Kitchen Styles 51 Stories

Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the photo that inspires you most can often surprise you. Think you know your kitchen style? Check out these guides to a dozen favorite kitchen design themes, then tell us which one takes the cake.
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Modern Kitchen
It can be tough to distinguish between modern and contemporary, and for good reason. Many spaces are both modern and contemporary, and people often use the terms interchangeably, but there are differences in look and terminology. "Contemporary" typically...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Cottage Kitchen
Cottage isn't just a decorating style — it's an attitude. Cozy, happy and unpretentious, it harks back to simpler times and evokes a sense of easy, carefree living. And since the kitchen is usually among the busiest spots in the house, it makes sense...
Kitchen Workbook: 6 Elements of a Contemporary Kitchen
As discussed in our story on modern kitchens, it can be hard to distinguish between modern and contemporary. "Contemporary" typically means of...
Kitchen Workbook: 15 Elements of a Traditional Kitchen
Traditional kitchens are defined by their details, and creating eye-catching detail is not just as simple as putting legs on an island. But whether they're Old World or Mediterranean flavor, traditional kitchens all share the same basic elements. Here...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Farmhouse Kitchen
Farmhouse-style kitchens recall a time when rural communities and customs were still at the forefront of American living. Spacious, warm and homey, they anchored life amid the land, and today they evoke a bygone period that whispers of a simpler time....
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Transitional Kitchen
Think of a transitional kitchen as the great moderator. With the warmth and welcome of traditional design and the clean, simple lines of contemporary...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Craftsman Kitchen
Craftsman style, which arose in the early 20th century, was a reaction to the mass-produced fussiness of the Victorian era, and its wholesome simplicity still resonates today. And nowhere is its signature warmth more evident than in the kitchen,...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of an Asian-Style Kitchen
The appeal of an Asian-style kitchen lies in its fundamental sense of serenity, spiced with a touch of the exotic. Materials with a strong connection to nature, smooth and harmonious lines, and an unexpected surprise or two add up to a space that exudes...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of Classic Kitchen Style
Many people are at a loss when it comes to defining their style. Some people know what they like but are afraid of getting the terms wrong, or they're afraid of being pigeon-holed into one style when they feel like they're in between a few different...
Kitchen Workbook: 10 Elements of an Eclectic Kitchen
Eclectic is a term that is often used when a person has a hard time pinpointing his or her own style — or anyone else's for that matter. Eclectic done right...
Kitchen Workbook: 8 Elements of a Mediterranean Kitchen
Warm, inviting and cozy, the kitchen generates the heartbeat of a Mediterranean home. There's nothing shy about Mediterranean décor; it's full of saturated colors, strong lines and ornate details, calling to mind sunshine, vivid landscapes and coastal...
9 Ways to Conjure a Parisian Bistro in Your Kitchen
I've yet to meet someone who spent any time at all in Paris and didn't come away smitten with the dining culture of that great city. Bistros, cafés and brasseries anchor countless neighborhood corners, spilling over with regulars and guests who come...
Kitchen Workbook: 12 Elements of Tropical-Style Kitchens
Tropical kitchens are bright, breezy and balmy — think palm trees rather than seashells. They’re relaxed spaces to be in, and are characterized by warm, natural, organic materials such as wood and rattan. The tropical look encompasses both down-to-earth...
Cute, Cook-Friendly Cottage Kitchens
I drool over cottage kitchens, but then, my husband does most of the cooking. (I cooked for the first 25 years, so it seemed only fair that he cook for the next 25.) Naturally, his response to cottage kitchens is distinctly different from mine. Where...
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