14 contemporary kitchen ideas

Be inspired by this selection of contemporary kitchens and discover the materials and finishes you need to recreate these striking looks in your home

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Contemporary kitchens are clean, stylish and practical. They add a touch of luxury to any space and can be incorporated into modern homes, as well as traditional properties with a view to create contrast. Usually featuring high-tech materials and new technology, contemporary designs are ideal for modern family life as much as they are a stylish addition to a city apartment or kitchen extension.

Take a look at this selection of beautiful, sleek kitchen extensions and get some inspiration and ideas for your own home improvement project.


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1. Compact space solution

Contemporary kitchens lend themselves perfectly to small spaces, because of their clean lines and lack of clutter. Nicola Pastore utilised space-saving features and maximised storage when updating the kitchen in his tiny 78m² London flat.

a stylish contemporary kitchen renovation

The kitchen creates a great modern contrast in the open-plan period property. The white floor-to-ceiling units and island stand out against the stained wooden floorboards and teal walls, whilst the use of white appliances, bar stools, and shelving bring unity to the kitchen area.

2. Contemporary with a twist

A contemporary space doesn’t have to be filled with synthetic materials. The clever combination of dark wood, along side the high-gloss, black units in this vast, open plan kitchen creates a stylish and modern feel.

3. Bold industrial look

The exposed stone wall, concrete floor and stainless steel splashback in this extended Victorian terraced house create a raw, minimalist look when paired with the simple, black units. The island was designed as a seamless unit to incorporate a bench filled with storage, with the joinery design kept to a minimum. A large rectangular fixed-pane, triple-glazed rooflight brings light into the industrial-look space.

contemporary black kitchen with industrial touches

Two full-height glazed windows open up the garden, flooding the kitchen-dining-living area with light, and the polished concrete floor creates a strong flow between the kitchen and garden.

4. Striking marble work surfaces

The kitchen in this Victorian school conversion is contemporary design at its best. Sat in the space below an impactful mezzanine floor, it was designed to fit seamlessly into the living space, without becoming the dominant area. Owner Jemma was keen to rework the kitchen layout so that it didn’t encroach into the rest of the flat.

luxury contemporary kitchen under a mezzanine in a school conversion

Luna White cabinetry from Magnet is paired with a black-veined marble worktop from Granite London, which creates a dramatic, contemporary look.

5. Statement colour scheme

High-gloss black cabinets and a bold colour palette turned this family kitchen into a stylish entertaining space. The design includes a sociable breakfast bar, plenty of worktop space and a streamlined row of units boasting plenty of storage.

contemporary kitchens with bi-fold doors onto the garden

Simple white worktops set against the deep, blackberry units add visual interest to the space, whilst the heavily textured floor tiles create warmth. Owners Sally and Geoff Marling, knew that they wanted a design that was contemporary, easy to keep clean and which, most importantly, had plenty of wow factor.

6. Contemporary citrus kitchen

A splash of colour has been added to this otherwise monochrome kitchen with the use of a lime splash back and matching accessories.

7. Combining old and new

The kitchen of this stone barn combines rustic and contemporary design. High-gloss white cupboards enhance the sense of space, along with made-to-order black resin worktops and neutral screed flooring. The texture of the exposed stone wall becomes a feature when contrasted with the minimalist clean lines of the kitchen and simple floor. At the far end of the kitchen, a large window, opens the kitchen up to the dramatic Scottish landscape.

contemporary kitchen in a stone barn conversion

8. High-gloss units

When the Lewis-Pierpoints moved into their Lancashire home in 2012, they knew it was ripe for a redesign. The house hadn’t been touched since the 1970s, and the third of an acre plot meant that the small kitchen could be extended.

contemporary blue high-gloss kitchen

The high-gloss, light blue units complement the rest of the colour scheme, and the white breakfast bar adds an accent shade to the design. The kitchen opens out on to a patio, filling the space with light and linking it to the garden.

9. Light-filled design

Knocking down the internal walls that separated three cramped rooms, as well as adding an extension, provided the large, open-plan space that Lindsey and Chris wanted. A rooflight introduces as much light into the room as possible.

light filled contemporary open plan kitchen

Parquet flooring makes the room seem wider and contrasts against the clean, modern lines of the white, contemporary units. The metro tile splashback and metal pendants add an industrial feel.

10. Bright orange accent

This open-plan family kitchen was designed purely as a social space. TV is banned and technology is kept to a minimum to allow for more conversation, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t modern.

contemporary open plan kitchen for family social

Contemporary cantina-style bar stools sit in front of a sleek island unit topped with white composite work surfaces that splits the room into two zones – cooking and dining. Deviating from the typical monochrome palette, the units are a high-gloss champagne and the toughened glass splashback is bright orange.

11. Stark white design

To contrast with the exterior of this agricultural sawmill, the interior is open-plan, bright and highly contemporary. Owner Rebecca Frost wanted the kitchen to look as modern as possible, so decided to commission white, minimalist, handmade cabinets.

open plan contemporary kitchen in a saw mill

White is the dominant colour with the grey flooring adding an element of texture. The soaring pitch of the roof and its beams add an element of the home’s rustic history.

12. A modern red kitchen

Contemporary kitchens are often kept white to reflect natural light around the room and create a bright space. However, this kitchen has been injected with a splash of colour that doesn’t darken the space. The red adds striking personality to an already beautiful room.

contemporary red kitchen

13. Creating a contrast

This converted medieval barn successfully combines 700-year-old beams with a sleek contemporary design. The timber beams and floors contrast with the sleek, modern units – exaggerated by metal struts that prevent the roof from bowing, whilst providing a point of architectural interest.

contemporary kitchens in a cornish medieval barn

The units are high-gloss white and the space is streamlined. Corian gives the worktops a flow that you can’t achieve with other materials. For more on the best materials for worktops, click here.

14. Stylish monochrome scheme

With grey Caesarstone worktops and black and white gloss units, this modern kitchen has a striking, contemporary feel.

contemporary black kitchens

The halo pendant lights above the island, and the interesting extractor fan make the kitchen resemble a spaceship, rather than a kitchen. The monochrome colour palette and continual use of white floor tiles blend the kitchen effortlessly with the rest of the open-plan room.