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6 stunning traditional kitchen ideas

A traditional kitchen with green cabinets

WordsMegan Lambert


We ask a lot of our kitchens. They take us from morning to night. From our first coffee of the day to our first glass of wine in the evening. They’re spaces to cook, entertain and even do the occasional homework project or Zoom call. As if that weren’t enough, we ask that our kitchens look beautiful too, but in a way that stands the test of time (because you know, those renovations don’t come cheap). Easy! So, for a look that’s warm, welcoming and definitely has a timeless style, why not go for a traditional decor style kitchen?

Subtle neutral color palette with sparing use of bold color

Create contrast with dark kitchen cabinets by using a lighter, neutral color palette on your walls. Taupe 01 from our neutral paint color collection with Kelly Hoppen is guaranteed to stand the test of time whilst White 03 and White 05 are deceptively warming. You can add to the color scheme of your traditional kitchen decor through your choice of kitchen countertops. You can keep it light, with white marble countertops or go dark with black granite. Again, just remember to think about balancing your palette and creating contrast.

Traditional kitchen decor idea: panelled cabinets

If you’re creating a traditional style kitchen, opt for detailed embellishments, like panelled cabinets with distressed, metal fixtures. Modern white goods like dishwashers and washing machines should be hidden behind matching cabinets. You can opt for a darker wood finish and leave your cabinets bare or alternatively go for a traditional paint palette, in rich greens or deep blues. 

Traditional kitchen decor idea: embrace pattern

Unlike other decor styles, you can incorporate the use of patterns in a traditional decor kitchen, making it a fun and welcoming space. This could include wallpaper, upholstery, or even tiled kitchen splashbacks. Wherever you use your pattern, go for traditional styles like stripes or florals. We think a pair of ticking stripe blinds in a kitchen bay window would create the perfect breakfast nook for enjoying the Sunday papers whilst a large, handwoven Persian rug would set the scene for a relaxed yet dinner-party-ready dining area. 

Incorporate antique pieces 

Speaking of Persian rugs, be sure to incorporate antique pieces to create that lived-in, traditional feel. Kitchens can be quite linear, boxy spaces. By using soft fabrics along with furnishings that have a story to tell you’ll prevent yours from feeling too sparce. These can be big or small. From a freestanding dresser to store your crockery, to a reclaimed apron sink with traditional fittings—or even hung copper pots or traditional ceramics. These period elements give your traditional kitchen that homely feel. So just remember not to incorporate anything too precious. It’s going to get a bit of wear and tear.

Traditional kitchen decor idea: traditional pendant lighting

What better to hang above your traditional style kitchen island or antique dining table than wrought iron pendant lighting or a statement candelabra. Obviously, you need to see what you’re doing (especially in the kitchen) but where possible try to avoid spotlight or modern light fittings.

Traditional kitchen decor idea: focus on functionality

That’s because at the heart of traditional decor is a focus on functionality. You’re going to be using it on a daily basis, so you want your kitchen to be practical. A kitchen island is a great way to achieve this. Not only does it create additional cooking space, but it also creates a family-friendly atmosphere for everyone to gather around. If you want yours to have that traditional decor look, opt for legs or pilasters on your kitchen island. Or, if you have the space hide modern gadgets like a microwave in a butler’s pantry.