Streamlined and undoubtedly sophisticated, the modern kitchen has a bit of a leg up on the contemporary kitchen. While both are traditionally designed with smooth surfaces, like stainless steel and sleek wood cabinets, the modern kitchen design incorporates a futuristic feel by using interesting design schemes.
One place the modern kitchen often trumps most traditional kitchens is in the appliance department. The modern kitchen is typically packed with state-of-the-art appliances, including electronic devices and vent hoods with quiet kitchen exhaust fans. For example, a modern kitchen might include a sink hidden under a cutting board that's seamlessly integrated with the countertop. Keep in mind, though, that high-end appliances and features will raise your total overall kitchen remodel cost.
Lighting is another area in which a modern kitchen can feature a splash of individuality. For example, side lighting can be lined vertically down kitchen walls for an interesting effect, or a glass top island could be illuminated underneath by pale blue lighting. Take a look at current lighting trends and feel free to play with unique lighting effects in your modern kitchen design.
Generally speaking, modern kitchen cabinets are unadorned except for simple chrome hardware. White, stainless steel and pale wood cabinets are popular—as are black, white, wood and stainless steel countertops. Consider a glass backsplash for a subtle but eye-catching touch. Modern kitchen flooring tends to be somewhat basic, leaning on dark wood or cool slate tiles to complete the overall look of the kitchen.
The contemporary kitchen requires a kitchen island that will best suit its modern flair.
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