13 Picks to Create a Chic, Contemporary Kitchen

There's a simple, three-ingredient recipe for a contemporary kitchen. You'll need a generous amount of sleek finishes, a dash of trendy appliances and a pinch of texture. Use these 13 design elements and kitchen gadgets from Houzz to create a chic kitchen without remodeling.

Contemporary kitchen with white cabinets, black countertops, and white barstools
Houzz counter stool with metallic seat photo

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Tarctic Counter Stool

Barstools can be swapped as often as styles evolve, but we bet this transitional Tarctic Counter Stool will be one you always come back to. The metallic seat and footrests polish the pared-down shape into a truly statement-making piece of furniture. Each handcrafted stool has a unique variation of color and texture that's sure to warm up your contemporary kitchen. Get it exclusively on Houzz today.

Price $191.99

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Houzz 10-speed KitchenAid stand mixer in silver photo

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Artisan Designer Series Stand Mixer

KitchenAid stand mixers are an iconic appliance and "iconic" is something you definitely want to include in any contemporary design. You'll find a way to use this 10-speed mixer everyday to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Brighten an empty corner with the Sugar Pearl Silver finish and all of its shininess or click the link below to see this mixer in seven other colors.

Price $499.99

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Houzz Bodum glass mug photo

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Bodum Double Wall Mug

There's something extremely chic about sipping a foamy latte from a glass mug. The double walled glass makes liquid appear to magically float within the cup. The extra layer insulates hot and cold beverages and prevents condensation, so you don't fret when guests neglect the stack of coasters on the coffee table.

Price $43.50

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Houzz stainless steel cookware set photo

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Nouvelle 10-Piece Cookware Set

Stainless steel is a staple in contemporary kitchens. The unique element of this bestselling cookware set is the copper core of each pot and pan. It functions as heat control, but it also has an aesthetic side you can't ignore. Copper is an of-the-moment metal that doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon and mixing it with cool stainless steel is very stylish indeed.

Price $599.99

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Houzz KitchenAid stainless steel multi-cooker photo

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Stainless Steel Multi-Cooker

Contemporary design inherits minimalism from its modern side, so any all-in-one system that facilitates multitasking is essential. Enter the multi-cooker with settings for sauteing, slow cooking, steaming, simmering and more. The multi-cooker is at the top of everyone's wish list these days, so order yours before it sells out.

Price $349.99

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Houzz KichenAid Hand Mixer in purple photo

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KitchenAid Ultra Power Five-Speed Hand Mixer

This small appliance is a strategic opportunity to give your kitchen a taste of Pantone's Color of the Year - Ultra Violet. You don't have to be a purple-person to appreciate this sophisticated shade called Boysenberry and you don't even have to display it for long. You can store it neatly in a cabinet after the cookie dough is whipped into shape. In any case, it's a nice little dose of color to perk up a design that's primarily black and white.

Price $59.99

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Houzz stainless steel range hood with glass cover photo

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36-Inch Stainless Steel and Glass Range Hood With Baffle Filters

If you feel like your kitchen is missing something you can't quite put your finger on, it's probably a focal point. Every room needs an anchor, something your eyes can gravitate toward. It's safe to say that all eyes will be on this stunning range hood. It's curved glass and stainless steel finish will stand apart from cabinets and elevate the whole room's design.

Price $699

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Houzz lemon squeezer photo

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Blomus Callista Polished Lemon Squeezer

When life gives you lemons, buy a Blomus lemon squeezer. This totally practical yet profoundly glamorous juicer will invigorate your spirits and taste buds. Lemons pack a punch of vitamin C that boosts your immune system. Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice is also, well, delicious. It gives plain old water an interesting twist and it adds mouthwatering flavor to dishes like salad and chicken breast.

Price $35.99

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Houzz porcelain tile for backsplash photo

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Marmol Carrara Hex Porcelain Tile, Set of 25

A standout backsplash is another important piece to the puzzle. Clean lines and marbleized texture are baked into these hexagonal tiles, which will undoubtedly add dimension to kitchen walls. Best part? These tiles have the appearance of marble, but the durability and price tag of porcelain.

Price $8.97/square foot

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Houzz wooden kitchen utensils in holder photo

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Nambé Tulip Tool Jug With Five Wooden Tools

Redecorating a kitchen calls for a thorough detox. Channel your inner minimalist and discard duplicates as you upgrade old for new. Most homeowners have a cluttered bin of bruised and beaten cooking utensils near the stove that could use some love. Replace the whole kit and caboodle with the Nambé Tulip Tool Jug. The metal vase is elegantly shaped like a flower and it includes five wooden tools.

Price $150

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Houzz Bodum bread box in black photo

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Bodum Bistro Bread Box

There's nothing chic about a plastic wrapped loaf of bread occupying the corner of your counter. Enter the Bodum Bistro Bread Box and transform that lousy loaf into a handsome display. This matte black box is large enough to house your local bakery's largest loaf. Use the crumb-catching lid as a cutting board and serving tray when Sunday brunch rolls back around.

Price $36.99

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Houzz plates with city maps on them photo

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City Plate Collection

These urban dinner plates are the coolest and a great conversation starter for your next get-together. Uncover the streets of Boston, San Francisco, Hollywood and Palm Springs as you get your daily fill of vegetables. Contemporary kids will like them too. Like the back of a cereal box, a city map is a stimulating way to start the day.

Price $162

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Houzz set of six tumblers with bees on them photo

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La Rochere Bee Tumblers, Set of Six

Everyone could use a simple set of everyday drinking glasses and you get a total of six with this set by La Rochere. These darling cups are slightly flared and adorned with sweet, little bees. Order now to get them in time before your summer barbecue.

Price $57.99

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