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Contemporary Kitchen Styles


Design and construction for entire home by Hahka Kitchens, 2010



Contemporary kitchens tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often are man-made rather than natural: stainless steel, laminate, glass, concrete, chrome and lacquer.


Contemporary encompasses styles from the 1940s to the present, with Europe—especially Italy, Germany and Scandinavia—leading the way.


Expect to see:

  • Frameless cabinets with oversized hardware.

  • Cabinet material: stainless steel; white or bold-colored laminate; or subtly grained woods such as birch, ash or mapleCabinet door style: slab or horizontal lift-up.

  • Frosted glass inserts
  • Stainless steel and other metallic accents

  • Curved cabinets and counters 


Contemporary styles: Art Modern, Futurism, Functionalism, Modern, Post-Modern.