9 Common Types of Cabinetry Found in Tampa Homes

Cabinetry is one of the first elements of a kitchen that people notice when they first walk into a home, and with its dual use of form and function, choosing the right cabinets for your home is an essential design choice. There are two main design styles that act as umbrellas that most others fall under: traditional and contemporary. At the Naffco branch in Tampa, Florida, we are happy to help you choose the best cabinetry for your home, and to assist in doing just that, we have created this guide to various styles that fall under the broader categories of traditional design and contemporary design.

Traditional kitchens draw much of their inspiration from historical influences, with a distinct focus on Western Europe. Warm, light colors and neutral tones dominate traditional color palettes, and small details and embellishments are common in traditional kitchens.

Antique kitchens are somewhat self-explanatory: they include lots of antiques, and they have a distinct focus on tastefully aged-looking furniture and decor. Old wood and aged, distressed, or weathered paints are common looks for kitchen cabinetry in antique kitchens.

Arts and Crafts kitchens draw most inspiration from English homes in the 1890s, when a cultural shift away from overly ornate and poorly made assembly line furniture occurred, giving rise to prizing quality craftsmanship and clean, simple lines.

Cottage style kitchens are bright and have a lived-in feel. Beadboard cabinets painted white or off-white are a staple feature for many cottage kitchens, which reflect natural light well and play up the warmth and brightness of the room.

Country kitchens are an even further extension of cottage style, with simple beadboard cabinetry that is painted or glazed and wood that features lots of visible knots in the grain.

Craftsman kitchens are an extension of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the 1890s, though it relies more on the interior design styles of America between 1900 and 1930. Like Arts and Crafts kitchens, there is a heavy emphasis on simple, solid craftsmanship, brass or iron hardware, and high quality hardwood Shaker style cabinet doors.

French Country kitchens are famous for their devotion to neutral and earth tones in their color palettes and natural materials – natural or lightly stained wood features prominently in many kitchens designed in this style.

Old World kitchen designs borrow from Western European architecture and rustic styles popular prior to 1600, particularly in their incorporation of “period” materials such as stone, brick, iron, and hammered copper.

Contemporary kitchens show disregard for the historical inspirations that are so common to traditional kitchens, instead opting for vibrant colors, sleek surfaces, and minimal embellishments. While wood can feature in contemporary kitchens, many interior designers opt for industrial or manmade materials such as metal, concrete, glass, and plastic.

Modern kitchens follow the clean lines, smooth surfaces, and bright pops of color popular in the mod couture movement of the 1950s and 1960s; flat cabinetry is most popular in these types of kitchens.

Retro kitchens are similar to modern kitchens, but they will often feature more decorative elements, such as classic memorabilia, as well as retro futuristic designs with sharp, curved lines.

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