My mother has a quote hanging in her kitchen that reads, “No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.” No room in the home brings people together quite like the kitchen. It’s the hub, the center, the grand central station of your day. It must be functional, versatile, personal, and beautiful.

Contemporary kitchens are taking over the ornate moldings of traditional styles. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel or update, check out these 20 contemporary kitchen ideas that are making a big impact.

    Consider the layout and where to put large appliance, the sleek look of that fridge is absolutely beautiful.  

    Focus on storage needs to keep everything you need within reach.

    The ultimate goal of a contemporary kitchen should be to meet your eating and entertaining needs.

    Although contemporary kitchens are simple, they can still reflect your own personality with its decor and vibe.

    Optimize your space by making sure your kitchen layout caters to your needs.   

    In a small space, think vertical and stack shelves high up on the walls.

    If you have a larger space, an L-shaped or U-shaped design with a big center island is 100% swoonworthy.

    Add a bar-height counter to the island for an instant eat-in space.

    Consider sleek stone for a contemporary countertop. Granite and marble are popular, but limestone, concrete, and stainless steel are also beautiful options.

 Add a bright mosaic tile backsplash or pick out a vibrant floor finish for a contemporary kitchen with a pop of color.

 Frosted cabinets are great for a more modern element.

 Don’t be afraid color, it’s an inexpensive way to make a cheery kitchen and ensures that a contemporary kitchen is still welcoming.

 Black and white color patterns are simple yet elegant for a contemporary kitchen.

 If you don’t want to take on a remodel, simply add contemporary details like novelty signs and marquee letters for variety and personality.

 I think all kitchens should have an element of nature, add a succulent arrangement or herb garden to liven up the space, and balance out the contemporary design.

 Neutral color palettes and metallic accents give modern kitchens an elegance that will never go out of style.

 Go for a large architectural light fixture, or a piece of bold artwork or décor to make the space both comfortable and contemporary.

 Contemporary kitchens lend themselves to glamour and elegance, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be comfortable and cozy with family pictures, soft towels, and beautiful linens.

 Keep windows as bright and open as possible to let in natural light and keep the lines simple.

 Although contemporary kitchens are the epitome of simplicity, keep it functional by keeping the appliance and items you use most often readily accessible.