In terms of kitchen décor, certain colors and furniture styles will always conjure images of a quieter bygone era. Maybe recalling a time or place, where life went at a slightly slower pace and people had more time for each other.
The heart of the home, a traditional kitchen would be a place of warmth, a hive of industry and definitely a room for family and friends to get together. The kitchen décor in these cases would have evolved out of practicality, necessity and love. Today the traditional style kitchen remains a popular contemporary style choice. This gentler form of kitchen décor is always welcoming, it appears fresh and bright by day and cozy and secure by night. Using certain kitchen décor elements it is not difficult to recreate the ambience of a traditional kitchen in your home even if your property is totally modern.
Kitchen Décor – Traditional with a Contemporary Twist
Firstly, to recreate a traditional style kitchen décor you will probably focus on selecting appropriate colors. White or cream colors would be the basis for a typical traditional kitchen décor, originating from the days when the kitchen could be quickly freshened up with a coat of lime or white wash. For 2012, fashionable colors that would compliment a traditional kitchen décor scheme could include fresh greens, pale or vibrant blues and also neutral but rich earth colors. Alternatively, for a contemporary twist, you could introduce some of the more vibrant ‘berry’ colors to a white color scheme by using such things as a traditional ‘Aga’ stove featuring raspberry red doors as an eye catching highlight.
Stone, wood and painted brick work are all typical materials found in a traditional kitchen décor. Stone or tile floors look particularly authentic and are highly practical. Tongue and grove paneling on walls and kitchen units is also in keeping with a traditional interior design scheme. Paneling looks particularly good if it is painted, so therefore, presents an ideal opportunity to introduce this year’s color trends to your kitchen décor.
Traditional kitchen decor
An ‘unfitted’ kitchen style works particularly well in a traditional kitchen décor, so it is possible to combine a mix of cabinets and furnishings, bought at separate times, into your design scheme. Look out for exciting pieces at antiques fairs or ‘flea markets’. If you want to coordinate your furnishings with your kitchen décor then these could be painted in contemporary fashion colors. Often though, the lovely patina of old wooden furniture is best left exposed for all to enjoy. Big chunky tables and cupboards look fabulous in a traditional style kitchen. As do open shelves and floor to ceiling glass fronted cabinets. The display potential of these enables the creation of exciting decorative features. For example, showing off prized collections of brightly colored ceramics, glass ware or other attractive items of vintage ‘kitchenalia’ will personalize your kitchen and add impact to your kitchen décor.