Your Kitchen. Your Style. Within Your Reach.
Kitchens come in many styles. Since a new kitchen costs the most and last the longest, choosing a kitchen style requires serious thought. It helps to know if you prefer a more classic or more modern look. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as Contemporary or Traditional, gives you even more of a design road map.
Contemporary Kitchens can be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. Their characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often are man-made rather than natural: stainless steel, laminate, frosted glass inserts, concrete, linoleum, chrome and lacquer. Contemporary encompasses styles from the 1940s to the present, with Europe—especially Italy, Germany and Scandinavia—leading the way.
Traditional Kitchens have the feel and characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The design styles within this category include Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Federal, Regency, Italianate, Early American and Neoclassical. Expect to see more ornate molding and trim; elegant cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany; and antique fixtures and appliances.
Country Kitchens are cheery and welcoming, with light and/or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets with wire or metal inserts, woven baskets, beadboard panels, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding. French Country, English Country, Tuscan Country, cottage, farmhouse and garden are popular country styles that share a handcrafted, homespun look.Custom kitchens can include elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Personal in nature, they often mix natural and man-made materials as well as finishes and textures.
Custom Kitchens can include elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Personal in nature, they often mix natural and man-made materials as well as finishes and textures.