Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Traditional kitchens have more ornate molding and trim with antique fixtures; elegant cabinetry in cherry, walnut and mahogany shades. Design styles within this category include Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Federal, Regency, Italianate, Early American and Neoclassical.


Transitional kitchens include elements of both traditional and contemporary design. Eclectic in nature, they mix materials as well as finishes and textures. For example, a Shaker kitchen can be made transitional rather than traditional by lightening the color palette, adding bamboo flooring, and showcasing appliances rather than hiding them with panels.


Contemporary kitchens tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often include stainless steel, laminate, frosted glass inserts, concrete and chrome.

Mountain Living

Mountian or Rustic kitchens often have a regional American flair. Others resemble a lodge or log cabin. Common characteristics include cabinets in knotty pine, hickory or alder; ceiling beams; and warm, rich shades of brown, red, green and yellow.