Some of the basic design styles apply to everything from furniture to interior and exterior home design. Here are some guidelines for some popular design styles:
Contemporary / modern design features sleek, unadorned cabinets, plain panel doors and hardware that is hidden or unobtrusive.
Traditional is more formal and elegant. Raised panel cabinet doors or clear glass panels separated by thin strips of wood are often seen.Rich wood finishes or painted white wood may be hit with a sparkle from brass or brass-tone hardware.
Craftsman bungalow houses usually have low gable roofs with large overhangs and exposed beams.Under the roof are often decorative beams or braces. Craftsman bungalow commonly has a generous front porch with a roof is carried on square, tapered columns.
Stone or brick is often used as a base or on the porch columns. Masonry may also be used for tapered chimney on one side of the house design.
Country features light stain or distressed finish colors, simple cabinet and door styles and unpretentious wood or ceramic knobs and handles.
Colonial style homes take advantage of classic architectural elements, notably symmetry, columns and formally out doors and windows. These residences, often elaborate, typically have large front and rear porches, providing an opportunity for cross ventilation in hot climates.
Victorian style often reflect the romance of the 19th century with modern conveniences. Common wood cabinet is oak or cherry and the right color scheme, even white can be used. Many different types of hardware will work, wrought iron to antique pewter.