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Adding Old World Style With Kitchen Cabinets

Allison Beatty

When adding Old World charm to a new kitchen, look no further than your cabinetry. As the main design element in the kitchen, cabinetry can go a long way in adding a classic design that exudes warmth and tradition.

Defining An Old World Style

An Old World kitchen takes its roots from old European designs. The style is rich with sophisticated materials, yet relaxed in its appearance. The cabinetry often is distressed and looks well worn. The floors can range from aged stone to hand-scraped wood or rustic wide planks.

These are kitchens that were well designed, heavily used, and filled with natural materials that have stood the test of time. As you plan your new kitchen, you'll find many suppliers who have adapted their offerings to cater to this popular design style.

Cabinetry Basics

When selecting cabinetry, look for woods with interesting grains that will stand out when glazed or distressed. Oak, cherry and alder wood are among the popular choices. Each comes in a variety of finishes and color tones.

The cabinet door style should reflect a classic, traditional flair, with raised panels and perhaps an arched top. Cabinet molding also is important, as it can give your kitchen that old, French chateau feel. A three-piece dentil or rope molding can add texture and dimension and help move visitors' eyes upward to take in the kitchen design.

Many Old World kitchens also feature:

  • Slotted plate racks for storing decorative dishes
  • Glass cabinet doors for showcasing fine stemware and knick knacks
  • Copper hardware
  • A butcher block island or large wooden farm style table
  • Arched doorways
  • Decorative range hoods, often made of plaster

By coordinating your cabinetry choices with these other design elements, you can create a kitchen that is harmonious, original, and functional.

About the Author

Allison E. Beatty is an avid old house enthusiast who has been renovating houses and writing about them for more than 10 years. She contributes regularly to national newspaper, magazines, and web sites. She lives in an 1888 Victorian era home.

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