7 Basics of a Traditional Kitchen

The term ‘traditional kitchen’ evokes different images for different people based on their idea of the basic elements in a traditional style. The traditional style is one of the most popular styles used. It incorporates elements from various centuries and is still used to decorate interiors.

Keep reading for the 7 basics of a traditional kitchen.

1. Decorative Details

One of the most defining features of a traditional style kitchen is the importance of detail and decorative elements. A few of the commonly found details are crown moldings, wainscoting on the island, corbels and hefty furniture-like pieces embellished in every part of the room. All around you can see elements of adornment and architectural design with decorative touches. The more wood carvings and intricate handles present the closer the design gets to a traditional kitchen style.

2. Neutral Color Blends

Unlike contemporary and modern designs, which focus on bright and crisp colors, traditional kitchens are all about classical beiges and earthly tones. Think warm and cool neutral color palettes such as deep cherries, oak browns, and sandy beige.

3. Luxury Countertops

When it comes to color, the countertops bring the fun in 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 the kitchen below.
Some of the common blends are “muted” color palettes:

  • Cream
  • Taupe
  • White
  • Grey

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4. Raised Panel Cabinets

Simplicity, spaciousness, and efficiency are the foundations of modern kitchen styles. Traditional kitchen cabinetry is all about embellished façade and pompous designs. Instead of plain glossy cabinets, the classic style prefers vintage raised panel or classic raised panel cabinet doors. The rule of thumb is that carved wood in the kitchen furniture and cabinet structure creates the homely, traditional kitchen style.

5. Antique Finishes

If you are not a fan of neutral color palettes and wish to give the wooden cabinets a period style charm, the antique finishes will do the trick! It is common for traditional kitchens to have glazed or painted cabinets than natural color and texture. Some of the popular options, in this case, are the Cordovan stain on Cherry cabinets with a Sable Glaze, Antique White cabinets with a Walnut Glaze, or Driftwood cabinets with molding and Contouring Enamel.

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6. Natural Materials and Flooring

Most commonly used materials in traditional kitchen projects are stained hardwood, driftwood, natural stone, and tile. The flooring is usually of warm wood, but cabinets can be painted into neutral tones.

The flooring may vary from random patterning to basket weave for wood, or irregular shapes and patterns in stone.

7. Ornate or Decorative Lighting

Do you fancy incorporating castle-like interior décor and love the look of a classic crystal chandelier? If so, traditional design is the best way to go. Although most modern kitchens are lit with diode and spotlights, believe it or not, chandeliers look charming in a traditional kitchen. An ornate chandelier or wall lighting pays a compliment to the other detail-oriented aspects of the room such as moldings and carvings. This tactic brings the whole kitchen’s design together. A small tip would be to pick the lighting styles last, but keep it in mind throughout the planning and modeling process.

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