Kitchen and Bath Finishes by Design Style

If you look at long enough, you start to see distinct styles in kitchens and baths.  I’ve looked a lots of kitchens and baths, and here are the elements that I see come up again and again for each style:


Stacked subway tile, no upper cabinets (kitchen), contemporary range hoods, Ikea or stainless farmhouse sink, lacquer cabinets,  full overlay slab door cabinets, quartz, solid surface or concrete counters, black, white, or dark wood cabinets, industrial look, waterfall counters on island, colored appliances, concealed storage (wall of cabinets), pops of bright color, linear or no hardware, simple pendants, strong grain lines on cabinets, natural wood, straight lines in fixtures, stone slab on wall, wall faucets, chrome plumbing fixtures, oversize tile (esp. subway), frameless shower, frameless mirror

Arts & Crafts

Dark stained cabinets, wood with a strong grain, dark hardware, Mission woodwork style, repeated rectangles, square knobs, glass upper cabinets, dark counters (soapstone, black granite), green (connection to outdoors), oil rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures


Farmhouse sink, white cabinets – Shaker or raised panel, schoolhouse lighting, collections (white dishes), industrial stools, chrome plumbing fixtures, rustic beams, pretty, farmhouse table, chrome knobs and pulls, white or light walls, wood floors, bead board, bridge faucets


Suzanne Kasler
Suzanne Kasler

White, light or grey/taupe cabinets, furniture legs on lower cabinets, shaker doors, subway tile backsplash, accent tile behind range, wood floors, quartz, marble, limestone, simple knobs and pulls (chrome, nickel or stainless), stainless, nickel or chrome plumbing fixtures,chandelier or pendants over island, sconces around sink


Wood or painted cabinets, raised panel doors, granite counters, tile backsplash, stainless appliances, stainless, Chrome or Oil rubbed bronze plumbing fixtures, tile or wood floors

I have to say that my ultimate favorite style is classic.  I am loving a kitchen I am working on right now that is white shaker cabinets, marble counters and gorgeous slate floors.  My second favorite, which is kind of crazy, is modern.  If I didn’t have a traditional home, I’d go straight towards modern!  In my house I love having a traditional style, but I add something in that is modern.  I think it’s more interesting to have a mix rather than just one style in your home.


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