Advantages of Modern Traditional Kitchens

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KDCUK specialises in modern kitchens, and one question we’re often asked is, ‘What’s best, a modern kitchen or a traditional kitchen?’ That question is impossible to answer because it depends on your tastes and preferences, as well as the style of your home and how you use your kitchen space. Whether you lean towards a traditional kitchen design or a modern traditional kitchen, our showroom showcases a variety of traditional kitchen layouts and traditional-style kitchens. Explore the possibilities and find the perfect fit for your home.

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What is a Traditional Kitchen? 

The cooker is usually the central focus of a traditional kitchen – preferably a range, such as an Aga. A traditional kitchen uses a lot of natural materials such as wood or marble worktops and stone floor tiles. It’s a classic look that is most likely to be found in older properties. A modern traditional kitchen is designed to be functional for modern living

What is a Modern Kitchen? 

Modern kitchens, on the other hand, have a simpler, more minimalist appearance, and they are often quite bold in colour. They are built for high-tech living, with cleverly hidden appliances and innovative storage solutions. Handleless doors and drawers are a popular feature of modern kitchens as they help create a feeling of space and add to the streamlined design.

Advantages of Modern Traditional Kitchens

A modern kitchen is designed to be functional for modern living. Your kitchen designer will take your lifestyle and how you like to cook into account as part of the design, incorporating technology as well as appliances to make your modern kitchen functional.

Modern kitchen manufacturers such as Schüller and Nobilia create units and accessories that take modern kitchen gadgets and devices into account, so you can easily follow the recipe on your tablet as you bake without accidentally covering it in flour or spilling liquid on it.

A lot of thought goes into storage, and one of the joys of modern kitchens is the ease with which you can find what you’re looking for. Drawers can be divided to safely store everything from spice jars to crockery, so it’s as easy to reach the items at the back as it is to get hold of the ones at the front. And as our needs and habits change, manufacturers of modern kitchens develop ways to incorporate these requirements into cupboards and drawers. For example, adapted storage for all the different types of recycling we need to save.

Thought also goes into ways of keeping your kitchen looking as clean and uncluttered as possible, which is extremely important if you’ve adopted open-plan living. For example, Schüller has created a drawer with integrated scales and one with a multi-purpose slicer.

Having all your appliances and gadgets integrated into your modern kitchen means they’re behind closed doors, so when you’re not using the kitchen, all you see is a beautiful sleek space. Affordable German Kitchens: Budget Kitchen & Budget Friendly Kitchen Appliances. Cost-Effective Open-Shelving Kitchen Cabinets.

Modern Traditional Kitchens Built to Last 

You may think that, in terms of longevity, a modern-day kitchen is going to be less well made, but kitchens made by manufacturers such as Schüller and Nobilia are designed to be hard-wearing and long-lasting, which means they’ll look great and be functional for many years to come.

Visit our North London showroom to see the latest Schüller and Nobilia modern kitchens and talk to our specialist kitchen designers about your new kitchen’s needs.

Is A Traditional Style Kitchen Worth It?

Traditional kitchen designs have remained consistently popular for good reason. Comforting and warm, nothing feels like home quite like a traditional kitchen. A Framed Timber kitchen is the epitome of traditional design, thanks to the wooden cabinetry available in either painted matt, or as exposed and treated timber. For a country-style traditional kitchen, choose painted wooden cabinets, in shades of cream and green, matched with wooden worktops in oak and timber for a classic look. A traditional kitchen doesn’t need to go without the latest amenities and appliances. Range cookers are a great traditional design choice while being technologically advanced enough to cater to even the most demanding chefs.

Traditional Kitchen Ideas

Traditional kitchens have remained consistently popular for many years, and it is easy to see why. Combining the charm and appeal of the farmhouse and country kitchens with the latest technologies and appliances, traditional style kitchens offer the best of both worlds.

Natural wood is the key feature of a traditional kitchen design and can be achieved with wood effect cabinets, wooden worktops or your choice of flooring and can be highlighted with detailing such as handles.

For a traditional kitchen in a farmhouse and country style, choose painted cabinets in a neutral colour scheme such as cream or muted green shades. This can be combined with appliances such as range cookers that replicate the style of original AGA and Rayburn stoves. Why not combine with our range of traditional style appliances to elevate a comfortable and practical country-themed haven to cook and entertain in?

Traditional kitchens are ideal for creating a cosy space so is the ideal place for basket drawers, open shelving, decorative cornices and built-in plate racks for a lived-in look and feel.


Both traditional and timeless in style, ceramic sinks are easy to clean and are a hard-wearing choice for your kitchen as they offer a smooth surface.


Matching furniture is the key to a traditional style kitchen setting. Why not continue the wooden or painted look through to your dining furniture?


Double pendant light fittings provide a brasserie aesthetic to traditional kitchen settings. They look especially great when fitted above an island or a long dining table.


Use clever storage ideas to maximise the space within your kitchen cabinets. Installing larders and dividers is an excellent solution to creating more space.

Have You Considered A Modern Traditional Kitchen?

Whether it is adding decorative details or choosing time-honoured colours, these traditional kitchen ideas offer different ways to create an interior inspired by classic style. Focusing on natural materials and textures, like solid wood kitchens, or those designs with a handcrafted look, such as our in-frame collection, traditional kitchen cabinets can be used to create a layout that is comfortable, cosy, and full of charm. This guide contains real examples from our customers’ homes and a collection of on-trend looks curated by our design experts to inspire your traditional kitchen design.

Why A Traditional Kitchen?

Traditional Kitchens are classy, elegant kitchens that have truly stood the test of time. These kitchens date back to a time when quality and class were the priority. But it isn’t just their historic past that makes them so charming.

They are warm, homely and above all else – the sort of place you wouldn’t mind losing yourself in for a good few hours. If you like class, sophistication and decoration – traditional kitchens might be for you. Unlike modern kitchens, traditional kitchens are all about small details and individual character. A traditional kitchen style will have a kitchen layout that is not only practical but connects well to your dining space. Traditional interiors with a modern contemporary twist will bring you a ‘best of both worlds’ effect where your classic kitchen will not only have a traditional look and feel, accented with modern finishings and decorative details.

This focus on character means using more natural materials like wood and very few man-made ones. The wood is often painted with muted colours to appear aged and welcoming. You will also find it common for traditional kitchen floors to be made from natural materials too. Most commonly stained hardwood and tile.

A dream kitchen brought to life

Thinking about a kitchen revamp but stuck for ideas? Check out a real-life customer kitchen designed by us. With our expertise, we’ve created a beautiful, functional kitchen that meets the customer’s needs. Get inspired and see what we can create for you!

3 Sep 2021

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