Saturday, 10 October 2015

Interior Spaces to Love - Week 6, Beautiful Kitchens


This week I have been browsing beautiful kitchens and I'm definitely drawn towards a traditional look.

Recently I spent some time down Papamoa Beach looking at house and land packages and each show home's kitchen, in fact, each home, seemed to look like the previous homes interior, there was nothing that stood one apart from the rest and certainly nothing memorable. Don't get me wrong, they had all the mod cons you could want in a kitchen, however the red or grey glass splash backs, high gloss kitchens and grey carpets throughout did nothing for these homes and will date very quickly. Then I came across a show home with a difference, it was in complete contrast to the rest. The builder had incorporated character opting for gorgeous Hamptons style kitchens with hidden rangehoods and not a grey carpet, grey tile or fleck of red was to be seen. Instead, wide engineered oak floorboards, character fireplaces, even the odd barn door. In fact, you could have stripped this home of its furnishing and it still had heaps of character (more about this home in another post). 

In a traditional style home a classic kitchen will never date, it will add charm and be just as desirable in years to come as long as you don't spoil it by painting it bright blue. If you prefer something more modern, classic style cabinetry could be combined with contemporary finishes as seen is some of the images below...

2. A traditional home deserves a kitchen befitting - Photographer Emily Jenkins Followill 
3. This kitchen leans towards traditional cabinetry with a mix of industrial suspension lights and a contemporary kitchen table and chairs. Warmth has been introduced with wooden stools and the large wooden wicker basket on the wall
4. Photography- Werner Segarra
5. Classic shaker style with a combination of wood and granite bench tops
6. Shaker with interesting door hardware. A butlers sink continues the traditional trend and marble tops complete the look
7. This kitchen definitely is a blend of old meets new. The subway tiles are traditional but grouting them in a dark colour modernises the look. A contemporary style range hood, stainless steel bench tops and over sized hardware keep the kitchen looking modern yet it still has character
8. Kitchen design - Studio 212 Interiors (see close up below)
 9. Shaker style cabinets, hand made tiles and a contemporary tap, along with the unusual  bench top give this kitchen a more modern look - Studio 212 Interiors
10. Kitchen design - Jodi Fleming Design
11. Chunky wooden bench tops add soul and warmth to a predominantly white colour palette

Image sources: 1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11

I do realise that the charm and character of this style of kitchen does not work for every house. Contemporary, sleek kitchens can look stunning when they are designed to work with a certain architecture. If you are someone who has an older home then work with it its existing architectural features or if they have been stripped away, add them back by installing a beautiful traditional style kitchen that I personally feel, will never date.

If you are looking for kitchen ideas, you may find the following post helpful also a link to my kitchen Pinterest board on traditional kitchens:

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend


  1. I love looking through your posts - feels like sitting down with a good magazine. Thanks for the inspiration Lee!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Susan. When I started to post regularly, that was the feeling I wanted people to have but have drifted away a little from the medley of ideas I used to post. You now have me thinking about re-introducing the weekly inspiration posts that used to include DIY ideas and the odd recipe to make it more like a magazine feel.


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