Kitchen style is often partly dictated by house style, but not always, especially when one is doing a major kitchen reno and multiple styles are available. If you’re planning on giving your kitchen a makeover, you have no shortage of options when it comes to the style. From rustic to sleek and modern, there is a kitchen design for every taste. Deciding which one is for you depends on your aesthetic preferences and the rest of your home’s interior (you want the kitchen to be seamless, not stick out like a sore thumb). Cabinets and fixtures can change the entire style with added features such as lighting, the style of sinks and faucets further enhancing the overall look of the kitchen. Here at Resco Group, we can assist you in making the style change of your choice with our design/build team. We will work within your budget to bring you the best possible result to update and upgrade your kitchen.
There are three main kitchen styles (and countless more specific styles that are variations of the main ones):
Contemporary- This design borrows high functionality and streamlined surfaces from the modernist design movement, but its style often incorporates traditional ideas as well for a sleek but livable feel.
Traditional- Traditional design has its roots in 18th century England and French countryside. The style is known for its warm, inviting interiors that scream comfort.
Transitional- Transitional design combines the best of traditional and contemporary styles to create a timeless interior that everyone will love. Together, they form a perfect balance of masculine and feminine resulting in elegant designs.
Contemporary Design Idea
Contemporary Kitchen Style:
Sleek and minimalist, contemporary kitchens thrive on straight lines, sharp corners and simplistic style. If you have a sophisticated palate, and don’t like ornamentation or old-fashioned fuss, a contemporary kitchen design may just be what you want. Select clean light colors, slab or simple doors or a laminate door and a glossy Quartzite counter-top in the color of your choosing. Stainless steel or black appliances add a crisp look.
- Contemporary style cabinets
- Stainless steel appliances
- Frosted glass cabinet doors
- Modern pendant lights
Traditional Design Idea
Traditional Kitchen Style:
Traditional kitchens are more classic in style and have many elegant, intricate design features and details. Start with a warm ornamental door style, or, if you prefer easy care laminate kitchen doors. A soft natural stone look in durable acrylic style makes the kitchen not only rich in looks but durable and delightful to maintain. Add a collection of pottery, or some plants for decor.
In many traditional style kitchens, you can find:
- Marble countertops
- Glass chandeliers
- Ornate cabinetry (drawer detailing, specialty glass, etc.)
- Decorative backsplash
- Crown molding
Transitional Design Idea
Transitional Kitchen Style:
A transitional kitchen blends the traditional and contemporary styles. This style has gained much popularity over the years and can give you the best of both worlds—classic charm and modern flair.
- more traditional and have contemporary touches
- modern style pendant lights
- contemporary style cabinets
- crown molding optional
There are also many variations of these three styles, including:
- Rustic: Rustic style kitchens are a variation of traditional but have woodsy charm. With wrought iron, wood ceiling beams, and butcher block countertops, you can create a rustic space.
Rustic Style Kitchen
- Country cottage: Another variation of traditional, cozy and charming country cottage style kitchens tend to be bright and airy. Many feature ceramic tiles, colorful curtains or valances, warm tones (pale yellow, sky blue, etc.), and glass cabinetry for displaying dishes and décor.
country cottage kitchen
- Shaker style: With rustic charm (wood countertops, simple wood cabinets, and neutral tones), shaker style kitchens have a slight bucolic feel but with the more simplistic style of contemporary kitchens.
Shaker Style kitchen
There are many more options than just these—your imagination is your limit when it comes to your custom kitchen design. You can get as creative as you want!
Bathroom Tile Tips for that remodel you’ve been dreaming of in the dizzying world of Tile..
- Keep Size and Maintenance in Mind
Lets start off with first step of selecting bathroom tile, the size of tile your bathroom will attain. If you use large tile in a small bathroom, they create fewer grout lines, which make the floor and your walls feel more like one continuous surface rather than broken up by multiple tiles therefor creating the illusion of a bigger bathroom. There is also less tile up-keep with the option of larger tile. Smaller tiles, such as mosaic tiles, are a great option for designs irregardless of the size of bathroom but require more grout maintenance when used in spaces that are constantly wet. Select a size and maintenance route that works for your bathroom’s size and your lifestyle.
- Balance the Type and Dimension
Most bathrooms you see probably have a few different tiles that are used together to create a cohesive look that still has visual interest. When selecting your pieces, try and limit yourself to no more than three different tiles. In smaller spaces, too many types, colors, and sizes will seem overwhelming. If you’re selecting a few different tile sizes, try and make sure that they’re multiples of each other (perhaps a 12in X 12in. floor piece with a 4in X 4in. inch wall selection, and a 1in. X 1in. border accent.) This easy tip will put your mind at ease knowing all your tile is aligned.
- Opt For a Neutral Floor and Ceiling
In today’s modern style, most people have been using neutral tiles on the floors because an eye-catching color will draw the eye downwards rather than allowing it to see into the space. A neutral floor then works like a subtle base, allowing you to experiment more with accent colors on the walls or a simple accent design on the floor. Depending on your space allowed, opt for a complementary color for your accent. A white or neutral ceiling will have a similar effect when going this route. Such as below shows a neutral base color on the floor with a white ceiling and accents halfway on the wall and floor.
- Color & Texture
Developing a color palette is often the most challenging part of a bathroom remodel, so a good starting point is to begin with a neutral palette, and then find one piece you absolutely love and build around that. It might be a relatively simple piece that you can use nearly everywhere, or it might be an expensive, striking option that you’ll end up using more sparingly as an accent tile. Either way, once you have that piece picked out, it will be easier to decide on complementary tiles as necessary. The bathroom requires frequent cleaning, and while smooth, glazed tiles are easy to wipe down, they can also be a slipping hazard, especially in the shower. For that reason, it’s prudent to choose a slightly textured tile for the floor and a smoother tile for the walls. You may also find that a textured piece under your feet feels nicer, or is a little warmer on a cold night, than a glossy finish.
5. Remember, Grout Is the Finishing Touch
As we mentioned, you’ll want to think about maintenance with grout, because it is more difficult to clean than most tiles, but you’ll also want to consider color. If you are using a darker tile, white grout lines will contrast sharply, while a grout with a similar tone will be more subtle and, if desired, can almost blend in with the rest of the tile. One trend we’ve been seeing is people opting for very simple, neutral tiles, like a while subway tile, and then using a brightly colored, eye-catching grout in a fun color for an unexpected, playful touch. Shown on the left is dark tile with white grout for contrast and the right is showing white subway tile with different colors of grout ranging from white, neutral and dark grout.
Ready to tackle bathroom with these pro tips? Please feel free to contact our office at (623) 255-4489 or submit a project request with your dream in mind….
Wood or Tile Flooring-Can You Spot the Difference In These Photos?
There is no wood flooring in any of these photos! Let me tell you why you might consider “wood-look” tile, which has become one of the most popular flooring options in the last year. It just might be a better choice because of durability-scratches, scrapes, gouges, nicks, dings-these are a less likely to occur with either ceramic or porcelain wood look tile instead of actual wood because it can be softer. Unlike wood, tile doesn’t take on moisture; there’s no warping, cracking, expanding or staining AND you can use it in places like the bath or kitchen, mudroom or even outside! Tile stands up very well outdoors, taking on the natural elements with ease. The maintenance on an indoor tile floor is far less than wood, with the use of minimal grout joint sizes, or even no grout styles decreasing it even more. Mopping with plain water on a regular weekly occasion with a deeper clean monthly with soap is all that’s required to keep your tile floor clean and shining. There are lots of available sizes, widths and lengths of plank style tile with every possible color, texture and finish imaginable. Think Rustic, Distressed, Weathered, Cherry, Oak, Pine, etc. Because wood look ceramic or porcelain tile is made from fired clay, it beautifully mimics the grain and finish of wood. Tile is also an excellent heat conductor, a perfect floor if you’re considering radiant floor based heating. Tile also cools off quickly, potentially utilizing your air conditioning and keeping your house cooler in the warmer weather. Unlike wood, ceramic and porcelain flooring really holds up to kids, pets and any kind of high traffic. Slip and abrasion resistance varies among manufacturers and will be another consideration in your flooring choice. Consider the difference flooring can make to the overall “look” of a room-a new kitchen can have a lovely “aged” look by using weathered, hand scraped tiles-white cabinets can be beautifully offset by a warmer weathered floor. Painted cabinets look great with wood-look tiles because they add a contrasting and organic feel to the room. A bathroom with a white tub and/or walls can resonate warmth and an inviting feel with the use of these water resistant wood look tiles. We can design your perfect floor, utilizing the combination of colors, textures and finishes that will bring your living space to beautiful life! Tile floor installation is in of itself a skilled and very precise craft with wood look tile planking even more difficult. Here at Resco Group Inc., we have a crew with years of experience to lay down your perfect floor.
Sustainability and water conservation have been in the forefront of the news, educating us to these important concerns. The bath space consumes the most water in the home. Did you know the toilet alone accounts for nearly thirty percent of indoor water consumption? The toilet then is one of greatest opportunities to decrease water consumption in the home. Low flow toilets and manufacturers focusing on greener ways to save water is seen in many toilet brands. With the right high efficiency fixtures and fittings, saving water becomes second nature. There is no sacrificing form for function here-modern designs look sleek and fashionable while conserving water. Another water conservation area is the shower-the “rain” shower heads use only two gallons per minute and are forward thinking in both style and design. These shower heads mimic rainfall in every aspect-imagine coming home to stand beneath gentle raindrops washing away the worries of the day! Designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape the individual raindrops, the nozzle geometrically produces drops that build in speed and strength until the shower not only looks and feels like a summer rainstorm, it sounds that way, too! The center zone of the shower head is rain-free while the remaining area provides full coverage-an idyllic setting where you breathe easy while being immersed in a calming summer rain. Ready to rinse off soap and shampoo? Touch a button for a drenching cloudburst of water that’s positively exhilarating-you can even pair these showers with steam and sound! Bath manufacturers are clearly using innovation to save water and reuse water in other parts of your home when applicable. Contact us at (623) 255-4489 for all your bath remodeling needs. We will sit down with you and assist in the design of your new bathroom and discuss the various options in taking advantage of the high efficiency fittings that will look beautiful while remaining environmentally conscious.