Traditional kitchen styles


Even a quick flick through our portfolio of kitchens will show the bespoke nature of everything project we undertake. Bristol and the south-west of England is full of characterful older properties, all with unique layouts and design requirements. So if a cabinet needs to be exactly 924mm wide to fit perfectly, then that’s what you’ll get with Sustainable Kitchens.

The starting point for any bespoke design is to decide whether you’d like a traditional kitchen style, or a more contemporary design. From here, we can experiment with all the embellishments and materials that will make your kitchen completely unique to you and your lifestyle.

If you’re looking for traditional kitchen inspiration, look no further. Traditional can be surprisingly versatile, as demonstrated in these 3 styles.

Traditional Kitchen Styles #1: Classic Shaker

We’ll start with our most popular design. With classic recessed panels and frames that are scribed straight to the floor, these clean lines can be tweaked to suit any style of home.

Scandinavian Woodland Kitchen with painted shaker cabinets and pine floor

How is this traditional kitchen built?

In our Shaker kitchens, the oak doors are set within an oak frame with a recessed panel. You can choose to have it painted in whatever colour you like. We often find our clients fall in love with the colours offered by Little Greene and Farrow & Ball; though we’re certainly not limited in that sense. You can read more about some of the eco-friendly paint brands we like here.

Can I see an example?

Step into a Scandinavian Woodland with this Bristol Shaker kitchen, which puts high quality, sustainably-sourced wood front and centre of its design.

Traditional Kitchen Styles #2: Shaker with frame beading detail

Adding a simple beading detail around the frame of within the door panels can bring a delicate detail to your cabinetry.

18th century manor house kitchen traditional Belfast sink, concrete worktop and metro tile splashback

How is this traditional kitchen built?

We use a Jack Mitre joint in the frame, so the beading runs all the way around the doors and drawers. Just like the classic Shaker, the door and the frame are both made from solid, sustainably-sourced oak, and display a recessed panel.

Can I see an example?

Our 18th Century Manor House kitchen, featured by the Telegraph as an example of exquisite kitchen design, shows how the Shaker style can be subtly altered to bring individual personality to even the most traditional of rooms.

Traditional Kitchen Styles #3: Country kitchen

To achieve a traditional country cottage feel in your kitchen, we look closely at extra handcrafted embellishments like moulded or raised door panels, chamfered frames, decorative feet and corbels.

Traditional Country Kitchen with natural stone wall

How is this traditional kitchen built?

Our country kitchens are built in a similar way to our classic Shaker, although with Ovolo or Ogee mouldings within the door panel.

Can I see an example?

Tour our Traditional Country Kitchen for inspiration on how to create a kitchen that feels like it’s always been there (with a few hidden modern conveniences).

There are so many different ways to adapt the classic traditional kitchen styles to you. If you are inspired and want to see how Sustainable Kitchens can do this for you get in touch today.

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