Traditional kitchens, which typically embrace natural materials and 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. Enjoy browsing through our traditional kitchen projects and visit our Modiani Kitchen Showroom to view more traditional kitchens.
How can you achieve traditional design in your kitchen? Below are a few tips for infusing your kitchen with traditional style.
Period-style furniture will enhance 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 galleries show patterns in the flooring, even when the flooring is made of wood. Some design ideas for integrating patterned flooring into your kitchen space might include:
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 in.
Use knobs and handles on 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, be sure to embrace detailed design. The most defining characteristic of traditional design is its embrace of intricacy. The traditional kitchen offers a lot of opportunities to infuse the kitchen with this quality – use each one to the best of its ability.
Traditional design tends to embrace a soft color palette, using colors such as:
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 traditional design.
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