One of the things we hear from homeowner after homeowner is that they like having a designer to help guide them because they don’t really know what their “style” is. We get it – when you look up “design styles”, there are so many options! We’ve broken kitchens down into three broader categories, as well as one big trend right now (stay tuned until the end).
Classic and thoughtful details lend themselves to a space rich in character.
A lot of people think “traditional” means old. This isn’t the case! If you are the kind of person who likes more ornate detail, like intricate crown moldings or detailed cabinet doors, you might head in a more traditional design direction.
Details include: Decorative molding and arches, raised panel cabinet doors, classic colors and sizes, one metal finish throughout, more ornate fixtures, and a formal feel.
Evokes familiarity while being up-to-date and completely functional.
If you find yourself liking a simpler look, but aren’t quite into the more modern look, there is a middle ground. The transitional style features more updated finishes and fixtures with less detail than a traditional look, but more detail than the ultra-clean lines of a more modern space. Often people who choose a transitional look will keep their cabinetry classic and simple, and add their detail with more trendy light fixtures or a tile backsplash.
Details include: Updated versions of traditional features, shaker style cabinet doors, combination of “old” and “new”, mixing of metal finishes, and simpler fixtures.
Keep things clean with modern lines while remaining soft and warm.
For those that want a more clean, modern look, contemporary is the way to go. Typically the contemporary look features slab style cabinet doors and as many clean, straight lines as possible. That doesn’t mean it’s just boxes with not personality – light fixtures and cabinet hardware are a great way to play with things. The contemporary style doesn’t typically care if the metal finishes match each other – so if you find a stainless steel faucet you love and black cabinet hardware, go for it!
Details include: Shaker or slab style cabinet door, clean and straight lines, playful hardware and fixture combinations, mixing of metal finishes, sleek and modern fixtures, and open floor plans.
Today’s Trend: Farmhouse Kitchens
Harks back to simpler times and evokes a sense of easy, carefree living.
If you’ve watched an HGTV show in the last decade, you’ve probably heard of the farmhouse kitchen. Popularized because of the usability of the “farmhouse” apron-front sinks, it’s most definitely its own distinct style. Typically featuring painted cabinets but wooden details (such as a butcher block countertop or natural wood-stained island), farmhouse kitchens are here to stay in the Pacific Northwest. The level of detail and warmth combined with the modern updates lends itself beautifully to the style of home in our area.
Details include: Wood details, stone and concrete details, apron front sink, shaker or simple raised panel door, “vintage” hardware and finishes, and bronze or black metal details.
When you’re doing a remodel or even just updating your décor, identifying your design style can help you secure those details you aren’t sure about. But also keep in mind that your style doesn’t have to fall into a box – it can be all over the place! It’s just about what makes you feel like you are living in your dream home.