Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with concrete worktop

Contemporary kitchens: 3 styles to inspire you

Last week, we looked at 3 different ways to bring a traditional design to your kitchen, including Shaker, Country and the extra beading details that can transform a space.

Now, we’re turning our attention to more contemporary styles. They differ from the traditional recessed Shaker style. The flat panel cabinets offer a more contemporary option for your kitchen space, with sleek, clean lines. That they suit modern spaces is a given; but in this journal article, we’ll show you how great they can look in more traditional spaces, like barn conversions and country homes.

Contemporary kitchen style 1: Painted flat panel

Whether bold or neutral, painted flat panel cabinetry injects personality to a minimalist style.

American Diner Style Industrial Kitchen feel and metro tile wall

How is this contemporary kitchen built?

We use the same birch carcass and oak frame as in our Shaker designs, but the doors and drawer fronts are built from a birch plywood panel and then painted in a colour that you choose.

You can also choose from lots of different handle options, including the standard routed handle cut out, the straight J handle, and knobs and pulls.

Can I see an example?

Our American Diner-Style Industrial Kitchen is bursting with personality. Read about the full project here.

Contemporary kitchen style 2: Veneer flat panel

Our veneered cabinets bring the tactile warmth of sustainably-sourced wood into your home.

How is this contemporary kitchen built?

Just like our painted flat panel kitchens and more traditional Shaker kitchens, we start with a birch carcass and oak frame. After that, we veneer the doors and drawers in a timber of your choice. The handle options are as versatile as with the aforementioned painted flat panel kitchens.

Contemporary kitchen style 3: Plywood kitchens

Birch plywood is a stable and elegant material that brings a crisp, clean feel to your kitchen.

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with concrete worktop

How is this contemporary kitchen built?

We create the carcass, frames and doors from sustainably-sourced birch plywood. It can be finished painted, stained or varnished, so you can let your imagination run wild.

Can I see an example?

One of our most popular kitchens is the Pegboard Plywood kitchen, which was recently featured in the Sunday Times as an example of the finest sustainable kitchen design.

Give Sarah a ring on 0117 325 4392 or email her on hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk to get a quote for your own bespoke contemporary kitchen.

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