What Makes a Contemporary Kitchen?

A contemporary kitchen in Northwest, Washington

This Northwest, Washington kitchen incorporates many elements of contemporary style.

We’ve covered several different styles of kitchens in our blog, from transitional to traditional to modern. Last week, we touched briefly on the similarities of modern kitchens and contemporary kitchens. The biggest difference between the two is that a contemporary kitchen follows current style trends, while a modern kitchen adheres to a very specific style guide. Contemporary kitchens can actually have several of the same style elements that you’ll find in a modern kitchen. However, contemporary kitchens can also include several design elements that you would find in other styles of kitchen design as well. Here is what you can expect if you opt for a contemporary kitchen.

Emphasis on Technology

One of the most prominent elements of a contemporary kitchen is cutting edge appliances. You may spot a state-of-the-art induction stove, a built-in espresso machine, and a high performance induction hood. The owner of a contemporary kitchen is someone who appreciates innovation and wants to stay ahead of the curve. Kitchen appliances are constantly being engineered for better performance, increased durability, lighter materials, and advanced features.

Variety of Textures

While a traditional kitchen will not have any patterns or ornamentation, a contemporary kitchen will use various materials to create a juxtaposition of textures. Not only that, but contemporary kitchens use old materials in new ways. For example, instead of a traditional granite countertop, you may decide instead to use concrete or even glass! And while a traditional kitchen relies on emphasizing horizontal lines, a contemporary kitchen uses a variety of shapes and different counter heights to maximize the visual interest of the kitchen.

Decorative Lighting

Contemporary kitchens use lighting to their advantage. You may choose dramatic decorative and functional lighting that changes the whole color of the kitchen for a more impressive visual effect. Or perhaps you’ll choose whimsical pendant lights for an eye-catching focal point. To see a great example of dramatic lighting in a contemporary kitchen, check out this Northwest, Washington DC kitchen that we had the pleasure of designing and building last year.


Whether you’re looking for a remodel or an update, talk to one of our experts at Elite Kitchens about building your dream timeless bathroom remodel. With our excellent designers, installation process, and quality craftsmen, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 301-881-2776, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get more tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Houzz, and Pinterest.

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