Design Styles - What's Your Style?

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Purity in line and form define modern design, with an absence of frills or unnecessary details. As the architect Mies van der Rohe stated, “Less is More”. You’ll find minimalist design and references to Asian and Scandinavian design elements. Colors could be monochromatic or bright. Texture is emphasized, and pure design elements are apparent.


Transitional spans both traditional and contemporary design, and can include elements of each. Many of our  customers prefer transitional styling. Think of Transitional as a little of each (or think of Goldilocks and her porridge: not too hot, not too cold). One example would be the use of molding. Transitional designs may include molding, but not the multiple layers of stacked molding found in Traditional, or the absence of molding typical of Contemporary.


Traditional design often includes classic furniture pieces, symmetrical arrangements, and rich color schemes, with obvious historic references. Styles can range from American Country to British Empire to other European styles like French Provincial. Details can include carvings, appliqués, turned legs, brocades and other rich fabrics, decorative tile, and more.

To discover more about your personal style, download our Idea Books, or the cabinetry manufacturer’s resource materials. We love to see clients come to the showroom with sticky notes in design magazines or with photos of things they like… including downloads from this site! But that’s not essential. Together, we can create a one-of-a-kind room that is sure to please you.