Guidelines for Creating: A Traditional Kitchen

January 12, 2015   |   Guidelines, News, Showroom Scoop

It is easy to confuse traditional kitchens with Old World or Country styles because all have warm and classic characteristics, with elements of English and French taste. What differentiates a traditional kitchen from the others is the attention given to eye-catching details. Traditional kitchens are classic and timeless. A design that is open to interpretation appealing to all ages and personalities. These are rooms that don’t become outdated after just a few years because they allow for a more eclectic combination of styles incorporating detail and ornamentation as well as the newest contemporary design trends, including high-tech appliances and eco friendly materials and finishes. It is time to stop looking at traditional kitchens with an eye that only sees old, or out dated design. These kitchens are beautiful, and many are state of the art. The layout has even been updated to better accommodate modern family dynamics and the new trend in food preparation that has redefined how we approach cooking and dinning. A better term for a traditional kitchen these days might even be the modern classic kitchen. They have all the warm and homey feelings people have come to expect, but they are so much more.


Want to create a traditional kitchen? Here are some guidelines to get you in the right direction.


1. It’s all in the details. Traditional kitchens focus on details throughout the space. A bit of embellishment should be everywhere you look to hold true to this style. The best traditional kitchens feel layered, not overwhelming and gaudy. Some architectural details that can be found in these kitchens are moldings above cabinets, ceiling beams, arches, framed and raised panel cabinets, custom hood surrounds that sometimes look like a fireplace mantel, furniture-style cabinets, island legs, and chandeliers.

       Custom Cabinet. Framed, inset door.

2. Custom cabinetry. The most common style of cabinetry you will find in traditional kitchens are often flush inset or framed cabinets because they are associated with the classic way of building cabinets. Constructing cabinets like this creates a frame around doors and drawers. Traditional cabinets also have more ornamentation. Doors have raised panels that come in many different styles. Shadow lines created by this extra detail are a signature look.


3. Classic cabinet finishes. Often times cabinet finishes are made to look aged or distressed in traditional kitchens. One of the most popular looks is antique white with accents of patina. But beware, some of these finishes can look fake. We always make sure to give our clients samples of color schemes and triple check the color is exactly what they envisioned.


4. Mix it up. It is not uncommon for traditional kitchens to use multiple finishes. Many opted for one color or style cabinetry on the perimeter of the kitchen and another on the island. There is no end to the stains and colors to choose from in your kitchen. And if you can’t make up your mind, no big deal, using a third of forth color on a breakfast nook or butler’s pantry is completely acceptable.


5. Backsplash niches and ledges. As mentioned before the small unexpected details are what makes or breaks a true traditional kitchen. Niches over the stove are one of these unforgettable details.


6. And don’t forget the luxury countertop material.


7. Fabulous lighting. Thanks to the change in how many people are cooking, dinning and entertaining, traditional kitchens have become less old world and utilitarian. The kitchen is the heart of the home where family and friends gather. It has become more or less like an additional living room. This transition can be embodied by one key element; lighting. Traditional kitchens boast large chandeliers made of anything that you might expect to see in a diving room rather than a kitchen, including rod iron, crystal or brass


8. Furniture like cabinets. Hutches and armoire looking cabinetry have migrated from the living room and dinning room into the kitchen. They look beautiful and add great character to a traditional kitchen. The added storage is also hard to pass up!