Designing and renovating a kitchen is a process that can be an overwhelming experience to many. From research and planning to design and construction the decisions to be made can seem endless. To help make the kitchen renovation process a smooth one, zero in on your specific kitchen style sooner rather than later. The earlier you identify your style, the more confident and decisive you’ll be throughout the entire project.
While you’re gathering your inspiration, keep in mind how well your kitchen will integrate into your existing environment. Take cues from your home’s architectural style, the furniture you love and the colors you wear. You’ll see a pattern emerge which will ultimately reflect your signature style.
Since the kitchen is the hub of all activity and tends to relate from one space to another it’s very important to consider how the kitchen materials, details, shapes and cabinet styles relates and transitions from one space to the next.
So what is your kitchen design style?
Consider these for starters:
The Traditional Kitchen
Traditional kitchen design typically focuses on the layering of details from architectural elements to decorative moldings and embellishments. Kitchen cabinet styles are typically flush inset or framed cabinetry and are often designed in multiple specialty finishes and door styles to create a collected aesthetic.
The Classic Transitional Kitchen
The transitional kitchen is a union of a traditional design sensibility blended with a contemporary flair. When these two design aesthetics are combined it creates a classic and timeless kitchen design. The classic kitchen can be defined as clean, timeless and typically incorporates flush inset or shaker style cabinetry in white, grey or various woods. The lines of a classic kitchen are rather simple and unadorned, which is the ideal canvas for introducing subtle details, natural materials and stunning surfaces unique to you. Personalizing your kitchen with colorful artwork or a textured backsplash will set your classic kitchen apart from the rest.
The Modern Kitchen
The modern kitchen is all about crisp, clean lines with an emphasis on the horizontal where frameless flat paneled doors are the signature style. The natural graining in wood varieties are often introduced and the texture and patterns mix of metals, glass and stones is where the modern character radiates warmth.
The vintage kitchen is all about integrating architectural salvaged details into the space to create instant personality. It can be as simple as cladding walls with reclaimed wood slats, polishing some solid brass ship sconces found at a flea market or transform an old vintage cabinet into a stunning kitchen island. Just one salvaged piece can do the trick.
Adding pops of color to your kitchen doesn’t have to be scary or life shattering. Color speaks to us all differently and instinctively evokes the many moods lurking inside us. Step out of your comfort zone and liven up the most social room in your home with your favorite colors. If incorporating colorful cabinetry is too much of a commitment then find that bright backsplash tile you’ve been ogling and create a focal point over your cooktop. If a little shot of color is all you need then why not consider a colorful range!
A coastal chic kitchen is all about bringing a more casual beach life indoors where the natural elements of the seaside inspire. There is an emphasis on creating a crisp white palette as a backdrop where coastal colors like blues, teals, sand and natural woods are highlighted by natural light streaming in through expansive windows. Textured shiplap walls or board and batten sloped ceilings create the architectural detail which anchors that beach vibe.
So have you discovered your kitchen design style?
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