desirable aesthetic. However, small modern kitchens may benefit from floors that nearly match the cabinets, a technique that makes the space appear larger.
The tables, stools, benches, and chairs you include in your contemporary eat-in kitchen should have clean lines and simple shapes to match the rest of the room. The most common material choices include metal, wood veneer, and molded plastic.
Get Help Designing a Modern or Contemporary Kitchen in Atlanta
Innovative Construction is proud to be a top-rated kitchen remodeler serving the Atlanta area for over 20 years. Our streamlined design-build process ensures a successful, stress-free project, so you can enjoy the end result and the journey it takes to get there!