When it comes to a new kitchen, you want it to be practical and fit your family’s needs while also highlighting your personal style. The kitchen is the focal point of the home and the place where people gather to cook, eat, socialize and relax. It’s a room that can be very expensive to renovate, so it makes sense to choose the best style for your needs and taste.
The most popular kitchen styles tend to be traditional, industrial, coastal and farmhouse, but there are many more options for you to consider!
Traditional: A kitchen with a classic and timeless design, this type of layout is perfect for families that love to entertain. Raised panel doors, latched hardware, white tiles, and artisanal light fixtures give this look a timeless feel while slick countertops and cabinetry create a clean and organized space.
Keep things simple with a clean, crisp color palette of neutrals, such as creamy whites, soft eggshell and tans, in cabinets, walls and backsplashes. To add a little flair, consider using a bright pop of primary colors against the soft neutrals to add interest and warmth.
Adding some color can really enhance the feel of a contemporary kitchen, but don’t go overboard. If you do, it can be overwhelming and overshadow your overall design.
Coast: From Cape Cod to Monterey Bay, this style of kitchen evokes the serene and relaxed feeling of being by the sea. To create this look, use neutral, salt-of-the-earth color palettes with bright pops of color to add visual interest, such as yellows and reds paired with creamy whites, tans and soft eggshell.
Farmhouse: Rustic country kitchens can be a fun way to incorporate classic American elements. This style can feature wood beams, stained or painted beadboard and glass-door cabinetry finished in different colors and features such as a large farmhouse sink and furniture-style legs.
To make the farmhouse style more welcoming and inviting, keep it casual with a few homey touches like succulents, framed family photos or themed wall art. A large farmhouse table or island invites guests to linger and help out.
Using natural woods or a weathered finish to create the look is important when designing a country kitchen, but be sure to match the woods with your other design components. For example, if you have oak cabinets, choose oak countertops to complement the warm wood.
A rustic country kitchen can be one-of-a-kind. For this kitchen, Romanek Design Studio chose to use salvaged woods throughout the design. This includes the plank flooring, a kitchen island formerly in a country hardware store and an antique farm sink with apron front.
The island provides extra work surface and a place to sit and chat, so the style is very comfortable for families with kids or elderly relatives. A roomy pantry is also a nice addition, especially if you’re limited on storage.