A stranger walks into my showroom, marvels at our kitchen designs and sparks up a conversation with one of our kitchen designers. At first the client seems a little hesitant to disclose too much information, but as they warm up to our friendly staff of expert home designers, they begin to realize that we share a common goal. Ten minutes later, we will have covered all of the essentials necessary to steer our clients towards a kitchen design that accommodates their lifestyle. It’s a common sight, and happens to most of our clients that are in the early stages of the renovation planning stage. So what do we suggest when a client is limited on space, uses the kitchen often and requires minimal maintenance? We suggest a contemporary kitchen design.
In order to create a contemporary kitchen design, it is crucial to build a foundation of shapes that embodies the contemporary style. From there, you can add features that will save space and are not prone to wear and tear. Using materials like Caesarstone Quartz or Ultracraft Cabinets with Thermofoil doors that are extremely easy to clean, is an added advantage to any homeowner looking to use their kitchen often.
Cabinets: One of the easiest ways to start a contemporary design is by choosing slab doors for your cabinetry. So what is a slab door? A flat, one-piece door, without trims or frills. Often it will lay over the cabinet, but sometimes it is inset into the frame. In terms of colors and finishes, these cabinets can be a variety of flat or glossy colors, and finished from a variety of laminates or woods.
Cabinet knobs: Contemporary kitchens often lack cabinet knobs otherwise referred to as pulls. With some of the latest technology from cabinet makers like the German line of Bauformat designs, Designers can use press-to open technology or channel knobs to maintain a sleek look without exposing the hardware.
Kitchen Island: A popular look in contemporary designs is an island with a waterfall edge. Going off the name, it literally means that the counter material continues along the short edge of the island, like a waterfall falling into the abyss.
Flooring: Raw materials like concrete are excellent for a contemporary kitchen designs. The key is to stay away from the rustic designs, such as heavy wood grains or heavily patterned tiles. Patterns in contemporary floors tend to be subtle or nonexistent. Oversized porcelain tile, like the ROCA Tile designs will compliment, the overall aesthetic of your contemporary kitchen design.
Countertops and backsplash: The countertops and backsplash are frequently blended into a uniform pattern, using the same material, which is often an engineered quartz or solid surface. As recommended in the previous section, if you are using a natural material, look out for heavy patterns.
of course there are multiple options for the backsplash. Glass tiles with clean lines can make for a gorgeous contemporary look.
Appliances and fixtures: Range These tend to be sleek, made of stainless steel or matte black. The god thing is that these designs are easy to care for and stay clean even through the toughest of conditions.
As you can see, there are many variables to keep in mind when designing a sleek and functional contemporary kitchen design. Taking on a new kitchen design can be fun but you must be prepared to do your research and consult with a professional that will guide you through the process. If you need help with a contemporary kitchen design, my team at NYKB Kitchen and Bath has all of the tools and resources ready to assist. I encourage you to take full advantage of our free design consultation services. After all, we have been providing free design consultation to Manhattan and Brooklyn residents for the past 15 years with one goal in mind, to help clarify and simplify the renovation process.
I look forward to personally meeting you in our home design showroom, located in the heart of the Flatiron District on Broadway and 25th street. For more information, visit us at 8 West 25TH Street or gives us a call and we would be happy to visit your space (212)242-3500.