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Top 8 Wood Detail Options For Traditional & Transitional Kitchens

Jun 30, 2016 | by Carrie

By the time you're finished with your new kitchen remodel, you'll feel like a bit of a design and building expert yourself. The vocabulary you have to learn about throughout the process rival that of a novice builder. This is especially true if you're planning a traditional kitchen design, or a transitional kitchen with traditional accents.

Wood Detail Options Add Depth, Character & Texture to Kitchen Designs

There are an unbelievable array of wood details, so a simple blog won't cover them all. However, we're going to share the eight most commonly-used in traditional and transitional designs.

Wherever possible, we've included text-linked examples from our own Kitchen Magic Design Gallery.

Wood details can be addictive, so it's important that you determine which ones enhance your kitchen - without designing such a detail-rich kitchen that it results in a cluttered look and feel. Visit the Ktichen Magic team and design a traditional or transitional kitchen that strikes just the right balance using beautiful wood details.

1. Moulding

You may also see this written as crown moulding (if it runs along the perimeter of the room where the wall-meets-ceiling), base moulding (if it runs along the bottom-perimeter where the wall-meets-floor) or decorative trim - which can be applied just about anywhere.

Ceiling Moulding for the Kitchen

Moulding comes in all shapes and sizes and although most wood details are intentionally left out of modern kitchen designs, there are modern or more streamlined moulding options available. It can be added to ceiling or the upper-portion of the cabinets.

2. Corbels

These are found on the underside of things, be it an island overhang or a decorative hood. They can be squared, rounded or scrolled, and give the appearance that they are helping to hold things up. You can see an example underneath the hood in our White Walnut Kitchen.

Corbels underneath the Kitchen Hood

3. Legs & Posts

These can come in the form of true support, like the square, column-like leg that holds up the expanded island countertop/seating area in the Classic Cordovan.

Decorate leg on a Kitchen Island

Or, in other cases, the legs or posts are added onto the body of an island for peninsula for extra detail and artistry, like the ones flanking the island bookcase in The Frosty White kitchen.

Decorative legs on Kitchen Peninsula

4. Reeding or Fluting

Reeding is a linear, rounded and convex accent, while fluting is its linear and concave opposite. In kitchens, reeding or fluting are often used on legs or posts. The Hard Maple Island is partially supported by legs adorned with large, spiraled reeding.

Spiral Reeding on Island Kitchen Legs

5. Feet

You can decorate your legs and posts even further by giving them detailed feet. Some popular feet styles include delicate Queen Ann feet, whose low profiles would work well at the end of a peninsula in a smaller kitchen, buns, which look just like they sound, or tulips, which are like bun fee with an elegant flair.

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6. Valance

Just like the window treatment versions, valances help to frame the upper-portion of a window, cabinet or hood area. They are often arched, which can be a nice change in a linear kitchen design, and moulding can be used to dress them up a bit. You can see how the simple arched valance in the Black Cherry Island kitchen provides continuity - and an attractive transition - bridging cherry cabinets across a white window frame.

Simple Arched Valance

7. Appliques or Onlays

Sometimes, just a simple swirl, leaf scroll or or fleur de lis is added to the cabinet body to give it a little pizzazz. These "ad ons" are called appliques or onlays.

Ornate Cabinet Applique

Look above the refrigerator in our White Island in Cordovan kitchen to see an example of a more ornate cabinet applique.

8. Wooden Hoods

Most kitchen hoods are made from metal. This look is fine for any kitchen design. However, many traditionalists prefer the look of wood to metal, and opt to install a wooden hood cover.

Wooden Hoods for a Traditional Kitchen Design

Wood hoods are often on the larger side, but the smaller version in the Prestigious Dunewood Square works perfectly in a kitchen with a minimal footprint.

Wood details can be addictive, so it's important that you determine which ones enhance your kitchen - without designing such a detail-rich kitchen that it results in a cluttered look and feel. Talk to the Kitchen Magic team and design a traditional or transitional kitchen that strikes just the right balance using beautiful wood details.

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