Before you begin your kitchen remodel, consider these six common design styles to pinpoint your personal taste and bring out the true personality of your home!
Similar to Old World and country kitchens, traditional kitchens are marked by their warm, homey, classic style. Unlike the simple, clean lines embraced by minimalist modern styles, traditional kitchens incorporate more detail and ornamentation, giving them their charming, timeless elegance. Some notable characteristics of traditional style kitchens include ornate molding and trim; raised or recessed cabinets; classic wood stains and glazes, muted with varying tones of creams, grays, and pastels; antique fixtures; natural flooring and decorative lighting.
For those searching for a design that is more open to interpretation, or who simply have a taste that is difficult to pin down, a transitional kitchen may just have everything you're looking for. Characterized by their seamless blending of classic and modern elements, transitional kitchens pair streamlined cabinetry and neutral color palettes with a unique blend of tactile textures and materials. Mixing natural and manufactured materials like wood, steel, glass, stone or marble is central to transitional designs.
Done right, eclectic kitchens exude an air of effortless confidence and bohemian flair. Most notable in eclectic kitchens are their bold combinations of colors, patterns, and materials. Farmhouse-style cabinets and butcher block counters may be matched with ornate chandeliers and whimsical wallpapers. By fashionably mixing contemporary, traditional, masculine and elegant pieces, eclectic kitchens have an fun, irreverent look that is entirely unique.
Streamlined and sophisticated, modern kitchens make a statement with their unadorned yet eye-catching look. White, stainless steel and pale wood cabinets are popular in modern kitchens, as are black, white, wood and stainless steel counter tops. State-of-the-art stainless steel appliances and unique lighting—like vertical side lighting lined down the kitchen walls or an island illuminated underneath with pale blue light—create a distinct, futuristic, minimalist effect.
Born out of the desire for quality design and craftsmanship by individual woodworkers, craftsman style kitchens are characterized by their functional, sturdy build and heavy woods, such as quartersawn oak, hickory, cherry or maple. With their simple straight lines, high-quality construction and minimal ornamentation, craftsman kitchens are both contemporary and elegant.
Nothing brings a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere into your home quite like a coastal kitchen design. Light colors in soft hues of sea foam green, light beige and soft pinks and blues, paired with ocean-inspired accessories and artwork, give off hints of lazy, sun-soaked days by the seaside. Lighting in coastal kitchens should be subtle and soothing, but cabinets styles can vary from contemporary to traditional and everything in between.
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