Differences Between Modern and Contemporary Kitchen Designs

October 7, 2019

Most homeowners use the terms ‘modern kitchen’ and ‘contemporary kitchen’ interchangeably. However, there are a few significant differences between the two. Below, we highlight the main differences (and similarities) between modern and contemporary kitchen designs. 


  • Modern and Contemporary Kitchens Celebrate Different Trends 


While contemporary kitchens generally boast features and finishes that are popular right now, modern kitchens usually embrace popular design trends from the mid-20th century. Ultimately, modern kitchen designs bridge the gap between traditional kitchen designs and contemporary kitchen designs


  • Contemporary Kitchens Are Often More Colorful 


Despite the prominent trend being that of minimalism, contemporary kitchens are usually more colorful and ornamental than their modern alternatives. Most contemporary kitchens, even if they have an all-white color scheme, will feature bright accents and artistic finishes, whereas modern kitchens rely on the texture of their materials to turn heads. 


  • Modern Kitchen Cabinetry Is Very Specific 


You can often tell the difference between contemporary and modern kitchen designs simply by looking closely at the kitchen cabinetry. For example, modern kitchen cabinetry often features flat panel or slab doors, with even spacing between the cabinetry and fewer vertical lines. Horizontal handles are also a common addition to a modern kitchen. Contemporary kitchen cabinetry, on the other hand, is usually quite chic and simple. Matte-effect kitchen cabinetry is especially popular right now and we even carry a full array of Ultra Matte Finishes. 

While both modern and contemporary kitchen designs differ greatly from traditional or rustic-style kitchens, they definitely are not the same thing. Each has its own special nuances that make it unique and one is not better than the other. Simply follow your own preferences when choosing your home’s design and you are sure to love your new kitchen no matter what!

Here at Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry, Inc. we can assist you in designing and crafting your dream modern or contemporary kitchen. Contact us now to learn more about our services.