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Designing a Kitchen? An Explanation of Common Kitchen Styles

Victorian, Southwestern, Traditional, Modern, Country & Eclectic.  These are 6 of the most commonly referred to “Styles” when it comes to interior design.  But what does each mean?  How do I explain to my Kitchen designer what I am looking for?  In this post, I will break down each of these styles in an easy-to-understand manner.


Usually characterized by steeply pitched roofs, pointed-arch windows, elaborate trim along roof edges, high dormers, lancet windows and other Gothic details. Light fixtures range from chandeliers, kerosene and electric lamps to Astra and sconces. Cabinets are usually ‘weathered’ looking and made of heavy, real wood with chrome pulls and knobs.


A lot of detail and craftsmanship. Natural materials such as stucco and hand-painted fabrics are very common, as are wood, quarry tile, ceramic tile, earth tones and vibrant accessories. Colors usually reflect the nature of a desert such as warm oranges, greens, tans and browns. Southwestern kitchens usually incorporate ceramic materials and terra cotta elements.



Plays up architectural details such as crown molding, raised wood paneling and rich, deep colors to enhance the mood and ‘traditional’ feel. Dark stains, honey tones, semi-opaque paints, wicker baskets and oak cabinets add to the usually more formal feel than country style.


‘Modern’ styles change from year to year. Most recent designs include sleek, straight and clean lines. Less is more, such as less accessories, visible appliances and details. Common materials Include stainless steel, Marble, granite and ‘frosted’ glass. Basic geometric shapes, colors such as reds, blues, yellow, black and white are prevalent.


Rustic, weathered look creates a warm, cozy feeling in a country style home. Common colors range from muted hues to earth tones. Exposed beams, pine paneling, brick and barn boards are elements used to express this style. Fabrics and patterns are a sure way to create a ‘country’ feeling, as is the use of wallpaper and baskets.


A mix of old and new features combined for a harmonious look. This style is not characterized by a particular color palette, style or material but is a mix of extravagant decorations from numerous eras including hand-me-down, second-hand items and other recyclables. Kitchens and bathrooms range from modern appliances mixed with antique decorations to the complete opposite.

And there you have it!  Kitchen styles explained.  So, which do you prefer?