Long gone are the days of tucked-away kitchens. Today, kitchens are a focal point of a home – a gathering place, a homework spot, a place for special occasions and more. Kitchens play many roles in today’s homes.
Typically, the style of a kitchen carries through the remainder of the house. When determining your kitchen design, consider four of the most popular style choices in today’s homes.
Think sleek and sophisticated for a modern kitchen. Modern kitchens nix the clutter (or at least find clever places to store it away). The hallmarks of a modern kitchen include reflective, high-gloss surfaces and high-tech materials and appliances. Cabinetry is kept to clean lines and smooth surfaces. Highly polished wood helps warm up a modern kitchen, whether it’s in the flooring or a piece of cabinetry.
Chip and Joanna Gaines didn’t start the farmhouse trend, but they have certainly perfected it. More and more homeowners are opting for this cozy and inviting style in their kitchens. Furniture-like cabinetry, sections of butcher block countertops combined with light-colored granite, quartz or marble are some of the characteristics of this trending kitchen style. Walls painted in whites and light grays, along with farmhouse tables pull this trend together.
Cottage Kitchens are the things fairy tales are made of. Think of carefully mixed materials, both old and new, casual and formal. Antique or reproduction stoves and appliances add charm and whimsy. Cottage kitchens typically have eat-in spaces with walls flanked in wainscoting.
Mediterranean kitchens are draped in rich woods, cream granites and Tuscan tiles. Oftentimes ornate, fixtures include elaborate chandeliers, pot racks and bulky cabinetry.
For more information on remodeling your kitchen, read Your Kitchen Remodel Checklist.