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Three Kitchen Styles

Learn the keys to creating three styles -- cottage, rustic and traditional -- that prove especially popular in Midwest homes.


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Traditional style relies on elements that have stood the test of time. Cultivated comfort, convenience and classic lines in everything from cabinets to countertops define this look. Chris and Michelle Levois chose the style for their home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, because it looks sophisticated for entertaining, yet is comfortable for their three children under 10. And it never goes out of style.

Their kitchen features clean lines and symmetry, and is rich in the ornate millwork that's a hallmark of traditional style. Detailed crown moldings, for example, grace the cabinets, many of which feature classic glass fronts.

A cooktop framed with cabinetry and backed with tile creates the comfortable impression of a traditional hearth.

The versatile kitchen includes a granite-topped island, where kids can enjoy snacks, and a comfy couch that lets guests or family relax nearby.

Formality and conventional sophistication mark this enduring style. The cabinetry's mix of stained and painted wood offers a new take on classic style, while a raised-panel door profile and fluted supports reinforce a traditional theme. Timeless white tiles set on a diagonal, with display cabinets above, provide conservative continuity in the cooking area, which boasts two ovens. Between formal bookcases, a built-in bar with sink and refrigerator handles refined entertaining. Slide-out spice racks elegantly hide near the cooktop.



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