(ARA) - As the kitchen continues to reign as the gathering place for many families, design trends have centered around creating a space that is comfortable and inviting. The arts and crafts movement has recently seen a resurgence in modern kitchen design, as homeowners opt for a more open layout and subtle design decorations.
Hallmarks for the Design
What makes the kitchen more than just another room in the home are the personal touches that make it unique. Many times it's the simplicity of the overall design that allows the room's finer details and individualized styling to take shape.
"The home is a sanctuary for many people, and kitchen design trends reflect the high demand for a space that allows the homeowner to unwind," says Linda McLaughlin, CKD, American Woodmark Corporation. As people continue to define their perfect kitchen, Mission-style cabinetry, with its extra-wide framing and cascading top and bottom rails, complements the homeowner's desire for simplicity. Full overlay doors and a recessed center panel highlight the doors fine detailing and clean, simple lines while maintaining the understated style of the arts and crafts movement.
Characteristics of the arts and crafts movement include:
* Strong, horizontal lines, natural materials and mid-to-darker finishes
* Metal hardware with brushed or hammered finishes, reflecting true craftsmanship
* Flooring in warm, earthy tones, in either wood or tile
* Decorative accents, like art glass inserts and Tiffany-style light fixtures
* Stacking cabinets, with cabinetry on the upper level being shorter in height
Your Design Style
The key is to create a kitchen that works for your home. Mission-style cabinetry, available at home center retailers such as The Home Depot, comes in a variety of species and finishes. Once you have a particular design style in mind, head to your local retailer where you'll work with a designer on your kitchen decorating or remodeling project.
For more information and to view an assortment of kitchen design ideas, visit woodmark-homedepot.com.
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