The contemporary kitchen borrows high functionality and streamlined surfaces from the modernist design movement, but its style often incorporates traditional ideas as well for a sleek but livable feel. Clean and simple are the underlying philosophy for contemporary design. Unlike the term “modern” which refers to an actual historical design movement and has a strict interpretation of what elements can and can’t be included “contemporary” simple means in the now, current and fresh.
Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Design styles in this category include Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Federal, Regency Italianate, Early American and Neoclassical. Expect to see more ornate molding and trim and elegant cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany.
Transitional kitchens blend a functional kitchen space with a sit-down dining area, a comfortable living room or an outdoor space, creating a seamless flow between eating and kicking back. The most simple transitional kitchen layout includes a kitchen island in its design. Certainly kitchen island are ideal for food preparation or storing kitchen appliances, but they can also provide pub-style seating where backless stools or taller chairs can provide a dining space for guests or a simple spot for an after-school snack.
It used to be that industrial wasn’t even a style – but somewhere along the way the lack of pretension and the visual appeal that lies within utilitarian surfaces, stripped–back architecture and salvaged objects began to be appreciated. It exploded into a trend that shows no signs of waning. There is a proletarian quality about industrial style that resonates, and because it celebrates humble materials, it can be as affordable as you need it to be. Pared back to the essentials, it showcases the beautiful interplay between pure form and function. It is unassuming, comfortable in its own skin and all the more chic for it.