Beautifully new, Yet Traditional, Kitchen Designs

Beautifully new, Yet Traditional, Kitchen Designs

~Updating your kitchen without alienating the rest of your house

In today’s fast-paced world of Pinterest, HGTV, Houzz, blogs and social media, it is easy to get wrapped up in the hottest design trends.  This can leave you with a very hip room in a very traditional house. Guests will be wowed by your new, cool space and slapped in the face by the contrast when they walk into the next room.  So, before you put in white shaker cabinets with glitzy quartz countertops and paint all of your walls grey, take a step back and ask yourself if this style can carry through the whole house.  Because nobody wants the ‘tale of two houses’ going on with competing styles.

Painted shaker cabinets of white, grey, black or even navy blue are hot trends these days.  They’re often very beautiful, but if that’s not what your house calls for, consider updating your home with grace.  What I mean by that is, take a look at the architectural and stylistic strengths of your whole house and create a wonderful, updated kitchen that will compliment those strengths.  If your grand foyer has a tigerwood banister and coffered ceiling, don’t throw sparkly grey quartz and white shiplap into your kitchen. If you don’t plan to pull out the leaded glass built in china hutch and vintage brass chandelier from the dining room, you shouldn’t necessarily put bright white shaker cabinets with a navy blue island in the kitchen.  That’s most likely not going to work.

Instead take a look at the strengths of your home and choose a kitchen that is fun and fresh, but in keeping with the strengths of the home.  Maybe glazed linen-colored cabinetry with bevelled glass above would blend well with the awesome vintage tile and pedestal sink in the adjacent powder room. Here Emerson Antique White cabinets provide a fresh, but vintage feel in a remodeled farmhouse.

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With a craftsman style home, stained woodwork is a hallmark of the design. It may be tempting to paint it all white, but one day you’ll regret it.  Instead, opt for a complimentary stained cabinet and brighten the room with light countertops and recessed lighting. This homeowner chose to pair Emerson Riverbend with wide stained window trim and amber glass fixtures for an updated look that is in keeping with the rustic style of the home.

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If your home is stuck in the late 1980’s or 1990’s, you’re in luck.  There wasn’t much going on in the way of bold architectural style as the industry transitioned from small rooms of specific purpose to the design theory now known as “open concept.”  Therefore, you can make dramatic changes to the design and decor without clashing with the style of the period. One popular change is to eliminate the “honey oak” cabinets and possibly the trim in the rest of the home.  Honey oak is not a thing anymore. Neither is the raised cabinet door center panel with the arch at the top. If you kitchen looks like this, you have plenty of options to change your world with a fantastic new kitchen.

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Gloss-white, frameless cabinets are popular, but they will not work for most homes.  If you want to update your space, but keep it tied to the look of the home, there are plenty of options. An older, more traditional home may be able to get away with white shaker cabinets.   But, for a more timeless look, you could opt for Twain Diamond White with a transitional style.  If you’re looking for something even more progressive, like grey cabinetry, but are worried about the longevity of the style, try Twain Stonewood.  This fantastic cabinetry gets you into 2018 and beyond with the hottest color in the marketplace; grey.  However, it is made more traditional and warm by using stain instead of paint. This will fit into many architectural eras and can be paired with diamond white for extra interesting detail.  

In this home, you can see how the traditional elements of divided windows and large crown molding at the ceiling blend perfectly with Twain Diamond White cabinets and a rustic laminate floor.  The updated look blends well with the wainscot panelling in the next room.

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Yes, white cabinets are fresh and on-trend. However, they don’t necessarily need to be bright white.  Try a creamy bisque or even a heritage white to update your home so it won’t scream “2018 kitchen in a 1978 home.”  New cabinets can have a classic feel. Look at the Bennett Warm White cabinets (currently available at by phone only) in this kitchen.  They have a timeless feel that matches the style of the home through the use of glass doors, a wine rack and large, turned legs.

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In every cabinet discussion, we always seem to end up speaking about the benefits of stained cabinetry.  Stained cabinetry is much more forgiving than painted cabinetry when it comes to hiding the inevitable scuff, scratch, smudge or even fingerprints.  Think of it this way; eating spaghetti in a white shirt is much more risky than eating spaghetti in a camouflage shirt. Similarly, you’ll see things on stark white or black cabinetry more prominently than stained cabinetry where the woodgrain shows through.  Even something as normal as the junction of two pieces of wood on a cabinet door will stand out as cracks or splits after a few cycles of heat and humidity. To avoid these concerns, you should look at a stained cabinet like these Truffle Shaker cabinets from

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If this article speaks to you, but you’re not sure where to begin,  give our friendly design team a call. We’ll help you to choose the perfect cabinetry and flooring for your space. We can’t wait to hear about your project.  Visit or call 1-800-913-2947 today!

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