Don’t worry about following the latest trends in kitchen style. Follow yours or, better yet, create your own. After all, we all have our own favorite color. And we don’t let anyone else select it for us, either.
No two kitchens are the same … just like no two people are the same. We all have our preferences in tastes and cooking styles. If you are confused about what your style might be then read on, the following will make the decision easier or it may confuse you a bit more.
It is typically characterized by sloping ceilings, pointed arched windows, elaborate molding along the roof edges, tall dormers, lancet windows, and other Gothic details on the exterior.
Victorian kitchen styles are known for a level of elegance. Highly detailed, handcrafted cabinets from heavy, dark, weathered wood. Cabinet doors can be cathedral or square. Cabinets generally have a weathered look and are made from heavy real wood. Hardware for cabinets can be chrome knobs and pulls. Wood countertops included.
This group also uses detailed moldings, columns, and graceful arches as common architectural elements. Lighting accessories range from chandeliers, kerosene, and electric lamps to astral or sconces that help complete the look.
The old world
Old World kitchens have become more popular recently. The typical styles of doors in this type of kitchen can be arched or square top.
Distress gives Old World cuisine a worn look. Aged finishes and thicker crown molding are common elements of the Old World kitchen style.
Natural materials are often used for floors and countertops that help complete the Old World look. Glass-door cabinets, hand-carved cabinets, and open-shelf cabinets can be incorporated into Old World kitchen style.
A close relative of the Old World style is Tuscan-style cuisine. The Tuscan aesthetic tends to be more subtle and leans a bit more towards a feminine feel.
Ideal color schemes for Tuscan style to Mediterranean architecture. These would be colors of warm gold, darker yellows, and olive green.
Typical sink options for this style would be porcelain or stone. Kitchen furniture can be made of wood or wrought iron. Aged wide plank hardwood floors are a great complement to the Tuscan style along with textured wall plaster and paint applications. The overall appearance should be rustic and warm.
Traditional American cooking style offers a more formal look. Emphasize architectural details like crown molding, raised wood paneling, and deep, rich colors to enhance the mood and “traditional” feel. Plus, dark stains, honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets, and oak cabinets add to the more formal feel than country style.
Typical features include square raised panel doors with larger crown molding. Materials used in the traditional cabinet style include cherry, mahogany, and walnut. Metallic accents can generally be found in shades of brass or gold.
The color palette includes a range of rich shades of red, black, green and blue. Wall treatments can include paneling and wallcovering with small patterns. Countertops continue the formal feel and are commonly found in ceramic or stone tile with the use of granite becoming more and more popular.
There are many different facets to this style of cooking. There is the American, the English and the French). But the fact is, this is one of the favorite and comfortable environments for many people. This rustic, weathered look creates a warm and inviting feel in a country-style home.
The cabinet doors can even be left to display colorful dishes, making the cabinet interior part of the overall space décor. A butcher block or hand painted tiles are two great pieces. You can add charm to your kitchen by putting potted herbs on your kitchen windows.
Common colors range from muted to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling, brick and barn planks are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns are a sure way to create a country feel, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.
Hardwood or natural tile floors would be a great option for such a setting, but don’t forget to throw in rugs for comfort on the cold floor. The key to country style is to keep adding some whimsical elements like fruit, vegetable or animal designs.
The American country kitchen style has a more rugged, handcrafted look. The cabinets in this group are typically of the traditional framed variety. The wood used is commonly oak, maple, birch or pine with distressed knots and wood. Plank wood floors and ceilings with raw carved beams complement this kitchen style.
English Country Style is quite similar to French Country Kitchen Style. Similar flooring options, countertop materials, and beamed ceilings can be used to great effect for both styles.
The cabinet design generally employs more square elements with curves used in the architectural elements of the room. Pine and oak with a natural or very light finish are common. Painted finishes can be glazed or cracked in pastel colors to accentuate the design. The use of lots of flowers in this kitchen will complete the look.
The French country kitchen style is less formal and softer. Cabinets are typically oak or cherry wood with pickled and distressed finishes. The most delicate crown molding is common in this theme.
Most countertop materials work well with this theme, but steer clear of more contemporary glass and stainless steel. Good flooring options would be wood, brick, or natural stone. Flashy colors are not a good option in this scheme.
This style is mainly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. There is a sensitivity to materials and the natural environment that meets a contemporary bent. The styles included here are Mission, Prairie, and Arts & Crafts.
When making your cabinet selection, consider birch as a clean, modern kind of wood. Choose details like geometric shapes, art glass, contrasting textures and lines, forgings, and wrought iron pulls.
Arts and Crafts
The Arts and Crafts movement began in England in the late 19th century as a reaction to styles that had developed from machine production during the industrial revolution. In the United States, the movement was promoted in the early 1900s, primarily by Gustav Stickley. The terms “Craftsman”, “Mission Style” and “Stickley” are often used interchangeably to describe this style of design.
The Arts and Crafts style emphasizes the quality of the materials used and the artisanal construction methods. It is defined by a clean and simplistic aesthetic. When done correctly, it will provide spectacular results in your new kitchen.
Shaker Style cabinets are similar to the Arts and Crafts style with a few subtle differences that dramatically affect the overall appearance. Arts and Crafts tends to be thicker in proportions than the Shaker style. The Shaker style will focus less on woodworking techniques and you will see fewer exposed dovetails, buttons, and plugs. A good way to describe it might be to imagine the Shaker style as a more contemporary and delicate take on Arts and Crafts cabinets.
Modern and European style are terms used to describe modern kitchen style kitchens. The main characteristics of the modern kitchen style are clean and elegant lines and a minimum amount of details in the cabinet. Great emphasis is placed on accentuating linear horizontal lines. The frameless cabinet construction method is used and commonly features a flat panel or “slab” style door and a drawer front.
Common materials used in this style include stainless steel, marble, granite, and frosted glass. Basic geometric shapes and bold, bright colors predominate, such as reds, blues, yellows, and black and white, or whatever shade you can imagine. High gloss automotive finishes. Veneer door styles are also found in the modern kitchen style and can offer a warmer, less stark feel.
A wide range of countertops work well in this group – granite, stainless steel, glass, and manufactured stone work well here.
This style is a mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style is not characterized by a particular color palette, pattern, style or material, rather it is a mix of quirky decorations from numerous eras. This included second-hand items, second-hand items, and other recyclable materials. There is a mix of modern appliances and antique decorations to complete opposites.
This style has a lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics, wood, quarry tiles, ceramic tiles are used.
Colors often reflect the nature of the desert, such as warm oranges, greens, tans, and browns. Southwestern kitchens often incorporate ceramic materials and terracotta elements.
The list could go on and on … choose what you like!