Important Elements of a Traditional Kitchen

July 13, 2018
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At Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC, a skilled handyman can help you achieve the traditional kitchen of your dreams during your kitchen remodeling project in New Canaan, Wilton, or Norwalk, CT. Here’s how to achieve this beautiful look.

A traditional kitchen has an elegant, formal appearance characteristic of the 18th through early 20th century. This style may be formal but it’s also warm with plenty of ornamentation on the cabinetry, fixtures, and even the countertops. Unlike many styles of design, traditional doesn’t refer to a specific “purist” style as it can incorporate many styles in one. If you appreciate a classic look that doesn’t necessarily incorporate just one style, a traditional style kitchen may be perfect for you.

Elegant and Ornate Cabinetry

The most important and prominent element of a traditional kitchen is the cabinetry. To create an elegant look, choose furniture-style cabinets with mitered or mortise door panels, glass doors, carved trim, corbels, moldings, and other embellishments. Many homeowners choose to hide appliances like the refrigerator and dishwasher behind cabinets to maintain the old-fashioned and warm appearance. You can even use cabinets to frame the vent hood over the range.

Raised panel doors are very popular in a traditional kitchen and they come in many styles to create shadow lines. Decorative door inserts can also be used with antique glass, glass with a beveled edge, and even mesh inserts. To create the look of furniture, traditional kitchens usually have beautiful custom details like pilasters and legs on the island and furniture-style toe kicks that make the cabinets look like freestanding furniture.

Stone Countertops

Traditional style kitchens in Westport, Norwalk, and other areas of Connecticut typically incorporate natural stone countertops or quartz countertops. Granite is the most popular option but soapstone can also be a beautiful addition to a traditional kitchen that doesn’t detract from the artistry of the cabinets. To add a further touch of elegance that matches the ornate molding and trim on the cabinets, consider a bevel, ogee, bullnose, or even waterfall edge for your stone counters.

Ornate Molding and Decorative Elements

Beautiful trim, molding, and appliques are important details in your kitchen remodeling project to achieve the authentic look of a traditional kitchen. This can include molding for the cabinets, windows, floor, and ceiling. Appliques and corbels help accent the range and cabinets while adding architectural interest. A traditional kitchen may include even more ornate architectural details such as a wood beam ceiling, arches, and custom hood surround.

The decorative elements of a traditional kitchen don’t stop with molding. Cabinet finishes may be distressed or glazed to give the appearance of age. The light fixtures tend to be very ornate and beautiful and may include chandeliers. To avoid overwhelming the space with so much detail and architectural elements, choose a simple backsplash and muted color palette that allows the handiwork to shine.

With a simple color palette and a grand yet comfortable design, a traditional kitchen creates a warm space that’s sure to remain in fashion for many years to come. A handyman at Carpentry and Handyman Concepts LLC can help you design and achieve the traditional kitchen of your dreams. We serve New Canaan, Wilton, and Westport, CT with a focus on superior craftsmanship.