Designing traditional kitchens is not an easy task, given the options for organization, fixtures, size, mood, and material that present those wishing to design or renovate their kitchens into something new.
When designing traditional kitchens, a few basics hold true. It is important to locate storage areas where they will be convenient and where the kitchen users will feel comfortable reaching for objects as they cook. By taking the time to think about how you cook in your preparation space, anyone can concoct a simple floor plan that winds their natural motions and behaviors into their everyday kitchen routine. Later on, when the new traditional kitchen is designed, users will marvel at how intuitive the environment feels.
Traditional kitchens are such because of certain elements which contribute to a nostalgic feeling upon entrance. Modern appliances are of course something every modern home needs, but in a traditional kitchen they can be selected for design that compliments a natural, earthy feel instead of stark, stainless steel appliances which detract from the comforting aura which can pervade traditional kitchens.
Traditional kitchens are also a tribute to the preparation of a family meal, which in turn allows the traditions of the family to be celebrated and passed on. Many traditional kitchens have a small preparation island in the center of the room, or a large space where two or three people can work communally, making the process of cooking itself an excuse to enter into social exchanges with family members and guests.
Natural light is an important element of traditional kitchens which should benefit from as much sunlight as possible while also using artificial lighting as appropriate to offer a setting in which eyestrain does not become a problem through the preparation of the family meal.
While many so-called “Modern” kitchens feature bold colors and stark contrasts, and smooth surfaces which invite sterility and regimentation into the ritual of food production, a traditional kitchen is a place where everything need not be uniform, where quirks and variations in both food and furniture are accepted as part of the room’s charm and ability to evoke nostalgic memories.
A family with a traditional kitchen will find the room automatically becomes a center for family activity and interaction. The merits of this kind of space, where members of a family are able to relax, talk, and at the same time make productive contributions toward their nourishment, are instantly apparent to anyone who has compared the feeling of being in traditional kitchens to that of being in their more formal and less inviting modern counterparts. Traditional kitchens offer a sense of well being, luxury, and down-home stability, qualities that are not echoed in more modern designs.