Traditional Kitchen Designs
The primary function of a kitchen is as a place to prepare, cook and enjoy food. While this is a given, it should also be a space where visitors are welcomed into your home to enjoy the comfort of conversation and delicious dishes. The kitchen is an exceptionally flexible and versatile space, where furniture designed for other rooms can be integrated into the space seamlessly. For example, an antique bookcase cabinet can be utilised to display fragile tableware.
Whatever your personal taste, the kitchen provides plenty of scope for design individuality and freedom. Whether you are opting for a rustic country house look, or a pure white traditional kitchen, the addition of handmade objects, your favourite cookbooks and antiques passed through the family gives the room a homely, nostalgic feel.
You can easily inject character and personality into your kitchen by using:
- an ornate vase, flower pot or even tiered cake stand to display your herbs
- a handmade wicker basket to keep your fruit on your kitchen table/island unit
- ceramic jugs to store your utensils
As leading kitchen design specialists, our experts here at Ebberns have put together a guide which offers handy tips for those looking to transform their kitchen using a traditional design. This will discuss the main considerations to take into account before undertaking any physical renovation work…
Prior to making any decisions about the materials, fixtures and fittings you want to use, you must take some time to carefully consider how you will utilise the overall space so its traditional character is preserved. Your budget and the shape of the room will determine how you can transform this space so it delivers on both practicality and style. Remember to bear in mind the other functions of the space, including:
- Inviting to family and friends
Most kitchens use a classic ‘wrap around’ design which uses a combination of fitted and freestanding to outline the perimeter of the room. This can be either an ‘L’ or ‘U’ shape with a table or island unit taking pride of place at the centre of the room.
For those with limited or narrow kitchen space available, empty wall space above the sink and between cabinets makes for perfect storage opportunities. To make full use of this space you could use shelving, rails or even door hooks to store belongings in a safe, convenient manner.
Finally, the idea of the ‘working triangle’ is particularly useful when planning the layout of your kitchen to increase efficiency. This principle minimises the distance between areas where food is stored, prepared and cooked so you can easily manoeuvre between all three. Therefore, installing your fridge, worktops and oven within easy reach of each other will save you time and stress when creating your favourite dishes.
From smooth marble worktops, polished stone floors and rustic timber cabinets, natural elements can transform a kitchen into a traditional space. To add subtle accents to the room, try incorporating other materials such as:
As the largest surface in the kitchen, the flooring must be the basis of the design, making sure everything inside the room complements the floor seamlessly. If you like the look of stone or ceramic tiling for your kitchen floor but want to avoid tip-toeing across a cold surface, you should consider installing underfloor heating. That way, you won’t have to compromise style for practicality as not only will you have a stylish floor which suits your taste, your feet will remain nice and warm during those chilly winter mornings.
If your budget won’t cover the luxury of having solid stone, modern laminate offers a convincing imitation for a far more affordable price.
In a traditional kitchen, items such as appliances, cookbooks and food are put on display to decorate the room. Therefore, a subtle, neutral colour scheme will provide a suitable backdrop, while giving the illusion of a bigger room. Creating a warm, comforting space will welcome guests into your home, so when painting cupboard units consider using pale cream shades rather than bright clinical white.
Grey hues with a hint of blue or green creates a sophisticated, sleek look, while keeping to an authentic traditional scheme. Remember to choose tiles or a splashback in a similar colour for a complementary finish.