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Common Features Of A Traditional Kitchen
Over the years, kitchen styles have changed a great deal, but the traditional style in one form or another has always remained popular thanks to its classic appeal. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s a room that you want to look and feel welcoming and homely. A traditional-style kitchen can really help set a warm and cozy atmosphere. To create the traditional kitchen style in your own home, there are a couple of important features to include. We'll outline a few aspects that you can add in to your kitchen design so you can create a beautiful, traditional kitchen with a classic, elegant style.
Neutral color palette
If you’re after a traditional-looking kitchen, you will need to stick to a fairly neutral color palette. This means you will want to steer away from bright colored units or walls and opt for natural hues. In addition to natural shades such as browns and beiges, you can also incorporate white, creams, and grays. Colors such as sage green and cornflower blue also work well with a traditional kitchen, as do soft pastel shades, which can help to lift natural wood colors.
Wood and other natural materials
To achieve the traditional look, use real wood and other natural materials in your kitchen. Opt for wooden or stone flooring and other natural materials for the units and kitchen furniture. You can add in accessories such as this Wooden & Ceramic Serving Bowl Set or these Placemat Pad Coasters in Rattan. These kinds of additions in natural materials complement and enhance the overall kitchen design. There’s no need for everything to be matching completely in a traditional kitchen, and the imperfections in natural wood or stone add a rustic touch to the room.
Glossy units or ultra-modern cabinets sure look stylish, but it is classic-style wooden cabinets that will allow you to create the most traditional look. Recessed and raised panel cabinets are in keeping with the traditional design, as are decorative features such as ornate metal or glass inserts and moldings. Don’t forget to use clever cabinetry to hide those high-tech kitchen appliances as you'll want to keep your dishwasher behind a traditional-style door.
In a traditional kitchen, there is no need to have wall-to-wall built-in cabinets. Instead, you may want to consider leaving space for some individual pieces of furniture. A dresser or a shelving unit to display some beautiful glasses or crockery adds uniqueness to the room and creates a homely look.
Handles and hinges
Sometimes it's the small touches that make all the difference, and one small touch that really can enhance the traditional style is door hardware. Ornate door handles and hinges really lift a plain door to another level. With door hardware, you could opt to coordinate the handles and hardware throughout the kitchen, or mix different styles of handles and knobs for different cabinets and doors to create an interesting, varied look. You could also look to use ornate glass or metal handles for specific decorative cabinets. Consider the shape of the handles and think about different colored metals, too; copper and brass are particularly popular at the moment and add an extra special element.
Tiles are a great way of adding a decorative element to your traditional kitchen. In a traditional-style kitchen, there are several options available. Natural stone tiles fit in with the traditional style, particularly tiles with uneven edges, variations in color and surface, and imperfections. What would ordinarily be seen as a fault can actually help to create the natural, rustic look of a traditional kitchen. Alternatively, you could opt for a hand-painted design or molded tiles, which add an extra design feature.
It’s important to pay particular attention to the lighting in the kitchen as it serves two important functions and the lighting needs to be suitable for both purposes. First, it is essential to have effective lighting in this room as cooking and preparation areas must be well-lit - you don't want to be chopping and cooking in a dimly lit environment. Second, as in every room, lighting serves an important function to enhance the atmosphere. Although spotlights and strip lights do an excellent job of lighting a large space, they do not create the warm, homely feel of a traditional kitchen, so think about using recessed task lighting and decorative lanterns or pendant lights instead.