Casual? Formal? Elegant and simple? Choose your style.
Like clothing and shoes, kitchens come in many different styles. For some people, choosing a kitchen style is easy, they just like a particular style and are not interested in others. But for some it is not that simple. Choosing a kitchen style should take into account. Some styles are more expensive than others. The design elements of some styles are easy to find, others are not. Some styles follow the style of the home in general and some do not. For example, it would not be nice to have a very modern kitchen style in a period house like a Victorian or a craftswoman. On the other hand, you don’t want to have a traditional-style formal kitchen in a very modern-style home.
Even if you don’t know what style you want, you probably prefer a more modern or more traditional type of kitchen. The best way to start is to search the web for photos of the kitchen and collect a few that you like. Then look at them and see if you can see a pattern. Are most of them modern and contemporary or more formal and beautiful?
What is the main thing in all these photos? What is the first thing you notice? If cabinets don’t come first, it certainly must be in the top two. The joinery is the main design element. Help define your style. That is why when designing a kitchen we usually start with the basics and the most basic are the cabinets.
Let’s look at some basic kitchen styles to help you choose which one is right for you.
The traditional is more formal and elegant and has been around for a long time. It is timeless and never goes out of style. Some of the features are crown, rope or carved molding, grooves, decorative molding, and corbels. The cabinets are typically cherry, walnut, or mahogany and have raised paneled doors. Painted cabinets are also commonly seen in white, cream, pale yellow, pale blue, or green. Decorative enamels look, but they are more transparent and often pink. Appliances are typically paneled or black, but stainless steel has found its way into traditional kitchens. Granite countertops are the most popular with this style, but other types of stone are popular as well. Backsplashes are usually ceramic or stone tile. The sinks usually have an apron front, but they are of a more formal type than the farmhouse sinks that you may see in country styles. The floors are usually ceramic, stone or wood tiles. The metals are brushed nickel, platinum, brass, and gold.
Do you love to entertain? Are you more likely to buy timeless clothing styles rather than following current fashions? Longing for rich, expensive and timeless furniture styles? Do you drive a luxury car (or wish you could)? Do you love to cook? Is your kitchen your favorite room? Would you rather wear silk than denim? Traditional can be your style.
Country-style kitchens are warm, casual, comfortable, and inviting. The cabinets are usually painted, but oak and pine are also popular. Aged cabinets are perfect for home in the country kitchen, as are glazed cabinets, but they are more rustic in nature. There are many different types of country: French, English, Cottage, Farm, European. Cabinets are mixed with more than one paint or paint color and wood finish. Cabinet inserts include bead boards, glass, tin, and “chicken wire.” Open shelves are common for plates, food, glasses, and cups. Countertops include granite, solid surface, tile, soapstone, slate, and butcher block. The backsplashes can be bead boards, tiles, even hand-painted tiles. Farmhouse Front Apron Copper Sinks, Hand Painted Art Styles, Cast Iron. The metals are copper and bronze. The floors are usually wooden, but stone or ceramic tiles are also popular. Hand-painted plates, folk art, things like cookie jars, painted mugs, herb pots, rugs, and curtains are design elements just as much as country-style cabinets.
Do you love to bake? Would you rather wear jeans than cashmere sweaters? Do you love gardening? Would you rather spend time at home with the family than at a disco? Is comfort in your home a priority? Does entertaining mean eating fried chicken with family and a few close friends? The country can be your style.
Informal, cozy, light, bright, sunny, describe the style of a cabin. Inspired by the English county, it is charming and relaxed, like being on vacation all year round. The cottage style is also reminiscent of beach houses and Nantucket Shingle style homes. These kitchens feel more at home with white or pastel cabinets like blue, pale yellow, and pale green. Cabinets are often given the appearance of being a bit worn, but not in bad shape. Top cabinets with glass door, or sometimes with mesh or even fabric and bead board inserts. Tile, solid surface or butcher block countertops, tile backsplashes, agricultural sinks, paneled or white appliances, hardwood or ceramic tile floors. While cabinets tend to be pale, walls are often bright and cheerful, and patterned wall coverings are common – plaid, plaid, and small or floral prints. Cabin kitchens often have a beach theme. Accessories mean a lot and cabin kitchens are, if not cluttered, have accessories. Decorative and collectible plates serve as design elements in these kitchens.
Do you love going to garage sales? Would you rather vacation on the beach than in a luxurious resort? Do you like bright and sunny rooms with bright sunny colors? Would you rather invite your friends to a cookout than a formal dinner? Is it your perfect afternoon snuggling up with a good romance book and a cup of tea? The cabin can be your style.
Arts and crafts style
Also known as craftsmen or mission, this style has a high level of craftsmanship, little fuss, and is a comfortable style. This style uses natural materials, textures and colors. Cabinets have recessed panel doors, thick frames, and recessed frame. While it is not a formal style, you may see hand-carved wooden brackets and brackets. Upper cabinets may have small glass pane doors. Most of these cabinets are finished in wood according to the natural characteristics of the style. Countertops are granite, solid surface, tile, butcher block. The backsplashes are stone tile or ceramic tile. Wood or stone tile floors. Tiffany style lighting.
Do you value fine handcrafted workmanship over something mass produced in a factory? Do you prefer leather or wool over silk or satin? Do you hate clutter? Would you rather have one exquisite piece of art than a lot of pretty good art prints? Arts & Crafts may be for you.
This style is essentially modern and its characteristics are simple, elegant and clean lines with few personal touches. The materials are more artificial than natural stainless steel, glass, laminate, concrete, chrome, lacquer, although clear finished wood cabinets are quite common. The style is largely European. The sinks are usually made of stainless steel; The countertops are made of stainless steel, glass, laminated. The splashes are largely the same. We are looking at hardwood floors, but tile is the most common. The appliances are usually made of steel, but the black is also kept in these kitchens.
Do you love going out to clubs and dancing until dawn? Do you love to wear whatever is hot this season? Hate fluff and clutter in your house? Do you drive a sports car (or do you long for one)? Do you entertain yourself with good friends often with good food and good wine? Would you rather live in an attic than in the suburbs? Contemporary can be your style.
Old world style
The Old World includes the French country, Tuscany, and the Mediterranean. Many of these influences are mixed in the Old World style, but with beautiful results. Wood is an important element of the beautiful and rich wood grain in the Old World, often with beautiful glazes that give it just the right amount of patina, like a prized antique. When painted cabinets are used, they are in rich colors: green and red. It is common to mix wood finish and paint. This style favors natural materials. Stone countertops and stone tile backsplashes, stone or wood floors, metals are copper and bronze, stone apron sinks or metal basin island sinks also stone or metal. Amber glass luminaires. Black or paneled appliances. The colors are deep, rich and earthy. The colors of the walls are the same: red, gold, brown, burnt orange or rust. Copper or bronze pot hangers are almost a must. The grape and wine themes are very popular.
Do you love to cook? Do you prefer homemade pasta than sushi? Would you rather vacation in the wine region or in the mountains? Do you love intense and dark colors? Do you like to wear an expensive silk blouse with jeans? Do you prefer an art masterpiece over modern art? The Old World can be your style.