Contemporary kitchens work exceptionally well as open-plan living spaces where the style of decoration can be successfully carried throughout the room and into dining and living areas. Modern furniture and contemporary lighting, especially industrial designs, make an immediate statement.
1 Unusual materials are key to this style. Reclaimed wood can be used to clad walls and cabinet fronts, or there’s the option to experiment with surfaces more commonly used outdoors, such as corrugated iron, as a striking backdrop on a wall. It is often the contrast of crisp modern pieces, stainless-steel appliances or smart furniture against rougher, more organic, elements that heightens this effect. For floors, consider putting down reclaimed stone, brick or cast concrete, all of which have lots of texture and variation for added interest.
2 Limiting the palette of colours offers a more contemporary, pared-back feel. Work with mainly neutral shades or use some bold splashes on an otherwise pale background – perhaps a strongly coloured freestanding fridge, signature lighting or a striking rug. A monochrome palette will always feel crisp and current.
3 Strong linear shapes hold the eye – think of the silhouettes of metal chairs, cage lighting or filament bulbs. Fabrics in graphic geometrics or simple stripes can also strike a modern note. Dark colours add drama, whether on floors or cabinetry. Try deep teal, charcoal or petrol blue on units – it can make them seem to recede and become less dominant in a room.