Formal, Elegant and Classic

A Traditional Kitchen With Vivid Light and Dark Colored Features

Designed by Cheryl D & Company, LaGrange, IL.

The medium-toned oak floors help balance this traditional kitchen's vivid, light- and dark-colored features.

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Expect to see:

  • Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim

  • Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany

  • Raised panel cabinet door styles

  • Antique fixtures and appliances

  • Wood, stone or other natural materials


Victorian: Elegance is the catchword when it comes to Victorian kitchens. Cathedral arch doors and raised panels come into play, accented by ornate molding and trim. Dark and heavy woods are best when it comes to the cabinets.

Much like the Victorian style, an Italianate kitchen relies on elegant cabinetry details, especially those of molding and trim. Generally painted cream with intricate raised paneling, these cabinets boast onlays, rope molding, and custom carved reliefs.

Georgian: Formal is the catchword when designing a Georgian kitchen. Look to woods like cherry, walnut and mahogany for your cabinets. Square panel raised doors are typical, as are heavy crown molding and stacked cabinetry that reaches the ceiling. Black accents (such as a painted black island) are not uncommon.

Other traditional styles: Edwardian, Colonial, Farmhouse, Plantation, Regency, Cottage, Cape Cod, Estate, Bungalow, Federal, Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Early American, Manor, Shaker

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