What does continuity mean to you? It’s defined as “something that is the same or similar in two or more things and provides a connection between them”. For men, it can be as simple as the shoes matching the belt; for women, it’s a bit more involved. When it comes to your home, continuity is achieved when the interior decorating theme is in sync with the exterior architectural style. If you’re looking for more tips, Northern Prairie Cabinets has it for you.
It’s an important point to remember when choosing your cabinet design, and it sounds easy enough. But to ensure that the cabinet design and home style are congruent, the devil is in the details. So it pays to consider the main characteristics of your chosen home style and how best to reflect them in your design.
Renowned for its “less is more” approach, Cape Cod style usually involves a small, symmetrical house with a central chimney and a shingled gable roof. Cape Cod stresses simplicity in design and craftsmanship, so to mirror this style with your cabinet design, opt for plank or recessed panel doors made of maple or oak and topped with a stain finish.
Georgian on your Mind
Popular under the reigns of the four King Georges in England, Georgian style made its way to North America in the 1700s. It’s been embraced by those who favor symmetry with classic lines and ornamentation, and this can be reflected in the design by crafting cabinets of cherry, maple or oak. You should incorporate lipped or full overlay doors and raised, curved panels, completing this regal cabinet design with stain or paint.
Drawing inspiration from popular European styles of the 1800s, Gothic Revival isn’t afraid to stand up and be counted. Everything about it says, “notice me”, from the irregular shape to the arched windows topped by a steeply pitched roof. In order to keep pace, your cabinet design should favor vertical planking with arched tops and beaded, square panel insets. Just make sure that your choice of stain or paint will do justice to this bold school of cabinet design.
What do you get when you combine the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with classic design influences from Japan? Known as “Prairie”, this style emphasizes clean, geometric shapes and boasts an open floor plan with a seamless flow from one room to the next. Cherry, maple and oak are all suitable options for your cabinet design, which will benefit from inset or full overlay doors and recessed square panels. And with the famous Mr. Wright as your guide, how can you go wrong?
For some reason, the original name for this school of design – French Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes – never caught on. Go figure. Now known simply as Art Deco, it pioneered a streamlined approach to architecture that is often referred to as “sophisticated simplicity”.
What does this mean for cabinet design? Think in terms of geometric patterns and plain, clean lines, using full overlay doors and a flat slab style of cabinet design. Even if it takes you a while to assemble all the elements of Art Deco, it will still be faster than saying the full name of this design style.
It’s a lot to take in and apply, but if you commit to continuity in your architecture, interior decorating and cabinet design, you’re bound to be pleased with the finished product. Then, just for fun, try mixing it up a little. Maybe blend some Gothic with Georgian or Cape Cod with Art Deco. And if you’re really feeling adventurous, wear some shoes that DON’T match the belt.