Much has been said about the merits of a traditional kitchen. However, the definition can vary wildly, which can be confusing if you’re trying to come up with an authentic traditional design. In today’s post, local kitchen remodeling company JLR Home Renovation takes a look at what makes traditional kitchens traditional.
What Is a “Traditional” Kitchen?
The term “traditional” is often confused with buzzwords like “old-world” or “vintage,” but these are just facets of traditional design. Traditional home design celebrates the warmth and classic beauty that has stood the test of time. Elements of traditional style focus on details such as rich woods, ornate moldings and timeless finishing touches. Natural materials, combined with a sense of craftsmanship, completes the overall design.
Key Components of a Traditional Kitchen
Let’s take a look at the components that give a traditional kitchen its unique charm.
- Cabinetry tends to take center stage, and often features raised-panel doors, decorative moldings and beautiful finishes.
- Countertops are typically made of natural materials such as granite or marble, which gives the kitchen an old-fashioned charm without sacrificing function. Given the size of countertops, it can also add visual flair.
- Flooring can be made from virtually any material, but hardwood is the most popular choice: it’s durable, it has enough springiness to reduce leg fatigue and it can be built to be as simple or as ornate as needed.
- The color palette typically consists of soft and muted colors that create a warm and comfortable feel. It can help offset the industrial look that’s typical of modern kitchen appliances.
- Light fixtures in traditional kitchens typically have a formal look, with a good balance between appearance and function. Popular fixtures include crystal chandeliers and ornamented pendant lighting.
Consistency With the Other Rooms
Designing a traditional kitchen means taking other parts of your home into consideration; walking into a traditional kitchen coming from a room with a completely different style can be jarring. Consider having shared elements between adjacent rooms such as common light fixtures, transitionary colors, or the same flooring to create consistency.
When you’re ready to give your kitchen a traditional look, give our remodelers at JLR Home Renovation a call at (717) 361-6175. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve communities in Palmyra, Elizabethtown and Mount Joy, PA.