We encourage all of our clients to research the design styles that fit them best. Understanding your likes, dislikes, needs, and wants helps our designers craft the perfect design for your project. It also allows for our designers to pull samples of materials and fixtures that fit your style, and within your budget. We have several mood boards we can create for you at our design center, Cedar & Stone, as well as a Pinterest page with loads of examples. If you need some direction, take a peek at the blogs curated by our designer, Ginger, below.
Whether remodeling a kitchen, bath, office or basement, it’s important to be able to understand the different design styles before you meet with our Designer. Do you like clean lines, or chunky natural wood elements? Do you like heavy stacked crown molding, or do you like to mix things up by combining today’s trends with traditional elements?
Let’s explore some key identifiers in these top design styles to see which one fits you, starting with traditional kitchen styles.
A rustic kitchen design style has a number of interpretations including farmhouse, log cabin, Tuscan, or even coastal; thus making it a bit harder to define. Regardless of the influence, it boils down to the simplicity of incorporating natural materials which make this design style cozy, practical and even beautiful. Unlike modern design, rustic design often puts the material itself at the forefront of the design. Rustic design has a relatable realness and thrives on imperfection and raw grittiness. It is heavy. There is nothing delicate, ornate or eccentric about it.
Contemporary kitchen design styles are ever evolving as it is shaped by whatever culture, fashion and lifestyle trends are current at the time. While often mistaken for the modern design style, contemporary design distinguishes itself by blending elements of eras such as industrial, and global styles like Art Deco and Scandinavian, thus reflecting what is currently fashionable. So what does this look like, and how do you know what selections to make to create this style?
Simply put, the modern kitchen design style emphasizes that the function of a space influences the overall design, look and feel more than decorative finishes. Its roots began in the 1920s and is defined by a period-specific style of art and architecture. It peaked with Mid-Century Modern in the 1950s to 1960s and lasted through the 1970s. It is minimalist at its best with strong horizontal and vertical lines and sharp angles, but can lend itself to an occasional organic curve.
Transitional design marries traditional and contemporary designs to produce a relaxed casual atmosphere. If you are unsure of your design style, transitional may be the one for you. In a transitional style kitchen, you can find right angles and crisp lines playing well with soft curves, which allows it to be more relaxed than traditional style and softer than contemporary. These features culminate a crisp, uncluttered look.