Top essential elements of a traditional kitchen


Despite the new contemporary designs on the market, traditional kitchens remain one of the most popular kitchen styles. The traditional kitchen is simple and flexible but at the same time it has a sophisticated and a classical appearance. If you are looking for kitchen designs and don’t know exactly which one would better suit your house, a traditional kitchen may be the right option as it has the best features and benefits. It is a style characterised by elegance and grace and can represent the perfect neutral base when you want a simple look and don’t want to choose something too sleek or rustic.

A traditional kitchen setup focuses on the family’s well-being, comfort and practicability. It is also a great style to choose as you know its elements will never go out of fashion. They have a timeless appeal, and the first feeling when you enter the space is warmth and a welcoming vibe.

Here are some essential elements to incorporate into your traditional kitchen style.

Classic kitchen cabinets

Cabinets are one of the most prominent elements in the kitchen and often define the entire style of it. A traditional kitchen has its cabinets as one of the stand-out features and places the other elements around it to emphasise its design more. The cabinets are mostly created in deep tones, with curves and easy edges incorporated. The most used material for cupboards is wood, and while they may have a glass door,  their usual signature is raised panels. The hardware on the cabinets can be ornate and have a classic handle made of silver or brass metal.

A popular choice remains  glazed cabinetry, with paint finishes rich in texture and colour. Also, in a traditional kitchen, the appliances, like dishwasher and refrigerator, can be incorporated into the cabinet doors.

Natural materials

The materials used to create traditional kitchens are natural, with the focal point on their details. The top choice when choosing the material is wood because it is very practical, attractive and long-lasting. Besides wood, patterned stone is also very present in this design. Because wood is a very versatile material, it can be shaped and carved in many ways and can match a wide range of tastes. It may contain imperfect details to make it look unique. Natural materials, such as hardwood and patterned stone, are also used in flooring.

Stone countertops

Natural stone countertops are often  used in traditional-style kitchens, and they can include granite, quartz, or marble. The colours are chosen carefully to add warmth and a feeling of luxury. The shape of the counterparts is usually curved or tiered, adding a subtle yet unique aspect. The edges can be detailed, and the usual choices for them are bevel, ogee or bullnose. The colours used in countertops are neutral, as they work well with the neutral palette of the kitchen.

Decorative details

The main focus of a traditional kitchen is on details. The furniture is the area where they are most present, as well as in architecture, which can contain arches, mouldings and beamed ceilings. Moulding and trim are interior decorative additions, which can be found in a traditional kitchen style and used in cabinets, on walls, or in furniture.

The traditional kitchen aims to have every corner and space decorated with various elements. It may sound too much but done in the right way, it creates an elegant and high-class finish to the entire aspect of it.

Soft colours

A traditional kitchen must always have a neutral, muted colour scheme. The aspect of surfaces is usually matte, as they are preferred over glossy looks. The colour scheme can also contain cool and warm colours. They may include white, silver, light grey, cream, chocolate brown, warm yellows or greens. If you want a transitional look or a focal point, you can add a pop of colour. But a classic palette will never go out of style.

Good lighting

The perfect way to finish a kitchen is to decorate it with the best lighting source. In this type of kitchen, the lighting is usually formal, highlighting the room’s warmth. It should be placed over your working area to illuminate it and enhance the ambiance. The most used lighting models are lantern-style lights, or chandeliers, made of brass or crystal. Although classical, the lighting is also luxurious. If you choose a chandelier, your room’s focal point will surely be on it.


There are many options when it comes to appliances, but they are not usually the point of interest of the room. They can be white, black or stainless steel. Sometimes, the aspect of them doesn’t matter much, as they can be hidden behind solid wood doors. You should focus more on their practicability than their aspect.


Wood or tile flooring is very common in the traditional kitchen, and the material should create a timeless effect, exactly like the rest of the room. The flooring can unite the other elements in the kitchen, especially if there is a contrast between different parts of your cooking space. A tip for making the room look bigger is to use a neutral floor if you have a smaller kitchen.

Final words

A traditional kitchen is a popular design style as it will never go out of fashion. It creates a welcoming and warm feeling, and helps unite people around it. The kitchen is the central area of activity in your house, so you need to make sure you take time decorating it to your taste to always feel good in it. It may be overwhelming to choose from so many models, so you should take a step at a time, or ask for a professional opinion if you have doubts.

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