Traditional Kitchens are classy, elegant kitchens that have truly stood the test of time.
These kitchens date back to a time when quality and class were the priority. But it isn’t just their historic past that makes them so charming.
They are warm, homely and above all else – the sort of place you wouldn’t mind losing yourself in for a good few hours.
If you like class, sophistication and decoration – traditional kitchens might be for you.
Decorative Details & Accessories
The main feature of a traditional style kitchen is the attention to detail and use of decorative accessories. We’re talking wainscoting on the island, crown moldings, corbels and furniture-like pieces with embellishments in every area of the room. Everywhere you look in a traditional kitchen, there should be an element of adornment, architectural design or enhanced pieces with decorative accessories.
Neutral Color Palette
Where contemporary and modern kitchen designs focus on crisp, cool colors that highlight materials and bring a pop of edgy style to the space, traditional kitchens are all about sticking to a classic color palette. Think warm and cool neutrals, like deep cherries and light beige.
When it comes to color, the countertops bring the fun in a traditional kitchen design. Pick a luxurious countertop material like Quartz or Granite. You can opt for a design with lots of movement in the pattern, or (even better) choose a marble-imitating countertop like the classic Cambria Britannica quartz shown in this kitchen.
Vintage or Raised Panel Cabinets
Modern kitchen styles are all about simplicity when it comes to the cabinetry style, but traditional designs focus on cabinets with embellished style. Forego the basic shaker or plain style cabinet for a Vintage Raised Panel or Classic Raised Panel style cabinet door.
Antique Finishes or Glazed Cabinetry
Staying within the neutral color palate, most traditional kitchens have cabinets with glazes or antique finishes, rather than cabinets that appear more natural. Popular choices here are Cordovan stain on Cherry cabinets with a Sable Glaze or Antique White cabinets with a Walnut Glaze.
Colorful and highly patterned backsplashes in exciting materials have become popular choices for homeowners within the past few years. But for a traditional kitchen, a busy backsplash can seem overwhelming and may complicate the space. Because you have so much going on already in terms of decorative accessories, keep the backsplash simple in terms color, style and materials.
Ornate or Decorative Lighting
Love the look of a classic style chandelier? Chandeliers look beautiful in a traditional kitchen and can really enhance the ornate and detail-oriented aspects of the room. Decorative lighting is the best way to pull the whole kitchen’s look together, so pick your lighting last, but keep it in mind throughout your planning and designing process.
Clean, simple, uncluttered. This elegant oak and hand-painted kitchen features an understated bevelled door detail which lends the room a classic, timeless style.
Plain And Simple
Extending their current kitchen gave this family the open plan kitchen, dining and family space they were looking for.
Traditional kitchens focus on the details in all areas. There’s a bit of embellishment or adornment everywhere you look, but the best traditional kitchens just feel layered rather than overbearing.
The type of cabinet construction can have a significant impact on the way a kitchen looks. Full overlay or frameless cabinets are associated with a more contemporary way of building a cabinet
Glazed and antique cabinet finishes
Traditional kitchens often feature cabinet finishes that are glazed or made to look aged and distressed. Whether you’re using antique white or a color like the island shown, a bit of glazing can add instant age and patina.
Whereas you’ll see flat-panel doors in a modern kitchen and simple Shaker doors with a bead mold in classic kitchens, traditional kitchens have more ornamentation.
Mixed door styles
Traditional kitchens often use multiple finishes. For Example : Sometimes you’ll see one color or style cabinet on the perimeter and another on the island,
Decorative cabinet door
There are limitless detail options for cabinets in a traditional kitchen.Some traditional kitchens even employ different options in different sections.
Hutch cabinets are often though of as dining room furniture, but they’ve migrated into many classic and traditional kitchens. The added storage they provide by going down to the counter is something few homeowners can pass up.
Charming Traditional kitchen
A simple palette of black and white, accented with just a hint of color, helps to create a country-traditional kitchen with a shade of glamour.
A pitched kitchen ceiling gets even more attention with tongue-and-groove paneling. Slate flooring grounds the kitchen, while white cabinetry and a marble backsplash leave the room feeling light and airy.
A neutral, outdoor look balances refined materials to give this kitchen a quaint yet elegant feel. Calacatta marble countertops and the tiled backsplash help create a modern-meets-country aesthetic. Travertine floors and dark-stained cabinetry add textural and color interest.