Are you a traditionalist, or do you favor contemporary styles? Or are you somewhere in between? If you aren’t sure, check out each style below and see what you like best. Traditional, Transitional or Contemporary are three distinct styles to think about if you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bath.
Classic, Cozy & Charming
Traditional home styles are inspired by the past, but that doesn’t mean a traditional home has to look outdated. Instead of dated, think classic. Traditional stylings combine practicality and functionality with eye-catching elegance and luxurious comfort. When you walk into a home that’s been remodeled and styled traditionally, you should automatically feel welcomed by the warmth of soft edges and greeted by perfect symmetry and balance. Traditional stylings pair rich wood tones (like cherry, walnut and oak) with decorative elements that make a soft and graceful statement. Ornate crown moldings and heavy trim make for a classically sophisticated look. In the kitchen, you’ll find features such as apron-front sinks, decorative range hoods and legs added to the island. Bathroom plumbing fixtures are made from soft-toned metals like copper, bronze or brass, and the light fixtures are lush and decorative.
Warm, Neutral & Serene
Transitional styling is a combination of Traditional sophistication and Contemporary simplicity. It combines luxury with minimalism to create a home that radiates tranquility. Think streamlined spaces with comfort and warmth. These spaces aren’t too formal or overly frilly, yet they aren’t completely comprised of clean profiles or straight edges. For example, a transitional kitchen might combine a paneled cabinet with more simplistic hardware. You might find shiny stainless-steel appliances resting on a darker-stained hardwood floor. Transitional style is all about finding that balance between something classic and something a little more humble – it’s the best of both worlds. Colors are inviting and neutral and patterns are discreet in order to create a true place of peacefulness. Instead of using eye-catching colors, textures are relied upon to create visual interest. Transitional style uses a mixture of matte and polished finishes as well as leather furniture, wooden frames and other tactile materials and features. Clean lines mixed with a pinch of luxury and ornate styling create a soothing and serene transitional home.
Minimalistic, Strong & Spacious
Contemporary styling truly embodies the “less is more” mantra. With strong, simple lines and minimal accessories, a contemporary look focuses more on the space than what adorns it. For example, you won’t see traditional curves or extravagantly scalloped trim work in a contemporary home – think smooth profiles, lines, planes and sharp angles. This look is all about celebrating the space with natural light, simple geometric forms and unadorned floors. Popular flooring options for a contemporary-styled home include bamboo, stone or ceramic tile. In this type of home, emphasis is placed on strong architecture and statement pieces such as modern chandeliers and oversized artwork. And even though contemporary style is more minimalistic, it isn’t without its glitz. Kitchen and bath fixtures shine via polished metals like chrome, steel and glass. The contemporary style is perfect for those who yearn for an open and airy home, organization and very little fuss.