Today’s Timeless White Kitchens: Does Traditional Style Speak to You addresses an evergreen topic of which we never seem to tire! BTW, how in the world can it be Hello Lovely’s 13th year of life!?!
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Timeless White Kitchens: Does Traditional Style Speak to You?
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1. Beautiful TEXTURE from stone, millwork, and planks keeps interest high
While I know this look is Old World and probably not what comes to mind when you think “traditional kitchen,” the point is “traditional” never has one look!
Here’s a traditional kitchen with a few contemporary elements (like the waterfall island) and all sorts of classic details for a completely different airy mood.
Traditional kitchens can have cozy cottage style and Nordic charm too.
2. White farm sinks have ageless charm
Though we see plenty of apron front farm sinks in modern farmhouse design, they are right at home in traditional spaces because of their rich history.
Here’s a beautiful tonal traditional kitchen with a beautifully lit sink area:
A bridge faucet also lends traditional charm to farmhouse sinks.
3. Touches of green (or greenery) add life.
This traditional farmhouse kitchen with industrial accents has two tone cabinetry in pistachio and white for a unique nod to the past.
4. Consider uniting a rainbow of whites (alabaster/putty/stone/beige/ivory, y’all).
I find it so silly to see headlines like “white kitchens are out in the 2020s.” As if white were a singular concept. Know how many different whites are out there?
There are snow whites, putty, ivory, alabaster, greyed-whites,
cool whites, warm whites, beige, oatmeal, and more!
Traditional white cabinetry can have tons of relief detail or very little; plus there are glazes that may be layered over white:
5. Not every inch of wall space need be covered with cabinets
Americans are slowly getting used to the look of a more traditional unfitted kitchen.
And I have heard from lots of folks who opted for shelves over cabinets that they love the ease of being able to see everything. It really has a lot to do with your unique organizational style.
Because of plenty of folks do not want to see their dishes outside of a box.
6. Built-ins & Banquettes
I think built-ins and banquettes may be my favorite thing about kitchens in old houses or well designed breakfast nooks in new ones.
They’re so much less clunky than most dining sets, and they encourage so much intimacy.
Is it just me? I imagine quieter conversation happening in these spaces. They feel special and set apart.
7. Black contrast does not have to feel austere
While I’m not sure about the historical use of black in kitchens, plenty of traditional kitchen designs use it. It adds edginess and can be so chic.
Black can bring to mind aged iron and imparts strength.
8. The warmth of gold with white is rich indeed.
No way am I going to try to keep track of whether gold tones and brass are in or out.
Sometimes a design needs the warmth of gold, and sometimes it doesn’t. You get to decide.
9. Glass fronted cupboards can glow within
Glass fronted cabinets remind me of traditional china cabinets that feel formal and a little out of place for modern life.
Yet Grandmillennial style lovers celebrate such tradition.
10. Antiques and all white create ethereal dreams
I’m easily enchanted by European inspired traditional kitchens which incorporate antiques and collected treasures.
An ethereal kitchen might not be ideal for a young family, but that’s what is wonderful about the world of design…there are options for everyone.
11. Enhance a space with low ceilings by painting it with a high gloss white.
Here’s another serene, ethereal kitchen with irresistibly chalky texture from stone walls paired with glossy beams.
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12. Who needs a second story anyway?
A modern take on tradition for sure, but ooh la la!
13. Wabi sabi can ignite a kitchen’s design
Don’t you love those kitchens with an identity all their own that feel effortlessly designed and completely non-contrived?
14. A reflective quartz can work wonders in a dim space.
It can. And it can work well in traditional kitchens.
I have heard naysayers talk about quartz sporting a plastic-look, but mine never strikes me as plastic faux. I think control freaks like me tend to appreciate the man-made quality of quartz for what it is and not for its ability to look like a particular stone naturally occurring in nature.
15. Because collecting more white is just swell
Traditional kitchens often allow for some clutter as the season or your mood dictates.
And collections are about the only kind of clutter I can tolerate!
How would you accent this new kitchen with collected treasures?
16. Bespoke storage with an unfitted look
A rustic, informal traditional kitchen lends itself to unfitted storage which can add interest and save the budget.
17. Lanterns add an unfussy layer
Lantern-style pendant lighting works so well in traditional kitchens whether they are French farmhouse or coastal.
Need ideas for beautiful lantern pendant lights? See options HERE.
18. Enjoy the hunt for a collection to display.
I haven’t hung plates on the wall for years, but it can be a charming display.
Vintage ironstone or white pitchers are winning traditional collections to display also.
20. Is blue porcelain a timeless white kitchen’s best friend?
So often it is!
21. French, Nordic and white vintage lovefest.
Here are a few white Nordic fantasy looks for a uniquely romantic vibe.
22. All the cool cats love #cottagecore simplicity
What is termed cottage core is still just country to me. And it’s easy to understand why it is trending right now when we crave more comfort from home.
Cottage core kitchens make me think of apple pies baking, and a crackling fire, and cats!
23. Tonally timeless.
I mean how could your color story in a kitchen like this ever compete with a ceiling so rich in character?
24. Minimal chic simplicité in Paris
Sweetly trés petite, this kitchen in a Paris apartment near Notre Dame in Paris was quite functional for our stay. Even a washer and dryer were seamlessly tucked near the cooktop!
Are you surprised by the breadth of timeless white kitchen design options? I’m still quite happy with ours, but we will be leaving it in a few weeks. I’m in a grieving mode about that since the new kitchen is in shambles at the moment. But I’m grateful for the memories made here.
Just in case you need one more smile…
Peace to you right where you are.
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