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Contemporary Kitchen Ideas and Designs

Great Missenden Sand Grey Satin & Iroko Wood Kitchen, Buckinghamshire
Great Missenden Sand Grey Satin & Iroko Wood Kitchen, Buckinghamshire
Design A Space Kitchens, Bedrooms & Interiors
Very much a bespoke kitchen, we designed this German manufactured kitchen in a way which suited the lives of our clients perfectly, whilst adding a dramatic looking industrial space which is incredibly stylish and inviting.
Kitchen in navy, white and grey with orange and copper accents
Kitchen in navy, white and grey with orange and copper accents
Christopher Howard
Cabinetry in deep blue contrasts to great effect with gleaming white work surfaces and is complemented by soft grey at the peninsula and entertainment piece. Corian worktop, in a light solid colour, with under-mounted stainless steel sink and Quooker boiling water tap offers a functional space for food preparation. The drop down section was designed for the young chef in the family to try her hand at pastry making with mum.
Contemporary Kitchen
Contemporary Kitchen
Design ideas for a contemporary kitchen in Devon.
Wilson Kew Case Study
Wilson Kew Case Study
Roundhouse
Roundhouse Urbo matt lacquer bespoke handle-less kitchen in Farrow & Ball Skimming Stone and book-matched Walnut veneer with Caesarstone 4141 Quartz Composite work surface. Tambour unit with stainless steel door. Photography by Darren Chung.
Mystic Marble
Mystic Marble
Sola Kitchens
Exuding grace and elegance, this kitchen features a statement marble porcelain worktop. State of the art appliances have been installed such as a Samsung oven, a Bora downdraft extractor fan and a Quooker tap providing instant boiling, sparkling and still water. Satin waxed brass half moon handles complement the worktop and smooth cabinetry adding a sense of warmth to the room.
Kingsway
Kingsway
BetterPAD
Photo of a contemporary kitchen in London.
Victorian Terrace in Islington
Victorian Terrace in Islington
Sarah Ross Design
The kitchen space is not huge but has everything you need and is great for entertaining. The utility area in the distance is as well designed as the kitchen. The Portland stone floor runs straight out in to the garden. The space is flooded with light. Photo:James Balston
Micro-extension, Barry
Micro-extension, Barry
dennis hellyar Architects
Luxury for Living Interiors
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary single-wall kitchen in Other with a submerged sink, grey cabinets, grey splashback, an island, grey floors, white worktops, shaker cabinets and black appliances.
Moody Blues
Moody Blues
Mowlem & Co
Moody Blues Deep, rich shades of blue, from royal to midnight, are a key kitchen colour trend, whether this is the primary colour theme or used as only for an island unit or an accent feature. From heritage style hand-painted effects to modern lacquers and finishes... whatever shade of blue you may be in the mood for can easily be achieved in a Mowlem & Co bespoke kitchen.
Backland Development
Backland Development
Lees Architects
Photo of a contemporary u-shaped kitchen/diner in Hertfordshire with a submerged sink, shaker cabinets, black cabinets, white splashback, black appliances, a breakfast bar, beige floors and white worktops.
Manor House Refurbishment
Manor House Refurbishment
Woodford Architecture and Interiors
This is an example of a contemporary kitchen in Devon.
SW2
SW2
Alta London Design & Project Management
This is an example of a small contemporary u-shaped open plan kitchen in London with a belfast sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, wood worktops, white splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood flooring, beige floors and brown worktops.
London Flat
London Flat
Ven Morgan Interiors
Contemporary kitchen in Kent.
Salisbury
Salisbury
Haus12 Interiors
Credit: Peter Atkinson Photography
This is an example of a small contemporary galley kitchen in Other with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, quartz worktops, black splashback, glass sheet splashback, black appliances, painted wood flooring, no island, white floors and black worktops.
Watkins
Watkins
Vegas Kitchens
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Kent with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, integrated appliances, porcelain flooring, an island, beige floors and white worktops.
Castle Mews Kitchen
Castle Mews Kitchen
Naked Kitchens
Contemporary kitchen in Other.
Bright, light Handleless Kitchen in Bedford
Bright, light Handleless Kitchen in Bedford
Planet Furniture
Fresh, bright and modern and just the right look to take us into the Spring! This latest project of ours is all about maximising the light and minimising the clutter and perfectly demonstrates how we can design and build bespoke spaces in a totally contemporary style. The run of tall, handleless cabinets which have been hand painted in Fired Earth’s Dover Cliffs, have been purposely planned to reflect the natural light from the bi-fold doors. And, who would know that this wall also ‘hides’ doors to the utility room? They’ve been designed to blend with the cabinetry to create a seamless look – now known by the family as the ‘Narnia Doors’! Whilst the soft hue of the blue island (F&B’s Hague Blue) injects a lovely balance with the white, the drama of the black marble tiles (from Fired Earth’s Chequers Court range) ensures there’s nothing bland or sterile about this kitchen. The Neff ovens are banked together within the run of cabinets whilst the Miele Induction hob is conveniently located opposite, in a 50mm Silestone Statuario Quartz worktop. The stand-alone Quooker Flex tap in Chrome is elegant against the marble tiles and the LED Strip lighting above and underneath wall cabinets provides the necessary ‘glow’ when the nights draw in.
Hartswood Road | Organic | Simple | Pared Back
Hartswood Road | Organic | Simple | Pared Back
HUX London
Three crittal walls and multiple skylights were added to the back kitchen extension to open up the space and flood light through. The neutral scheme mixing pale woods, greyed off stones and spray paint-finished kitchen units create a calm organic scheme, perfect for laid back living. The same palette rolls through the property, unifying the design style through the house. This beautiful tranquil home will be a calm foil to busy London life.
North London Kitchen
North London Kitchen
Lazfurniture
Photo of a contemporary kitchen in London.
Lovelace
Lovelace
Ursula Bick Interiors
Renovating a family residence re-defining the beauty of life to capture the pure and the exquisite. Inspired by a balance of sophisticated design, natural beauty and a touch of cosmopolitan glamour.
Want to discover beautiful contemporary kitchen ideas to inspire your new kitchen design? You’ve come to the right place. You can discover millions of contemporary kitchen designs and ideas; from kitchen islands and storage units, to all sorts of kitchen lighting ideas, such as pendant lighting or under cabinet lighting. Whether you want inspiration for all-in-one fitted kitchen designs, some small kitchen ideas or maybe just some tips for improving your kitchen decor, there are tons of contemporary photos to inspire you for your next kitchen project on Houzz.

What kind of contemporary kitchen design should I go for?


With so many kitchen ideas and photos to look at you might be a bit overwhelmed when it comes to picking your own contemporary kitchen design. If you are updating your kitchen you know what a big and important decision it is to get the design right – the kitchen can be the hub and heart of the home, and it’s unlikely that you would invest in renovating your kitchen again in a few years. But fear not, focusing first on the important elements like layout, cabinet style, worktops and appliances will help you to bring together your dream kitchen design. Additional elements like kitchen lighting, cupboard storage and decor can come after in the kitchen planning process.

A kitchen designer or fitter can help you to decide the layout of your contemporary kitchen in terms of where to place your kitchen units, appliances and island (if you’re having one), but if you prefer to handle this yourself you can focus on where you want your key elements of your kitchen to be – the oven, hob, sink and fridge. Of course you might be constricted by space, but try to envisage the easiest and most efficient layout based on how you usually like to cook and prepare your food. If you’re fed up of always having to carry dirty pans and pots across the room to the sink, place the sink closer to your oven and hob. Once you have the core elements sorted, consider extra layout considerations, such as where your bins will be stored, where the cutlery draw should be and where small contemporary kitchen appliances can be installed.

Should I include a kitchen island?


Kitchen island ideas are abundant these days; it seems most kitchen designs include a kitchen island, if not multiple islands. However, if the layout doesn’t work, especially if you have a small kitchen, then there’s no necessity to add in a kitchen island. You can add a breakfast bar or counter to your existing kitchen units, or stick with a good old-fashioned dining table if you don’t need the extra work surfaces.

That said, if you do have the room, take a look at some contemporary kitchen island ideas to see if the designs inspire you for your kitchen. There are a huge variety of island designs to cater to different needs – you can have sinks, ovens, hobs, wine storage and all sorts of drawers and organisers built-in, you can have separate bars and counters that extend from your island, or you could go for a kitchen island on wheels to make your kitchen layout more versatile.

What contemporary kitchen storage ideas should I consider?


If you want to keep your contemporary kitchen well-stocked and well-equipped but don’t want it spilling over with clutter, then you’ll need to rely on good kitchen storage. Apart from the usual fitted kitchen cupboards and drawer space, there are many other ways of keeping your kitchen tidy. Whilst a large kitchen pantry is the dream of most homeowners, it can’t always be a reality. However, there are now lots of pull out compartments and drawers with trays and shelving that can act as mini kitchen pantries, and you can install handy cupboard organisers that fit onto the inside of the door to make the most of your cupboard space. You can also look at corner drawers and cupboards that open up to reveal lots of extra storage. Rails or small shelves along your kitchen walls or splashback can help with hanging utensils or pans, or storing small items like herbs and spices in an usually empty space.

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Are there small kitchen ideas for small contemporary spaces?


If you’re working with a galley kitchen, a one-wall kitchen in an open plan space or just a pretty small kitchen, there are some small kitchen ideas that can help you get the most out of your cooking and dining area. If you find that you don’t utilise the back of your cupboards (maybe they become the graveyard for out-of-date tin cans), you could decide to go with shallower kitchen units to free up some extra floor space in front of your cabinets. As mentioned, open shelving or glass-fronted cabinets are a popular trend and they should make the space feel more open and less boxed-in. However, if you have the capacity for it, cupboards and contemporary kitchen units that maximise the floor-to-ceiling space you have will mean you can use all of that for valuable kitchen storage. Wall or ceiling racks could be a useful solution for hanging pans and pots if you’ve run out of cupboards in which to store them. Kitchen ideas and contemporary accessories such as baskets, trolleys and storage jars are both aesthetically pleasing and practical as they give you extra storage space. Kitchen appliances like a fridge or dishwasher can be tucked away in built-in units in fitted kitchens so they blend into your layout and don’t make the space look crowded.

Discover all the small kitchen ideas you could need by taking a look at photos of compact kitchens.

What sort of contemporary kitchen lighting should I go for?


In the kitchen you need to have practical lighting – no one wants to chop, cut and cook in a dingy room. Kitchen ceiling lights are probably the best way to go, but should you opt for recessed spotlights or traditional hanging ceiling lights? While spotlight LED kitchen lighting will give you excellent light, they may not fit with a design that’s not contemporary. Traditional chandelier lights could work for other kitchen styles, and of course, kitchen pendant lighting comes in all sorts of styles, colours and designs. While the popular choice is to go with one or two pendant lights over your kitchen island, you could also opt for a single pendant light over your dining space, or a few spaced out across your kitchen. Of course, if you want good lighting for your worktops, under-cabinet lighting is the way forward. Speak to your kitchen supplier about having this pre-installed, or there are a number of easy-install options you can fit yourself or with the help of a lighting expert or electrician.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a contemporary kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 721,711 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Sarah Ross Design and Lazfurniture. Look through kitchen photos in different colours and styles and when you find a contemporary kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful contemporary kitchen ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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