May 22, 2009, Newsletter Issue #52: Contemporary Kitchen Style Offers Simplicity

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While Victorian and traditional stylings have long been preferred by many designers and home buyers, newer contemporary ideas are making headway into the array of kitchen decorating ideas.

Contemporary styles aren't exactly new as designers often draw on the Modernism of the 1930s and 1950s when looking for inspiration. All in all, contemporary stylings for the kitchen and other parts of the home have been slow to catch on and have been primarily an urban phenomenon. But more and more homeowners are turning to contemporary kitchen style ideas.

Contemporary styling has at its core a pared-down, minimalist appearance. Some experts believe that contemporary kitchen decorating ideas are more popular now because -- with lifestyles so busy -- many seek as calm an environment as possible while enjoying their home. With newer cabinet and storage designs, it's easier to achieve this uncluttered look in the kitchen. Appliances can be stored in appliance garages, spices have their own space and supplies for cleaning up are out of sight but easy to reach.

Even though contemporary styling is often associated with lots of black and white, you can still introduce color into your kitchen if you choose. You might also find interesting ways to introduce steel and stone into your kitchen, another feature of contemporary styling.

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