The Definitions of a "modern" Kitchen varies from country to country. Here in Australia a "Modern" Kitchen will generally incorporate a sleek and minimal design often being Handless with strong horizontal lines and hard contrasting colours. Modern Kitchens are minimal with a lack of ornamentation.
Traditional kitchens are defined by their details, which can include arches, decorative moldings and corbels, raised-panel cabinets, a mix of antique finishes and furniture-like turned legs — even a chandelier. Whether they have a classic American or old-world flavor, they still carry the stamp of their owners’ personal style.
Warm and homely farmhouses anchored a life on the land, and they still offer great functionality and comfort. Their open shelving, wide sinks, classic flooring and big kitchen table make them easy to work in and easy to love.
Hampton Styled Kitchens
The grand beachside homes of the Hamptons, a group of villages on the eastern coast of Long Island, New York, are among the most expensive in the United States, with real estate in the area commanding multimillion-dollar prices. The classic Hamptons home oozes old money, but this version of relaxed coastal living has also become a byword for sophisticated beach-style living in a range of countries. The Hamptons style is quintessentially American. White is the go-to color, often with a smattering of pale blue or lilac in the form of summer blooms (hydrangeas are a classic) and soft furnishings. Typically, all wood aside from the floorboards is painted white or whitewashed, and window treatments are minimal to allow light to pour in.
Contemporary kitchens. Contemporary kitchens can be very sleek, but while a purely modern kitchen often celebrates structure and grid, a contemporary kitchen is often more playful in form and finishes, including elements of other styles and creating its own reflection of the times.
Cottage kitchens. Cozy, happy and unpretentious, a cottage kitchen harks back to simpler times and evokes a sense of easy, carefree living. Breadboard, soft colors, vintage hardware, wood floors and colorful accents. Curtains will infuse your kitchen with cottage comfort.
Eclectic kitchen. Styling a home to a set of rules works for most people. But if you don't like the rules and wish to design something that suits your own personality, something that is a one of a kind, something that takes aspects from all styles of kitchens and introduces some of its own. An Eclectic style Kitchen just might be what you are looking for. It’s your house; you can mix and match for your own distinct kitchen style however you please.
The trick: Be a rebel with a cause. Get ideas for a very personal kitchen, with touches of modern and rustic styles, well traveled flair, humor and irreverence.