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.
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.