Many clients like the traditional kitchen style. This might be described as “warm and classic,” the sort of kitchen that makes you long for home. It comes with some borrowed elements of both English and French taste. The soft colors will be kind on the eyes and relaxing after a hard day.
Part of the charm of traditional style is its ability to bring the outdoors right into your kitchen. Patterns might include fruits, flowers, and butterflies, making you feel like you’re in your own garden. What you should know, though, is that traditional style is open to your own interpretation. You have the power to create the look that’s great for you.
The transitional style is just what it sounds like. It incorporates elements of both traditional and contemporary design. It’s an eclectic look that can include whatever elements the home owner desires. A mixture of natural and man-made elements, along with a number of different finishes and textures, makes this a creative and diverse look.
Some people choose to make their kitchen more transitional by lightening the color selection, by adding bamboo flooring, or by adding modern appliances out in the open rather than hiding them. In this style, the molding has a nice balance between too much and too little ornamentation.
The modern style includes lines and angles. It has symmetry designed to please the modern eye. There isn’t much molding, either. In a way, it can be described as spartan or minimalist. Where more modern styles include more natural materials, modern kitchens tend to have stainless steel, class, chrome, concrete, and other man-made finishes.
One of the upsides of modern styling is the ability to include design elements going back many decades and also the ability to incorporate European elements. Many people who love to travel enjoy bringing a bit of Italy, Spain, or France back to their home.
With the modern style, you’ll see frameless cabinets and oversized hardware. You’ll see stainless steel used for cabinets, and if wood is chosen, a more subtle grain like birch, ash, or maple will be featured. Frosted glass inserts provide decoration. The modern style also features curves on cabinets that serve as a contrast to the sharp lines elsewhere in the design.
Some modern kitchens are minimalist. These designed are focused largely on creating a functional space where cooking is king. Whether the space is small or large, there won’t be much to it. The lines will be straight, the surfaces smooth, and the design will seek to make the room look and feel bigger than it is.
Some who seek this style want high-tech appliances. They seek neutral colors, and in fact, they revel in the idea that their kitchen is cold and impersonal. It’s a simple look that allows these people a functional space.