Elements of Style

Elegant craftsmanship marked by refined details, classic design elements, and features originating from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century define the characteristics of a Traditional-style Kitchen. Whereas, modern kitchen designs often focus on minimalism, traditional kitchen designs favour elegance and ornamentation to create a result that is timeless. 

The layout of the traditional kitchen focuses on optimizing space. When considering your Traditional Kitchen, you need to begin the design process with a discussion of where you would like to place large appliances. This is followed with an understanding of storage and functionality needs and finally a review of design preferences. 

Features of the Traditional-Style Kitchen

The process of creating the kitchen of your dreams involves an overview of the following six design elements. 

  1. Traditional-style Kitchen Cabinets
    These are the most important decisions in defining the design of your new kitchen. Furniture-style cabinets are normally used in Traditional-style kitchens. This is complimented with stains and paint finishes that are generally rich in colour and texture.
  2. Traditional Kitchen Countertops
    Natural stone and quartz countertops are commonly used in Traditional-style kitchens. These will include such popular stone countertops as granite. The edging of the stone will also add an important design element to assure an elegant result. Finally, the shape of the counter will greatly impact the character of the final product and must be carefully considered. 
  3. Hardware for Traditional Kitchens
    Kitchen cabinet hardware serves to provide the Traditional-style kitchen with its distinctive look. Using glass knobs, for example, can be used to accentuate a cabinet door with a glass insert. Hardware can be uniform throughout or matched to the cabinetry. 
  4. Light Fixtures for Traditional Kitchen
    Lighting is an effective technique in adding style to the traditional kitchen. Along with placement of the lights, the shape and type of shade used on the fixture are critical details in establishing the traditional design. These are strategic decisions best undertaken with a design specialist. 
  5. Molding and Trim for Traditional Kitchens
    These will include ceiling, cabinet, windows and doors along with floor trim. Molding strips can also be combined to create an elegant look and these decisions are essential details in completing your traditional-style kitchen. 
  6. Backsplashs for Traditional Kitchens
    The backsplash can be a practical one determined by functionality or a personal design statement. The selection of tile is a key component in the kitchen and serves to accentuate cabinets and appliances. As with all features of the design-making process, consulting with a design specialist before planning a tile design is important to avoid costly errors.


Materials for the Traditional-Style Kitchen

Materials most commonly used in the Traditional cabinet style include cherry, maple and oak. Metal accents are regularly used in brass or gold tones. The colour palette includes a range of intense hues in red, black, green and blue whereas wall treatments can include paneling and wall covering with small patterns.  

Naturally, the experts at Accord Cabinets remain current on every option and device to provide you with a truly custom-design service. Your personal consultant will assist with the selection of materials, finishes, and hardware which will best respond to your needs and suit your taste.  

While most contemporary kitchen designs look to adopt a sleek appearance by using man-made materials such as metal and quartz, the traditional kitchen involves mixing and matching natural materials like stained wood and patterned stone. The result is a character room that embraces a comfortable, layered look. 

  1. Traditional-style Kitchen Cabinetry
    Raised or recessed panel cabinets are a common element of the traditional cabinet. They may also have a variety of elaborate designs and applied moldings. It is also not uncommon to find decorative inserts like glass or metal mesh that are more typically seen in dining rooms.
  2. Colours and Stains for Traditional-style Kitchens
    Traditional kitchen designs generally involve a variety of shades of light pastels, creams, greys and greens. Additionally, the wood is regularly stained or finished with a glaze to provide the appearance of older, antique feel to the room. 
  3. Molding for Traditional-style Kitchens
    The success of the design is marked by the designer’s attention to detail. As a result, crown molding is a regular fixture in traditional kitchen designs as it delivers the character of classic designs 
  4. Hoods for Traditional-style Kitchens
    To add character to the kitchen design, custom range hoods such as custom-shaped plaster hoods, ornate metal hoods, wood hoods or carved stone are commonly included. 
  5. Lighting for Traditional-style Kitchens
    Decorative lighting decisions can have an important impact on the final design. Carefully selected lighting can add to the elegance of the room and accentuate an emotional response within the room. Common lighting choices include chandeliers, lantern-style lights, and recessed task lighting.


A Few Final Tips from your Kitchen Design Specialist

The key to ensuring your Traditional Kitchen stands out from others rests on your choice of materials. If you would like your new kitchen to incorporate more colour consider adding a bright, mosaic tile backsplash or a vibrant floor finish. Frosted cabinets are also an excellent way to incorporate a more modern design, while painting cabinets easily allows for a bright, yet inexpensive touch. 

The traditional kitchen style is one of the most popular designs to this day. It allows for the creation of a functional room everyone can enjoy. These are most often simple designs with a focus on a few bold accents. The most popular traditional kitchen designs will tend to focus on classic elements such as laminate or granite countertops, and hardwood floors. 

The focus of this kitchen style is to create a welcoming atmosphere as you expect your family will be spending a great deal of time in this room. As such, this design often works best in a kitchen with plenty of windows. This also brings the need for natural materials such as brick, stone, marble and wood. 


Why Choose Accord for your Kitchen Design Project?

The journey of creating your dream kitchen begins by drawing the layout. Accord Cabinet’s unique use of 3D Design technology will greatly help you avoid costly errors by outlining how your vision can be realized within the limitations of your available space. 

You should begin the layout by determining where to place your large appliances. Next you will need to consider your need for storage space. You must have easy access to commonly used items and these must be well-integrated into the design. Finally, your room must reflect your personality and taste. The goal of every new-kitchen design is to “marry” the need for functionality with a flair for the home owner’s unique style. 

Your professional design consultant at Accord will provide you with valuable advice on the principles of design & style, light & colour, functionality & efficiency, proportion & balance; all with the sincere desire to help you bring your vision to life…  and all within your budget. 

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