3 Southern Kitchen Designs Made for Any Kitchen Style

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jul 9, 2014 1:27:00 PM

It seems everyone has their own take on what it means to have some Southern design in a space, but one thing’s for sure: a Southern kitchen is one that’s filled with food, love and family.

This famous quote hits the nail right on the head,

"A Southern kitchen. The place where…bacon’s sizzlin’, grits are simmerin’, fried chicken’s poppin’, green beans are boilin’, corbread’s bakin’, okra’s steamin’, collards are stewin’, banana pudding’s settin’, and pecan pie’s coolin’ on the windowsill."

 

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But what about when it comes to designing a Southern kitchen or simply incorporating some Southern style into your own kitchen? We have three classic elements that speak to Southern kitchen design that you can easily incorporate into your kitchen for some Southern flare.

1. Vintage and distressed elements

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If you like to follow interior design trends, then you already know how popular colorful distressed furniture has become over this past year.  While it’s only become popular in the rest of the home recently, Southern kitchens have always had a bit of vintage style.  Whether it’s a large, distressed kitchen table that you found and restored from an antique shop or some distressed white cabinets and flooring in the kitchen you see here, distressed pieces bring a country feel to any space. Another easy way to bring some Southern feel to your kitchen is to install some decorative accessories like crown molding in warm light colors like Antique White with a Walnut Glaze. This will help give your kitchen a more traditional style and bring some vintage features into the space.

2. Farmhouse sink

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One of my favorite elements of many Southern kitchens is the farmhouse sink. Its oversized design with the overhanging lip just has a welcoming feel to it. In modern and even classic designs we see sinks that are integrated right into the countertop for a more streamlined style. But a farmhouse sink instantly becomes the focal point of any kitchen, drawing attention to something that can be both functional and beautiful.

3. Room for entertaining

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As I’ve already stated, the two main elements of a Southern kitchen are the family and the food. And when it comes to designing a Southern kitchen, plenty of space for the family to gather and adequate storage for the many meals to be cooked are very important considerations. The kitchen is the meeting place for most families, and while some modern designs seem to have forgotten that this is the kitchen’s main purpose, Southern styles have always kept ample room for full tummies. Think storage accessories that make room for all of your cooking materials and pantry items and a large island or peninsula where you can seat a crowd for dinner.

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Topics: Kitchen Design Ideas, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

3 Elements of a Rustic Kitchen Design

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jun 26, 2014 3:57:00 PM

Nobody wants to cook, clean and eat in an old kitchen, but the old-world style is a coveted one all around the world. New style trends have taught us that combining modern technology with vintage or rustic design can be both beautiful and functional. Reclaiming old pieces of furniture, distressing new pieces and adding vintage touches that remind us of simpler times are very popular trends right now. But go too far into the rustic or craftsman style and you risk ending up with a space that looks like it belongs in the early 1900s. Let us teach you the three most important elements of rustic or craftsman kitchen design, so you can incorporate these styles into your dream kitchen.

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First, a note about the difference between rustic and craftsman style kitchens: basically, there is no difference. Craftsman kitchens may have more custom features than a rustic kitchen, but with modern additions like custom storage solutions becoming standard for many kitchens, the differences between the two have become fewer and far between.

Wood Cabinets

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Maintenance-free cabinet doors have surely come a long way since your mother installed laminate cabinet doors in her kitchen. They offer more durability and better color saturation at a more budget-friendly rate than wood doors. But when it comes to the distressed, natural look that’s so important for a rustic design, wood cabinet doors are the way to go. You can keep them natural or add a darker glaze to complete the rustic look. Plus, wood doors are great for cabinet refacing, making your rustic kitchen more easily accomplished.

Darker, Warmer Color Palette

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When it comes to rustic and craftsman styles, natural is always the way to go. Wood-like tones that you could imagine inside a log cabin best achieve this look. Think Harvest Gold on Cherry, Dark Wild Apple and Secret with a dark glaze. To match, pick darker hardware with distressed elements, like oil rubbed bronze. Also, keep the cabinet style simple, like Classic Raised Panel for a look that doesn’t overwhelm the space and lets the natural materials shine through.

Furniture Detailing for Decorative Accessories

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While most kitchen styles incorporate all sorts of decorative accessories—wainscotting, corbels and crown molding to name a few—rustic style kitchens should stick to decorative accessories that have a more furniture detailing design than a typical decorative accessory. What this really means is that you should stay away from any accessories that include the term “Roman” or might appear to have Roman or Greek inspired designs, like corbels or pillars.

Rustic and craftsman style kitchens are beautiful for any home and bring the old world feel back into the 21st century. They also fit well with older and country homes and make it easy to incorporate some of your favorite antiques or vintage pieces into the space.

 

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Form and Function: Custom Countertop Trends

Posted by Bertha C.

Jun 23, 2014 12:43:00 PM

Now that we’re halfway through the year, kitchen design trends for 2014 have become a lot clearer. 

In the world of countertop sales, homeowners have shown interest in the form and function of their countertops more than ever with many turning to customization of existing designs, or creating designs from scratch, to fit their lifestyles and unique needs.

Which custom countertop trends should you consider?

Malleable Granite Alternatives

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One of the biggest trends is a shift away from granite to materials that offer greater design flexibility, such as engineered solid surface, concrete, wood and glass.

Granite alternatives make it easy to move from standard straight edge countertop and other traditional designs to ones that better express your personality and creativity. For example, installers can effortlessly cut them into various shapes. Although some of the materials are available in a wide selection of designs, you can also order many granite alternatives to be modified or crafted with custom solid or patterned color tint, surface texture and/or embedded objects. 

Besides providing new forms and designs, these materials are also usually heat-, stain- and scratch- resistant; or at least easy to repair. Additionally, you can usually find them at a much cheaper price than granite -- especially if you go the recycled material route.

Extra Counter Surfaces

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If you have a small or oddly shaped kitchen, or need extra prep or dining space, wall, peninsula and island counters are often not enough.

Extra counter surfaces easily solve this problem. You can find custom hidden cutting boards and tabletops that slide out from under a counter or pull out in a drawer. You can also set up your kitchen with a fold-out counter that hangs off the side of a cabinet when not in use and then, when needed, folds up to rest on one or more pull out beams or table legs.

If you prefer a more permanent solution, you can add a narrow counter supported on L brackets to the side of a peninsula or island. You can also install a piece of countertop on a rotating metal post several inches above a main counter. When you don’t need the extra counter space, you can use it as a shelf. When you need it as a food prep, display or dining surface, you can then remove shelved objects and simply rotate it into position.

Mixed Material Arrangements

Another huge counter trend is combining two or three materials in different areas of the kitchen.

Love the look of stone, but need a butcher block?

You can design wall countertops in one material, such as an engineered solid surface like Corian or Quartz, and opt for butcher block made from reclaimed wood for your island; or inset a wood cutting board into a solid surface counter next to the sink or other food prep area.

Efficient Countertop Access

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If you love efficiency, or just hate cleaning, then this last practical custom countertop trend is right for you!

Besides built-in cutting boards, more homeowners are making food prep faster and cleaner by ordering counter surfaces with carved out openings that provide quick access to certain regularly used tools, such as knives, spice jars and napkins holders, located in trays or canisters on top of or inside the cabinet box. You can also use this custom design to throw trash or scraps into a removable trash can resting on the cabinet bottom or a pullout shelf.

Worried about dust or smelling trash? These designs can also be customized with lids that fit into counter surfaces to block access when you don’t need it.

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7 Basics of a Traditional Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

Jun 12, 2014 5:26:00 PM

Traditional kitchens are still among the most popular kitchen styles because their basic color palette and grandiose design scheme create a beautiful space that’s sure to stay within style trends for a long time. 

The key feature of traditionally designed kitchens is their attention to detail; each area of the room should have detailing and embellishments that looks layered, but not overbearing. 

Here are the 7 basic features of traditional style kitchens to help you incorporate these designs into your own dream kitchen remodel.

1. Neutral Color Palette

Where contemporary and modern kitchen designs focus on crisp, cool colors that highlight materials and bring a pop of edgy style to the space, traditional kitchens are all about sticking to a classic color palette.  Think warm and cool neutrals, like deep cherries and light beige.

2. Decorative Accessories

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The main feature of a traditional style kitchen is the attention to detail and use of decorative accessories. We’re talking wainscoting on the island, crown moldings, corbels and furniture-like pieces with embellishments in every area of the room. Everywhere you look in a traditional kitchen, there should be an element of adornment, architectural design or enhanced pieces with decorative accessories.

3. Antique Finishes or Glazed Cabinets

Staying within the neutral color palate, most traditional kitchens have cabinets with glazes or antique finishes, rather than cabinets that appear more natural. Popular choices here are Antique White cabinets with a Walnut Glaze and Cordovan on Cherry cabinets with a Sabel Glaze.

4. Vintage or Raised Panel Styles

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Modern kitchen styles are all about simplicity when it comes to the cabinetry style, but traditional designs focus on cabinets with heightened style. Forego the basic shaker or plain style cabinet for a Vintage Raised Panel or Classic Raised Panel style cabinet door.

5. Luxury Countertops

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When it comes to color, the countertops bring the fun in a traditional kitchen design. Pick a luxurious countertop material like Quartz or Granite, and opt for a color with a lot of movement or even some metallic variants, like the classic Cambria Canterbury or Granite certified by Kitchen Magic in New Venecian Gold.

6. Ornate or Decorative Lighting

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Love the look of a classic style chandelier? Chandeliers look beautiful in a traditional kitchen and can really enhance the ornate and detail-oriented aspects of the room. Decorative lighting is the best way to pull the whole kitchen’s look together, so pick your lighting last, but keep it in mind throughout your planning and designing process.

7. Simple Backsplash

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Colorful and highly patterned backsplashes in exciting materials have become popular choices for homeowners within the past few seasons.  But for a traditional kitchen, a busy backsplash can seem overwhelming and may complicate the space. Because you have so much going on already in terms of decorative accessories, keep the backsplash simple in terms color, style and materials.  Try a Solid Surface Corian backsplash with a diamond or subway pattern in Sandalwood for a simple backdrop that’s also functional.

To learn more about Traditional kitchens and to view kitchen photos,
visit our Traditional Style Kitchens page.

 

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Brass From the Past: How to Update Your Outdated Hardware

Posted by Carrie (Regular Contributor)

Jun 2, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Have you seen the movie, "Blast From the Past," starring Brendan Fraser? If not, put it in the Netflix Queue because it's awesome. But, if we were making our own version of the flick, we'd title it "Brass From the Past," and the minute Fraser's character emerged from the bomb shelter, he would have taken one look at the post-80's brass cabinet hardware and gone screaming back underground - never mind the benefits of sunshine and sky, desegregation and the lovely Alicia Silverstone...

And, just so you know, that outdated brass hardware can be a major turnoff for future homebuyers, many of whom are looking for turnkey properties.

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Don't Go Underground - Update Your Brass to Hardware With Class

Here's the thing, that shiny brass hardware (or the grimy, black-goo encrusted hardware) that you've ignored on your cabinetry for years has got to go. We have entered the 21st century and everything about those brass fixtures screams, "Soooo three decades ago!" So, ditch the brass and switch out your hardware for something a little more - well - stylish.

(HintIf you still have brass hardware lurking around your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, there's a good chance old and outdated cabinetry is lurking beneath the hardware. This might be a great opportunity to reface or replace your cabinets. We're just sayin'...)

Here are some of your cabinet hardware options for when you're ready to join the rest of us here in 2014!

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Sleek and Stylish

Right now, there's a distinct appeal to sleek and stylish hardware becausecontemporary kitchen designs are all the rage. Stainless steel bar pulls come to mind. Their long, sleek shape will complement the clean lines of modern cabinet styles.

Clever Contrasts

If you have a traditional or transitional kitchen, you may want your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls to contrast with some of your other design elements. For example, an oil rubbed bronze pull may play off of the darker flecks in your natural stone countertops, which helps to tie your design together.

Stick With a Theme

With so many hardware options to choose from, you can really get creative and let your hardware help to enhance your theme. An oil-rubbed bronze rope pull may complement wrought-iron and natural wood fixtures in a medieval kitchen design or colorfully decorated knobs can tie in some of the colors in your quartz countertops.

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Go Traditionally Elegant

If a kitchen is all about tradition for you, we understand why it's been tough to ditch your original cabinets and hardware. However, you'll be amazed at what a difference a little updating can do. You can go understated elegant with simple, brushed nickel knobs, or you can add a little more visual interest using antique detailed knobs and pulls.

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Think Universally

If you're an empty nester, and plan to age in place, there's a good chance your brass hardware isn't accessible. When you're ready to make some accessible design changes in your home, we recommend switching your cabinet and drawer hardware for longer bar pulls and/or D-shaped pulls, which don't require as much of a grip to work well.

Are you feeling a little guilty about your own Brass From the Past? No worries. We don't judge here at Kitchen Magic. Rather, we can't wait to sit down with you to see what's worth keeping and what's worth refacing or replacing to make your kitchen as stylish and functional as it can be. 
Contact us
 to schedule an appointment or give us a call. (800) 237-0799.


 

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Popular Cabinet Colors for Trendy Kitchens

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 30, 2014 3:15:00 PM

If you’ve read our blog article, “4 New Door Colors for Modern Kitchens,” then you already know that cool tones, simple styles and textured patterns are this year’s popular choices for kitchen cabinets. But if a full modern kitchen design isn’t quite your style, dramatic patterns and colors can seem too drastic for your personal style.

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But have no fear—just because a completely modern style kitchen isn’t for you, it doesn’t mean that you can’t update your kitchen to keep with popular trends.

 

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Today, we’re debuting two new cabinet door colors as part of our classically cool cabinet door color collection that bridges the gap between contemporary color and classic style. 

Both of these new door colors are gray, which is a color trend that’s taking kitchen design by storm.  Gray colored cabinets can bring a whole new look into your kitchen, but the muted color won’t overwhelm the space.

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Fashion Gray

Fashion Gray cabinet door color 

Fashion Gray is the lighter color out of the two new gray doors, making it a great alternative to traditional white cabinets. Unlike white cabinet doors, you won’t have to worry about Fashion Gray cabinets showing dirt and grime as easily. Plus, their light, cool color can make even the smallest of kitchens appear larger and is the perfect backdrop for any color cabinets and a fun, colorful backsplash. Simple style cabinets look best with this color, like the Prestige Square style of this cabinet door.

Suede Gray

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Suede Gray is slightly darker than Fashion Gray, and has a more matte finish.  Because of its darker color, Suede Gray is a great alternative to medium cabinet door colors, like Hard Rock Oak or Maple wood door species. This color is a designer favorite, but can seem daunting to homeowners. To best achieve this look, pick a plain cabinet style, like Prestige Plain, and pair with a neutral colored countertop, like Cambria Quartz in Canterbury.

Both of these new doors colors are available as maintenance-free cabinet doors and for custom cabinet refacing, giving you an affordable way to make your kitchen trendy.

 

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Topics: Trendy Cabinet Options, Cabinet Doors, Lowcountry, Simply Southern

How to Design a Modern Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 22, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Modern and contemporary are two terms that can be used synonymously to describe kitchen styles that refer to whatever’s currently in style for the year or season.  Today, modern kitchens evoke clean lines and simple styles with designs that focus on the proper use of open space for a highly functional kitchen. Whether you’re interested in transforming your current kitchen into a modern or contemporary space, or you’d just like to update some elements of your kitchen to incorporate some modern design, we have some essential tips for creating a contemporary style kitchen of your own. 

Updated Elements

 

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Regardless of the genre of style, when we think about modern design, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of new materials and incorporating new technology into the space.  There have been many advances in kitchen appliances and high-tech accessories over the past few years.  Easy updates in this realm are stainless steel appliances that not only offer cutting-edge function but also sleeker styles. Modern design is all about keeping a clean space, so the use of custom storage solutions and other accessories like under-cabinet lighting and hidden outlets not only make your kitchen appear contemporary, but they also provide better function.

New and Improved Countertops

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While Granite and Laminate are still popular choices for countertop materials, modern kitchens are all about simple designs that highlight the superior materials.  Quartz countertops are stronger than Granite and never need to be resealed, making them a great option for homeowners who love the look of Granite but want something more reliable.  Corian Solid Surface countertops also offer strength and durability, but are more affordable than Quartz.

Fun Backsplash

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In the past, backsplashes were either left out of kitchen remodels, or installed only as simple displays of design for serving the purpose of keeping the kitchen clean. For contemporary designs, homeowners are doing away with white subway tile and opting for something with a pop of color to bring some personality to the room. Popular styles today include metallic tiles, ceramic mosaics and colorful glass patterns.

Simple Cabinet Styles in New Colors

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The easiest way to pull off a modern kitchen design is to update or reface your cabinets with simple styles. Think Prestige Plain, Amesbury or Prestige Shaker Plain for cabinet door styles. The fun part about modern style kitchens is that they typically pair these simple cabinet door styles with new colors. Rather than opting for a natural wood color like Classic Cherry or Hard Rock Maple, you can go for something out of the ordinary, like a patterned or textured look with two different colors. Check out our article, “4 New Door Colors for Modern Kitchens” to see new patterned cabinet door colors. Another popular door color in contemporary design is the use of gray. Whether it’s a light or a dark gray, these fun door colors bring a new appeal to the space and set your kitchen apart.

Sleek Hardware to Match

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Keeping with the simple design scheme, modern kitchens often have sleek hardware (and sometimes no hardware) to match the simple cabinet style. Think pulls rather than knobs and silver rather than brushed bronze when it comes to your accessories. Again, the key is to place focus on the materials, so limited use of decorative accessories help to keep the style clean and open.

For more images of contemporary kitchens, view our modern style kitchens page.

 

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What Granite Countertop Color Looks Best with Cherry Cabinets

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 19, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Cherry colored kitchen cabinets have been popular for years now, and through reading this post, it will be easy for you to find out why.  Cherry cabinet doors are so versatile, not only in the many color options, but depending on the countertop color you pair your cherry cabinets with, you could completely transform the look and feel of your kitchen.  Because granite is the must-have countertop material available on the market today, we’re going to give you some expert style advice to help you perfectly pair your cherry cabinets with granite countertops.

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Lighter Cherries

Lighter colored cherry cabinet doors tend to look best when paired with darker colored granite countertops. But this is not a strict rule, and really all depends on your personal taste. If you have or want cherry cabinets on the lighter end of the spectrum, like Cherry Pear maintenance free cabinet doors or Natural on Cherry Wood wood cabinet doors, then it’s always nice to pair with a darker granite countertop color like Black Pearl or Dakota Mahogany. Also, if you’re stuck as to which color looks best, know that you can’t go wrong with a neutral color like Tropical Brown or Autumn Wheat.

Medium and Classic Cherries

For true cherry colored cabinet doors and medium colored cherry versions, it’s best to stay within the darker end of the neutral color palate. Cabinet door colors like maintenance free Classic Cherry and wood Harvest Gold on Cherry with a Caramel Glaze pair perfectly with brown and beige granite countertops. Think Tropical Brown, which has rich brown and light gray variants, and Baltic Brown, which offers lots of movement with dark cream colored granite.

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Darker Cherries

Cherry colored cabinets with dark glazes or finishes look beautiful in both classic style kitchens and farmhouse kitchens, making them a great choice for most homeowners. Darker cherries include our popular Cordovan on Cherry, Washington Pewter on Cherry and Washington Cherry on Red Oak, which are all part of our wood cabinet doors collection. For a stunning contrast, opt for a light colored granite countertop like New Venecian Gold, Santa Cecelia or Kashmir White.  If you like the darker colors for granite countertops, go for a fun color to bring more dimension to your kitchen.  The kitchen displayed above features Cordovan on Cherry with a Sabel Glaze paired with a granite countertop in Uba Tuba, which combines darker neutrals with a deep green base.

Granite Certified by Kitchen Magic offers the highest grade naturally occurring Granite, quarried from Italy, Brazil, India and the United States. Each countertop is sealed with a sate-of-the-art sealer to provide you with long lasting durability and style. Plus, Granite Certified by Kitchen Magic comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and the Kitchen Magic promise of superior craftsmanship and customer service for years to come.

Check out our Granite Countertop Colors to view the colors featured in this article and many more. 

 

 

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5 Steps to a Farmhouse Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 13, 2014 1:35:00 PM

Whether you love the comfort of simple southern style, or you’re looking for a welcoming kitchen that invites your family and friends to gather together while you cook, a farmhouse kitchen is a great fit for many homeowners.

 

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The first noticeable element of a farmhouse kitchen that sets it apart from the rest of kitchen styles today is its incorporation of vintage elements and distressed pieces.  Farmhouse kitchens and farmhouse revival kitchens bring the old world back into the 21st century for a place that feels like your mother’s kitchen but sure doesn’t function like your mother’s kitchen. Here are five easy steps to follow to design your own farmhouse kitchen in today’s modern world.

1. Open Shelving and Freestanding Cabinetry

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To make the space feel more spacious and homey, remove the doors from some of your existing cabinetry or install open shelves to display your favorite antique items. You could also install glass cabinet doors to bring a vintage element to your kitchen and make your kitchen appear larger. Because most farmhouse kitchens belonged in a farmhouse, they needed extra cabinet space apart from the existing cabinetry. Freestanding cabinetry, like butler’s bars or additional pantries is a great way to incorporate the farmhouse feel in your kitchen.

2. Classic Flooring

Don’t go overboard with your floors. Because a farmhouse kitchen is all about creating a great gathering space, it’s important that your floors are durable to support the large amounts of traffic moving through. Hardwood floors are always a classic option, but they’re not your only option. Simple white or beige tile, reminiscent checkered patterns and muted linoleum are all great classic flooring choices.

3. Gathering Place

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Perhaps the most important feature of a farmhouse kitchen is the gathering place where friends and family can relax with a glass of sweet tea and a slice of pie right in the kitchen.  Traditionally, these pieces are right in the center of the kitchen, like a large island or table if your kitchen can support the extra space.

4. Large Lighting Fixtures

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This particular element has become more part of the farmhouse revival movement rather than part of old world farmhouse style kitchens.  Even so, it’s one of our favorite elements of a farmhouse kitchen, and looks beautiful when installed just above the gathering place for a real homey focal point. Think large brushed bronze lighting fixtures or repurposed pieces you found at a garage sale. Homemade accent lighting will bring that comfortable, warm feel to your kitchen.

5. Vintage Accents

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To really pull off the farmhouse kitchen style, incorporate some of your favorite vintage pieces into the room. It could be a southern inspired sign, a pitcher that’s been passed down in your family for generations or embroidered lace window treatments. It’s the little vintage accents that bring the farmhouse style together and make it your own.

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How to Design a Classic Kitchen

Posted by Sara Cohen (Staff Writer)

May 7, 2014 4:13:00 PM

Most designers, television shows and online style sites are offering up pictures and design advice for farmhouse style kitchens with over-the-top distressed details or modern style kitchens with sharp lines and cold details.  While these kitchen photos might be fun to look at, the truth is that most of us are looking for realistic kitchens that we can cook in and live in for a long time. These new kitchen styles can prove to be too costly for most average homeowners, and the fleeting designs may not stand the test of time.

If you’re looking for a realistic style kitchen that will work with your personal style and your family’s needs, then a classic kitchen is the right style for you. Classic kitchens are still the most popular style because, well, they’re classic! The simple design enhanced with traditional details makes for the perfect canvas to add your personal style and to easily change up the design on a whim.

1. Go for a neutral color palette

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Classic kitchens stick to a neutral color palette, which consists of deeper whites, creams, beiges and lighter browns. Sharp contrasts are not typical for classic design schemes, because the popular contrasting colors tend to change with the season.  Neutral colors bring ease to the eye, plus you can easily add a pop of color with your favorite seasonal piece of home décor. This kitchen features one of our favorite neutral colors: Natural on Hard Maple cabinets with a Caramel Glaze.   The rich Cambria quartz countertop in Wellington elevates the neutral palate and compliments the lighter Caramel cabinets.

2. Keep the cabinet styles simple

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Classic style kitchens are all about simplicity mixed with traditional elements, and simple cabinet styles are the best place to start. Think Classic Raised Panel style #10875, like the cabinets featured in this kitchen. The trick is to pick a style that’s not too simple, or else you risk getting a contemporary design, and not too ornate, or else you risk getting a traditional style kitchen.  You can easily design the rest of the space based upon the style of cabinets you choose, so think simple, not plain.

3. Stay away from fussy backsplashes

Sticking with the neutral color palette and simple styles for your cabinetry, the same should be said for your backsplash choice. Multi-tonal glass backsplashes that add massive amounts of color are popular, but we’re not too sure how long this trend is going to last.  The main benefit of a classic style kitchen is that it won’t become obsolete in a few years. For your backsplash, think simple subway style or a textured tile that keeps to the creams and beiges in your color scheme.

4. Don’t overdo it with decorative accessories

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While Classic style kitchens do include the use of decorative accessories, it’s important not to use too many or your kitchen can look crowded and will too closely resemble a traditional style kitchen. But this does not mean that you should stay away from decorative accessories all together, or else your kitchen will too closely resemble a modern style kitchen.  Think simple elements, like wainscoting if you have an island, small crown molding or just a couple of corbels to help create a focal point.

5. Have some fun with it

The best part about classic style kitchen designs is that they’re super flexible! Whether you like to change your mind every few months, or you’re planning on selling our home in a few years, classic kitchens are easy to update and with the simple addition of a few key décor pieces, you can let your personality really shine.

To view more classic style kitchens, visit our Classic Style Kitchens page! 

 

 

 

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