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Kitchen Styles

Ysobel Croix | Improvement Center Columnist | December 13, 2011

Kitchen renovation can put a chink in your budget: a mid-range major kitchen remodel is estimated at $58,367, according to the 2010-2011 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report. For that kind of money, you want to make sure that your new kitchen design has staying power. These five kitchen styles definitely do.

Contemporary

Contemporary design means "in the now." These kitchens typically have clean lines, streamlined surfaces and emphasize high functionality. The design elements included in this kitchen style are more open to interpretation and may include stainless steel appliances. You can buy contemporary kitchen furnishings and wares from retailers such as West Elm, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.

Country

You can have a country kitchen even in the city. You'll want to be fond of wooden tables, painted chairs, braided rugs, whitewash, beadboard wainscoting and glass-fronted cabinets. This style of kitchen is made for both cooking and eating, which makes it ideal for those who don't have a separate, formal dining room.

Tuscan

Tuscan kitchens are warm spaces with archways, tiles and brick that make use of rich colors such as gold, plum, brick red and sage green. Cabinetry may be given an aged look for an Old World Italian feel straight from the villa, where you go outside and under the sun if you want bright lights. Ample counter space in these kitchens emphasizes food preparation.

Traditional

Today's traditional kitchen includes rich, raised-panel cabinetry and classic colors--especially white, wooden floors, crown molding, pewter hardware and gauzy window treatments. This style is timeless and can suit many homes without the risk of trends that may fall out of favor.

Transitional

Transitional design marries contemporary and traditional kitchens. The result is a balanced and blended design. A transitional kitchen may have warm wooden cabinets, stainless appliances, roman shades and a geometric rug. A transitional kitchen is a great choice for adding warmth to a contemporary home.

CNNMoney suggests that one of the four common remodeling mistakes is "being a slave to fashion." So, don't choose design elements that will go quickly out-of-date on such an important investment. Instead, CNNMoney recommends going with classic choices that match the house's original style.

Before you attempt any kitchen remodel, consider getting a quote from a contractor to get an opinion of which kitchen design elements makes the most sense for your home.

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