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Kitchen Style Ideas (Traditional, Modern, Transitional, Old World, Country, Outdoor Kitchens)

A remodel project gives you the chance to create a totally different kitchen than what you've been living with. If you've got an outdated kitchen but a modern style throughout the rest of your home, for instance, use your kitchen restoration to bring your kitchen up to speed with the contemporary style in the other rooms. From the wall paint to the cabinetry wood, your kitchen style informs most of the choices that you make when it comes to your materials. The style you choose can even help you decide which door handles to attach and the tiles that you use as a backsplash above your counters and behind the sink. A variety of kitchen style exist, so there is something for every preference and budget.

Traditional Kitchens

The traditional title is actually a broad umbrella which can describe a variety of kitchens. In general, a traditional kitchen space has hints of American and European style from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Rather than bold color, most traditional kitchens have muted tones on the walls, like cream and taupe, or light shades of blue and green. If bright colors are used, they are often brought in via accessories like artwork and a small backsplash behind the oven. Cabinet choices in a traditional kitchen are often white, but you can really use just about any grain of wood as long as the cabinets are not too angular and contemporary. Cabinets with a raised square in the middle fit best into a traditional kitchen. Some of the Kitchen Cabinet Kings cabinet doors that fit into the traditional style include Country Oak Classic, K-Series Honey, Spice Maple.

Modern Kitchens

Modern kitchens are usually more eye catching than a traditional room, featuring angular lines and bold color choices, both on the walls and in the cabinetry. A modern kitchen often has granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, and matte finished cabinet handles. The lighting fixtures in a modern kitchen can include very artistic pieces that you normally wouldn't see -- something a bit more unusual than your standard ceiling fan or recessed lighting. Cabinets can be wooden in a modern kitchen, but they are often metal with no raised or recessed square, and handles can be either vertical or horizontal. Modern kitchens also feature dark cabinets more often than not, though stark white will also fit right in. Good choices for modern cabinet doors include Ice White Shaker, Mocha Shaker, and Tribeca.

Transitional Kitchens

If you can't decide between a traditional or modern kitchen, then the transitional style may be just the solution that you need. Transitional kitchen spaces blend the sleek, man-made materials of a modern space with the comfortable, natural materials of a traditional kitchen. For instance, you might use wooden cabinets combined with angular glass tile backsplash and contemporary stainless steel appliances. Transitional kitchens are also appropriate if you have more than one style throughout your home. It can help bridge the space between a modern foyer and a very traditional dining room, giving your home a good flow as opposed to the disjointed one it might otherwise have. If you are planning a transitional kitchen, consider the Country Oak Classic, Pacifica, or K-Series Cinnamon Glaze cabinets from Kitchen Cabinet Kings.

Old World Kitchens

Kitchens that are considered old world may fall into a number of subcategories, like Tuscan, Mediterranean, or French chateau. These kitchens usually have some sort of distressed cabinets that are made to look aged, and they may also have features like stone flooring and antique looking metal stove hoods. The walls in an old world kitchen are sometimes covered in plaster to give them texture and character; fitting colors include burnt orange, olive green, shades of brown, and creamy yellow. Exposed beams on the ceiling and appliances disguised by cabinetry are good final touches to really send an old world kitchen back in time to the 17th century. Kitchen Cabinet Kings doors that make a good addition to the old world style include Sandstone Rope, Sienna Rope, Savannah, and Santa Fe.

Country Kitchens

Country style kitchens are often centered around natural wood, or at least real solid wood that has been stained. From the floors to the cabinets and the island countertop, a country style should feel cozy and welcoming, as if all guests are welcome to come in and grab a seat and a glass of iced tea. The possibilities for color in a country kitchen are pretty open, from bright white cabinetry with bold black hinges, to deep red walls reminiscent of a barn or soothing blue paint that calms the space. Accessories in a country style kitchen might include metal farm animals and other Americana style trinkets. White appliances make the space feel more like a down to earth kitchen, but many homeowners often choose stainless steel as well. The crux of a country kitchen is that it looks like the family-friendly meeting place of the home. Cabinets from Kitchen Cabinet Kings that afford a country feel include Sandstone Rope, The New Yorker, Oasis, or Savannah.

Outdoor Kitchens

If you're fortunate enough to have a large back yard grilling area you might choose to go all out and create an outdoor kitchen space. Outdoor kitchens don't need all of the appliances that are found in a regular kitchen, nor can they usually accommodate them. As a secondary kitchen, outdoor kitchens only need a grill, enough counter space to prep food and create a buffet, and a seating area with a table. However, you might choose to run plumbing to your outdoor kitchen so that you can also have a sink and small refrigerator on site. This will make it easier for you to make a meal without constantly running in and out of your home to use your other kitchen. As far as color scheme goes when it comes to an outdoor kitchen -- the sky is literally the limit. You can create a space with whimsical colors that you would never have the nerve to use in the house, or use a brown and green based kitchen that blends in with the natural surroundings of your back yard. Cabinetry to consider for your outdoor kitchen include the Mocha Shaker, Savannah, and Wave Hill models.