which are typically constructed with natural materials
and embrace a warm color scheme, have always been
very popular in the United States. Some people confuse
traditional kitchens with country or “Old
World” styles, but in truth, traditional kitchen
design means the use of warm colors, natural elements,
and intricate design. Traditional kitchens tend
to be eclectic. They may include hand-carved wood
trim, designs such as fruits or butterflies, and
muted colored tiles.
How can you achieve traditional design in your kitchen?
Below are a few tips for infusing your kitchen with
Period style furniture is going to boost the look
of a traditional kitchen in the most spot-on way.
Modern pieces or pieces that have no period style
look to them will take away from the overall traditional
feel of the kitchen, so rather than using those
types of pieces, get a few period pieces that you
really admire. You can even make an unadorned piece
feel more traditional by adding period-style molding
around the border.
Many traditional kitchen designs include a pattern
in the flooring, even when the flooring is made
of wood. Some design ideas might include:
– Basket weave
for wood flooring
– Random pattern
for wood flooring
irregular shapes in natural stone flooring
an irregular pattern with natural stone flooring
You’re going to want to embrace warm and natural
elements in your seating area. For a truly traditional
look, try a corner nook instead of a freestanding
table. Add warm patterned fabric to benches to place
around the table. In the fabric, you’re going
to want to embrace the key elements of traditional
design - bringing the warmth of nature and tradition
Use the knobs and handles of your cabinets and doors
to enhance the traditional style of the room. Intricately
designed knobs and handles that match the overall
period feel of the room can create focal points
for the kitchen.
In the molding around the room, on the cabinets,
on the legs of furniture, and in your hardware such
as faucets and light fixtures, make sure you’re
embracing detailed design. The most defining characteristic
of traditional design is its embrace of intricacy.
You have a lot of opportunities to infuse the kitchen
with this quality - use each one to the best of
Traditional design tends to embrace a soft color
palette such as:
– Light Gray
The hues of these colors could be described as “muted”.
Traditional design shies away from anything that
could be considered stark or bold.
The goal of a traditional design is to create a
feeling in the kitchen that is very homey and comforting.
Windows help this by providing light and, if possible,
a seating area. A bay window is the perfect addition
to a traditional kitchen design. It offers another
opportunity to incorporate patterns through fabric,
and it’s a really defining element of classic