The New Traditional Kitchen Design Style

Kitchen Design and Style

When it comes to design terms, a bit of era-relevant, creative license should be expected. Thus, while the tenets of "traditional" design include things like ornate woodwork and cozy ambiance - the traditional kitchen of the 1990s looks quite different from the traditional kitchens we see on current home design shows.



Tenets of a Contemporary Traditional Design

As a result, things can get a bit confusing when trying to design a "traditional" kitchen in a way that tastefully integrates technological innovations and 21st century culture. If you're struggling to design a grandma-worthy kitchen, that doesn't actually look like it was taken out of grandma's design magazines, we have a checklist of sorts for you to run through.

Before we continue, it's important to mention that traditional kitchens are not the same as "Old World" or "Mediterranean" kitchens, both of which are design styles in their own right. The following checkpoints are all examples of how to feature and highlight traditional design styles in new ways.


Neutral shades still reign supreme

Color themes for traditional designs haven't changed all that much. Most traditionalists are innately aiming for that "timeless" design appeal, which means their basic color palette will include muted, neutral colors. Classic white kitchens are always trending, as are those that use creams, taupes, grays, greens and wood tones.


Traditional Kitchen in Neutral Colors


Feel free to be eclectic

Just because you're a traditionalist doesn't mean you have to shy away from eclectic features. In fact, that rustic antique door will look fantastic. An antique dresser-turned-wet-bar will look right at home and colorful glass tiles will add a little glamour and sheen to a mostly-neutral backdrop. Get a little funky and hang an overstated light fixture over the bar or your kitchen's eat-in area to add some unanticipated panache.



Read, 5 Eclectic Kitchen Concepts to Spark Your Creativity, for more ideas on features that add stylistic pizzazz to any kitchen.


Small design details matter big time

Under the traditional design umbrella lie all kinds of design details that have a big impact in a traditional kitchen. Look through the following list and see which ones make the most sense for your kitchen space:



These and other "small" design details have a remarkable effect on overall kitchen impact. They're the icing on the proverbial design cake, to be sure.


Don't forget to add texture

Texture is just as important to your kitchen design as color, balance and contrast. We often assume that traditional designs will inherently include texture since they're more apt to boast details and accents that add dimension and depth. However, if your "new" traditional kitchen design has sleeker-than-normal features (simple Shaker-style doors, slab countertops and sheet backsplashes, etc.), make it a point to include intentional texture.


Traditional Kitchen with White Cabinets


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Are you a New traditionalist yourself? Come and have a chat with the design team at Kitchen Magic and we'll help you create a kitchen that reflects your contemporary tastes with all the comforts associated with homey, traditional kitchen design.



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