Culturally, humans don’t care for what we don’t value, so when you find yourself planning a kitchen renovation or a redecoration project – it’s because you truly value your space, your home, and the lifestyle it allows you to keep.
With valuing something also comes FOMO – fear of missing out. It can become difficult to perfectly define your new kitchen style, simply because you care about the end result.You may find you struggle to pin down colours, moods, design layouts, or even fixtures.
If you’re dedicated to defining your kitchen style, you’ll need to stick to a defined set of parameters and stay on the straight and narrow to incorporate the design elements you need to perfectly curate the vision in your minds eye.
Classic rustic or country kitchens are some of the easiest to define as they rely heavily on rough, organic materials and textures to portray an essence of rustic style. With wood at the forefront of the rustic kitchen design arsenal, you can utilize rough sawn lumber fraught with gorgeous imperfections and evidence of workmanship to help exaggerate the character and tenacity of your newly defined space.
Consider a butcher block countertop as a focal point that borrows from the wood motif, and steer clear of too many bold and bright paint colours – let the wood speak for itself – there’s an identity in the rings and grain of wood that has a voice you won’t want to cover up.
To round out the style, stone offers a relatively adaptable, inexpensive, and versatile organic material for accents, flooring – and for the brave – even countertops. Its rough, chiselled aesthetic help to hone in on an energy of simple austerity.
These days, what used to be referred to as an industrial kitchen could be called a ‘hipster’ kitchen, effortlessly combining elements of both industrial elements and evidence of man-made mechanization, with warm woods and elements of rustic kitchen sensibilities as well — think of the incredible coffee shop style kitchens you’d regularly see in urban hot spots like NY, Vancouver, Toronto, or LA.
Industrial spaces are typically vast, open spaces with minimal obstructions featuring clean, straight lines. They can feature exposed beams – either steel or wood – and other exposed materials reminiscent of the industrial revolution or a skilled tradesperson influence, like brick and mortar, concrete, or steel cladding; evidence of time spent manually building is key to an industrial design.
Stainless steel or wood countertops can help accent concrete or wooden floors, often with many visible imperfections, to help round out the look.
Modern & Minimal
Much like industrial spaces, modern kitchen spaces are clean, open, linear, and even geometric in their approach to minimalism and clutter-free style.
This popular design mantra is typified by a distinctly monotone colour schematic, with bold and eye-popping bursts of colour. Ample natural light is key to maintaining an element of openness, and newness, so large uncovered windows are the norm to help the space feel larger and breezier than it really is.
Cabinetry, countertops, and flooring in modern and minimal spaces always lack the texture, character, and organic identity of rustic and traditional kitchens, and prefer simple, flat panels with alarmingly simple and functional hardware, handles, and fixtures. The style is dominated by clean and sterile materials like stainless steel – both as countertop material and for appliances – stone, and other high gloss textures like quartz, and solid surfacing.
This one can be tricky to iron out. Traditional kitchens are contemporary in scope, eclectic by nature, and ambiguous because they can conform and adapt to a slew of varying design sensibilities. If your personal taste bounces all over the design spectrum, a traditional kitchen is likely a good design to investigate in greater detail.
Traditional kitchens boast wooden cabinetry and furniture with a moderate amount of detail, contrary to their rustic cousins. Countertops in these spaces are usually a stone – such as a granite, quartz, or even marble with a natural finish, rather than a white, high-gloss surface. To help define your kitchen space, you should keep away from modern and industrial materials like stainless steel and concrete, and seek to include more natural materials in your redecoration.
There’s a process at play when trying to define your kitchen’s style, and it means discovering what attracts you, and under what circumstances you were exposed to those traits. It can be difficult to stick to one design with so many great options available today, but it’s a very rewarding experience when you stand back to find you’ve pegged down your ideal kitchen design perfectly.