Kitchen Design Style Guide – Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas and Products

Contemporary kitchen design isn’t just new, it’s really appealing. I found so many great contemporary style kitchen products that I won’t spend your time talking. Take a look. Take a long look- lots of kitchen design ideas here.

Canyon Creek Contemporary Kitchen Design Custom CabinetsCanyon Creek Contemporary Kitchen CabinetsThis contemporary style kitchen does a lot of things right. The most obvious are the custom cabinets by Canyon Creek. But there’s a lot of style in the stainless steel, sleek fixtures, an island-style eating area, granite countertops, tile, contrasting flooring, shiny appliances, and effective but subtle lighting. Steal these kitchen design ideas with the products I’ve hunted down for you below.

Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless sinks are a staple of every contemporary kitchen, both for style and use. What’s a kitchen without a sink?

Elkay DSGNR7220 Stainless Sink

Wide and squared off Elkay stainless steel Designer Inspirations sink for plenty of space.

Kohler Single Basin Kitchen Sink

Or pick the Kohler Single Basin Self Rimming Sink for its depth.

Elkay Mystic Undermount Sink

A bolder choice in kitchen design: the Mystic Bar Sink by Elkay that looks just like running water.

Elkay Undermount Stainless Steel Margarita SinkTo say nothing of the margarita glass Bar Sink by Elkay. Drink up.

Sleek Fixtures and Faucets

And what good’s a sink without a faucet? Pretty worthless. Don’t stop with the stainless steel yet.

Single Hole Kitchen Sink Faucet

Basic single hole Fima Kitchen Sink Faucet.

Water Creation Heavy Duty Pre-Rinse Faucet

Pre-rinse kitchen faucet- perfect for those of us who are busy, and who isn’t?

Ono Highflex Kitchen Faucet with Swivel Spout

Bendy, trendy stainless steel Ono kitchen faucet.

Mounted Pot FillerHandy luxury Hansgrohe Pot Filler.

4 Hole Contemporary Spout Kitchen Faucet with SidespraySuper deluxe kitchen faucet by Rohl, with all the side accessories- sidespray and cross handles.

For more, more outrageous faucets, see our post on spectacular spigots. When nothing but the boldest statements will do (for those of you who picked the margarita sink).

Mosaic Tile Backsplash

How about a glass mosaic backsplash to stop water damage and stop kitchen visitors in their tracks? Now that’s great kitchen design.

Cerdomus Durango Tile

Pick a color for this Cerdomus tile and put it all over your kitchen.

Interceramic Metallic Tile

Interceramic metallic tile comes in an array of colors, too, but the blue looks great with stainless steel. This tile adds nice texture without calling attention to itself.

Glass Mosaic TileOh so gorgeous mosaic glass tile. Great from every angle.

Red Glass Metallic Tile

Red mosaic glass looks very contemporary. The basic rule is to pick either a bold color or a bold pattern. Less is more.

Islands and Kitchen Carts

Even the best kitchen designs should bow to the work that needs to be done in a kitchen. This furniture is the perfect place to stir, stack, and chop. Put stools around the island so guests can help, or watch.

bamboo kitchen cart

Wheel in this Bamboo kitchen cart with stainless steel top to solve any space problems.

concord kitchen island with stools

Get a clean retro look with this white Concord kitchen island with stools.

Ebony Kitchen Island with Stools

This tall ebony kitchen island is all about sophistication.

Granite Countertops

Of course, you won’t need an island if you plan enough counter space. No two chunks of granite look exactly alike, but they all make great countertops. Solid minimalist cool.

Blue Renoir GraniteBlue Renoir granite is my very favorite and looks especially good with dark wood.

Arctic Cream GraniteYou don’t get any more contemporary than Arctic cream granite.

Blue Martinica Granite

Like black? Pair it with Blue Martinica. Like everything in this post, it plays nice with steel, too.

Sahara Gold Granite

For a softer look, there’s always granite in Sahara Gold. Go, go granite.

Floor Options

Contemporary style kitchen basics for flooring are tile and concrete. Click either link to see earlier posts on how these contemporary flooring options work in rooms and where to buy ‘em.

Flooring Tango Crossville Buenos Aires Mood

The color variation in this Crossville tile is a great contrast to simple contemporary lines.

Daltile Timber Glen Flooring in Heath

Or go for Daltile Timber wood-look tile in lighter tones.

If the rest of your kitchen design is simple enough, the way to make it really pop is luxury Italian tile flooring.

Major Appliances


You’ll get clean lines, lots of steel,  and, of course, functionality in these top pick contemporary kitchen appliances. Efficient major appliances are major lifesavers. For example, I don’t want any kitchen design that doesn’t come with a dishwasher.

Dacor Millenia Dishwasher

A particularly stylish way to avoid handwashing dishes is this black with stainless steel dishwasher by Dacor.

Miele Excella Series Dishwasher

This 19 Wash Programs Automatic Load Size Sensor Stainless Steel Dishwasher is another good model. You can tell by the long name with all the options in it. The short name is Miele Excella Series Dishwasher.

DCS - RDT366 Pro Style Dual Fuel Range

The next most important contemporary kitchen appliances are kitchen ranges. Try cooking without them. Better yet, try this dual fuel range by DCS. Options!

If you don’t need dual fuel, get a similar look from a different model with this stainless steel gas range by DCS.

KitchenAid Architect Freestanding Oven

This freestanding electric range by KitchenAid holds its own in contemporary style kitchens.

Jenn Air MicrowaveGet a little kitchen design magic with this Jenn Air floating glass built-in microwave.

Eltair Contemporary Stainless Steel Hood

For safety and fashion’s sake, fit your oven with a Stainless Steel Island Vent Hood.

HGEW36FS Wall Mount Chimney Range Hood Stainless SteelMasterpiece series wall mount chimney range hood by Thermador.

Kuppersbusch 5 Cook Zone Electric Profi Cooktop

You can even see contemporary styling in flat cooktops. This electric profi cooktop by Kuppersbusch, for example.

Thermador Masterpiece Series CIS365GB 36 Induction CooktopOr this induction cooktop by Thermador.

Northland 60 Built In Side by Side Refrigerator

Speaking of cool…don’t forget the refrigerator. It’s where your food lives most of the time. And it’ll appreciate this built-in side-by-side refrigerator by Northland.

Dacor IF48DBOL 48 in Built In Overlay Side by Side Refrigerator

Amazing, even. Custom panel refrigerator by Dacor.

Electrolux Icon Professional Series E42BS75EPS 42 Built in Side by Side Refrigerator

Electrolux Professional Series Refrigerator. Simple but still striking.

Lighting

Can you see in the dark? Well then, make the most of lighting in your kitchen design.

For a classic contemporary style kitchen, go simple with recessed lightingUnder cabinet lights are another fabulous invention for clean contemporary design. Hide the necessaries. Or play with the style with these quirky lamps.

Glacier Island Light

The Glacier Kitchen Island Light isn’t just lighting, it’s  a major design piece.

Contempo Island LightMore good things from this Contempo Island Light.

Fine Art LampsDangly bits aren’t just for Victorian lighting when there’s this Fine Art Chandelier.

Geometrix Chandelier

For a total focal point in your contemporary style kitchen, go with the Geometrix by Schonbek crystal chandelier.

Hard to top, right?

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