Contemporary Kitchens

Contemporary kitchen cabinets are generally composed of minimal ornamentation and flat surfaces. The style is intentionally non-traditional. Contemporary kitchen designs date from the 1940s to the present and trace many of their stylistic origins in Europe.

For a clean and spacious look, contemporary kitchen design avoids excess ornamentation. Crown molding, wood carvings and raised panel door styles are almost never used. Small spaces can be made to feel bigger if there is less visual stimulation.
Therefore the relatively flat surfaces found in contemporary kitchens can be of benefit to smaller modern homes.

Most materials in contemporary kitchen designs are man-made, including metal, plastic, concrete, glass and recycled goods. While these man-made materials can often feel cold and sterile, many designers like to incorporate natural elements such as wood veneer and natural stone to bring some warmth back into the room. Simple decorations such as a potted plant or a bowl of fruit can also give your kitchen a more natural ambiance.