6 Contemporary Approaches to Designing a Traditional Kitchen

When designing a Cuisines Modena kitchen, many people seem to be opting for going old school. Indeed, the “traditional kitchen” is quite the trendy look, these days, but it is not hard to understand why.  Rustic but functional, a traditional kitchen has old-world charm mixed with contemporary sensibilities that should be inviting and warm.

With that in mind, here are six approaches to achieving this very popular look:


The key to a “traditional” look is to stay away from any characteristics that might make it easier to define your kitchen setup as modern or contemporary.  Essentially, then, you want to clear out your kitchen space of all furniture that would fit this description. Of course, you would then want to replace this furniture with, perhaps, a few period pieces that are more appropriate for the “traditional” style.  After you set this foundation then you might want to find some accent pieces from other periods that will contribute to a more eclectic “traditional” blend of sensibilities.


Since you have the furniture cleared out, take a look at the floor.  A basket weave (or similarly random pattern) with wood sets an excellent foundation.  Irregularly-shaped limestone can also help to create a more natural, traditional feel.  You could also mix darker stone with limestone—all of different sizes—laid in an irregular pattern.


Nothing says “traditional kitchen” more, perhaps, than a breakfast nook in a bay window. And the best way to accomplish this—and maintain that traditional feel—is to lay a wooden table with bench seats on one side and chairs on the other within the window.  


To add color—and depth—to the space, consider using colored fabrics. Choose nature scenes for curtains as well as the cushions and then mix that with simple stripes (and not geometric designs or shapes) to maintain that traditional feel.


To improve the overall aesthetic, you will want to create focal points that complement the space, not distract from it. A good strategy is to get a little creative with hardware (cupboard and drawer knobs or handles) and choose a handful of designs, shapes, and colors for door panels; mixing and matching wood stains and/or paints is also helpful.


Avoid the following:

  • Streamlined hardware
  • Lacquer
  • Veneer
  • laminate