Today’s Top Kitchen Style Ideas
If you are a homeowner considering a new kitchen style, then you have many
options from which to choose. Though there have been dozens, if not hundreds of kitchen styles that have come
and gone over the years, there are a number of classic styles that have maintained their place over the years
and that have a particular amount of popularity right now. The following are the top kitchen style options
that you may wish to consider before you decide on your own kitchen remodeling project.
The Traditional Kitchen Style
The traditional kitchen style is one that is continually in fashion. It has smooth lines, curved edges,
and an overall comfortable feel. This style of kitchen most frequently starts with a foundation of wood
cabinetry. Corners are usually at right angles and have corner arches. Crown moldings and ceiling
caissons also add to this style. Classic and neutral colors are used for the background of a traditional
kitchen, including taupe, brown, beige, and cream.
Lighting with lampshades in fabric, porcelain, or frosted glass should be suspended in classical lines.
Personalization and finishing touches depend on accessories such as plants, mirrors, baskets, and urns, arranged in
an orderly or symmetrical way. If you’re looking for a cottage or country style kitchen, these are also some of the
things you would consider.
The Contemporary Kitchen Style
The contemporary or modern kitchen style is one that should take in the latest colors and trends. This is
a style of kitchen that is continually changing in order to suit the most recent fashions. It is consistent
in its clean, smooth lines and crisp new materials. The contemporary kitchen should have clear surfaces with
little clutter, with lots of open space and light. Preferable finishes include wood and glossy
materials. Sophisticated accessories work well for this style.
Background colors include shades of grey and white either used in contrast or monochromatically. They can
be combined with trendy bright colors such as bright orange, electric blue, sunshine yellow, or some other types of
neutral colors. Often, neutrals are accented with bright accessories. Cabinet doors made out of frosted
glass, melamine, or smooth wood should be used in a modern way. Hardware of brushed nickel or steel, chrome,
or stainless steel can complete the look. Lighting should be efficient, such as above or below the cabinetry,
track lighting, or recessed lighting, in reflective materials. A European style kitchen would incorporate lost of
The Rustic Kitchen Style
The rustic kitchen style is recognized by its inviting and warm atmosphere, based primarily on basic materials
such as knotted wood, brick, and stone. It often includes exposed beam and paneling in natural-looking wood.
Rich, full colors make up the main palette for rustic kitchen styles, such as autumnal gold, green, yellow, and
red. Some pastel shades can complement the natural base.
Accessories should be plentiful, such as baskets, earthenware jars, ceramic containers, candle holders, and oil
lamps. Hooks on the walls and ceiling can be used for storage of kitchen equipment in copper or cast
iron. Shelves can feature glass jars of spices, flour, sugar, pasta, and other kitchen necessities. Lighting
can include brass fixtures, as well as those made out of cast iron, which are suspended. So these elements would
fit with the popular Italian or Tuscan style kitchen.
The Victorian Kitchen Style
A room that already has architectural details that appear to be Gothic-inspired, or that can be altered to
appear this way, are the perfect basis for the Victorian kitchen style. These features can include windows
with dormers, pointed arches, or equilateral arches, as well as sloping roofs, high ceilings, and open beams.
Tooled and carved motifs are ideal for the Victorian kitchen on the ceiling, walls, and the cabinetry.
Cornices, moldings, caissons, and baseboards should all be highly decorative. Dark solid wood such as oak
should be used for the cabinetry.
It should be accented with colors such as hunter green, yellow, aubergine, brown, or crimson red. Wall
paper with floral or fruit patterns can complete the effect. Quaint and antique accessories should be
featured on shelves and countertops, especially those with floral patterns. Light fixtures in chandelier
styles should be suspended, or wall sconces should flank large gilt frames. If you were going for an French kitchen
style, you would incorporate some Victorian elements.
There are, of course, many other kitchen style options, but these are among the most popular and long-lasting
that can keep your kitchen looking appealing and up to date for as long as possible.
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