Defining Design Style – Part One
When considering redoing your kitchen, style will be one of the first things you’ll need to decide upon. Since a new kitchen can be one of the most costly improvements in a home and often takes a fair amount of time to complete, the design style for your kitchen should be given serious thought.
If you prefer a formal, elegant, or classic style, the traditional design may be for you. Traditional kitchens have a look reflect American and European features of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Features you can expect to see in a traditional kitchen may include:
- Medium-toned oak floors
- Crown or rope molding
- Fluting and corbels
- Cherry, walnut, and mahogany cabinets
- Antique fixtures/appliances
- Raised panel cabinet doors
- Natural materials such as wood or stone
Sub-genres of the traditional kitchen:
Victorian, with cathedral arched doors, raised panels, ornate molding and trim, and dark heavy woods used for cabinets.
Italianate, with elegant molding and trim details on cabinetry, cream-colored paint with intricate raised paneling, inlays, rope molding, and custom carving.
Georgian, with cherry, walnut and mahogany for cabinets; square panel raised doors, heavy crown molding, and stacked cabinetry.
Country kitchens are the ultimate in cheery, welcoming, and cozy. The design usually includes light or bright colors, painted cabinets, floral patterns, and decorative shelving. Features you can expect to see in a country style kitchen may include:
- Gingham, striped, checked, plaid and floral patterns
- Chintz and calico fabrics used in window and wall treatments
- Beadboard paneling and wainscoting
- Painted, glazed and distressed cabinets
- Metal cabinet inserts
- Handmade and hand-forged accent pieces or replications
- Antiques and flea-market treasures
Sub-genres of the country kitchen:
French Country with framed cabinets in cherry or oak, in glazed, distressed or pickled finishes; decorative shelving, beadboard features, and plate racks.
English Country with square cabinetry accented by curves, light or natural pine or oak cabinets; wooden mantle range hood, wood cutouts, and crown and rope molding.
Farmhouse with both dark and light stained wood, a simple functional design with ample counters, farmhouse sinks, and natural/organic materials.
Transitional kitchens are eclectic in nature and generally include elements of traditional and contemporary design styles. It’s a mix of natural and man-made materials, finishes and textures.
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And don’t forget to check in with us next week for Part Two of Defining Design Styles.