Knowing your interior design style is a vital first step to designing the space of your dreams. Whether traditional, transitional, modern, contemporary, or old world, Manzel Craft’s insider guide to cabinetry shares designer insights on how to pick your style.
Formal, Elegant, Classic. Traditional style boasts warm rich colors with multiple textures and layers. Ornate millwork, elaborate finishes, rounded and ogee edges, traditional styles are made for showcasing the beautiful intricacies and unique qualities of wood.
European (American) clean style, or contemporary design, draws its influence from the minimalist Scandinavian aesthetic and functionalism. Contemporary design began in the 1970s as an extension of Modern design, but is also influenced by Art Deco and Futurism, as such, Contemporary design often pushes boundaries of traditional style and experiments with neutral and bright colors and materials.
If the traditional and contemporary styles had a child it would be transitional. Transitional styles are trending especially because you can have the best of two established interior styles. It is comfortable, yet elegant. Beige, cream, and gray monochromatic color tones dominate in this style with interest added in layering textures and fabrics—not necessarily color or pattern.
The Modern style incorporates clean squared lines, geometric shapes and sleek aesthetic. Beginning in the Bauhaus and later mid-century Modern era between 1940s-1960s, the modern style is inspired by the post-war industrial era and as such draws on natural materials such as wood and leather.
A mix of country and industrial accents and hardware, the Urban Farmhouse style is both clean and comfortable. Think exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and iron fixtures.
Bright, cheery and welcoming, the Country style is a more relaxed version of the traditional style. While ornamentation and millwork are staples of country design, they are often less elaborate than traditional styles.
Rustic. Classic. Rich. The Old World style is a Traditional style which preserves the aesthetics of 17th Century Europe. Old World style celebrates unique, furniture style and distressed cabinets accented with iron, copper and stone.