What Defines a Traditional Kitchen?

A traditional kitchen can mean a variety of different styles, and it’s one of the main looks that we are asked to replicate when renovating or creating kitchens in people’s homes.

But what is it about this look that makes it so popular? Let’s take a closer look!

What is Traditional?

Many people believe that a traditional kitchen follows one set style, but this isn’t necessarily true. What is traditional for one country may not be what is traditional for another, so it’s easy to see why people can become confused when their kitchen designers start asking more probing questions to find out which kind of “traditional” style you are looking to achieve.

However, most traditional styles – no matter where they are from in the world – all generally stick to using the same elements.

Architectural Aspects

For many cultures and places in the world, traditional kitchens will normally incorporate some form of architectural feature into their design.

These are usually in the form of ceiling beams, arched doorways, and grand oven surrounds to really bring it home that the kitchen is an integral part of the home.

These features – although aesthetically beautiful – are a great way to show your guests that the kitchen is the hub of your home; we can’t think of a better way to do this than showing the incredible architecture that is holding the home together!

Flourished Finishes

When you think of traditional kitchens, what’s the first aspect you think of? If you’re like us, it’s probably the range of complimentary finishes that are applied to cupboards and worktops.

Finishes are usually applied to give two different looks; to clean up and smooth materials, or make a material look distressed and aged. It is this aging of kitchen furniture and fixtures which make a kitchen take on a more vintage look, which is exactly what the traditional look is all about.

However, it’s important not to overdo it with the finished – they can often look incredibly fake if you go too far with them, which is why it is always advised to chat with an expert kitchen designer  before trying to age any furniture.

Inset Cabinets

It’s become a more contemporary trend to hide any joint, hinge or mechanism when it comes to kitchen furniture. This is fine for more modern styles where you don’t want to disrupt the clean, sleek look of the room, but for more traditional interiors, it is more common than not to see everything on show.

You will be able to see the drawers as opposed to them being effectively disguised, brass hinges will be visible as opposed to being hidden away and door frames will be on show.

The traditional style is inherently detail focused, which is why many of these features remain in place within the look; it adds to the charm and rustic environment that you are looking to create.

If you’re looking to turn your kitchen into a traditional haven, the experts here at Lakeland Kitchens can help. We have had years of experience in creating the perfect interiors to homeowners  specific requirements, so feel free to get in touch with us today!