What Is a Traditional Kitchen Style?

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What Is a Traditional Kitchen Style?
Dig out your old dishes and display them on a plate rack for a traditional look. (willow plates image by Edsweb from Fotolia.com)

A traditional kitchen style is warm and cosy, inviting everyone into the kitchen to cook, eat, talk and relax. This style blends 18th- and 19th-century English and American designs. Traditional kitchens emphasise elaborate wood trim and moulding, formal fabrics, dark woods and touches of nature. Elements of formal details, symmetry and balance bring a traditional kitchen together.


According to the HGTV website, the colours differentiate traditional style from Old World or country. While Old World style utilises brighter blues and golds, traditional kitchens work with soft, muted colours, such as whites, creams, taupes, light greys or greens. Look at the outdoors for a colour scheme incorporating woodsy, natural hues.


Traditional style incorporates ornate cabinetry, usually stained cherry or mahogany or painted white, with fluted panels, rosette corner blocks, beaded trim and dentil crown moulding, according to the Inviting Home website. Doors have panels with slight arches and polished brass fittings. Antique hutches and shelves display traditional dishware and serving pieces. The elaborate details of the cabinetry and shelving are what make them traditional.


Tile, tin and beaded board are vintage backsplash options that fit into a traditional kitchen style. Marble, brick, stone and wood bring in more natural elements to a traditional kitchen. Use natural materials such as these for the cabinetry, flooring, furnishings and backsplashes, mixing and matching to create a warm, cosy feeling.


Traditional kitchen windows are formal, with swags and rich fabrics such as formal stripes, floral patterns and tapestries, according to the Inviting Home website. Fabrics for cushions and curtains often bring in elements of nature in colour and design. While mixing fabrics accentuates the traditional style, avoid geometric shapes or designs, which clash with the design, according to HGTV.


Light fixtures should have shape and detail, according to HGTV. Chandeliers and pendant lights with details, such as crystals, ornate shades or globes and beads, are good options for a traditional kitchen. Tube lighting or recessed lights under the cabinets and above work areas help to keep a bright and warm look for the kitchen. Lots of windows bring in natural lighting, giving the room a warm and open feeling.

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