Consumers are starting to embrace contemporary kitchens. They’re realizing this style is more than just a clean, uncomplicated look. It also can be functional and easy to live with.
It has been a decades-long crawl to move this approach to design out of New York and Los Angeles and into locations where traditional home decor has been the top choice. Our growing affection for open floor plans and uncluttered spaces, both bedrocks of this style, are fueling the change of heart.
You’ll recognize contemporary design by its strong linear look, open shelving, smooth surfaces and, for a counterbalance, touches of wood.
White kitchens are still No. 1 with consumers, but gray hues ranging from platinum to steel gray are making a forceful move for first place. Poggenpohl, long known for chic, European styling, is right in the heart of this contemporary movement. Its interpretations include the use of warm taupe and gray finishes, as well as wood accents with well-defined veining and grain.
Kitchen cabinets are becoming more like furniture these days. Sleek wooden doors with a horizontal grain are fundamental for this style. Large and small appliances can be covered with the same finish to keep the sense of order.
Less-fussy door styles, a mirrored-glass-tile backsplash and smooth, solid-colored countertops are good fits with this style. Adding open shelving to a kitchen makes it possible to store and display items in high style. Dark hardwood floors help tie it all together.
Double-wide lower drawers can offer easy access to stacks of dishes or pots and pans. Long stainless and chrome pull bars that run the width of the drawer add a touch of simple sophistication, and that’s really what contemporary design is all about.