• Understanding Kitchen Styles

    Understanding Kitchen Styles

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    June 14, 2017

    The kitchen is the focal point in today’s house.

    Kitchens are for cooking, eating, entertaining, socializing – and even double as offices, family rooms, and media centers.

    In fact, the kitchen’s design will actually help inspire the rest of the home.

    This is why manufacturers offer kitchen cabinets, countertops, and fixtures in a slew of different types of design styles.

    Builder Supply Outlet and the Edge Showroom carry the top kitchen cabinet brands including Waypoint, Shiloh, Aspect, Eclipse, Prior Creek, MidContinent, and Bertch. Stop in anytime to learn more about kitchen cabinets or make an appointment and meet with an Edge Kitchen and Bath Designer absolutely FREE by clicking here.

    So you want to make sure your kitchen’s design is a beautiful reflection of your personal style.

    Here are some of the more popular and mainstream kitchen styles.

    COASTAL

    Whether you live at the beach or not, you can count on cool shades of blue, green, white, and sand to create a tropical mood.

    Seagrass and wicker seating are casual, comfortable, and of course, coastal.

    Flooring and fabrics that are designed to stand up to wet bathing suits make coastal-style kitchens easy to care for. And you’ll also want window treatments that allow for maximum sunlight.

    TRADITIONAL

    A traditional kitchen style is the perfect backdrop for a life centering on friends, family, and the holidays.

    Traditional style kitchens are clean, comfortable, and welcoming 365 days a year.

    Paneled or glass doors on cupboards are a timeless part of this style. Icebox and latched hardware are often added for period detail.

    White tiles add a clean look and help reflect light. And artisanal or vintage-look light fixtures add special touches to complete a traditional style.

    COTTAGE CHARM

    Cottage kitchens are designed to feel cozy and inviting.

    With their homespun touches and imperfect finishes, cottage-style kitchens are always one of a kind. They serve as the perfect backdrop for collectibles and offbeat art.

    If you’re an avid flea marketer, or collector – this style will turn your weekend finds into everyday pleasures.

    Cottage charm melds serious cooking with whimsical style. Another great option that goes well with this style is to add high-end appliances in white or retro colors.

    OLD WORLD

    If you yearn for the days when materials were solid and craftsmanship was king, then you’ll love old world design. It’ll embrace you in history and luxury.

    Look for dark mahogany finishes with lots of carving and detail, countertops with ogee or bull-nosed edges, and stone or wooden floors.

    You can also add historical accessories and heavy fabrics to really bring the old world charm to life.

    COMTEMPORARY

    Where function meets family friendliness, you’ll find the ever popular contemporary kitchen.

    The contemporary style is a carefully curated mix of materials including new and old, as well as casual and polished.

    And seeing as cooking with company has replaced cooking for company as the entertaining ideal, today’s kitchen has plenty of room for hosts and guests to work and interact together.

    Add gourmet cooking equipment, comfortable, durable seating, and lots of open space for a contemporary kitchen perfectly suited to 21st-century living and beyond.

    MEDITERRANEAN/FRENCH COUNTRY

    This style features colors that are sun-dappled, surfaces that are elegantly timeworn, and an atmosphere of pure romance.

    To replicate that Mediterranean, look for Provencal fabrics in rich tones of russet and cobalt. Add ochre, warm-toned wooden cabinetry, and handmade ceramic accessories.

    Rough-hewn textures, copper pots, and rush seats add the final touches.

    COUNTRY FARMHOUSE

    Open and inviting, country kitchens allow you to enjoy the feeling of a weekend getaway in your own home.

    Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinetry are popular. Add an eclectic mix of finishes to create a comfortable, lived-in look.

    Country colors range from primary red, yellow, and blue to aged tones of cream and pale yellow. No matter what hues you favor, mixing rather than matching is the way to go for a country farmhouse feel.

    MODERN

    Sleek, sexy, uncluttered, and sophisticated define the modern kitchen.

    Reflective surfaces and high-tech materials are central to the most modern kitchen. Exotic woods add a touch of luxury without frills or fabric.

    Iconic midcentury seating is often the choice for a classically modern look. Seating made of Lucite and highly polished wood is often chosen for a more current interpretation of the modern style.

    Hopefully you got a lot out of this article and learned about the various type of kitchen styles.

    And of course, Builder Supply Outlet and the Edge Showroom carry the top kitchen cabinet brands including Waypoint, Shiloh, Aspect, Eclipse, Prior Creek, MidContinent, and Bertch. Stop in anytime to learn more about kitchen cabinets or make an appointment and meet with an Edge Kitchen and Bath Designer absolutely FREE by clicking here.

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