Classic or traditional kitchen
A traditional kitchen is a style that evokes comfort and familiarity with an emphasis on formality and derives from Victorian Windsor and Queen Anne style. Traditional kitchens feel timeless, are elegant, and are highly structured with a strong focus on symmetry and balance. Traditional features might include moulded solid wood door and panels stained or clear finishes, white painted paneled finishes, fluting, blocks, rosettes, trims, beading, arched and detailed paneled cabinet doors, and a mildly ornate moulding on top of cabinets (Mallory, n.d.).
Classic benchtops are marble or granite and bright brass hardware and fixtures. In most cases, the stone can have a contrasting colour with the cabinets such as white doors and black granite. Hence, when to specify a dark benchtop for a light cabinetry, make sure you don’t make involuntary reference to a traditional style. Benchtop edging-wise will be bull nose in full or half and Dupont with all its variations and ogees. Typical splashback are tiles, plain or ornate. Fragment from the book: "Kitchen Designer-Your Dream Job" by Valentin Tinc
Typical classical kitchen with white gloss cabinetry, central panel for doors and drawers, top moulding, contrasting stone with full bull nose, and tiled splashback. Photo courtesy: Smith and Smith Cabinet Makers, Melbourne.