We are all individuals, so it should be no surprise that when given the opportunity to re-design our kitchens, each one does it just a little different than everyone else. That said, there are style “types” and many of us may lean toward one particular type in our selection of materials, colors and layout.
The major styles, as listed by various kitchen design websites are:
- Traditional: Formal and elegant, characteristic of American & European homes of the 18th and 19th centuries.
- Country: Light and/or bright colors, painted cabinets, decorative shelving and molding.
- Transitional: Elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Mix natural and man-made materials.
- Contemporary: Minimalist and geometric; horizontal lines, asymmetry, no molding or other ornamentation.
- Rustic: Similar to what is often called Farmhouse style; these have a regional American flair, typical of the area where the home is built.
- Arts & Crafts: Focuses on form and function, with strong emphasis on craftsmanship. Much of the architectural structural may be visible, such as ceiling beams; natural wood.
- Old World: Design born in 17th century Europe, characterized by large cooking hearths and distressed, unfitted, painted cabinets. Includes features such as cracking, beadboard, dish and cup racks, stone floors.
Of course, there are many more styles, but we don’t want to beat this subject to death. Besides, when you include your specific tastes, and the limitations of your kitchen walls, you will probably come up with some combination of more than one style. Can you say “Eclectic”?