You’ll run across pictures of beautiful kitchens all across the internet. Some are absolutely incredible, and they look clean and simple, but they’ve got enough texture and layers to make them interesting. Some of the countertops look out of this world, and you just can’t tell what they’re made out of. Odds are, you’re looking at pictures of contemporary kitchens.
Contemporary kitchens, like modern kitchens, strive for simplicity and a fusion of style and function. However, modern kitchens, even though they look great, tend to be very simple with little or no decoration. The entire idea behind the modern design is a clean and clutter free workspace that’s simple. More often than not, white will play the biggest role as a color. Contemporary kitchens, on the other hand, can still have modern elements, and many of them do. But contemporary design uses color, patterns, and texture to create a unique and refreshing space.
Technology, and the latest and greatest, are also a big part of any contemporary kitchen. Basically, contemporary kitchens use what’s trendy and in right now. Of course, contemporary design also borrows from other styles, and even incorporates old materials in new ways. Like concrete countertops for instance.
One of the biggest differences between contemporary design and modern design is the backsplash in the kitchen. Modern design uses simple backsplashes, with no patterns or contrasting colors. Contemporary backsplashes, however, use patterns, colors, and even different materials to create that contemporary look.
You might not want to recreate your entire kitchen in the contemporary style, but you can certainly bring a piece of contemporary design into your kitchen by using a backsplash. While a contemporary design can be created by using the simple lines of subway tile with unique patterns and colors, you aren’t limited to just tile.
Your options are limited only by your imagination, and your budget. The first thing that you’ll want to do when creating a new backsplash is figuring out how much of the wall you’ll be covering. Are you going to use a backsplash for the entire wall? Or do you just have room for a backsplash between your countertop and wall cabinets? You’ll find that most backsplashes only cover between 25 percent and 75 percent of the wall above the countertop. Contemporary design is about clean lines, so that amount of backsplash is perfect.
While contemporary design is all about using the newest and greatest materials, it’s also all about reusing old materials in new ways. You’ll have a lot of options for choosing a backsplash material. A popular material is glass tiles. They are simple and clean, but you’ll be able to create unique and intriguing patterns that will ramp up the textures and layers of your kitchen, which is what contemporary design is about.
You will want to avoid anything too vintage, both in terms of materials and colors. However, ceramic tiles can come in virtually any color, so you’ll have a lot of variety if you choose ceramic tile. Subway tiles make for great contemporary backsplashes. The angular lines lend themselves well to the style, and you’ll have plenty of freedom to create any kind of pattern that would like. Plus, subway tiles keep that incredibly clean look of contemporary design.
But you aren’t just limited to glass tiles or tile in general. Metal backsplashes are also popular, and the rusted colors can add that earthy feeling to your kitchen. While monochromatic color schemes are popular, you can break them up with glass tiles to create a visually interesting pattern, that stays clean and simple.
A Contemporary Splash
Even if your overall kitchen design isn’t contemporary, you can add that splash you want in the backsplash. Let your creativity run wild, and don’t be afraid to look at pictures of contemporary kitchens to see what you like and don’t like. You have a lot of options when it comes to materials and colors, just remember that contemporary design is all about having clean lines.
A great way to complement the straight lines of a contemporary back splash is by using round lights or bar stools. The curves will add an extra layer and texture, which is essential in any contemporary kitchen. Look for the new materials if you’d like, or think of how you can use an older material in a way. Stainless steel, for instance, is becoming increasing popular as a backsplash. It’s super clean looking and easy to clean. A win on both fronts for a contemporary backsplash.