Today's kitchens are central to everyday living and the special-occasion entertaining, often doing double duty as family rooms, offices and media centers, as well. Whether you are designing your kitchen to match the decor of other rooms, or planning your whole home's look around the kitchen, you can make it a beautiful reflection of your personal style. Country Farmhouse: Farmhouse tables and furniture-like cabinets are popular conventions, and an eclectic mix of finishes helps create a comfortable, lived-in look. Country colors range from primary red, yellow and blue to the aged tones of cream and pale yellow; whatever hues you favor, mixing rather than matching is the country way to go.

 Modern: Sleek and sophisticated, the modern kitchen is designed to keep clutter to a minimum.  Reflective surfaces and the high-tech materials are central to the most modern kitchen, and exotic woods add a touch of luxury without frills or fabric.

 Cottage Charm: Whether the space is large or tiny, cottage kitchens are designed to feel cozy and enveloping. With their homespun touches and imperfect finishes, the cottage-style kitchens are always one of a kind and serve as the perfect backdrop for offbeat art and collectibles.

 Contemporary: The look is a carefully curated mix of materials: new and old, casual and polished. And because cooking with the company has replaced cooking for company as the entertaining ideal, today's kitchen has plenty of room for hosts and guests to work and interact.

 Mediterranean: The colors are sun-dappled. The surfaces are elegantly timeworn and the atmosphere is purely romance. Rough-hewn textures, copper pots and rush seats add the final touches

 Coastal: Whether you live at the beach or just wish you did, you can count on cool shades of blue, green, white and sand to create a vacation-time mood. Seagrass and the wicker seating are casual, comfortable and coastal.

Traditional: A traditional kitchen is the perfect backdrop for a life that centers on family, friends and holidays — but its clean, comfortable look is welcoming 365 days a year. Paneled or glass doors on cupboards contribute timeless style, and the latched or ice box hardware is often added for period detail.