Traditional kitchens with a modern twist


The comfort of a classic traditional kitchen adds a warm and cosy heart to any home. And while quality craftsmanship and materials are the key to their success, traditional kitchens can easily be tailored to include a pleasing, contemporary touch as well.

In this article, we explore some of the best ways of creating beautiful traditional kitchens with a modern twist.

Modern materials in a traditional setting

Chrome, glass, Perspex – and even concrete – can be surprisingly attractive additions to traditional kitchens, adding interest and texture that plays wonderfully against the moulding and fine details of a classic room.

Bring modern materials into the room in the form of counter-tops, cupboard handles, cupboard fronts, and panelling, to break up the overall look.

Say contemporary with colour

One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a modern twist to your traditional kitchen is with colour. A quick lick of paint in a fresh, vibrant shade, or elegant wallpaper with an eye-catching print can really transform your room. And it’s up to you how far you go – you can opt for an all-over injection of colour, or make a feature wall really pop.

If you’re looking for a less permanent solution, or if you’re not 100% sure that a wall of colour is for you, why not opt for a splash-back or panelling in bright, easy-to-clean glass or Perspex? Alternatively, stools, utensils or seat covers in a lively shade can lift a room from traditional to modern with a twist!

Contemporary Kitchen Appliances and Furniture

Sometimes, just a few modern touches can be enough to give your traditional kitchen a different feel. From chic fridge-freezers and extractor hoods in brushed chrome to statement lamps and bespoke LED spots shining through glass-front cupboards, there are plenty of ways to bring a high-tech touch to your traditional room.

The same goes for furniture: sculpted plastic chairs juxtaposed against a solid oak table; a bright, oversized clock above a traditional mantle; or some dramatic planters with spiky, tropical foliage – little touches like this can have real visual impact.

And if you prefer to keep your kitchen looking traditional but performing like a high-spec modern kitchen, we have a wealth of stylish kitchen appliances from leading brands like Neff and Quooker that can be fitted discreetly into your home.

Get inspired by the experts

Kitchen Design Centre has three beautifully appointed showrooms across the North West.  Our expert kitchen designers are always on hand to talk you through the kitchens we have on display, highlighting the unique details that could work in your home, and helping you to get inspired.

Creating traditional kitchens with a modern twist is one of our many specialities when it comes to custom kitchen design: we’re always working to find new ideas and reinvent the classic kitchen so that it works the way you want it.

Why not stop by one of our showrooms today and see for yourself how we bring contemporary and classic together?

Got some bright ideas on how to bring a modern twist to a traditional kitchen? Tell us in the comments, or tweet us @ModernKitchens!

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