/ Kitchen Styles

17th Century Style Lives On

An Old World Style Kitchen with crown molding, corbels, and paneling.

Designed by Drury Design, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Crown molding, corbels and paneling add ornate touches to this Old World kitchen.

Old World kitchens — with their large cooking hearths or grottos and distressed, unfitted cabinets — trace their look to pre-17th century Europe. Often painted, the raised panel cabinetry should feature elements like cracking, beadboard, dish and cup racks, valence legs, flushed toes, and bun feet.

Expect to see:

  • Furniture-look cabinetry

  • Stone walls and/or floors

  • Pewter or copper accents

  • Mosaic tiles

  • Brick or plaster walls

  • Deep, rich colors

  • Appliances hidden behind panels

Tuscan: With a softer, more feminine design, Tuscan kitchens rely on natural materials. While the cabinets are often painted in whites, creams or earth-tone yellows or browns, they tend to be monochromatic.

Other Old World styles: Italian Villa, French Chateau, Normandy cottage, Dutch cottage, medieval, Gothic, Mediterranean, Castle


More in this category:« Arts & Crafts