Traditional kitchens are warm and cozy, inviting everyone into the kitchen to cook, eat, talk and relax. Traditional kitchens blends 18th- and 19th-century English and American designs. Traditional kitchens emphasise elaborate wood trim and moulding, formal fabrics, dark woods and touches of nature. Elements of formal details, symmetry and balance bring a traditional kitchen together. Because so much time is spent there, it is especially important to choose and to use kitchen furniture and energy saving appliances wisely. Fortunately, renewable resources such as wood for cabinets and chairs are right at home in traditional kitchens. Good kitchen lighting is very important. Traditionally, extra lighting is used over sinks and work areas so that you can see exactly what you are cooking. It is a good idea to have lighting added under the wall cabinets to reduce shadows on the countertops. Sometimes a reading lamp is added for reading recipes. A natural lighting source from a window is an important feature that makes a small kitchen feel more spacious.
Pantry storage is an essential element in traditional kitchens. Storage of dry foods at room temperatures is best in cupboards or shallow closets where it is easy to find what you are looking for. Special racks and drawers may be added to double up and save space. Some foods require particular levels of humidity or temperature. A good refrigerator with crisper drawer and a separate freezer compartment can meet these needs.