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Kitchen Styles - Part 2

This week we are back with part TWO of our kitchen styles series to continue giving you an inside look at all of the ins and outs of each kitchen style. Choosing a style that emulates your personality, style, and kitchen desires is a big task that can even leave you feeling lost at where to begin. Thankfully working with a designer makes this huge decision a lot easier due to their expertise in the field along with their knowledge of you as an individual. As you meet with your designer to discuss your needs, wants, desires, and everything in between, they learn more about you and your overall look you are creating within your home. This is where dreams are turned to reality.

When it comes to designing your home's kitchen and creating a space that suits you and your needs, it can feel overwhelming with all of the different kitchen styles to choose from. Choosing the right style that fits you and your needs is so important because it creates an environment that supports the flourishing of an atmosphere. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and a room you spend a lot of your time in. It should be a room that welcomes you in the morning and relaxes you at night. Your kitchen's style plays a major role in creating these atmospheres and sets the tone of your household. Each kitchen can have a wide range of style and interpretation, so you can customize your kitchen to fit your personal style best.

We have put together this guide to provide you with a more in depth look into each of these kitchen styles and help you discover your signature look. Keep reading to find your dream kitchen and see the many different possibilities come to life!

Open Plan Kitchens

Kitchens with an open concept floor plan have risen in popularity over the years and continue to be consistent in the volume of requests for this kitchen style. Although it is not actually a kitchen style in itself, it is a fantastic feature to have at the center of your kitchen design, especially if you frequently host large gatherings in your home or entertain guests. Having an open floor plan in your kitchen creates more space all around. There is plenty of floor space for many people to be in the kitchen at once, multiple seating areas for eating or setting out food can be seamlessly integrated into your kitchen's design, and if you simply want to be able to see and talk to family within the area without them actually being in the kitchen prep area itself, this is the kitchen style for you.

Nautical/Beach/Coastal kitchen

If you love the feeling of being at the beach and simply being able to lay back and relax, we suggest considering bringing the beach to you! This kitchen style ranges from a more traditional style such as the classic or modern Hamptoms to a more boho style such as Venice beach. All of these styles are light and airy and have a fresh, coastal chic feel to them. The more traditional styles can be a little preppy with bolder patterns and colors for those who love pops of color. Coastal kitchens can be either clean-lined modern or feature traditional elements. If you're looking for an aesthetically pleasing kitchen style, this may be the one for you. White, light wood tones, light tan, gold, light grey, and navy make up the main color scheme for this design along with white or white/gray countertops and backsplash made out of marble or quartz. You'll recognize this kitchen style right away by its woven materials such as rattan. Finishing touches of glass or acrylic decor can be added if you are looking to create an airy vibe.

"New" Farmhouse Kitchen

New farmhouse kitchens have a very wide range of sub-categories from traditional to modern and country to European. This kitchen design is especially charming and creates a warm feeling that makes you feel at home. The refined, rustic features such as wood beams in an otherwise "modern" or "cleaner" style give it more of an earthy feel along with the natural materials used in this kitchen design such as marble countertops or stone features. Whites, creams, mushrooms, and greens are all common colors used within this kitchen style while black elements such as windows, faucets, and even black soapstone countertop accents it. Gold or brass faucets and hardware are another option to add to your new farmhouse kitchen to elevate its design. Open shelves are perfect for displaying decor, and it wouldn't be a farmhouse style kitchen without a farmhouse sink!

Craftsman Kitchen

Craftsman kitchens have risen in popularity over the years and even have a couple of sub-categories such as bungalow or California bungalow. Unsurprisingly, this kitchen style is recognized for its very crafted, tradesman feel and features more masculine patterns than other styles. One fantastic component of this kitchen design is that it has a ton of built-ins and cabinetry work. This high amount of focus on cabinetry has been channeled to create its own unique style of linear, boxy, shaker style cabinetry work. With this design being nature inspired, it comes as no surprise that medium toned woods or walnut woods are used throughout this kitchen. Common colors used for this kitchen style are earth tones such as darker greens, blues, blue-gray, and warm creams. Gold, bronze, and black metal hardware accent this style perfectly, and patterns for tile, rugs, or fabrics can be used throughout this design, but its limited to a very specific style.

Whichever style you choose for your home, make sure it suits you and your family's needs and provides you with exactly the environment you are striving to create in your home. It doesn't matter what anyones' opinion but yours is when it comes to creating your dream kitchen. You should be in love with the finished product and feel amazing every time you step into the heart of your home. Looking for more kitchen styles for inspiration for your home? Check out Part 2 of our kitchen styles series to learn more!

~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!


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