Traditional style can incorporates ornate cabinetry, usually oak or walnut or painted white, with fluted or tongue and grove panels, beaded trim and possibly dental crown moulding.
Efficient space planning, an open floor plan, modern appliances and strict adherence to minimalist design are the supporting characteristics that distinguish a contemporary kitchen.
Doors are typically shaker style, whether ornate arches and raise panels or the less fussy five piece construction.
Only the bare necessities should be present in a contemporary kitchen. All cabinetry and counter top lines should be simple and clean.
The shaker door is also very often brought into modern homes, by simple adopting the usual bun or cup handle for a chic stainless steel bar handle.
Traditional kitchens emphasise elaborate wood trim and moulding, elements of wood and touches of nature for example granite worksurfaces..
Cabinetry should have no visible hardware, and ideally should be constructed with flameless flat panels with little or no decoration.
The functionality of a contemporary kitchen is directly focused on the cook's needs and making the cooking process easier.