Decoding Your Kitchen Style

Decoding Your Kitchen Style

Today’s kitchen is both the focal point and social hub in updated and new homes. No longer walled off from view, the kitchen is open and inviting where cooking is communal and entertaining often gravitates around the island and dining spaces. Style is more important than ever with the kitchen front and center in the home; however, the aesthetic choices and layouts can be overwhelming. To help you decode your kitchen design, Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri offers the following style guide and tips for creating a kitchen that is functional, inviting and in sync with your home’s interior decor and architecture.

Florida-Modern Kitchens:

This Florida-Modern style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes marble stone floors with quartzite double height kitchen island and white quartz counters on the perimeter. Espresso wood cabinets bring warmth while stainless steel globe fixtures bring a modern edge. White ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

This Florida-Modern style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes marble stone floors with a quartzite double height kitchen island and white quartz counters on the perimeter. Espresso wood cabinets bring warmth while stainless steel globe fixtures bring a modern edge. For more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri often designs kitchens in a style he calls “Florida-Modern” that embraces and balances the sleek, clean lines and modern materials with warmer, natural materials and elements.  Natural stone floors and a mix of natural stone and engineered surfaces bring texture and a contemporary edge to the look. Lighting fixtures can either emphasize the modern look or counterbalance with more traditional designs. “I like to add reflectivity to the Florida-Modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and chrome fixtures and chrome-framed glass fronted upper cabinets mixed with natural wood cabinets. Gray and white color palettes provide an ideal foundation to create this look because it feels fresh, airy, open and current,” says Ulibarri.

In this Florida-Modern kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, white ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

In this Florida-Modern kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom Homebuilder Jorge Ulibarri, white ledge stone frames the custom-colored blue range, drawing attention to the pop of color. for more go to www.imyourbuilder.com

“A lot of my clients want a less fussy, sleeker, easier look, to match their lifestyle,” says Ulibarri.

Transitional-Styled Kitchens:

Transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes warm espresso wood and natural stone with quartz countertops and stainless steel. Rustic touches such as the beams are counterbalanced with glass mosaics and modern lighting fixtures. www.imyourbuilder.com

Transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri mixes warm espresso wood and natural stone with quartz countertops and stainless steel. Rustic touches such as the beams are counterbalanced with glass mosaics and modern lighting fixtures. www.imyourbuilder.com

There’s a lot of design buzz about transitional-styled kitchens. Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s  interpretation of this hybrid style is the Modern-Mediterranean kitchen. Envision sleek cabinetry, single-color, solid-surface countertops, geometric hardware, a glass mosaic back splash, sculptural range hood and lighting fixtures and stainless-steel appliances for an industrial luxe vibe strategically set in a rustic palette of travertine stone floors, ceiling beams and travertine split-face stone on accent walls.

Glass mosaic backsplash and stainless steel range hood bring modern elements into the design while ceiling beams and travertine floors counterbalance with rustic elements in this kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

A glass mosaic backsplash and a stainless steel range hood bring modern elements into the design while ceiling beams and travertine floors counterbalance with rustic elements in this kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri. www.imyourbuilder.com

In Florida, our unique take on the transitional kitchen honors our attachment to the traditional, timeless appeal of Mediterranean architecture and our desire for something modern and edgy.

This transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri is a lighter, airy interpretation with whitewashed brick accents, white and gray granite kitchen island top and white quartz perimeter counters counterbalanced with a rustic light fixture barrel travertine tile ceiling and breams. www.imyourbuilder.com

This transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri is a lighter, airy interpretation with whitewashed brick accents, a white and gray granite kitchen island top and white quartz perimeter counters counterbalanced with a rustic light fixture and barrel travertine tile ceiling and beams. www.imyourbuilder.com

Mediterranean architecture endures in Florida as a style perfectly in sync with its surroundings and history. But exterior curb appeal doesn’t have to dictate interior decor.

The appliance wall in this transitional style kitchen by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases sleek stainless steel appliances accented with glass fronted and chrome framed upper cabinets for a modern edge. www.imyourbuilder.com

The appliance wall in this transitional style kitchen by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases sleek stainless steel appliances accented with glass fronted and chrome framed upper cabinets for a modern edge. www.imyourbuilder.com

Florida Custom Builder Jorge Ulibarri says most of his clients prefer some variation of Mediterranean architecture, but their interior preferences often merge Old World and 21st century styles. “I have clients who want a home that looks from the outside like it has endured for generations. Yet on the inside. the style is sleek and modern-a look commonly  defined as contemporary”

A transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri that skews traditional with ornate cabinetry, travertine floors and wood beams. The white cabinets and stainless appliances temper the traditional elements. www.imyourbuilder.com

A transitional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri that skews traditional with ornate cabinetry, travertine floors and wood beams. The white cabinets and stainless appliances temper the traditional elements. www.imyourbuilder.com

Traditional-Styled Kitchens:

This traditional style kitchen pulls from Tuscan influences such as the copper rangehood framed by stone and kitchen island base cabinetry that mimics furniture with wood carvings and embellishments. www.imyourbuilder.com

This traditional style kitchen pulls from Tuscan influences such as the copper rangehood framed by stone and kitchen island base cabinetry that mimics furniture with wood carvings and embellishments. www.imyourbuilder.com

The traditional-styled kitchen with a nod to Tuscan influences, remains a perennial favorite look among Florida homeowners. “Many of my clients prefer a Tuscan-styled kitchen for its timeless appeal that feels like the home has been there for generations but with modem amenities,” says Jorge.

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri draws the eye to the copper range hood framed in stone. www.imyourbuilder.com

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri draws the eye to the copper range hood framed in stone. www.imyourbuilder.com

Rustic elements figure prominently in traditional kitchens with wrought iron light fixtures, travertine floors, stained cabinetry, corbels, mosaics, ornate detailing, beams and barrel tile ceilings.

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases an undulating barrel and beam ceiling crafted of travertine tiles and wood beams. The wrought iron double door pantry is another focal point. www.imyourbuilder.com

A traditional style kitchen designed and built by Orlando Custom HomeBuilder Jorge Ulibarri showcases an undulating barrel and beam ceiling crafted of travertine tiles and wood beams. The wrought iron double door pantry is another focal point. www.imyourbuilder.com

“The look is warm and inviting, typically with a sun-kissed or earthy color palette of reds, oranges, browns and beiges.”

For more design ideas and inspiration give Jorge Ulibarri a call at 407-733-5500 to discuss your custom home and subscribe to Orlando Custom Home Builder Jorge Ulibarri’s video series, Trade Secrets