visiting friend recently asked me how I came up
with such a contemporary style for my kitchen. Until
he asked, I had never really considered my kitchen
contemporary and I posed myself the question: What
exactly is a 'contemporary' kitchen? After some
research on exactly what elements compose the typical
contemporary kitchen, I found I was able to break
the style into three sub-styles.
sub-style still contained the elements needed to
consider a kitchen 'contemporary', such as a clean-edged,
streamlined appearance, and an overall focus on
function rather than form. The sub-styles also each
held their own unique take on how these elements
were applied and used through such commonalities
as appliances, cabinets, counters, and flooring.
The first of these three sub-styles could be considered
minimalist. While the concept of minimalism is the
largest contributor to the overall style of contemporary
kitchens, there are varying degrees to which the
subject can be taken. Taken to the extreme, minimalist
kitchens are left with a form-fitted space in which
the bare necessities remain. Clean counters, sharp-edged
cabinets and appliances, and colors of black, grey,
and white, impress upon one the absence of décor
and the fact this the area is there for pure use.
There are no extras, no shiny bobbles, no frills,
just the steel, glass, and tile necessary to get
the job done. While this sleek style might be abhorred
by the fan of superfluities, by those who enjoy
function over form and a quick and easy clean up,
it can be considered beautiful.
The second sub-style of a contemporary kitchen is
what would be deemed 'home contemporary'. This sub-style
is most prevalent in today's modern kitchen. While
there is still a focus largely on function and minimalism,
this contemporary style melds into the equation
some of the atmosphere found in a home environment.
There is more life to the style. There might be
coolly colorful granite countertops instead of white
tile, wooden floors instead of polished concrete
and more colorful paint selections, but the overall
contemporary style elements remain. While the focus
is skewed more toward eye pleasing features, the
sleek superfluity of the space is still maintained.
The third sub-style of the contemporary kitchens
would be that of 'function'. The functional sub-style
marries minimalism and a homier feel in a blend
of the bare essential and relaxed embellishment.