Thursday, December 12, 2013
Kitchen design trends have shifted to a modern minimalist aesthetic, but many are still enamored with a traditional kitchen design full of charm and classic personality. Discover the different elements that make up traditional kitchen design going back to beautiful period styles while keeping up with contemporary trends.
Vintage hardware and fixtures
Shop for vintage hardware and fixtures that echo an old-world glamour. Vintage fixtures such as taps have knobs instead of levers. Look out for brass finishes or metals with a good patina. For a daintier look, go for cabinet and drawer knobs that are hand-painted.
A splash of color
Unlike modern designs with neutral hues, traditional kitchens make use of more colors, usually in warm tones. This is a great departure from the coldness and utilitarian look of minimalist designs. Warm colors create an inviting atmosphere.
Moldings and details
Intricate moldings are one of the hallmarks of traditional kitchen design. You may incorporate these on exquisite cabinetries, detailed ceiling designs and even unusual pieces such as the range hood.
Traditional kitchens have beautiful china and other decorative kitchen implements on display. To remake this effect, go for glass-front cabinets. Choose the items well and add lighting to make it a focal point.
In keeping with the detailed characteristic of traditional kitchens, furniture-style pieces are also a plus. Custom-made cabinetry made for appliances such as refrigerators and ovens hide the modern look of stainless steel. The kitchen island may also be made to look like a freestanding furniture piece with unique details like fluted posts and exposed shelving.
Certain traditional styles are synonymous with beautiful tile work. The Spanish colonial style for instance, which is a popular look in the Philippines, is known for its warm colors and
patterned Machuca tiles. You may incorporate this in the kitchen backsplash and the flooring.
The traditional kitchen’s attention to detail includes ceiling design as well. Aside from cornice moldings, you may also opt for a coffered ceiling design or for a more casual look, exposed beams. - Aislinn Kee