Traditional style designs are defined by having a warm, classic feel with French and English inspired elements. They often have warmer, muted tones such as cream, white, beige and taupe, with hints and accents of rich tones and refined woods. It is common for traditional style interiors to use more ornamental and detailed elements which may include patterns in cabinetry and finishing panels. Traditional style interiors exemplify timelessness and work to achieve a sense of elegance and comfort.
Transitional style interior design blends elements from both traditional and modern style décor. This itself implies that the design of the space is adapting and shifting between two styles, offering freedom and flexibility or those who are hesitant to lock themselves into one particular style. The look is achieved by giving traditional elements a modern twist. This could happen by introducing a pop of colour in the cabinetry, counter, flooring, etc. The space looks modern but feels rather classic, and allows for more personal expression than other styles.
Modern style designs can often be perceived as stark and cold, but when done right, they are seen as being clean, open, calming and functional. Inspired by popular design trends that came about at the turn of the 20th century, the elements used in modern interior design are often sleek and angular, with simple design features. The design is influenced heavily by the mid-century modern design trend that originated in Nordic countries and makes use of earth tones, natural materials and minimalist detailing. It is often confused with contemporary design, which would use a range of colours whereas modern design often steers toward the monochromatic.
Contemporary designs are clean, minimalistic, spacious and light. Similar to modern design in its elements, a contemporary kitchen often uses light colours and simple finishes to create a space that is clean and tidy, but also uses a range of colours as opposed to a monochromatic colour scheme like what would be found in modern kitchens. Flat panel cabinetry, plenty of horizontal lines and a minimalistic approach are best used to achieve this look, with darker colours like black and navy often used to ground designs against lighter, neutral backdrops.