Four Kitchen Design Styles

Michelle Radcliff
custom kitchen design

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home, so it's no wonder that kitchen designs are such big business in the interior design world.

Four Style Options for Kitchens

Kitchen renovation or kitchen remodeling can be a huge project and a major investment in your home. There are many different styles of kitchen designs and choosing which style is right for your home is the first step. The kitchen design you choose should coordinate and make sense with the overall style of your home.

Here are four styles that you may ant to consider.

1. Contemporary

Contemporary kitchen designs are modern and minimalist and can include elements such as simple, clean horizontal lines and asymmetry, plus a lot of man-made materials such as stainless steel, chrome, laminate, glass and concrete. Finishes are usually high-gloss and very shiny. Most furniture, cabinetry and appliances in contemporary kitchens have a lack of molding and ornamentation.

Kitchens.com has examples of regional and period contemporary kitchen designs you can view such as:

  • Curvaceous Contemporary
  • Nouveau Americana
  • Warm Contemporary
  • Oceanside Contemporary
  • Soft Contemporary

2. Traditional

Traditional kitchen styles contain elements seen in American and European kitchens over the last 200 or 300 years. In a traditional kitchen, you will find a lot of natural materials like molded and ornately carved hardwoods, such as oak, cherry, walnut and mahogany and granite or stone countertops and tile. Antique or vintage appliances, cookware and tableware are common elements of traditional kitchen style.

A few examples of regional and period traditional kitchen designs include:

  • French Farmhouse
  • American Southwest
  • Mountain Lodge
  • Coastal Colonial
  • English Manor

3. Transitional

Many kitchens blend elements of both contemporary and traditional styles. Designers refer to this as transitional style and it is commonly seen in today's modern kitchens.

These three transitional kitchen designs blend both elements of contemporary and traditional kitchen styles:

  • Contemporary Southwest
  • Contemporary Country
  • Modified Shaker

4. Eclectic

If freedom and creativity interests you the most, an eclectic style kitchen would probably appeal to you. Eclectic style is a mixture of other styles, however, it is done in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. With an eclectic kitchen, you can combine your favorite elements in any style and make it colorful and creative. The key to successful eclectic decorating is knowing how to unify different design elements.

Choosing the Right Style

Take your time when selecting a style for your kitchen. Consider your tastes and preferences, as well as how you plan to use the room. Select a style that you find visually appealing and that will be as functional as it is attractive.

Four Kitchen Design Styles