Traditional vs. Modern Design

When designing your home, one of the main questions that arise for most people is whether or not to choose a style that fits in the modern or traditional aesthetic. The characteristics of these individual designs are unique and each has their own merit. Some people try to strike a balance between the two for differing effects.

In that case, can traditional and modern design ever work together in the same space? Or are they two styles that cannot be reconciled together in a coherent way?

Traditional Design

The classic choice is that of traditional design. This is aimed at creating comfort, an homage to the past and a branch to a more rustic tone. People often accustom this sort of style as one that is ‘homey’. Colours are often much lighter, following a pastel theme and aiming to create a soft environment with a calming atmosphere. Floral design heavily features as part of this.

Accessorising with pillows, lamps, mirrors, blankets and lots of books is often a feature of this style. To some, this is considered a ‘cluttered’ look. But, it makes up the foundation of the traditional effort to make a house a home.

The Modern Effect

Many households in the twenty-first century are temples to the contemporary. Chic, minimalistic and a testament to a more streamlined way of living. Functionality is the main objective of modern design. Glass and metal heavily feature in this design, replacing the softer florals with hard edges and clear cut lines. Similarly, the colours of modern design are much more contrasting and white is often used.

The furniture that features in modern design has a clear function. Nothing is there for the sake of just being there. A purpose is assigned to everything, even space is purposefully placed in order to create a more harmonious appearance. Blinds also feature in the design, restricting the flow of light at different points during the day to highlight different aspects of the room.


There is an argument to be had that a ‘transitional’ phase between the traditional and the modern can be met. However, with the two styles being such opposites how can this be possible? The aim of this marriage of two opposing designs is an elegant space that is also extremely comfortable. So, it may mean coupling those sharper edges with the luxury of a pillow. Or combining the minimalist look with the softer pastels of a more traditional design.

It is a blend of practicality and the comfort of the past that most homes naturally strike. Transitioning between these two opposing ideas may be the ideal for your home aesthetic as if means you don’t have to commit wholeheartedly to either whilst enjoying the best of both worlds.

Is either modern or traditional design better? As with anything, personal choice is ultimately the deciding factor. Both have their merits and can make for stunning kitchens in your home. Whatever you choose, there is no doubt that Lakeland Kitchens has a style choice to meet your needs.

If you’d like some help in choosing or designing the perfect style for your kitchen, whether modern or traditional, feel free to get in touch with us here at Lakeland Kitchens. Our design experts will be more than happy to help you create your dream home in no time at all!