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  • Writer's pictureTasha Foltz

What Are Some of the Different Kitchen Design Styles?

FARMHOUSE A farmhouse style kitchen is warm, cozy and inviting. Keep wood in the foreground of your home design. Rustic woods, painted or whitewashed cabinetry can be used. Integrating furniture like cabinetry, farmhouse sinks, wood hoods and vintage collectables. If you like the look of subway tile, brick accents, sliding barn doors and industrial lighting, you are leaning towards farmhouse style.

MODERN “Modern” refers to a specific design style from the early to mid 20th century that broke with the traditional styles of the days before the Industrial Revolution. When I think of modern designs, I think of frameless, slab-door style cabinets, sleek & simple hardware or no hardware, strong horizontal lines and showcasing the natural beauty of the materials. We also see full-height backsplash and countertops without any pattern or veining.

COASTAL Coastal design is characterized by the reflection of natural seaside elements – surf, sand, and sky – in the home through color and texture. Coastal style is all about the feeling of peace and fun you get from being near the water. The coastal aesthetic is defined by using a few specific color families. Neutrals are a sure bet but adding bright and airy colors with pops of navy, or different hues of blues and greens will add a fun flare. Two major players in achieving the coastal vibe are: lighting and texture. Bringing in natural textures like jute, cotton, woven wood roman shades, and limestone gives it the casual relaxed vibe. Finish the look off with wooden bead or capiz chandeliers and fun sconces.

MINIMALIST Minimalist design is about prioritizing the essential. The design is stripped to its core function, using limited materials, neutral colors, simple forms, and eliminating excess decorative pieces all work together to achieve a pure form of elegance. Designing a kitchen with a minimalist design includes plenty of concealed storage, plain, flat-front cabinetry, and luxurious stone waterfall islands. Clean lines and warm accents define the minimalist cooking space.

TRADITIONAL It’s a timeless style taking cues from the 18th and 19th centuries, incorporating classic art, antiques, and pieces with history. Styles and pieces reflect historical design elements using natural materials and colors. Staying consistent is key, this type of design seeks to create a calm, orderly space, so furnishings will match, symmetry is huge, and everything plays well together. You will typically find neutral walls with plenty of dark wood, but color can be brought in with décor accents. Adding crown molding, columns, decorative wood hoods and classic yet decorative backsplash can help complete the look. The eye-catching details will help complete you traditional space as the true nature as the heart of the home.

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