The traditional style kitchen is still reigning supreme for very good reasons. The design is timeless and appeals to a wide variety of homeowner preferences. The versatile style allows you to paint or stain cabinets, use glass doors if you like and feature an island as a multipurpose tool. The design in general uses classic elements, but it doesn’t feel too stuffy or formal – or worse, outdated. To keep the look feeling modern and fresh, you can mix in industrial elements or modern touches.
Here’s an overview of the traditional kitchen style.
It’s all good. One of the reasons the traditional style has never died is that it’s a conglomeration of everything that has been good about kitchens over the decades. These time-tested designs lend an air of maturity to the space. The familiar design gives the space character and showcases the beauty of architectural styles from Europe and the U.S.
Beautiful décor. The décor in a traditional kitchen is generally formal and elegant. Featuring elements like detailed molding, period elements, and deep, rich wood cabinetry, the traditional kitchen will usually also have an island that replicates a historic design or is a modern version of a bygone era.
Wild with details. In addition to these design elements, the traditional kitchen will also host detailed wood elements, such as an ornamental hood, decorative panels on the cabinet doors. Sometimes, these components are used to hide modern appliances, which would otherwise detract from the room’s style. Beautiful hardwood flooring, granite countertops, thoughtful cabinet hardware and carefully selected lighting round out the features in the kitchen.
Styled architecture. Architectural details finish off the space. In fact, these details are often what separates a traditional kitchen from other styles. Adornments and embellishments proliferate the kitchen. However, thoughtful use of these details are layered; they don’t overwhelm the space. A few of the architectural features you may see in a traditional kitchen include arches, beam ceilings, moldings, cabinets with framed and raised panels, chandeliers, a custom stove hood, an island with legs and furniture-style cabinets.
Cabinetry options. Cabinet choices also make this style. Usually, the cabinetry construction will feature a flush inset or frame, a design element associated with the Old World style. The cabinet hinges are usually exposed, too. New cabinets will be distressed with a glaze that intentionally ages the material. Finally, decorative door inserts are another feature of this style. Antique glass, glass with beveled outside edges, metal mesh inserts, and other glass options further drive the traditional styling.
Counters that “wow.” For the countertops, luxury materials are a must. Natural stones like granite or quartz enhance the beauty of the space. Wood butcher blocks with marble counters are another logical option. In general, however, the counters usually take on a honed finish, as shiny polishing detracts from the traditional kitchen style.
Light it up. Traditional kitchen design also features lighting that enhances the style. Brass chandeliers jazz up the space, while crystal lighting lends a delicate, fresh feel to the room. Lantern-style lights also harken back to older traditional design. In fact, the type of lighting you’ll see in many traditional kitchens is similar to the lighting you’ll find in a dining room. In a sense, the lighting choices make the kitchen feel more inviting and less like a space strictly used for functional purposes.
Remodeling your kitchen? Choose a kitchen design that will never go out of style. The traditional kitchen is the way to go if you want a mixture of the best of the best: modern touches, a timeless appeal, and a blend of European and American architecture.