Contemporary Vs. Traditional Kitchen Style: Which One Should You Choose?

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Published: 09th February 2012
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If you have considered kitchen remodeling or construction of a new one, then sit back, relax and read on.

The world of kitchen designs is flooding with colors, trends, designs, styles, themes, and preferences. Like fashion, it changes, it modifies, it improves through time and it will appeal to you more often than not. But before you get caught in this wave and jump start a kitchen make-over upon seeing a celebrityís kitchen showcased in a magazine, letís shift the gear low and evaluate which kitchen look suits you, your family, and home, best.

Now, kitchen remodeling isnít as simple as picking all the beautiful stuff together and mashing them all up in one room, no! It requires an evaluation of your personality, your needs, and your lifestyle. Here we will mention two prominent and main kitchen designs. Namely, the traditional kitchen design and the contemporary kitchen design.


The traditional kitchen style is a blend of English and American designs from the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century designs that has a formal and elegant look. Timeless is the catchphrase for traditional kitchen designs. Relying on intricate details, balance and symmetry, traditional kitchen designs prove to give off a warm, welcoming and cozy feeling.

This design has been refined over time, maximizing each space without the expense of its aesthetics. It has been a place where people gather to cook, talk, relax and eat. It is highly customizable to your tasteís satisfaction.

Cabinetry defines the over-all design of the traditional style. With that said, regular maintenance of the kitchen is required. Termite problems must be addressed quickly. Its elegant and cozy look makes up for it, as it endures for a very long period of time without having to re-style it.

Materials involved are mainly, wood such as mahogany for the cabinets with meticulous designs, and granite or marbles for countertops. Sawing these materials together to complete the traditional look are polished brass fittings. The windows are adorned by swags and rich fabrics and the door elaborated with wood trims.


The contemporary kitchen design is an influence that started from Europe. With the word contemporary glued to it, the design is somewhere along the lines of clean and simple architectural lines. It has minimal personal touches and decorative elements.

Functionality is high in this type of kitchen, allowing only functional items to be present in the kitchen area. It is low fuss and easy care with materials and products specified for easy cleaning and low maintenance.

Color defines the over-all design of the contemporary style. Wall colors ranging from bright red to the traditional black accompanied by sleek and sophisticated furniture and materials make it appealing. It is highly versatile in terms of design and can easily be re-styled.

It is however, costly, as it requires items that are top of the line and new. The use of steel more than wood, overpowers the warmth and coziness that the traditional design offers. Materials associated in contemporary kitchen designs are more of man-made than naturally occurring materials which the traditional kitchen design uses. It involves materials such as stainless steel, chrome, concrete, glass and laminates. Doors and windows are left nude and undecorated unless privacy is utterly needed.

Each design has its woohoos and bohoos, fitting and appealing to a certain individual, to a certain family, and perfect for a certain home. Nothing is preventing you from mixing two designs together-- that we are sure of. It is your kitchen after all. Evaluate yourself, your lifestyle, your personality! Then when you are sure, execute! Making sure that the kitchen youíll soon be working at is a kitchen you are sure to enjoy.

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