In the world of kitchen design, there are several different categories of style that most designs fall under:
Below, we’ll go in-depth about each of these popular kitchen design styles and the characteristics that you can expect from each.
A contemporary high-end kitchen is characterized by a very sleek and uncluttered appearance. Contemporary may also be called modern. Many European high-end kitchen designers tend toward contemporary style kitchens due to their modern appeal and their smooth, straightforward approach to design.
One quality of contemporary design is that the designer works to create one cohesive look. This often means that large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, and ovens are designed so as to blend in with the room rather than present themselves. Designing an appliance and cabinetry to feature wood, steel, or to be lacquered is very common in contemporary design, also see our modern kitchen portfolio.
Light fixtures are treated as visual centerpieces in contemporary design and are often very artistic in their appearance. Contemporary design is rarely overly accessorized, and countertops are typically square edged and made of a natural but modern material such as metal or glass.
Traditional design is another way of saying “old fashioned” design. Traditional luxury kitchen design embraces intricate woodworking and styling that may have been possible in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can think of a traditional kitchen as a very straightforward, albeit warm and inviting, kitchen layout. Natural woods and warm colors are very prevalent in traditional design.
In traditional design, lighting will be more functional than it is artistic. Accessories, while prevalent, will not be quirky or draw too much attention to themselves. Neutral and natural color tones are popular in countertops and flooring. Natural stone, for example, is a very popularly used material in our traditional kitchen projects. In addition to stone, wood is a hugely prevalent material in a traditional kitchen. Often the cabinetry and flooring will be wood.
“Farmhouse”, “rustic”, and “country” are all words that are used to describe such designs, however, it should be noted that traditional design is not the opposite of luxury by any means. Many extremely well-designed and high-end kitchens embrace a traditional style. Traditional design is more about embracing woods, natural fixtures, and intricate styling than it is about embracing anything that could be described as “low end”.
There are instances where a designer will embrace elements from contemporary luxury design as well as elements from traditional design. These mix-and-match style designs are referred to as “crossover designs”. For example, one design may embrace the stark countertop style of a contemporary design while also working in intricate styling details that would be more evident of a traditional design. This embrace of both worlds comes from a widening in interests on behalf of the kitchen dweller. For example, many homeowners who love to cook and consider themselves to be good cooks enjoy watching shows about cooking while they are in the kitchen, thus necessitating a more modern appearance with a television incorporated into the space. Please have a look at our transitional high-end kitchen portfolio for more details.