Adding Modern Elements into a Traditional Style Kitchen
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Many homes feature traditional kitchens that require only occasional updates and maintenance to stay looking their best. However, a completely traditional kitchen can look a little stiff or formal for a busy family. Introducing a few modern elements into a classically styled kitchen can liven up the space without giving it an overly eclectic look.
Add Bursts of Color
Bright colors are great for introducing modern style to a kitchen, but they can quickly overwhelm more traditional features if they’re overused. Try introducing just small bursts of color that match other shades in the existing palette of the kitchen’s design. For example, a small rug or a wall canvas with a pop of color is enough to add liveliness without tilting the style too far into the modern end of the spectrum.
Try Polished Finishes for Drama and Shine
For a transitional style that introduces a hint of modernity without going too far, try swapping out the fixtures with new ones featuring polished finishes. Polished chrome is the most modern option, but it still looks perfectly traditional when used on the right type of kitchen faucet. Polished brass is an excellent choice for adding dramatic shine while still adhering closely to a traditional look to match the rest of the kitchen.
Bridge Faucets Close the Gap Between Styles
The look of the faucet itself also plays a vital role in how it modernizes a traditional style, not just its finish. Bridge faucets, in particular, are ideal for giving a kitchen a transitional style that is firmly rooted in both modern and traditional décor. The raised and connected base of these faucets makes them look like an instant classic, but contemporary details and finishes can make them look updated.
Stay Neutral with Countertops and Floors
Regardless of the traditional and modern details chosen for the room, try to stay neutral with the countertops and floors to tie the room together. The walls and cabinets can then be designed with modern or traditional sensibilities in mind without completely skewing the décor one way or the other. These flat surfaces are ideal for keeping neutral since they’re changed more often than cabinets and paint colors due to wear and tear.