Over the years, you've probably developed a clear fashion style, which makes it easy to shop for clothing and accessories. Maybe you're a classicist, with a closet full of black-and-white staples. Or perhaps you're more bohemian, preferring bold patterns and unexpected cuts.
Fashion sense is one thing. But unless you're an architect or designer, it's harder to identify your taste in kitchen styles. So, we've outlined five popular kitchen styles to help. If you're embarking on a kitchen renovation, knowing which way you lean will jump-start discussions with designers and contractors, and it will make it easier to choose appliances, countertops and more - the same way you can spot the perfect top when you're shopping online or at the department store.
Kitchen design style No. 1: Transitional
What is it? The top-trending style for kitchens, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). "Transitional kitchens carry a minimalistic yet relaxed aesthetic that marries the best qualities of traditional and modern into one style," says Kerrie Kelly, an interior designer based in Northern California and member of the NKBA. The style is popular with young families because it combines high functionality with low maintenance.
Defining features: Simple cabinetry, such as Shaker style, with low-maintenance quartz countertops; and clean color palettes, including whites, greens, grays, beiges and blues.
Kitchen design style No. 2: Contemporary
What is it? The second-most-common style, according to the NKBA, contemporary kitchens feature a more edited aesthetic than their transitional counterparts. Think sleek, simple finishes and carefully planned lighting plans. In terms of color, think basic black and white, with a smattering of grays and beiges.
Defining features: Abundant natural light through expansive windows and glass walls; sleek large-format tiles in porcelain or natural stone; lots of drawer storage and armoire style cabinetry to conceal appliances; and high use of technology, including smart lighting controls.
Kitchen design style No. 3: Farmhouse
What is it? A timeless design in which specific features make the statement - perhaps found objects such as reclaimed barn doors or vintage lighting. Kelly credits Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" for the resurgence of farmhouse design.
Defining features: Shiplap walls and ceilings; apron-front sinks and pendant lighting; Shaker cabinets in white and gray tones; and high contrast between countertop material and cabinetry (for example, butcher block tops with white cabinets).
Kitchen design style No. 4: Industrial
What is it? Defined by a minimalistic yet energetic feeling, the industrial kitchen style is trending in urban areas, including loft spaces in renovated commercial buildings.
Defining features: Edgy materials such as stained concrete countertops and reclaimed wood floors; mixed metal finishes; commercial-style appliances, sinks and faucets; and exposed-bulb light fixtures, often with Edison bulb for a vintage aesthetic.
Kitchen design style No. 5: Mid-century
What is it? The post-World War II design movement that remained popular until the late 1970s, not that it ever faded from fashion completely. "The clean lines, simple finishes, organic curves, mix-and-match materials and multifunctional designs of mid-century modern have remained a timeless style even today," says Kelly.
Defining features: Simple, well-designed objects and floor plans; an emphasis on organic, geometric forms; more textured fabrics and furnishings throughout; and clean, bold colors, including bronzes and browns mixed with whites.
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