It’s so simple it must require hardly any effort from you.
I can’t blame her really. Many of these contemporary designs look as though they were simply pulled from a box of Lego and stuck at will to the wall. And that’s really part of their appeal isn’t it? There are no heavy crown mouldings, pilasters or turned furniture feet to make us “ooh” and “aah” at the high level of craftsmanship that went into the installation. But make no mistake, the contemporary kitchen requires just as much, if not more attention to detail as its more traditional counterpart.
The first question I ask when faced with a contemporary design is “what appliances are being used?” Typically this style of kitchen involves at least one integrated appliances. An “integrated” appliance is one that is either hidden behind doors that match the cabinetry, or actually built in to the cabinetry itself. The idea here is to make the appliance disappear.
For me, the most important part of a contemporary design is how well things line up. Because the doors are typically very simple, the lines between the doors and drawers must line up perfectly. For a standard run of base or wall cabinets, this isn’t much of an issue; even stock cabinets will line up if properly implemented. The challenge arises when we start working with the integrated appliances we’ve so carefully fit into our custom pieces.
Contemporary kitchen design has been strong for at least 2 years now. Recent trade shows in Europe indicate several advancements in this style which will require even more attention to detail. When you meet with your kitchen designer, come prepared with as much information as possible to make the design process go smoothly. Knowing what appliances you plan on using, will go a long way to creating a contemporary kitchen that looks like it “required hardly any effort” from your designer. Only you and your designer will know the truth.