17th Century Style Lives On
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:
Stone walls and/or floors
Pewter or copper accents
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