A Look at Traditional Contemporary Kitchens

Kitchens are a unique space in our homes, and they play a unique (and prominent) role in our lives. By definition and tradition, the space is function-centered – food is prepared and cooked in the kitchen. But modern kitchens are so much more than a food prep zone. They are the heart of the home, full of life and warmth and interaction.

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Traditional kitchens are work-focused and incorporate basic materials in their designs. Contemporary kitchens tend to be sleek and refined and stylish. It’s a lovely kitchen that incorporates the best of both worlds within its proverbial walls.

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Traditional components: Oversized wood beams. These constitute quite a large visual aspect of this contemporary kitchen, due to their chunkiness and rustic nature.

Contemporary components: The variety of color and texture here, which adds a modern feel to almost anything traditional. The cobalt blue cupboard under the island, stemware visible in open shelving, and round drawer pulls are all facets of this modern kitchen.

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Traditional components: Plaid fabric, window shade, and mouldings. Mouldings everywhere! At the top, middle, and bottoms of cabinetry.

Contemporary components: Large kitchen space, oversized island with sink, beautiful chandelier amid the recessed lights.

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Traditional components: Farmhouse (apron) kitchen sink with traditional-style faucet, simple white cabinetry faces. Also the legged wooden island with wood paneling is a lovely traditional touch.

Contemporary components: Modern blinds window treatment (and the absence of colored textiles that would’ve comprised a shade or valance), stainless steel accents, and marble countertops are contemporary additions to this huge space.

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Traditional components: black-and-white checkerboard floor and subway tiled walls are a not-so-subtle nod to decades past. A cane sitting chair is also a bit of nostalgia in this space.

Contemporary components: Abundant natural light from large windows as well as repeated pendant lighting bespeaks a touch of the modern. Combine that with a black range hood and nickel hardware, and this is a well-balanced space.

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Traditional components: Faux vines adorning the top of the upper cabinetry, as well as a traditionally silhouetted double-pendant chandelier over the island bring in a bit of the old-time feel.

Contemporary components: Integration of a workspace into the kitchen itself, complete with desk and upholstered slipper chair, as well as the overall complexity of the materials used throughout this kitchen are reminiscent of modern living.

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Traditional components: curvy marble-topped wood-carved island like this would traditionally be a show-stopper in the parlor or formal living room. Or, at least, a smaller version of it would be. Here, under a chunky decorative chandelier, it’s a major player in this kitchen’s traditional sensibilities.

Contemporary components: white cupboards, a stainless steel stove (and the token red knobs that go with it!) and modern fixtures, coupled with a vast sense of sheer space, brings the kitchen beautifully up-to-date.

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Traditional components: Cabinet design and mouldings and an eat-in kitchen table give a nod to traditional kitchen arrangements. A dark wood floor is also a beautiful contrast to the rest of the white and is steeped in tradition.

Contemporary components: The modern vibe of fully covered and skirted slipper chairs provide a nice contrast to the exposed insides of glass-fronted cabinetry. Bookshelves in the kitchen seem like a nod to a contemporary way of life as well.

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Traditional components: Rich earth tones, loads of natural materials, and a lot of visual things going on in this kitchen make it feel like it’s been around for years. Traditional gold-framed artwork and a variety of color on almost all surfaces definitely send out a hearty sit-down-and-have-a-homecooked-meal vibe.

Contemporary components: Beside the modern appliances, an attention-grabbing black painted island provides a decidedly modern vibe to this warm and heavily traditional kitchen.

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