Contemporary refers to a modern aesthetic achieved through minimalist design. Clean and simple lines are the underlying philosophy for contemporary design. Sleek, streamlined surfaces that are highly functional are used.
Moldings and decorative pieces are rarely incorporated into contemporary design. materials are usually acrylics, melamines, laminates and metals; however, a slab wood veneer door creates a stunning contemporary look while adding warmth.
Transitional design borrows elements from both contemporary and traditional while not going to the extreme in either direction. This fresh new look as streamlined surfaces that incorporate traditional ideas.
Intricate moldings and carvings are typically not found in transitional design, however, the use of wood keep it from looking too contemporary. Transitional design blends old with new giving it a timeless look.
Traditional design offers a combination of comfort and classic features. The focus is to create a warm, homey feel.
More ornate moldings and carvings are used as well as raised panel doors. Traditional design uses natural materials such as wood and stone embracing the imperfections in each. Cabinets are often glazed and distressed to give them a time-worn look.