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The Four Basic Kitchen Designs

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When you are designing your kitchen, there are basically four kitchen designs or styles. While all are basic variations on the same ultimate purpose, they all function very differently and present very different options for the occupants of the home.

Traditional

First you have the most commonly found, a traditional design. A traditional design is the kind of kitchen you will see on your favorite television show with the family gathered around the table. It is the sort of kitchen you can hang out in and make a pot of coffee in the morning.  Usually featuring a kitchen table or a breakfast nook of some kind, you can complete all your meal duties in one place – preparing, eating and cleaning up.  This is the kind of kitchen that is referred to as the heart of the home.  Many different types of activities will happen in this kind of space.

Transitional

This kitchen is exactly what it sounds like – it is a kitchen in Transition between the traditional and the contemporary.  Usually it is based largely on the traditional with some features from the contemporary brought in.  Sometimes it is as simple as bringing in art, newer lighting styles or opening up one of the walls to provide more access to the rest of the house.

Contemporary

Often times, people think that contemporary and modern are the same. This is not true when it comes to design, especially the design of your kitchen. The contemporary kitchen started presenting itself in the 1960’s or so. You would find contemporary furnishings with smooth lines and no frills design. The trending colors in the 60’s were turquoise and tangerine, with a touch of black.   The “modernized” kitchen was centered around time saving gadgets and design that evoked the industrialization of the American kitchen.

Modern

The modern kitchen is for the busy person on the go and has the latest features in design and technology. You will not be able to tell where the kitchen cabinets are because they are skillfully built into the walls with touch open cabinets.The modern kitchen is similar in design to a jet liner. Smart Homes will most likely have a modern kitchen, with voice commands and smart phone control as standard options.  The lines of a modern kitchen are sleek and sophisticated, and also the most expensive direction to take in kitchen design.

 

Ideas from a Classic Hawaii Hotel

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The Fairmont Orchid hotel in Hawaii has an amazing balance of traditional and exotic décor. This room is one of the most strongly traditional spaces at the hotel, but it still demonstrates a tropical undercurrent.

The mood starts with the area rug. Unlike most rugs today, this was commissioned for the space. The style and colors indicate that it may date to the 1920’s, but the furniture and other elements are much newer. Not surprising, this rug was an investment designed to last past the other pieces in the room. The molding and floral oil painting to the right are also investment choices. This molding style is echoed in other rooms of this hotel.

The Fairmont line of hotels specialized in understated luxury. The furnishings are standard but well upholstered and coordinated to the rug. Another mildly exotic feel comes from the grass cloth wallpaper on the right wall. Floral curtains frame the window but don’t hide the view.

Do want your living area to focus on a classic style while still retaining some elements of your region? Look for area rugs, art, accessories and fabrics that bring your location into the room while staying traditional with your main furniture pieces the way The Fairmont Orchid hotel did with this room and you will reach your goal.

Beautiful Fire Beautiful Floor

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Fireplaces add a lovely touch to any room, and they can work well with your beautiful floors if you take a few precautions when you install them.

This fireplace does everything right. To begin, it was installed with a tile surround and hearth to catch any stray sparks or spilled ashes. Tile provides an easy to manage surface for a hearth and from a design standpoint it can make your fireplace stand out in the room. Select a tile that suits the style of your home. Stone is another beautiful choice for a hearth, and can fit well with more traditional homes.

The next important design feature for safety is a fire screen. Your best option is an installed screen like this one. Screens vary from stand-alone three-part wrought iron options to curtains of metal or even – your safest choice – a metal-grid door custom built for your fireplace. Although a more expensive choice, it can be beautiful and secure.

Fire safety is also floor safety. Keep your fires small enough to be contained within the firebox. Use only enough paper to start the fire – extra can drift away from the center on drafts of hot air. Be sure to clean extra ash out of the fireplace regularly, and always make sure your fire is completely out before leaving the room.

With just a little thought and effort, you can enjoy your fireplace and make sure your beautiful floor stays beautiful.

Traditional and Daring

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Take a look at how this room makes traditional design choices seem fresh and new.

One major design decision leads the rest of the room – the dark grey-green paint color. It provides drama and a rich tone that complements the dark wood furniture and allows the rest of the room to stay light without looking bland.

The next exciting design impact comes from the carpeting. Traditionally, a room like this might have a wood floor, but this light patterned carpet adds an appealing element that helps keep the room cohesive. The design is quite traditional, but the addition of a rug in the same carpeting with a border in a different pattern adds an interesting twist that makes the room’s look more appealing and thoughtful.

The light upholstery on the loveseat and drapery treatments adds color and keeps the room’s light mode intact. The drapery valance seems a bit overblown for the room, plus it cuts into the crown molding, but this is the only out of tune note in an otherwise well-designed room.

Most people think traditional means that you can’t experiment, but this room shows that you can stay with a classic look while still letting your imagination run a little wild. Is your home traditional in style? Have you stepped it up by taking some design chances? If not, what are you waiting for? Go for it and let your unique flair shine!