Traditional kitchen design can mean different things to different folks. Do you mean 100 year old American or Canadian traditional kitchens? That would likely mean that there would be free-standing furniture pieces like a hutch that functioned as a dry pantry, maybe a dry sink and a kitchen table. Certainly not any wall-to-wall cabinets. Too primitive for you?
Ok, let’s bump it up a few years. Let’s keep the idea of furniture-looking cabinets. We think that this kind of traditional kitchen looks something like this:
This Lethbridge, Alberta kitchen has most of the traditional design elements we’re thinking of: the painted v-joint board ceiling, the old ‘schoolhouse’ lighting, the traditional face framed cabinets with flush inset doors and exposed barrel hinges. And of course it has a large apron front sink.
This same kitchen also has weathered cup pulls and knobs to match the exposed barrel hinges and it also has tapered legs going to the floor to give it the free-standing furniture look.
This kitchen is actually a butler’s kitchen, right next to the homes main kitchen. It has the same traditional elements: flush inset face frame painted cabinets with exposed barrel hinges. The cabinets are floor-to-ceiling with a large crown trim. A glass display cabinet mimics an old hutch. See more photos here.
This Bowen Island cottage kitchen also has traditional design elements but it has the modern conveniences most of us want.
It has a Meile wall oven and microwave, but also a large apron front sink.
This kitchen has a mix of design elements that are traditional, french country style and modern.
If I were to give it a category I would call it a modern French country style.
It has painted square inset face frame cabinets, with concealed hinges, a 6′ wide curved French style hood fan, a milk-paint finished kitchen island with a reclaimed wood counter, crowned cabinets that run to the ceiling and of course, an apron front sink.