What's you're Gemstone Style?
Modern kitchens tend to be more restrained and lack ornamentation with sleek and simple hardware, strong horizontal lines with the natural beauty and textures of the materials shining through. Flat panel or "slab" doors are a signature element of modern kitchen design. Accents like lighting, tables, chairs and bar stools will stay consistent and will feature simple, clean lines and lack of ornamentation. In addition to various shape-related elements, there are multiple layers of materials, such as natural and painted wood tones, stone tile, glass countertops and metal. Eye-catching contrast elements can be found in splashes of color, or reclaimed wood accents that blend old and new.
Traditional style sometimes gets a bad rap as fussy and outdated. While it’s true that this look takes its inspiration from the past, it’s really about comfort. Every element feels familiar, properly placed and predictable. Traditional kitchens focus on the details in all areas. There's a bit of embellishment or adornment everywhere you look, but the best traditional kitchens just feel layered rather than overbearing and often feature cabinet finishes that are glazed or made to look aged and distressed. No sharp angles here — traditional rooms emphasize curves and sink-right-in comfort. Walnut, cherry, oak — darker woods and neutral tones rule traditional style. It promises warmth and welcome, and it delivers with a sense of order.
Think of a transitional kitchen as the great moderator. With the warmth and welcome of traditional design and the clean, simple lines of contemporary style, transitional spaces project balance and harmony. Because they offer a great deal of flexibility, they're a great choice for homeowners who don't want to confine themselves to a single style or whose taste spans both traditional and contemporary. Part of what separates transitional kitchens from contemporary ones is that they allow for just a hint of decorative ornamentation. Millwork, corbels, windows, furnishings and more bridge the gap between fancy and plain.