Traditional kitchens typically feature natural materials and embrace a warm color scheme. They have long been a very popular option in the United States, where many homeowners are drawn to what is sometimes thought of as an “old world” style with intricate design. Traditional kitchens tend to be eclectic and often 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 traditional style, taken from Modiani’s traditional kitchen portfolio.
Period style furniture is a beautiful match for the traditional kitchen because they have the warmth, intricacy, and use of natural elements that you see when reviewing images of traditional kitchens . If you can’t find pieces that look as intricate as you’d like, consider updating them by adding moulding to them, or even hiring an artist to adorn the pieces with carvings.
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:
The kitchen really has two beating hearts: the cooking area and the seating area. In the seating area, you should plan to fully embrace traditional kitchen style. To achieve 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, embrace the key elements of traditional design by bringing the warmth of nature and tradition in.
A design element that really stands out in traditional kitchen images is the accessories. 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.
The most defining characteristic of traditional design is its embrace of intricacy. 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. You have 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 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, because it creates an opportunity to incorporate patterns through fabric and it draws nature in.
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