There are many different design styles in the world today. Each one creates a different atmosphere that reflects the owners’ personalities. When it comes to choosing the right countertops for your home, knowing your design aesthetic is a great starting point. Today we’ll be breaking down the top six different styles out there and how to make them come to life in your home.
The Transitional Aesthetic
Transitional design is one of the most popular in the world today. It’s a happy medium between traditional and contemporary. If you find traditional too stuffy but contemporary to wild, this is the aesthetic for you. It’s all about great textures and casual, yet elegant comfort. Keep accessories to a minimum and use textiles to soften the space. This style works well with almost any stone countertop, but we most commonly see a more textured finish to bring interest to the space.
Sticking with Tradition
The traditional style is probably the most easily recognized because its, well, traditional. It draws inspiration from the 18th and 19th centuries of England and France. It’s mostly neutral color pallets with pops of colors brought in by paintings for floral arrangements. We also see more ornate cabinetry and rich, textiles furniture. If you love the traditional look then marble or a quartz look-alike is the countertop for you.
The Modern Movement
The modern style actually refers to a specific period of time, that has now passed. When we talk about modern, we’re really talking about design trends from the mid 20th century. Clean lines and smooth, sleek surfaces characterize this style. Bold, colorful art and furniture replace knick knacks in a mostly neutral space. Any sleek solid countertop will complete this look.
Eclectic design is easily misunderstood. It may seem like just a random hodgepodge of items, it’s actually a high-energy collection of carefully selected pieces. It’s easy to tip from layered and collected to busy and distracting. If you love the eclectic look we recommend going for a more simple, neutral color countertop so it doesn’t clash with all of the wonderful pieces you curate.
This aesthetic is often confused with modern because it shares the same love of sleek, simple lines. However, it focuses on a more neutral color palette and loves to mix materials like metal and glass. Because the style is really just whatever is popular in the present moment, it’s constantly evolving. At the moment we see a lot of natural wood and bright, light spaces mixed with interesting textures. Using a natural stone countertop is perfect for this airy style.
Minimalism Maximizes Style
Minimalism is like the cousin of contemporary design. Both love uncomplicated forms, clean lines, and simple finishes. The difference is minimalism focuses on the Japanese principle that less is more. Finding a countertop with a natural texture, like leathering, in a neutral color is a great choice for this style.
Do any of these styles speak to you? Most people fall into more than one category, which can be a bit confusing. If you need help deciding what countertop matches your aesthetic reach out to our experts today!