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Backsplashes in Contemporary Kitchens

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The backsplash has evolved over time to become one of the most decorative elements in a kitchen design. Nearly any style of kitchen can make use of the different colors and patterns that can be displayed here, but one of the kitchen styles that can benefit most is the contemporary kitchen. With their stark lines and clean contours, contemporary kitchens often run the risk of feeling impersonal. Used correctly the backsplash area can help overcome this fault, injecting the kitchen with personality.

Keeping a Cohesive Design

Use tiles in a contemporary kitchen in a way that will both liven up the space and stay in keeping with the rest of the décor. The key is in the choosing of the materials and the way that they are laid out.

Bold Statement

One way is to use tiles to create a bold statement on the backsplash. If your kitchen is a little too stark or plain in color and design, a really bold backsplash can make the entire room pop; try one of these designs to enhance the space:

  • Use a bold color like red combined with a unique pattern such as falling water which is made up of several small pieces of tile designed to look like rain
  • Use a tile that has a unique feature such as glass rods installed to look like bamboo or tiles with an iridescent finish to them

Focal Point

If your kitchen doesn’t have a focal point or a resting place for the eye, it can make you feel as if you aren’t anchored in the room. Try using the backsplash to give the space a focal point using one of these ideas:

  • Use glass mosaics to create a modern mural behind your cooktop pulling from colors within the room as your palette and using a well known work of art as your inspiration
  • Use plain, oversized tiles on the majority of the backsplash, then use something very different behind the cooktop such as river rocks or handmade glass tiles in a bold color

Inject Some Fun

The backsplash is one way to inject your personality or interests into your design. Have some fun with it in your contemporary kitchen to make the entire room come alive.

The Four Basic Kitchen Designs

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Kitchen and Bath

 

When you are designing your kitchen, there are basically four kitchen designs or styles. While all are basic variations on the same ultimate purpose, they all function very differently and present very different options for the occupants of the home.

Traditional

First you have the most commonly found, a traditional design. A traditional design is the kind of kitchen you will see on your favorite television show with the family gathered around the table. It is the sort of kitchen you can hang out in and make a pot of coffee in the morning.  Usually featuring a kitchen table or a breakfast nook of some kind, you can complete all your meal duties in one place – preparing, eating and cleaning up.  This is the kind of kitchen that is referred to as the heart of the home.  Many different types of activities will happen in this kind of space.

Transitional

This kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – it is a kitchen in Transition between the traditional and the contemporary.  Usually it is based largely on the traditional with some features from the contemporary brought in.  Sometimes it is as simple as bringing in art, newer lighting styles or opening up one of the walls to provide more access to the rest of the house.

Contemporary

Often times, people think that contemporary and modern are the same. This is not true when it comes to design, especially the design of your kitchen. The contemporary kitchen started presenting itself in the 1960’s or so. You would find contemporary furnishings with smooth lines and no frills design. The trending colors in the 60’s were turquoise and tangerine, with a touch of black.   The “modernized” kitchen was centered around time saving gadgets and design that evoked the industrialization of the American kitchen.

Modern

The modern kitchen is for the busy person on the go and has the latest features in design and technology. You will not be able to tell where the kitchen cabinets are because they are skillfully built into the walls with touch open cabinets.The modern kitchen is similar in design to a jet liner. Smart Homes will most likely have a modern kitchen, with voice commands and smart phone control as standard options.  The lines of a modern kitchen are sleek and sophisticated, and also the most expensive direction to take in kitchen design.

 

Architectural Style

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Architectural elements don’t have to look traditional. This condo home is interesting architecturally while still staying completely contemporary.

The immediate area of interest comes from the openings in the wall separating the dining area from the front entryway. The squares are evenly distributed across the wall, providing small glimpses into the room on the other side.

To add interest, some openings are painted in a contrasting color and others are filled with Plexiglas boxes holding fruit. The clear boxes leave this wall open to possibilities for a homeowner.

The other interesting architectural decision is the tile montage on the wall over the dining table. Once again, a modern perspective runs through this piece and the simple style and two-color approach provides a lot of flexibility in design. Having tile right next to the dining table almost creates a backsplash effect – with no worry about staining the art.

Other architectural elements that add personality include the luscious marble floor and the appealing door design toward the back. The black frame and glass styling once again help the space feel open while providing natural separations between functional areas.

This condo is simple and modern while still being light and inviting. Smart architectural design combines with interesting personal additions to create a beautiful space.

Baseboard Thoughts

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In most situations people don’t pay attention to their baseboards beyond wiping them down a few times a year. However if you’re changing the look of your home, you may want to determine whether your baseboards should be replaced.

If you want your contemporary home to take on a more old-style look, molding is one way to add architectural character without spending a lot of money. Crown molding, window and door frames and baseboards can be replaced in just a few days. The molding in this photo is common in older homes. It is about twice the height of newer baseboards and has more character along the top.

Painted molding such as this will work with virtually any floor, even wood as you can see from the photo. It’s more important that your molding is consistent throughout the house than that it matches your floors. White painted molding – generally in a glossier finish than the wall paint – has a classic look that sets off a traditional decorating style.

In modern homes, baseboards are better when they’re simpler and less noticeable. Often homes with tile floors will have baseboards actually created from the tile cut into three or four inch strips. That way the baseboard has a natural connection to the look of the floor and doesn’t demand attention. This style works well with the clean lines of modern furniture.

What look do you want your home to have? As you plan, consider details such as baseboards to ensure that your rooms are design-consistent throughout your home.