Whether you’re a homeowner or looking to become one, chances are you know how
overwhelming choosing designs to suit your taste and lifestyle can be. Well,
you're not alone. If you're confused and not sure what your style is, read on
to learn before remodeling your kitchen or bath. It will make the process much easier for you
and for your designer!
Victorian – Characterized by steeply pitched roofs, pointed arch windows, elaborate trim
along roof edges, high dormers, lancet windows and other Gothic details. Light
fixtures range from chandeliers and kerosene and electric lamps to astrals and
sconces. Cabinets are usually weathered looking and made of heavy, real wood
with chrome pulls and knobs.
Modern – Modern styles change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek,
straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, hidden appliances
and minimal details. Common materials include stainless steel, marble, granite
and frosted glass. Basic geometric shapes and bold, bright colors such as reds,
blues and yellow or black and white are prevalent.
Southwestern – This style features a lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials
such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics are very common, as are wood, quarry tile,
ceramic tile, earth tones and vibrant accessories. Colors usually reflect the
nature of the desert such as warm oranges, greens, tans and browns. Southwest
kitchens usually incorporate ceramic materials and terra cotta elements.
Traditional – Plays up architectural details such as crown moldings, raised wood paneling
and rich, deep colors to enhance the mood and traditional feel. Dark stains,
honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets and oak cabinets add to the usually
more formal feel than country style.
Country – Rustic, weathered look creates a warm, cozy feeling in a country style home.
Common colors range from muted hues to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling,
brick and barn boards are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns
are a sure way to create a country feeling, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.
Eclectic – A mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style
is not characterized by a particular color palette, patterns, style or material
but is a mix of extravagant decorations from numerous eras, including hand-me-downs,
second-hand items and other recyclables. Kitchens and bathrooms may include modern
appliances mixed with antique decorations to the complete opposite.