What Is a Traditional Style Kitchen?

A traditional kitchen style doesn’t mean that the kitchen is outdated. Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant style that’s characteristic of European and American homes of the last centuries and continues to be popular in the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill areas. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, Durham, NC is where our showroom is located. We’d love the opportunity to discuss your goals and provide real-life examples of traditional kitchen design.

Classic and Timeless

Traditional kitchen design styles include Early American, Victorian, Neoclassical, and Federal. Classic and timeless, traditional style kitchens typically include carved moldings, fine woodwork, graceful lines, and well-crafted elements. Believe it or not, the traditional kitchen 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, framed and raised-panel cabinets, ornate range hoods, chandeliers, and furniture-style cabinets.

Kitchen Islands

A hallmark of the traditional style kitchen is a center island with turned legs or pilasters. You’re also likely to find carved corbels or brackets and plenty of molding or carved detailing between cabinets.

Other Design Elements

Some other traditional kitchen design elements include apron-front (“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.

Will Your New Kitchen Be Traditional?

The design experts at Raleigh Kitchens have extensive experience in traditional kitchen design and can show you many kitchens that we’ve remodeled throughout the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill areas. We also welcome you to schedule a complimentary, one-hour appointment in our design studio, where you can see various design styles and samples of our products while we get to know you and discover the goals of your remodeling project.

Call us today to learn more about our services and kitchen design process.


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.