There are many aspects of design that make up a contemporary kitchen. The contemporary kitchen takes its inspiration from modern design and Asian minimalism, with the focus on clean, geometric lines, strategic use of color, and luxurious textures. The emphasis is on lighting, materials, geometry, and color, rather than filling the kitchen with decorative embellishments.
There are six main components to a contemporary kitchen, the walls, floors, cabinets, counter tops, appliances, and lighting. Contemporary design favors the use of a single, neutral color on the walls to serve as a backdrop for everything else in the room. Floors, whether tile or wood, should be similarly uncomplicated and in a single color. Wood floors and cabinets should be waxed to a high shine to bring out their natural beauty. Many people choose traditional wood cabinets with minimal carpentry or glossy white or black painted cabinets.
Granite is an ideal material for counter tops in the contemporary kitchen. Deeply glossy, complex, and luxurious, granite is available in a wide range of colors that look great in any kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and sinks are very popular and the cool-toned metal contrasts nicely against the warmer, natural elements of the kitchen. Lighting the room is also very important. Ambient light from large windows or skylights is ideal, and ample indirect lighting will light the room nicely when the sun goes down.
"Less is more" applies to furniture such as tables, islands, and any decorations. Decorative objects should be used sparingly. The kitchen should be designed to have a unified and clean visual impact. One or two bold and strong tones can be used for accenting, as long as overall mix of colors is restrained. Make sure there is ample cabinet space to combat clutter which interrupts the beautiful counter surfaces. Utilizing contemporary kitchen motives in designing your kitchen conveys sophistication while creating a wonderful space for cooking, gathering, and sharing.