Anatomy of a Kitchen Style

You’ve probably heard words like transitional or modern tossed around a lot. These design and decorating styles are helpful for grouping types of cabinets, fixtures, and finishes. If you know that you gravitate toward modern, for example, focusing on the collections tagged as modern helps you winnow down your choices. In that way, understanding the different kinds of kitchen styles helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed.


On the other hand, most of us are simply drawn to what we like, irrespective of what the label is. You simply like the tuft of a chair, the look of a light fixture, the shape of a cabinet door, or the texture of a type of wood. 

In addition to noticing the visuals we like, we are also influenced by how a space makes us feel. While one space makes us feel calm, understood, or inspired, another might cause us to feel irritated, anxious, or overwhelmed. Tuning into the feelings you get when you look at different images of rooms can help guide you to your style.

Finally, claiming a style can be a way to communicate your point of view. For example, if you believe in the authenticity of handcrafted materials, a craftsman-style room may help you communicate that. Or if you cherish memories of lively family dinners after a day of swimming at the lake, perhaps cottage style brings that value to life for you.