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Ever wonder what defines a “traditional kitchen”? The term is a bit open-ended, but usually describes a kitchen that’s elegant, warm, and outdoors-y, with elements taken from 18th-20th century English and French design. Ever popular in America, this style is a timeless classic.
In traditional kitchens, ornamentation is key. Glass-front cabinets make it easy to show off plate-ware, stemware, foliage, or even family heirlooms. Display your decor behind a solid panel of antique glass, or use a metal mesh insert between the two for a more country or gothic effect.
While modern-style kitchens tend to feature flat cabinets, and shaker doors are popular in classic configurations, a traditional kitchen goes for something a little more elaborate. The extra detailing and shadow lines of a raised-panel cabinet or drawer door are a signature part of the traditional look.
Traditional kitchens often shy away from bold and rich colors, such as gold and purple. Instead, they will usually incorporate a variety of natural hues in muted shades. Cream, beige, and light grays and blues are all popular choices, as are some slightly darker tones like green and brown.
Architectural accents can add an old-country effect to your furniture that – while understated on its own – ends up really transforming the space into something unique. Try outfitting your kitchen island with features like carved legs and built-in shelves.
Marble and granite are popular (and gorgeous) countertop choices, and each will fit perfectly in a traditional kitchen setup. As these are natural and somewhat porous materials, they are prone to wear and staining over time without proper care. If you’d like a similar visual effect – but with less maintenance required – look to man-made quartz alternatives.
Backsplashes are great in any kitchen – they add a unique flair while also protecting your walls from cooking-related splatter and steam. Traditional-style kitchens look particularly great with a tiled backsplash done in glass, terra-cotta, or stone. Experiment with natural patterns and airy or earthy tones to create a design all your own!
Traditional kitchens eschew the stark, boxy or fireplace-style hoods often found in an ultramodern cooking space. Instead, they tend to favor a more ornamental design – often using stone, plaster, or metal as the material of choice. Custom shaping and plenty of details make the stove hood an eye-catching centerpiece of the room.