The Joy of the Traditional Kitchens
UK moms spend about three years of their lives
in the kitchen while their children are growing up. That’s 1,117 days in the most important room in the house.
And it’s not just the moms. It’s become trendy and macho for the man of the house to cook. In fact, UK men now spend twice the time
in the kitchen that they did in 1961.
The Essential Room in Your Home
In most homes, the kitchen is the gathering spot for youngsters, spouses, pets, neighborhood children and friends. The modern kitchen is the hub of family events, as well as the source of many, many meals.
It’s not just for cooking. In a study conducted by B&Q, mothers reported they spent additional time in the kitchen to relax, watching telly or checking the newspaper.
How your kitchen looks is important. Women prefer men who like to cook, and they judge him on the look of his kitchen. More than 40%
said they judge a man on the style and upscale look of his kitchen.
With husbands, wives and children spending so much of their life in it, you want to design a kitchen that reflects how you will use it, your expectations and your design preferences.
It makes sense to figure out what your style is and how you will use the kitchen before having it built or remodeled. When form and function work together, the result is a room that works equally well for food prep, relaxing and socializing.
One of the most popular types of kitchen is in the traditional style. Here is a look at the different types and the kinds of materials used.
The Traditional Kitchens
Traditional isn’t a single style. The term is used to describe kitchens with elements of 18th and 19th Century formal to farmhouse casual. It is distinguished by the attention to details.
Architectural elements are important in a traditional kitchen. These can include arches, moldings and raised-panel cabinets. Many have cabinetry that is framed or flush inset, which give it an Old World touch. The finishes are often glazed or made to look antique.
The doors in traditional kitchens often have mixed styles and finishes. One style can be used on the cabinets and another on the kitchen island. Decorative cabinet door inserts are popular, like glass, metal mesh or wood mullions.
Countertops are usually in neutral colors. Floors are often in wood and trimwork might include flutes and columns.
What To Consider
There are three elements you need to consider when you plan your traditional kitchen, whether you are remodeling and updating an old one or constructing one in a new home.
Cabinetry. By far, wood is the most popular type of material for cabinets. More than storage, cabinets are the most noticeable design element in your kitchen. Many people prefer the look and feel of oak, alder or pine, for their warmth and durability.
Cabinet doors come in a range of styles, with a wide choice of hardware for knobs and handles.
Countertops. Common materials for worktops include quartz, marble, granite and wood. Each is long lasting and provides a solid surface for food preparation and storage. These natural materials add beauty and a look of luxury to your kitchen.
Flooring. Wood, tile and linoleum are all work well for floors. Tile and wood add a warmth that sets off the natural materials in the cabinetry and countertops. Modern day linoleum comes in a wide range of designs that can mimic the look and feel of tile and wood.
HOW WE CAN HELP WITH TRADITIONAL KITCHENS
At Real Wood Kitchen, we have years of experiencing designing and installing traditional kitchens. We work with you to find out the décor you like and the look you want to achieve. We work one-on-one with our clients to help them create the kitchen of their dreams.
We are experts in crafting the perfect look for your kitchen in oak, pine and alder. We can also build coordinating tables and chairs that provide a comfortable, attractive eating space. Each of our kitchens is unique. Every one is made of 100% real wood.
We have been in business since 1995, installing beautiful, practical kitchens for homeowners just like you. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.