Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style. Kitchen cabinet styles are plentiful, ranging from modern and contemporary to traditional and rustic. The most important thing to remember when designing your kitchen is to first determine your desired style. If you prefer a simple, clean look, but all means, don’t go for a fussy, cottage-style kitchen. Another factor to keep in mind: the home’s style itself. A contemporary kitchen just won’t work with a Craftsman home.
Now that you know how to proceed, here’s an overview of some of the more popular kitchen cabinet styles.
Rustic. A rustic cabinet is reminiscent of a rural lifestyle or mountain home. Replete with warm colors, strong cabinetry and lots of wood, rustic cabinetry is available in an array of colors to suit your style. While a rustic kitchen is a sight to behold, it’s a space that’s meant to be used. The lived-in look invites family and guests to feel at home. A few trademarks of this design to consider for the kitchen include antique cabinets, wooden beams on the ceiling, an apron sink and stonework.
Traditional. The traditional kitchen cabinet style is a throwback to historical European and American styles of architecture, going back three centuries. Central to this kitchen are tried-and-true designs that are always in style. Referencing days gone by, traditional design brings a character to the kitchen that promotes a mature, beautiful look. Choose period styling, detailed molding and wood cabinetry to capture the history unique to traditional design.
Contemporary. A relative newcomer on the scene compared to other kitchen cabinet styles, contemporary cabinets feature clean lines. They have little ornamentation to them and the surface of the cabinet is generally flat. There are no decorative moldings, and the non-traditional style intentionally promotes function and simplicity. The kitchen itself offers a spacious, clean feeling, devoid of ornamental materials like wood carvings, crown moldings or raised panels on cabinet doors.
Cottage. Cabinets in a cottage-style kitchen are often made of bead board or have panel insets. In general, the style promotes a relaxed setting that invites people into the space. The style leans more toward the feminine, especially when compared to styles like rustic or traditional. The design also typically features components such as a farm sink, plate rails, simple moldings and white cabinets. The cabinets are often painted, but can be either worn and weathered, or looking like new.
Modern. Modern kitchen cabinets usually employ doors with a flat slab. Without lots of detail, the modern cabinet lends itself to the spacious and clean look the space offers. Additional design details may include crown molding, curved elements, sharp angles and wood carvings. However, raised panels doors are generally not part of this design. To enhance the width and motion of the cabinets, the wood grain will generally run on the horizontal.
Vintage. In a vintage kitchen, the cabinets are generally replicas of an earlier style or a restoration of existing materials. A desired style due to its durability, lovers of vintage design appreciate the strength and longevity of the older cabinet materials; hence, the desire to restore them. Sturdy cabinets installed many decades ago show no sign of giving out. Instead, they just need a little TLC to bring them back to life. When compared to new, imported cabinets you can buy on the cheap, it pays to restore older cabinets. This design is most often paired with other historically accurate details in the appliances, period décor, and so forth.
It can be lots of fun to choose a kitchen cabinet style and then carry out that design through the rest of the room. Just be sure to match the style of the cabinets with the look of the home, and of course, choose something that you’ll love. You’re going to live with it for a long time, so it should appeal to your aesthetic.