What’s your kitchen style?

Cool or casual? Sleek or sedate? Your kitchen style not only says a lot about you, but sets the tone as family and friends gather around the hub of the home.

Here’s a look at three popular kitchen styles:

Cool or casual? Sleek or sedate? Your kitchen style not only says a lot about you, but sets the tone as family and friends gather around the hub of the home.

Cool or casual? Sleek or sedate? Your kitchen style not only says a lot about you, but sets the tone as family and friends gather around the hub of the home.

Contemporary

The contemporary kitchen is uncluttered and unadorned. It appeals to people who like clean and sleek. Appliances are disguised as cabinets so the kitchen does not look “kitchen-y.” Cabinets are flat-front wooden, steel or lacquered. Countertops are square-edged, often metal or underlighted glass. Light fixtures are works of art. Accessories are minimal.

Traditional

If you tell a designer you want a traditional kitchen, she will steer you toward cabinetry reminiscent of 18th- and 19th-century furniture. Lighting is more functional than artsy, and accessories are decidedly not funky. Countertops are neutral, while backsplashes may be tumbled stone. Flooring is made of tried-and-true woods and patterns. Trimwork features flutes, columns, beadboard or, at the high end, a coffered ceiling. Blue Danube china feels right at home. Traditional can be Old World formal with cherry cabinetry or farmhouse informal with painted-white cabinets and rustic additions such as wooden countertops, scraped wooden flooring and farm sinks.

Transitional

The transitional kitchen suits you if you like Arts and Crafts-style cabinetry with little ornamentation. Woods are painted or in natural tones. Think traditional with spice, such as a backsplash with funky tiles, an island with colorful cabinetry or a light fixture with humor. The backdrop is conservative enough to carry it into the next decade, but the kitchen has enough pluck to qualify it for a magazine spread. For the remodeler, this kitchen is updated but doesn’t scream “new addition.”

Crossovers

Some materials cross style lines, depending on their applications. The concrete countertop with an ogee edge fits a traditional kitchen, while square-edged concrete suits a contemporary one. Aqua subway tiles in a classic running-bond pattern help turn a traditional kitchen into a transitional one, while the same tiles in the stacked-bond pattern say contemporary.

Design trends also cross style definitions, said the designers. More homeowners are eliminating upper cabinets in favor of windows, shelves or artwork. More are “foodies,” who require features such as built-in spice cabinets or televisions to watch cooking shows. Islands have replaced peninsulas and are more often bar height. Their stools welcome visitors as though they are part of the neighborhood pub or martini bar, depending on their style.

Demographics matter

Buyers’ demographics affect kitchen designs, said Zielinski. Busy families want their kitchens to be command centers, regardless of the style. Single women want simple kitchens where they can have quick meals and check their iPads, said Zielinski. Most single men have other priorities, according to a recent study by Rent.com. Only 4 percent surveyed require spacious kitchens, compared with 45 percent who want single women as neighbors.

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How to Plan a Retro Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling the kitchen can be a major undertaking. It is not just the expense, but also the inconvenience to the household that gives many homeowners pause when considering such an undertaking. In spite of this, homeowners continue to find good reasons to proceed with a kitchen remodel.

A retro kitchen remodel can be anything you want it to be, since retro just refers vaguely to something in the past. So you can do a 1930s farmhouse kitchen or a 1950s black and white design or a 1970s style with stained wood cabinets and still call it retro. Pick your era — maybe start with remembering visits to Grandma’s for cookies or for a holiday dinner, or think back to the first house you bought with what was then a stylish kitchen. Start planning when you’ve chosen a target.

 

A retro kitchen remodel can be anything you want it to be, since retro just refers vaguely to something in the past. So you can do a 1930s farmhouse kitchen or a 1950s black and white design or a 1970s style with stained wood cabinets and still call it retro. Pick your era -- maybe start with remembering visits to Grandma's for cookies or for a holiday dinner, or think back to the first house you bought with what was then a stylish kitchen. Start planning when you've chosen a target.

  1. Do research
    You must look for vintage appliances, like Chambers or Roper stoves or Mixmaster mixers, and includes a white refrigerator with rounded doors and with freezers on top.
  2. Choose simple colors
    Use black and white as the basic colors for a 1950s-60s kitchen, with accents of bright red or yellow on some walls or inside white-faced cabinets. Design a breakfast nook or counter, with chairs or stools of chrome with colorful plastic seat covers. Look for vintage appliances, like Chambers or Roper stoves or Mixmaster mixers, and include a white refrigerator with rounded doors and the freezer on top.

3.’Flower Power’

Recall “flower power” for a 1970s style, with towels, place mats and other accessories accented with flowers. Keep cabinets with natural wood or paint them harvest yellow or lime green. Hang lots of plants from hooks in the ceiling and use decorative pottery to hold cooking supplies and snacks. Get appliances like stove and refrigerator — always a side-by-side — in yellow, avocado or bronze.

  1. Tile and Appliances

Shift into the 1980s with built-in breakfast seating, countertops of granite or ceramic tile — and, of course, ceramic tile floors..

  1. Find Material

Haunt flea markets, resale shops and used appliance stores for ideas and supplies. Many vintage appliances, such as old stoves, are still available and prized by top cooks.

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The Single Wall or Pullman Kitchen

The Single Wall or Pullman Kitchen is designed for homes that are narrow or lacks area space. Unlike other kitchen designs this may be the most inexpensive. It is not designed to make use if the classic kitchen triangle design but it still allows an unobstructed traffic flow.

The Single wall is not the best kitchen design but it can be upgraded to either the corridor or the L-shape kitchen design, provided that there is space available.

It is best for small homes or apartment since it does not take too much space. This is the simplest modern kitchen design.

Going Contemporary

Some key items for a beautiful, awe-inspiring, contemporary kitchen:

Counter Stool
Earthly and graceful, the Shinto Counter Stool is made of Chinese hardwood and would work well in a rustic urban setting. (ROOM & BOARD)
Oven
Can a stove be truly glamorous? The 5-burner, Double-Oven Cluny couldn’t be more so. (LANACHE)
Cabinets
The inky black Poliform Cabinets have beautiful sheen and spareness (POLIFORM)
Faucet
Just pass your hands under the swan-necked faucet and water pours out. A kitchen first. How smart. (PASCAL CULINARY FAUCET)
Dining Table
The cut out base of the 42-inch round dining table would really stand out in a contemporary kitchen.

Source:
(House Beautiful Magazine, April 2006 Issue)

Another decorative trick.

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There are a lot of efficient methods when it comes to adding storage areas or spaces to small, metropolitan homes. One can pick an area from one’s kitchen and change it into a very ornamental place to store your stuff. You can also put up a mini library in your kitchen that contains cookbooks, display glassware collectibles and cooking awards if there are any (flaunt it in the right place). Kitchen wall cabinets can also be mounted onto the ceilings. Different kinds of enhancers and decorative to improve the ambiance can be placed. Little knick-knacks or wall paintings can be placed on one side. Just make sure they’re away from any burning appliance!

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