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Defining your kitchen style can be seen as confusing, intimidating and time consuming. However once you've got a general sense of your preferences you'll have a good starting point for further research, or conversations with designers if you choose. Use this quick quiz to figure out what kitchen style best suits your tastes and lifestyle.
Take our quiz to get going:
1. Your preferred style of kitchen cabinetry is...
A) Closed, with carved panel details and a warm-tone stain
B) Closed, sleek and glossy (maybe even a bright colour)
C) A mix of open and closed, with doors preferably in white
D) Open shelving - in stainless steel, please! So everything is readily accessible
2. Your preference of tapware is...
A) Chunky pillar or gooseneck
B) Sleek and minimalist wall mount or pull-down spray
C) Convenient flick mixer
D) Restaurant-style nozzle tap
3. Which of the following sinks is most in sync with your taste?
A) A reliable stainless steel double tub
B) An edgy stainless steel trough
C) An apron-front model in porcelain
D) A one-piece counter with intergrated basin and draining pad in a solid surface material
4. Which of these material combinations is most appealing?
A) Warm finishes, rich colours and patterns, natural wood, ceramic, granite
B) Glossy surfaces, glass, steel, concrete, limestone
C) Rustic patinas, natural and painted wood, ceramic, butcher block
D) Durable surfaces, laminates, stainless steel, engineered stone
5. Which of the following statements would you most agree with?
A) A warm atmosphere reminicent of the past is elegant, classic and never goes out of style.
B) You just can't go wrong if something is sleek, new and of the very best quality.
C) If a space feels light, bright and airy, you'll find me in it!
D) When form follows function, you've got the recipe for a successful design.
How you scored:
If you chose mostly A's...
You're a traditionalist at heart. Classic deisgn elements like panelled cabinetry with carved details and decorative mouldings. Also natural stone benchtops and old-fashioned hardware (warm brass or oil-rubbed bronze cabinet pulls for example) will appeal to your nostalgic sensibility. Whether your preference is the formal elegance of an English Manor or the refined functionality of Mission, feel free to mix things up a bit with contemporary touches like stainless steel appliances.
If you chose mostly B's...
You're a modern thinker. Contemporary elements suchas glass tiles and stainless-steel look sleek and create a stylish vibe in your space. Because modern kitchens are all about streamlined good looks, enthusiasts know it's best to cut effects down to the essentails: less clutter! Plan your purchases and don't give into impluse buys (atleast not for the kitchen!).
If you chose mostly C's...
The relaxed charm of costal and country infuenced designs appeal to you. White splashback, wide-plank timber floors and plenty of natural light are features of this easy going look. Whether you move toward a Modern Country direction (blend in stainless steel appliances and display a collection of classic crockery) or go the Rustic Tuscan way (abstain from the splashback walls in favour of an earthy paint treatment or hang your pots from an iron rack). It's completely up to you!
If you chose mostly D's...
The look you are after is that of a professional kitchen. Keep those designer knives close at hand- and on display, with a magnetic wall rack or knife block. Hang those pots and pans. Store your china on open shelves. Don't limit yourself to design showrooms; visit kitchen supply warehouses for authentic preofessional fixtures, storage and accessories.
If your answers were all over the map...
You're style could be defined as eclectic. A true omnivore, you love variety: A touch of contemorary with a dash of the past. It's all good as far as you're concerned. Create a theme of your own, people admire individuality!
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