Kitchen Style Guide 101

Traditional Kitchen Style


While planning on giving your kitchen a makeover, you have no shortage of options when it comes to trends. But what style is right for you? Do you prefer Contemporary, Traditional or Transitional stylings? Like choosing the right house, furniture and appliances, choosing the perfect kitchen style requires serious thought. Deciding will not only help you to narrow down your design options, but also save time and money focusing on the right pieces. In this 5-part blog we are breaking down everything you need to know about YOUR kitchen style. Here's Part 2--Traditional Kitchen.


PART 2 Traditional Kitchen


The word “traditional” comes from the Medieval Latin word traditionalis which means, “existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established”. In fact, traditional kitchens find their roots in the American and English homes of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Unlike contemporary kitchens which are characteristic of sleek lines and man-made materials, traditional kitchens are known for their ornamental detailing and natural materials like wood or granite.


The traditional style is a great choice because it has withstood the test of time and remained popular amongst people of all ages for many decades. Within this category you’ll find design styles such as Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Federal, Neoclassical, Regency, and Italianate. Everywhere you look in a traditional kitchen you’ll find some type of ornate detailing.


To create this elegant look, stick to a neutral color palette like dark cherries, stained woods, or shades of cream, and use natural materials like wood, quartz, or granite. Because the traditional style is so detailed, you can have fun mixing different stains of wood with furniture pieces, crown molding, and antique fixtures.


Perhaps most important aspects of traditional kitchens are the cabinets and light fixtures. Traditionally, you’ll find cabinets with raised panel doors or decorative glass inserts. With lighting, you can get really creative by using lanterns or crystal chandeliers.


The goal of a traditional kitchen is to help you and your guests feel at home.


For the traditional kitchen look for:


  • Detailed cabinet doors with raised panels
  • Fancy corbels and moldings
  • Decorative lighting
  • Natural quartz or granite countertops
  • Tiled or hardwood floor
  • Classic stains and colors




Expert tips on creating a traditional kitchen:


  • Stick to neutral color palettes combined with natural materials


[elegant mahogany cabinets + luxurious granite countertops]


  •  Combine custom range hoods with decorative lighting


[carved wood hood + brass chandelier]


  • Incorporate legs and moldings


[kitchen sink legs + crown molding]

Final Thoughts

If you love to cook, maintain beloved family traditions, and gather ‘round the table with loved ones, then the traditional kitchen is the perfect choice. While it is full of adornments and details, it is also harmonious and elegant, likely to stay within style trends for years to come.


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