Many people think that English kitchens are mostly about the traditional Georgian look. It features designs and trends between 18th and 19th century, and it is all about understated embellishments, restraint in the colours and a typical focus on functionality. In other words, this is the type of kitchen you see in many of your favourite British period dramas that you like to binge watch.
Well, if you strictly keep to the Georgian way of doing the kitchen, it means that it will most likely need to be in your basement. Thankfully, the take on the classic style today is much more refined. Many of the classic signatures are still present, while there are new features added to make a traditional kitchen one that is both functional and very beautiful to look at.
Here are a few kitchen hallmarks for that kind of style for you to consider:
- Keeping paint colours simple – sometime until the 20th century, kitchens were mostly a part of the home that domestic staff would use. As such, they were mostly in practical colour, rather than captivating colours. Think natural colours made from natural pigments. This is a nice way to get the traditional look, especially when you pair it with matte finish. Hand painting the kitchen with a brush is also a fine way to go about the colour scheme, for one simple reason: the brush finish shows the human touch well and you can always re-finish it later, if need be.
- Plain materials all the way – if you are aiming for a traditional look, you can never go wrong with low lustre stone or wood, or maybe even marble. Adding some embrace patina with un-lacquered iron or brass will further nicely enhance this look.
- Function is key – traditional kitchens are all about function. Classical order and symmetry was one thing many Georgian homeowners went for back in the day. However, the thing that is most important to having a traditional kitchen is function. Sure, you can also pair it with symmetry, but make sure you don’t end up with an overbearing effect.
- The furniture approach to cabinetry – when it comes to traditional kitchens, you should not just think about the available space and how many cabinets you can possibly fit there. Sometimes it is better to have a single cupboard than a full row of cupboards. Consider a full-height hutch, or maybe a shallow cabinet resting directly on the countertop.
- Some detailing is a good idea, but not if you overdo it – many Georgian homes are famous for their moulding, though that is one aspect you’d expect to see upstairs. The kitchen was mostly a place for practical uses and that is what you should keep in mind when designing yours. In that regard, having some details here and there is not bad, but the design will definitely lose if you overdo this aspect.
- You can have an island – most, if not all traditional kitchens featured an island. If you wish to stay true to tradition, you should also include one, given you have the space. Typically, an island will add great functionality, as you will have a great place to prepare food and possibly feature drawers for extra storage space.
- Adding a larder may be a good idea too – sure, larder cupboards aren’t as common as they used to be in the past, but they still have their uses. Surely there are many things you can store in such pantries, since your fridge cannot take it all.
Following these tips surely is a nice way to get a great traditional look in your kitchen. One thing is certain – it will surely be quite a functional place.