Find Your Favorite Kitchen Style

What makes a kitchen a certain style? See the main design elements for five styles from IKEA®.
By: Kristen Wingard

Past and Future Now

This transitional kitchen combines warm wood cabinets with the simplicity of subway-tile-covered walls, understated Roman shades and minimal accessories. Stainless choices, industrial pendants and a muted geometric rug are more marriages between contemporary and traditional that define this design approach.

Gray and White Done Right

Traditional white raised-panel cabinets get a contemporary accent in the gray flooring, countertop and wall color choice in this transitional kitchen. Touches of black in the traditional pendant lighting and the contemporary island stools ground the scheme firmly in this comfortable and classy style.

Contemporary, Not Cold

This contemporary kitchen dominated by bright-white cabinetry and flooring is sleek, clean and anything but sterile. Watery blue touches in the backsplash and the frosted-glass-front cabinets, along with a bright green vase and woven dining chairs add punches of color without taking away from the overall look.

Contemporary Kitchen Choices

A thorough lighting plan that highlights the wood cabinetry along the top, counter and floor makes this windowless kitchen functional. It also balances the shiny stainless appliances. A striking striped rug is the only shot of color.

Today's Traditional Kitchen

Lots of rich, dark cabinetry is a feast for the eyes in this kitchen and adjoining dining room. It's cleverly balanced with large areas of white while the stainless choices sprinkled throughout keep it all current.

Black, White & Warm All Over

Classic colors, pewter hardware, generous crown molding and gauzy window treatments are all signatures of traditional style. This kitchen's wooden floor and cotton scatter rug ground the room and are durable choices that keep up with the hardworking, calm space.

Make Mine Modern

Plants and cooking essentials are the only decorations in this modern kitchen, yet it's interesting and perfectly reflects the homeowner's personal style. Black leather bar chairs and a matching couch bring out the track lighting and stainless appliance accents. Ceiling-height cabinetry with sleek pulls provides plenty of storage and enhances the space's minimal aesthetic.

Stir Up Modern Style

What would you do with all that streamlined storage space? This modern kitchen keeps anything not tucked away organized and within reach on polished surfaces, shelves and racks. A neutral palette allows any cook's creations to take center stage.

Dual-Function Kitchen

This country kitchen was designed for cooking and eating. A wooden table, painted chairs and glass-front cabinets displaying white dishes cover the dining needs. Essential kitchen elements like the unique take on beadboard cabinets, braided scatter rugs, a large farmhouse sink, the white-washed hardwood floor plus a liberal use of black all combine into one welcoming room.

Cool Country

Country kitchens get the job done and this one does it stylishly. The elements — painted paneling, beadboard cabinets, a butcher-block island countertop, open shelving, a simple striped valance, a resourceful cookbook nook and mouth-blown glass pendant lights — come together to create a design that looks as great as it works.

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