When considering a kitchen overhaul, the place to begin is by choosing a style. For many homeowners, a traditional kitchen offers the greatest appeal. The following design elements are all great places to start when planning your remodel.
Traditional kitchens incorporate natural lighting into the design scheme. By allowing plenty of natural light into the space, homeowners can illuminate the kitchen throughout the day without having to rely on artificial sources. Natural lighting will also change the feel of the space throughout the day, as more or less light comes into the room. In most traditional kitchens, light is brought in by way of an over-the-sink window or a nearby bay window. Some homeowners are lucky enough to have an adjacent seating area with plenty of windows that can help brighten up the kitchen.
Use of an Accent Color
Another popular design element is the incorporation of an accent color that is used throughout the space. A kitchen offers so many opportunities to build out your color scheme; you can add a splash of color through dishes and decorative ceramic pieces. Others will include a tiled backsplash or glass light fixtures. Even appliances can be your avenue to experiment with. No matter how the color is incorporated into the space, maintaining consistency is key to a traditional look.
In many traditional kitchens, the cabinetry is painted white to provide a blank canvas. White or off-white cabinetry also serves to visually open up the space and to brighten kitchens that do not have ample natural lighting. White cabinetry is often finished off with classic hardware to create a consistent look. Here, accent colors truly stand out.
One way to create a traditional kitchen appeal is by including accent cabinet doors into the design. Consider replacing some of the solid door fronts in your kitchen with glass door inserts; this adds a layer of visual appeal, and also allows for the display of fine china, glassware or other decorative items. For those who want the look of glass without revealing the contents of a cabinet, frosted or textured glass panels are a great option.
Statement Lighting Fixtures
One way to personalize a traditional kitchen design is by bringing in one or more statement light fixtures. Choosing a large or unexpected light fixture can be intimidating, but homeowners have a wealth of resources in online design galleries. Be sure to select fixtures that provide the right level of lighting, and that also add plenty of visual appeal to the space. Don't be afraid to try finishes or materials that are not otherwise found in the space, such as reclaimed wood or metal.
At Kitchen Tune-Up, we love working with homeowners to create an updated kitchen space that works for their style and is timeless enough to improve their ROI when the time comes to sell. Feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns, and to discuss ways to bring traditional kitchen design into your existing space.