When people walk into a home for the first time, the most prominent feature that they notice immediately in the kitchen is the cabinetry. The type of cabinetry that you choose for your kitchen will set the tone for the design of the entire room, whether you choose an overarching style that falls under the umbrella of traditional kitchen design or contemporary kitchen design. We at the Naffco offices in Brandon, Florida, have one goal in mind: to help you choose the best cabinetry for your home, and to do so, we have compiled this guide to the numerous styles of design found in the schools of both traditional kitchen design and contemporary kitchen design.Traditional
kitchens focus heavily on embellishment and attention to decorative detail, with lots of inspiration from historical periods in Western Europe. Light, warm neutral tones are most common in their color palettes.Antique
kitchens fall most obviously under the traditional banner, with antique-style hardware and tastefully aged, weathered, or distressed paints and wood stains for kitchen cabinetry.Arts and Crafts
kitchens are modeled on the style most popular in English homes of the 1890s, when the lavish but shoddily made assembly line furniture fell out of favor and simple, clean lines with quality craftsmanship became in.Cottage
style kitchens are bright and happy spaces that maximize natural light. White or off-white beadboard cabinetry are hallmarks of this style of kitchen.Country
kitchens build on the lived-in, inviting style of cottage kitchens, with tastefully mismatched furniture and glazed beadboard cabinetry made of wood with visible knots.Craftsman
kitchens are similar to the Arts and Crafts kitchens, though they draw more inspiration from America from 1900 to 1930. Like their predecessors, Craftsman kitchens rely heavily on simple, quality craftsmanship, brass or iron hardware, and Shaker style cabinet doors.French Country
kitchens are some of the most highly praised in the world of interior design, with their earth toned color palettes and prominent use of natural or lightly stained wood cabinetry.Old World
kitchens draw the most inspiration from Western Europe pre-1600, especially with their use of “period” building materials like brick, stone, iron, and hammered copper for extra flair.Contemporary
kitchens eschew much of the embellishment and neutral tones of traditional kitchens, instead relying on sleek, smooth surfaces and bright, vibrant colors that pop. Wood is still a popular material for many contemporary kitchens, but generally it is used in conjunction with industrial or manmade materials like concrete, metal, plastic, and glass.Modern
kitchens have a deep grounding in the mod couture movement of the 1950s and 1960s; lacquered flat cabinets are most popular in Modern kitchens.
Retro kitchens often have a very similar feel to Modern kitchens with their sharp, clean lines and retro futuristic designs, but there will usually be a more obvious homage to a specific era with classic memorabilia.