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Cabinetry and Home Styles

An Overview of Home Styles

Your cabinetry should enhance and compliment the overall style of your home.

Consider the style of your home when selecting your cabinetry, this helps keep the continuity of the home and kitchen design.

Although it's not essential, you can bring continuity to your home by designing the interior in the same theme as its exterior architectural style.

Use the home and kitchen styles guide to identify the architectural style that most closely resembles that of your own home. Under each category, you'll find a description of the style's general characteristics and recommendations for what kinds of kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring, and architectural details would best complement it.

You can also peruse the different styles and recommendations to get a general feel for which you prefer. You may end up selecting a style that differs from your home's architecture yet still captures what you had in mind for your dream kitchen.

 

Home Style Period Description Cabinet Door Details

American Colonial
Cape Cod
Farmhouse
Dutch Colonial
Saltbox

1600-1800

Cottage styles
Medieval influence; rectangular, one to two-and-a-half stories; few windows with small, divided panes; add-on looks

Plank doors or simple paneled doors; some vertical or diagonal boards; bucks; small, multi-paneled windows

Classical
Georgian
Federal
Greek Revival

1740-1860

Neoclassical homes
Blocky, rectangular, or nearly square; two to three stories; columns; symmetrical with classical ornamentation

Symmetrical panel doors with varying panel sizes; Palladian-type windows; ornate features

Victorian
Eastlake
Queen Anne
Gothic Revival
Italianate

1830-1880

Picturesque
Board-and-batten siding; decorative barge boards, high gables, and gable pendants; shingles, ornamental trim, and turrets

Vertical planking with arched top; expressed framework

Arts & Crafts
Craftsman
Foursquare
Prairie

1880-1940

Beauty in function/anti-industrial
Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired; sensitive to materials and natural setting; box shapes; low-rising hip roof; geometric forms, art glass, and angular protrusions

Clean, geometric shapes; off-center lights; contrasting textures and lines

Moderne Movement
Art Deco
Moderne

1920-1975

Sophisticated simplicity
Interplay of indoor-outdoor living; blend of International Style & Machine Age technology; geometric forms; walls of glass; natural woods and metal

Elegantly simple; geometric patterns and plain, clean lines; metal and glass accents

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