The rule for selecting materials and colours for a modern kitchen is that there are none. Natural stones, raw woods, highly pressurized composites, and hi-gloss can all have a place in the modern kitchen. Sleek lines are perhaps the most obvious signifier of a modern kitchen with flat-fronted, frameless cabinetry, minimal (or concealed) hardware, simple but sleek appliances, floating shelves and strong horizontal lines. Any ornamentation is gained only from the characteristics of natural materials used.
Contemporary design can be seen as ‘modern’ but includes elements of other styles while pushing the boundaries of what we know. It exudes personality by allowing the homeowner to express themselves by the use of multiple layered materials with lots of texture, different lines and even pattern. Contemporary kitchens most often include cutting-edge design including the use of functional gadgets, storage- and lighting solutions as well as sleek, highly functional built-in appliances.
Classic kitchens are timeless yet fresh. White kitchens define this style although many other neutral colours are often used. You may see legs on islands, feet or furniture-style kick plates, crown molding and even a paneled hood. These details are however restrained rather than being ornate. Cabinet doors normally have a simple profile and countertops are often kept timeless with black or white options. Splash backs are mostly tiled. Classic kitchens can become eclectic by adding modern, industrial, traditional or vintage elements to it i.e. choice of lighting, type of counter chairs, dining table or accessories paired with it, thus leaving your with limitless options.
Traditional kitchens are defined by their architectural details. This type of kitchen can consist of adornments like arches, moldings, raised panel doors, hood surrounds, island legs, corbels and of course ornate chandeliers. Cabinets often feature finishes that are made to look aged or distressed by the use of patina or glazing and different style doors and finishes are often mixed in the same kitchen. Various door inserts are also used like beveled glass and mullions in various arrangements. Niches, splash backs, furniture style tall cabinets and hutch-cabinets (standing on worktop) also form an integral part of the Traditional design. Countertops are normally luxury materials like marble or quartz lookalikes, traditional granites or honed finishes often combined with solid wood butcher blocks.