What makes a Kitchen Traditional ?

Traditional kitchen style doesn’t mean the kitchen is outdated. Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant style that’s characteristic of European and American homes of the last centuries and continue to be popular in the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill area.

Classic and Timeless

Traditional kitchen design styles include Early American, Victorian, Neoclassical, and Federal. Classic and timeless, traditional kitchen styles typically include carved moldings, fine woodwork, graceful lines, and well-crafted elements. Traditional style influences many modern interiors today.

Warm Materials

Traditional spaces use ornamentation to create a warm “homey” feel. The idea is that forms, colors and materials that have been used in the past help create comfort and relaxation through a sense of familiarity.

Details – Details

Architectural details are a big part of the overarching theme of traditional design. Traditional kitchens usually include embellishments such as arches, moldings, beam ceilings, famed and raised-panel cabinets, ornate range hoods, chandeliers, and furniture-style cabinets

Kitchen Islands

Center islands most likely feature turned legs or pilasters and you’ll find carved corbels or brackets and plenty of molding or carved detailing between cabinets.

Some additional elements that may be included in traditional styled kitchens include apron front or “farmhouse” sinks, glazed or antiqued finishes, niches and ledges behind the cooktop or sink, and decorative cabinet door inserts such as beveled glass or metal mesh.

Call us today to learn more about our services. We have experience in traditional kitchen design and can show you many kitchens we’ve remodeled throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.


Kitchen Designer
Chi Wang Yiu

Let’s have a conversation about your kitchen project. Tell me what works and what doesn’t as well as your goals and budget, I’ll help guide you to the perfect solution.