Tatiana’s Kitchen Style Guide

by Tatiana Kaltcheva, Sales & Design at Kitchen Art Design




Are you looking to renovate your kitchen but not sure what styles you like? Look no further – I have you covered. I’ve put together a few sample boards (disclaimer: I am not a graphic designer, but I do think you will find the boards helpful) with some quick notes to go with them. Take a look!


Seaside Retreat

Seaside Retreat Guide | Kitchen Art Design

Blue and white is the quintessential colour scheme for any nautical-inspired setting. To get this breezy, laid back feel, go with a soothing palette – avoid strong contrasts and incorporate distressed wood finishes. Vintage-inspired pieces and lighting can help change the mood in an instant. Woven accessories perfectly complement this relaxed style. Shaker, beadboard, or slab doors are ideal for this look.


Modern Farmhouse 1

Tatiana's Kitchen Style Guide 1

Clean lines, vintage light pendants and hardware, and lots of black and white contrast define this timeless look. The key here is to keep it simple. Opt for a plain trim and shaker cabinets. Painted finishes and beadboard doors are the main characteristics of the farmhouse style. To add a modern element, swap some traditional milk paint colors with whites, grey undertones or bold contrasts.


Modern Farmhouse 2

Modern Farmhouse 2 Guide | Kitchen Art Design

Instead of muted shades, go with straight black and white. Contrast is modern. Sleek stainless-steel appliances and cleaned lined pendants also add a bit of a modern edge to the look. Vintage hardware and accessories paired with an apron sink can capture the essence of the farmhouse without the full commitment. Shaker doors are best suited for this look. Stay away from raised panel doors if you want to emphasize the modern look!


Classical and Timeless

Classical and Timeless Guide | Kitchen Art Design

The Classical and Timeless theme is a twist on traditional kitchen styling, influenced by both classical lines and new trends. The key to staying fresh is to stay away from intricately carved mouldings, red finishes, and 80’s polished brass. Instead, go with satin or brushed gold finishes for the hardware. Chandeliers, pendants and crown moldings are also recommended, as they have cleaner lines. Islands or base cabinets can be painted in a different color for more interest. The fad of having everything match is long gone!


Refined Country

Refined Country Guide | Kitchen Art Design

This is not the traditional “country” look one would tend to think of. Weathered floors, vintage cup pulls, subway tiles, and an apron sink are some of the key characteristics of the country style. Painted finishes are the hallmark, while beadboard cabinets and panels emphasize a country look. A mix of soft grey palette, brushed nickel hardware, and sleek stainless-steel appliances can add more sophisticated sensibility to a country kitchen. Shaker style cabinets with inside profiles or applied moldings are best suited for this look.


Contemporary Elegance

Contemporary Elegance Guide | Kitchen Art Design

If you are after a bright, airy and streamlined look then this is the kitchen for you! Whites, tone-on-tone finishes, and subtle contrasts will keep the space serene and make a small room look bigger. Keep the colour scheme simple yet exciting by introducing reflective materials such as quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and glass. Reflective materials paired with white cabinets will emphasize light and create a bright look. Add some wood shelves and accents to give elements of warmth and texture while preventing the colour scheme from looking too flat and unexciting. Shaker style and slab doors are best suited for this look because of their simplicity. If you are designing for a small space, I would avoid strong contrasts.


Sophisticated Modernist

Sophisticated Modernist Guide | Kitchen Art Design

Who said modern has to be cold? Sleek cabinetry and natural finishes make for an understated yet sophisticated look. Peaceful tones and organic shapes blend beautifully in this nature-inspired colour scheme. Slab profile doors are best suited for this look. They can be either painted MDF flat doors or stained wood doors such as rift white oak, maple or walnut. You can also mix them up to keep the colour scheme to avoid it becoming too boring of a look.


See one (or a few) that you like? Want to work with Tatiana? Call us or book an appointment with us now and we can recreate any of these styles and more for you! Click here to book an appointment.

Tatiana Kaltcheva | Kitchen Art Design