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Kitchen Styles - - Country Kitchen Styles, Contemporary Kitchen Styles, Traditional Kitchen Styles, Rustic Kitchen Styles, Arts & Crafts Kitchen Styles and Modern Kitchen Styles

 

Like a fashion, kitchens come in different types of styles. Since a new kitchen costs the most and last the longest, choosing a kitchen style requires serious consideration.

Speaking broadly, it helps to know if you prefer a more modern or more classic view. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down your choices on everything from wall colour to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as Art Deco etc, gives you even more of a design road map.

 

You have the freedom to choose between hundreds of kitchen cabinets design, doors, countertops, range hoods and other appliances in order to develop our own unique kitchen.  If you are not sure where to begin or do not know the various kitchen styles, appliances and furnishings work in accordance with one another, visit kitchen website, read magazine and pictures of existing kitchen styles can be a great source of ideas.  Within each style, we have freedom to personalize their settings to suit our needs. By learning more and more about kitchen cabinet design, we will eventually discover the kitchen style that best suits to our personality, home and family.

Country Kitchen Styles


Kitchen Cabinet Country Styles
Country Kitchen Styles. Picture Source : kitchens.com

 

Country kitchen style is welcoming and warm, with bright colour and light, painted and glazed kitchen cabinets, floral motifs and decorative shelving and moulding. There are many different twists to the country kitchen style – English, French, Farmhouse, Cottage etc. You can expect to see breadboard wainscoting and panelling, painted, glazed and distressed kitchen cabinets. It's also common to leave the cabinet doors open to display colourful dishes to add to the décor. Hand-painted tiles and butcher block make great additions to the countertop. The key ingredient to a great country kitchen style is keeping it simple with well-chosen accents like potted herbs in the window, throw rugs on the wood or natural tile floors, chintz and calico window treatments.

Contemporary Kitchen Styles


Contemporary Kitchen Style
Contemporary Kitchen Style. Picture Source : kitchens.com

 

Contemporary kitchen style is typically described as modern with simple and clean architectural lines and decorative elements and minimal personal touches. The material associated with contemporary kitchen styles is man-made rather than natural – stainless steel, laminate, glass, concrete, chrome and lacquer. Contemporary kitchen styles are influenced by Europe, particularly Italy, Germany and Scandinavia.

If you want to make your kitchen look sleek and streamlined while still having a touch of coziness and livability you can mix subtle woods like birch, ash or maple with some sort of metal like copper, brass, pewter, chrome or stainless steel on surfaces like your countertops, floors and cabinet doors.

 

 

Traditional Kitchen Styles

 

Traditional Kitchen Styles
Traditional Kitchen Styles. Picture Source : kitchens.com

 

Traditional kitchen styles blend the formal and elegant look characteristic of American and European homes from the 18th and 19th century designs. You can expect to see crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim. The kitchen cabinets are generally made from cherry, walnut and mahogany wood and feature raised panel doors. It's also common to see the kitchen cabinets painted in white. The fixtures and appliances are generally antique looking. One of the great advantages of having a traditional kitchen style is that never goes out of style, however you may want to spice up your appliances or furnishings over time.

 

Rustic Kitchen Styles


Rustic Kitchen Styles
Rustic Kitchen Styles. Picture Source : kitchens.com

 

You'll generally find rustic kitchen styles influenced from areas like the Adirondack and Pacific Northwest or resembling log cabins. Rustic kitchen style is generally full of wood: knotty pine, hickory and alder woods. Wood paneling is favored over traditional wall coverings and there are always exposed ceiling beams, leather beams and accents done in warm, rich earth tones.

 

Arts & Crafts Kitchen Styles


Arts & Crafts Kitchen Styles
Arts & Crafts Kitchen Styles. Picture Source : kitchens.com

 

Grounded in form and function, Arts & Crafts kitchen styles (also known as Mission style) rely on the natural look with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship. The use and design of wood is essential in an Arts & Crafts kitchen styles. You'll find recessed panel doors with thick frames, flush frame cabinetry, hand-carved corbels and wood brackets. For an interesting accent, contrast the finishes or woods of the frame against the door and panel. Other trademarks of this style are stylized wallpaper, textiles, Tiffany-styled lighting, and a kitchen island with carved legs instead of a cabinet.

Modern Kitchen Styles


Modern Kitchen Style
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Modern kitchen style change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek, straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, visible appliances and details. Common materials include stainless steel, marble, granite and frosted glass. Basic geometric shapes and bold, bright colors such as reds, blues and yellow, black and white are prevalent.

Modern kitchen style is futuristic looking, using concrete, stone, metal and glass. High tech comes to mind when thinking of this type of decor with lots of open space, bright lighting and square lines. White walls are predominant in a modern home with furnishings, accessories and fabrics sporting neutral tone-on-tone colour schemes. A lacquered finish on kitchen cabinetry is common. The art and accessories in a modern interior are extremely important and must exhibit striking shapes or forms to make a statement. Special pieces should be called out with spotlights for visual impact.