Modern, Traditional or Transitional? Which Style of Kitchen Cabinet is Right for Me?
The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. When you do a redesign of your kitchen you want to think not simply how your kitchen will look when it has been completed but also how it will feel. After all, you probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen, it is where you prepare your meals and where friends and family tend to congregate when you have a party. It should be inviting and reflect your personal sense of style.
In this article, we will outline the three main styles of kitchen to help you determine which one is best for your home.
The modern style emphasizes clean lines and efficiency. It is a popular choice for condominiums and small kitchens although it can be transferred into larger spaces as well. The key to modern style is that it has none of the busyness that a traditional or even transitional style can have. No moldings or corbels here. Cabinet designs are simple and without added embellishment.
Rather personal style is expressed through colour and subtle texture. Materials used include stainless steel, glass and exotic wood finishes. The end result is a sleek and high tech look.
Traditional or classically styled kitchens have a look of timeless and elegant sophistication. They tend to be warm spaces with added embellishments such as crown molding, posts and valences. They are likely to have wood cabinetry and granite countertops with hardwood flooring.
It is a style that goes well with many paint colours and fabrics making it a good choice for someone who likes to redecorate often.
Traditional kitchens may never go out of style.
Transitional kitchens have elements of both traditional and modern kitchens. They are an excellent choice for homeowners who enjoy both styles or do not wish to be confined to either style. They may also be the ideal compromise in households where one spouse likes traditional and the other likes modern.
Transitional kitchens combine the clean lines of the modern kitchen with the warmth of a traditional kitchen. Cabinetry in traditional kitchens tends to be streamlined, countertops are often stone with simply designed edges.
Transitional kitchens often have simple accents and backsplashes and tend to mix natural materials with man-made materials.
Unlike traditional kitchens which use a lot of embellishment and modern kitchens which have virtually no embellishment, transitional kitchens use just a hint of embellishment such as millwork and corbels. With transitional, it’s all about finding the right balance.
In deciding whether to go with a modern, traditional or transitional look for your kitchen, think about your personal sense of style. What look are you most attracted to? Considering the rest of your home is also important, which look will flow best with the rest of your décor. Finally, consider your habits and lifestyle. Can you realistically keep a modern kitchen as clean as it needs to be to maintain its look? Or will a traditional style remind you too much of your parents? If you’re still not sure, book a consultation and our designers will be happy to discuss these styles in greater detail with you.
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