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JUL 2019

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A highly versatile, hybrid style is emerging in kitchen design. Here, designers from across the country discuss the workings of this trend. BY LIS KING The New Traditionals he term 'New Traditional' may seem like an oxymoron, but the style, which basically merges classic and contemporary elements, has become a strong movement. This is especial- ly true in kitchen design, for a number of reasons, according to kitchen and bath industry professionals. For one thing, this hybrid style creates the kind of livable, welcoming spaces preferred by homeowners, who often nd the typically severe European kitchen a bit cold. It also leaves a lot of room for personal expression as well as regional design in- uences. In fact, New Traditional has become so prevalent that some designers refer to it as an American style phenomenon. Middleton, WI designer Paul Dybdahl of Dybdahl Design Group isn't exactly a newcomer to the idea of mixing styles. "We specialize in remodeling and our region tends to be fairly conservative," he explains. "Therefore, melding new and old and keeping a home's character as well as clients' lifestyles in mind comes naturally to us, and we've been doing it for years. But, obviously, there are lots of people all over the country who appreciate traditional architecture, interiors and furnishings, while also admiring clean lines and modern technology. Let's face it, even new homes look to the past, so, yes, I certainly see New Traditional as a relevant trend." T Photo: Meghan Beierle-O'Brien 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 STYLE ALERT

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