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What is a traditional kitchen?

A traditional kitchen often incorporates classic and timeless design elements. While there are no hard and fast rules, a traditional kitchen will often feel cosy with lots of personality and unique finishes that bring to life your own personality.

To help you create your new traditional kitchen, there are several characteristics that may help you on the road to achieving your dream traditional kitchen.

Traditional kitchen cabinetry

Whereas modern kitchen designs favour a sleek, almost hidden cabinet feel, a traditional kitchen has its cabinets as one of its standout features. Traditional cabinets stand out with their ornate embellishments and decorative features. Crafted from wood, these cabinets serve as a showcase of expert craftsmanship and are often adorned with grand handles that add an extra touch of luxury.

To suit individual tastes, traditional kitchens offer a range of options for cabinet finishes. Some opt for the natural beauty of stained wood, allowing its richness to shine through, while others prefer painted cabinets in soft, welcoming hues such as creamy whites, gentle pastels, or rich blues and greens.

Kitchen islands

traditional kitchen island

Often featuring high on wish lists when it comes to kitchen renovations, kitchen islands have been around for centuries and so naturally fit into traditional kitchens.

Beyond its practical function as a food prep area, the kitchen island often serves as the social centre of the room. It offers a place for family and friends to gather, chat, and enjoy meals together.

With its versatile nature, the kitchen island can be customised to suit individual needs. Whether you envision it as a cosy breakfast bar, a spacious workspace, or a home for your cooking appliances, the kitchen island adds both functionality and charm to the traditional kitchen.

Traditional kitchen worktops

When it comes to worktops in a traditional kitchen, there is a plethora of choices available. Durable materials like quartz, granite, and wood are popular selections, offering both beauty and functionality. While marble remains a classic option, some homeowners may prefer the practicality and affordability of porcelain alternatives.

Selecting the right worktop involves striking a balance between aesthetics and practicality. Whichever material you choose, ensure it complements the overall design while standing up to the rigors of everyday kitchen tasks.

Appliances

traditional pastel blue kitchen

Although traditional kitchen appliances boast modern functionalities, they are carefully designed to blend seamlessly with the overall style. Integrated appliances, concealed behind matching cabinet doors and panels, maintain the kitchen’s cohesive appearance, allowing the focus to remain on the elegant surroundings.

While modern conveniences are essential, no traditional kitchen would be complete without a prominent range cooker or Aga. These iconic fixtures serve not only as functional cooking tools but also as statement pieces, adding a touch of rustic charm to the space.

Traditional kitchen lighting

A mistake that many people make when it comes to their kitchen renovation project is to not think about their kitchen lighting until later on in the process.

There are now so many options when it comes to kitchen lighting in a traditional kitchen and it is worth considering adding at least two, if not three variations – task, ambient and accent lighting. This requires some thought and consideration as to where they will be placed.

If you have decided on a kitchen island, pendant lighting can work particularly well here. Designs that have a brass finish and ceramic shades can add that period charm you are after.

Sinks and taps


Traditional sinks and taps are an integral part of the classic kitchen aesthetic, offering both practical functionality and a touch of vintage charm. In a traditional kitchen, you’ll often find sinks made from durable materials such as fireclay or cast iron, boasting a butler or farmhouse apron-front design. These sinks exude a sense of nostalgia, harkening back to simpler times when the kitchen was the heart of the home.

One of the standout benefits of traditional sinks is their generous size, which allows for easy handling of larger pots and pans. The deep basin provides ample space for dishwashing, food preparation, and even soaking laundry, making it a versatile addition to the kitchen space.

In harmony with the sink, traditional kitchen taps exude a timeless appeal with their elegant and ornate designs. Typically crafted from brass or nickel, these taps feature intricate details, crosshead handles, or classic lever designs that perfectly complement the overall traditional style. Apart from their visual allure, traditional taps often come with separate hot and cold water controls, harking back to a bygone era of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

We’re also seeing a re-emergence of pot fillers, especially in traditional kitchens. Pot fillers are great for those who love to cook. It is a classic style tap that is installed over a hob to allow for easy pot filling without the need to lug heavy or hot pans to and from the sink.

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