Kitchen design styles have come a long way over the years since the early 20th century to the early 21st as we discovered in kitchen design trends, part 1. In part 2 of the kitchen designs series from writer Neal Rochester, we see how in some ways the kitchen has retained its place in our homes as one of the most central, and most important of rooms. And true to that fact, many styles have proven to be pretty enduring as well
Neal continues here, first talking about a style of kitchen that is still something of a go-to design, the rustic kitchen, and moving on from there …
Kitchens designed in the rustic or country style continue in popularity today. Comfortable and cozy even when designed on a grand scale, these kitchens typically feature the appliances of a modern kitchen set within a decorative scheme that reflects a woodland or country style.
Hardwood floors and beams might complement these kitchens as well as some vintage furniture designed in a provincial style.
Traditional, colonial kitchens
Whether influenced by Colonial Williamsburg or traditional English styles, traditional styles represent timeless and classic designs that continue to be featured in many of today’s kitchens.
Traditional styles reflect quality workmanship, classic colors and patterns, and rich materials like oak, granite, and marble. Traditional kitchens are often comfortable spaces, but are decidedly sophisticated, featuring classic furniture styles composed of the best materials.
Shabby chic kitchens
A design style ushered into popularity by the designer Rachel Ashwell, this style is decidedly feminine and ultra sumptuous. Brimming with floral elements and vintage furniture and style, this trend might be described as country flea market meets Marie Antoinette.
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Painted furniture, vintage china and textiles, crystal chandeliers, and ultra-pretty accents make this a popular style that pairs well with French Provincial or English Cottage styles.
Ultra modern kitchen style
Many of today’s contemporary high end styles feature sleekly minimal designs. Forget a showcasing of brick-a-brac and china; these styles tend to be clutter-free and showcase architectural features like high ceilings as well as cutting edge appliances.
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The color palette is often filled with black, white, and shades of granite; there is also a definite emphasis on stainless steel. These kitchens tend to be all about functionality while boasting modern materials that are easy-to-care-for and are often sustainable.