It seems like yesterday that we were at the turn of the millennium, but now we’re fully into the 21st century. While some homeowners are still privileging the aesthetics and design principles of the last century (and the ones before that), just as many are updating their kitchens to keep up the modern times in which we live. This is the very reason that you’re seeing more and more contemporary kitchens throughout the world.
Now, you may have your own ideas about contemporary kitchen designs. You, for example, might think that because they’re generally so minimal that designing one will be easy-peasy. Well, we’re here to tell you that this is simply not the case.
While it’s true that contemporary kitchen designs are often minimal, this minimalism only makes the necessity of sound design decisions more necessary. Thankfully, to demonstrate just what we’re talking about, we’ve collected 55 examples of luxury contemporary kitchens for you. In these examples, you can see the sound principles of contemporary kitchen design at work, hopefully in a way that might guide the design of your own kitchen. So, if you’re looking to create a kitchen in this style for your home, we’d encourage you to take a look!
In this white contemporary kitchen design, the extended wood section of the island adds some much-needed vibrancy.
By using an abundance of untreated wood surfaces, this luxury contemporary kitchen achieves an understated vibe.
3. Grey Vibe
With grey cabinets and a contemporary backsplash, this kitchen design manages to achieve a professional vibe.
4. Glass Counter
While you don’t see it often in many other styles, the glass countertop – specifically for the island – can work well in a contemporary kitchen.
5. Another Way
If you don’t want your island’s countertop to be all glass, consider using it as an elevated portion, just like you see here.
6. Orange Hue
In contemporary luxury kitchens, you’ll often note an orange hue to the color. This works well when balanced with dark countertops.
By including a shelf in the design of the island, this luxury contemporary kitchen ups the visual appeal of its geometry.
8. Wood Countertops
Not only are wood countertops beautiful, they’re also functional. Also note how well they work with the exposed brick wall.
The monolithic marble island really gives a touch of class to this minimalist contemporary luxury kitchen design.
10. Another Extension
Here’s another example of a contemporary kitchen design that makes use of the kitchen island extension. Isn’t it cool?
If you’re dealing with high ceilings, you may consider not including wall cabinets in your design in order to preserve the sense of verticality.
12. White and Wood
The dark wood cabinets in the background along with the lighter hardwood floors work well with the white contemporary cabinets and countertops in this design.
13. Dip It Low
Another popular trend in contemporary luxury kitchens is the low-profile kitchen shelves, like you see floating in the middle and along the back in this example.
14. Two Tone
This example does a great job of balancing dark wood cabinets with white wall cabinets by using pristine white countertops.
15. Dark Island
The dark island is a popular kitchen feature – this contemporary design does it right by including that beautiful black and white countertop.
16. Doing Work
Check out how this contemporary kitchen design features an island with a sink on one side and a full range on the other.
17. Double L
The two L-shaped islands in this contemporary kitchen allow for a maximum of workspace and would be perfect for a budding chef.
As you can see here, concrete floors work exceptionally well for minimalist contemporary kitchen designs.
A kitchen island that adopts a unique shape can offer a lot of visual charm to a boxy contemporary kitchen design.
20. Make A Splash
The all-white look is common in contemporary kitchens, but it’s important that all that white be balanced with subtle splashes of color.
21. High Lights
With the vaulted ceilings, this luxury custom kitchen fills its vertical space with beautiful hanging light fixtures.
22. Pop Out
You’ve got to love the way that this wood and white luxury contemporary kitchen pops out against the exposed stone wall.
23. Wrap Around
The wrap around countertop for the kitchen island is always a good look for a contemporary and luxurious design.
24. Unique Island
This is another example of a contemporary luxurious kitchen that demonstrates how a unique kitchen island can go a long way.
The floating mirrored cabinets at the back of this contemporary kitchen are a deft touch that increases the sense of the design’s dimension.
While minimal like many contemporary kitchens, this design uses splashes of green in order to achieve a lush feel.
Note the shape of the cabinets along the back of this kitchen – they really elevate the beauty of the design and increase the feeling of luxury.
28. All Black
Just as with an all-white kitchen, one that’s all-black needs a touch of color to avoid the feeling of sterility.
Given that contemporary kitchen designs are typically boxy, you may wish to include globular lights to break things up.
30. In And Out
It’s awesome how the kitchen cabinets in this contemporary design extend out into the open-concept living space beyond.
In a contemporary kitchen design, reflective cabinet surfaces can be used to stunning affect, as you can see here.
32. Up And Down
With a variety of stylistic flourishes, this contemporary luxury kitchen design makes excellent use of its vertical space.
33. Far Out
With a main island serving as an additional work area, this contemporary kitchen design also includes an attractive far out island for other things.
Given that straight lines will be all over a contemporary design, balancing things in a symmetrical way is vitally important.
With a cotemporary kitchen design, you shouldn’t be afraid of color! Look at how well the green works here.
The sweeping section of counter that stretches out in the open-concept space helps to break up the boxy vibe of this design.
37. Real Simplicity
The black and white of this contemporary kitchen design really accentuates its smart architectural features.
38. One To Another
Check out how the kitchen tables and chairs have been selected to match the look of this contemporary luxury kitchen.
The red backsplash of this sleek luxurious contemporary kitchen adds the extra bit of spice that’s needed.
40. Keep It Simple
It’s important to remember that having a luxury kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to mean having a large kitchen.
41. Hardwood Floors
Check out how the beautifully hardwood floors really elevate the look this smaller yet luxurious contemporary kitchen.
42. New Shapes
It doesn’t have to be straight to be boxy. Check out the angled and attractive lines of this contemporary kitchen design.
With simpler cabinets, you can try to add some visual vibrancy to your luxury contemporary kitchen design by using an attractive wallpaper.
In some cases, you can add all the visual vibrancy you need by having attractive countertops in a contemporary kitchen design.
The antiqued look of the contemporary cabinets in this stunning kitchen design is unique and appealing.
46. It’s All There
This stunning contemporary kitchen design includes every thing you might want in your own ultimate kitchen.
The white and dark woods of this contemporary kitchen design are truly beautiful, and the look is totally made by the hardwood floors.
48. Brighten Up
In this design, the smart application of various lights helps to brighten up the industrial feel of the style.
49. Cool Stuff
Here’s a contemporary kitchen design that plays it safe and effectively. The spark in the design lies in the counter stools.
The extend section of white countertop that floats out into the space gives this contemporary design some real flair.
51. Into The Space
The way that this kitchen design extends into the open-concept space is wonderful, as is the elevated shelf in the island.
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The coolest addition to this awesome contemporary and luxurious kitchen is the fireplace at the far side of the room.
The blue walls in this design help to keep the space as bright and cheery as it is luxurious.
54. Classic Combo
One thing you should remember: you can incorporate the principles of contemporary design into a kitchen that adopts a classic style.
55. Make It Yours
Given that contemporary kitchens are frequently featured in open-concept homes, make sure you make the design yours and that it blends with the overall space.