Whether Parisian-style designs or country-inspired patterns are your preferred flavor, there's a kitchen style that will suit your taste and lifestyle.
Having a wide range of kitchen styles, textures, patterns and colors at your fingertips makes it tough to narrow down a design choice. But with a few simple considerations and a general assessment of your style preferences, it's easy to select the kitchen style that will work best for you.
Chef's Dream Space
Four work stations, an island with two ovens, eight burners, a griddle, a grill, a salamander, sink and pot filler are just some of the components that support this work-horse of a kitchen. Design by Peter Salerno
Two is always better than one for the serious cook, and this kitchen is equipped with two sinks and two ovens, providing plenty of space for food prep and cleanup. Designed by SPG Architects
Dual sinks are a handy feature for serious cooks; one sink can be used for food prep, while the other can be used for cleanup. Design by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris; photography by Rachael Boling
Cottage-style kitchens, one of the more popular designs, are known for mixing a farmhouse feel with vintage appeal by combining down-to-earth style with playful patterns. These kitchens typically pair white cabinetry with pale yellow or mint walls and cute patterns, like polka dots and gingham.
But if sophistication is your style choice, then the sleek surfaces and dark wood cabinetry that is a hallmark of contemporary and modern kitchens might be up your alley. Choose white stone countertops to go with dark cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
On the other hand, it can be fun to bring in design aspects from other lands, like a French country or Tuscan kitchen theme. French country kitchens rely on safflower yellow and bright blues to accent light wood floors and cabinetry, while Tuscan kitchens pay homage to their Italian heritage by using marble countertops and a fairly neutral color palette.
When you are choosing your kitchen style, it's important to consider how you will be using the space. For example, granite or stainless steel countertops are ideal for heavily used spaces, while marble and wood countertops will require more maintenance.
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