Kitchen Style Guide: 13 Design Styles Explained
Posted in Kitchen Remodel on September 12, 2016
When if comes time to do a major kitchen remodel, people often have a very difficult time settling on a design style – and with good reason! There exists a seemingly endless variety of design styles and trends to choose from and you could spend months perusing design sites to figure out what you are looking for.
So, we wanted to do the legwork for you and help flesh out 13 of the major design styles found in kitchens today.
The most popular overall kitchen style, traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant, and timeless look and appeal. Think, big multipurpose islands, ornate molding and trim, and beautiful walnut, mahogany, or cherry wood cabinets. Typically, traditional kitchens feature antique looking appliances and fixtures, but can modern or industrial elements to create a fresh look.
One of the biggest trends in kitchen design is the transitional kitchen. These rooms combine elements from traditional and contemporary design to create kitchens with the best of both worlds: warm and welcoming with clean and simple lines. Transitional kitchens feature natural surfaces simple accents, neutral colors and lots of textures.
The less fancy sibling of traditional kitchens, classic kitchens are simple, light and safe. Fresh white or cream cabinetry, neutral colors, white subway tile, and simple clean architectural details are often found in classic style kitchens.
Beachy or Coastal Inspired Kitchens
It’s easy to spot a room with a beach or coastal inspired theme. The use of sea foam green and images of sea life – think murals or tile designs of seahorses, fish, starfish, ect – are usually a dead giveaway. Coastal kitchens typically employ soft and soothing lighting and light, soft colors to create a room that is both bright and colorful yet relaxing and, well, beachy. Furniture is often finished with a very natural looking stain or left unfinished altogether.
The term eclectic is often used when someone can’t quite pinpoint their style,throws a bunch of different elements together and -voila! – eclectic. In the wrong hands, eclectic can be a mess – chaotic, disjointed, and not very visually appealing. However, if done right, eclectic kitchens can seem effortless, unique and downright amazing. There are no classic hallmarks of electric kitchens beyond a mixing and matching of design style elements to create something unique. When it works, it works.
Mediterranean kitchens feature bold lines, ornate accents and rich warm colors to evoke the feel of being in an old world villa. In stark contrast with those of modern kitchens, Mediterranean styles will often have large curved lines, hand painted tile, textured walls, beautiful Saltillo clay floor tile, and rich dark wood tones.
Tuscany is a region in Italy that world renowned for it’s food, wine, and distinctive architecture (just google Tuscan Villa). Tuscan kitchens are warm and welcoming featuring colors like terra-cotta, soft yellows and natural light. Painted tiles, richly stained wood cabinets, and natural stone surfaces are found in most Tuscan Kitchens.
Mission and Craftsman Kitchens
Mission-style kitchens and craftsman kitchens are two extremely similar design styles. Both became hugely popular in the early 20th century, prominently feature natural wood in cabinetry and flooring, clean lines, built-in seating, and earthy colors. The main difference (and perhaps the only difference) is that mission-style kitchens often have more southwestern or Spanish influences in their accents.
Like exposed brick, salvaged metal and wood, and the feeling that you are cooking in a really old, but really clean factory? Then an industrial kitchen is for you. Industrial design uses a mix of wood, metal, concrete, brick, and a little bit of color to create edgy, stylish, yet warm rooms. Reclaimed materials, Edison lightbulbs, and sleek, commercial looking appliances are hallmarks of this style.
If the words distressed, rough hewn, weathered, or well worn tickle your fancy, you may be looking for a rustic kitchen. These designs evoke the feel of an old farmhouse – without having to live in an old farmhouse. Dark wood, brick tiles, ceiling beams, rich colors, and open shelving are hallmarks of a rustic kitchen.
Contemporary and modern kitchens are often difficult to differentiate. Contemporary kitchens reflect what is the design of the moment – what is in ‘now’, while modern refers to a specific style from the mid 20th century – aka Midcentury Modern. So, while contemporary kitchens can be modern, not all are. Got it? Good. Contemporary kitchens feature heavy mixing of shapes, materials, and textures, state-of-the-art- appliances, and lots of gadgetry.
It may seem weird that modern really refers to an era that began over 60 years ago, but it’s true. In modern kitchens, you’ll find simple hardware, lots of horizontal lines, flat panel cabinet doors, consistent accents (as opposed to the all over the place-ness of an eclectic kitchen), and a touch of industrial elements.
Light and bright, country kitchens focus on natural materials to create a warm and cosy feel. You’ll often find classic farmhouse sinks, floral, gingham, or plaid patterns, expertly carved tables and chairs, and beadboard paneling.
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