Variety is one of the hallmarks of contemporary design. Interior designers create contrast by juxtaposing colors, textures, and finishes. They also choose pieces from various time periods to create a multi-sensory experience. If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen, try to incorporate a mix of wood, metal, and natural stone. This guide will help you choose pieces that meet your needs and please the eye.
1. Natural Stone Countertops
Countertops are made from a slew of different materials and come in virtually every color imaginable. Some current favorites are granite, manufactured quartz, and marble.
- Quartz: Manufactured quartz resists stains, heat, and acidity. It comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and it requires far less maintenance than natural stone.
- Granite: Granite is a gorgeous natural stone that comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. It can also be used as a prep surface, but it requires yearly sealing.
- Marble: Marble creates a high-end look, but it’s comes with a sizable price tag. This natural material is heat resistant, but it requires regular sealing to prevent stains.
2. Matte Black Appliances
Stainless steel has been popular since the early 2000s, but it’s slowly going out of style. Matte black is the new finish of choice in 2017. The low sheen puts additional emphasis on the object’s lines, while the black finish contrasts light color schemes. Satin gold, copper, and bronze finishes are also being used to accent areas of interest.
3. Simple, Wooden Cabinets
Clean lines have been growing in popularity since the mid-20th century. To achieve this look, consider installing painted, shaker cabinets. Simple, wooden cabinets pair well with stone countertops and black appliances. Designers like Joanna Gaines have also popularized cabinets that extend up to the ceiling. Taller cabinets provide additional storage space, increase the value of your home, and look quite modern. If you don’t want to rip out the cabinets you already have, consider building smaller, glass-paneled cabinets above your current cabinets.
4. Cerused Wood Furniture
In 2017, contemporary designers incorporate pieces with minimal ornamentation and maximum usability. Contemporary furniture is generally simple and raised off the floor. Individual pieces incorporate a variety of materials, including wood, leather, teak, linen, plywood, plastic, and polished linen. Cerused wood, discernible by its pattern of natural wood grain, is one of the most popular materials among contemporary designers.