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Traditional Kitchens are for those who appreciate fine details. In other words, the look is defined by embellishments and adornments. The most popular is the island with ornate legs on it. In addition to that, Traditional Kitchens usually display cabinets that do not look like cabinets, but more like big stained wood effect units that could be hiding a pantry or a refrigerator. But there are others defining eye-catching details such as arches, an exposed beam ceiling, chandeliers, framed and raised cabinets, dresser units, raised-panel doors, solid wood doors, and traditional appliances like freestanding cookers or an AGA.
A successful Traditional Kitchen will enhance key features, but will not feel overbearing. The choice of cabinetry will have a significant impact on the look you want to achieve, and while Frame-less cabinets will give a more contemporary look, what you want to see in a Traditional Kitchen is more Flush Inset or Framed Cabinets. Traditional Kitchen cabinets look more like antique-style furniture, with frames around the doors and drawers that are set flush with that frame. You will also see elements in oil-rubbed bronze or antique brass. It is not uncommon to have cabinets with finishes that are glazed or made to look distressed. Whether you are using the antique white or a different colour, a bit of glazing can give an instant aged look. But beware of antique finishes that look fake. They can easily compromise the whole look.
Traditional Kitchens favour details like legs and pilasters on islands, furniture-style toe kicks that make the cabinets resemble freestanding furniture, and custom wood hoods that resemble fireplace surrounds. All these details, plus a traditional apron-front sink or a farmhouse sink will make your kitchen stand out. In terms of worktop materials, the favourite is Calacatta and Statuary marble, despite its high-maintenance quality. Quartz and light granites are also very popular. Or limestone, a manmade and easier to maintain option.