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Kitchen Design Styles

by Product Specialist
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Whether your pleasure is cutting edge and modern or classic and timeless, there are many different styles of kitchen designs to incorporate into your home. When planning your kitchen design, make sure it blends in with the rest of the home in terms of aesthetics, style and genre. Take into consideration not only the way it looks, but how it functions as well. Kitchens are fundamentally functional in nature; that's why you have to find a flow that works for your individual needs, whether you are a big cook and entertainer or a daily in-the-trenches warrior. Here are some suggestions on coming up with a kitchen design that blends seamlessly with the rest of the house.

Traditional vs. Modern

The first step is to divide up your style goals into two categories: traditional or modern. Which one appeals most to you? This will help you decide on an overall design that works best for you. "Keep in mind that traditional designs encompass particular periods in history, such as country, rustic, Old World or Colonial", says HGTV. In these types of kitchens, you'll often find more ornate decorative elements, intricate paneling or woodworking, and historically significant accessories. Neutral colors give the space a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Modern styles, on the other hand, tend to incorporate contemporary materials, like metal and glass, for sleek architectural lines. Cabinets tend to be more angular, bold colors are seen throughout, and simple hardware elements dominate. Form and function are highlighted in modern kitchens, with large natural counter tops and spacious storage areas taking center stage.



Offshoots

Sometimes, design categories don't fit neatly into modern or traditional models, although they are based off one or the other loosely. These include vintage, retro, rustic and world regions such as French, Tuscan, Mediterranean, Asian or Spanish. No matter which design you choose for your new kitchen, it is sure to bring a unique element to your space.