Northern Virginia: Top Kitchen Design Options

November 14, 2016

It's easy to look at pictures of renovated kitchens and find something that catches your eye, but how can you tell what style of kitchen fits you. Knowing how to explain your specific style helps leaps and bounds when working with a design professional. It saves time and energy by doing your research ahead of time. Take a peek at the styles listed below to get a better idea of your preferred style in one of the most important rooms of the home. After you choose your style, contact our design team to find out how to take your dream and make it a reality. 


Image via Smith & Vansant Architects PC

1. Farmhouse Kitchens

Farmhouse kitchens are all the rage right now. They are highlighted by a neutral, unpolished look, sometimes using reclaimed flooring, shaker cabinets, large basin sinks and open shelving. This style gives a homey feeling that screams comfort. 



Image via CliqStudios Cabinets

2. Transitional Kitchens

The term transitional refers to a mixing of styles. It usually falls between traditional and modern. The cabinets are usually a shaker style, and can be painted, but the accents are more polished. This may include higher end faucets and appliances, with an intricate backsplash. A Transitional kitchen is the most popular type of kitchen we install, as it is a mix of the new trends with the feel of a well-lived space. 


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3. Modern Kitchens

Modern kitchens are defined by clean lines and complimentary color choices, without all of the frills. The appeal of the modern style is that the clutter of the kitchen is easily hidden due to the amount of storage created to achieve the look of clean lines. These kitchens are accentuated by high end countertop and appliance choices. 



Image via Beckwith Interiors

4. Contemporary Kitchens

Sometimes it's easy to confuse Contemporary with Modern. Both styles have clean lines and non-traditional cabinets or seating, but the main difference is the aesthetic. While Modern focuses on letting the materials, such as cabinets and marble shine through, the Contemporary style allows for more play time. This style is accentuated by high end backsplash material and lighting. The material choices will likely be more on trend, versus tried and true traditional choices.  



Image via Brooke B. Sammons

5. Craftsman Kitchens

Craftsman kitchens are defined by an earth tone palette. They usually incorporate natural wood toned cabinets, hardwood floors, darker granite, ceramic tile backsplash-instead of glass, and wrought iron fixtures and accents. 



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6. Cottage Kitchens

Cottage kitchens are normally small in stature, but they don't have to be. It is easy to accomodate the style of a cottage kitchen into a larger space, while still maintaining it's quaint charm. The main feature that exemplifies a cottage kitchen is the use of ship lap or tongue and groove boards on the walls instead of drywall. Complete the look by adding open shelving and wood countertops. 



Image via Crown Point Cabinetry

6. Rustic Modern Kitchens

Another style that is very popular right now, is the rustic modern style. It incorporates classic items, such as white subway tile with distressed wood cabinets. It is truly the mix of many styles, which is why it is so appealing. 



If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page. 

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