Parada Kitchens is your spot for contemporary kitchen renovations in the Greater Toronto Area. But what exactly is a contemporary kitchen?
Contemporary kitchens shouldn’t be confused with “modern” kitchens – these are two very different styles. Modern refers to kitchen design from the middle of the 20th century, while contemporary is the style that’s popular right now. Yes, that can be confusing. No, we’re not sure who decided to have “modern” be a fixed point in time. But it’s important to understand the distinction.
So what goes into a contemporary kitchen? Here are some of the big elements that make contemporary design stand out:
Contemporary kitchens like to mix many, many different patterns and textures to create a layered look. It’s not at all uncommon to see wood, stone and fabric all being used to play off one another, with the different materials contrasting and providing different looks. Likewise, contemporary kitchens use plenty of different shapes – angled roofs, curved countertops, cabinets of different sizes and heights. This creates a more dynamic look, rather than using the same basic materials and shapes throughout your kitchen.
Old Materials Repurposed
Not only do contemporary kitchens use a great many different kinds of materials; they also use old materials in ways that haven’t been common to this point. Think of things like concrete as a material for countertops, or engineered stone to replace natural stone. Glass is also a very modern material you’ll find liberally used in contemporary kitchens.
Nothing is more 21st century than tech, and you’ll find plenty of it in contemporary kitchens. This often includes built-in appliances like coffee makers and induction cooktops, as well as sleek and stylish stand-alone pieces. Better performance, advanced features and durability mark the contemporary appliance.
Lighting isn’t just functional in the contemporary kitchen. The choice of light fixtures and sources are another way to add a touch of contemporary design into your next remodel, highlighting the variety of materials and shapes you have in your room.
If you would like to learn more, call Parada Kitchens today! We offer free consultations to help make your next kitchen a fantastic one.