Remodeling Period Kitchens, Cabinets, Style, Color, Keeping the Look.
Are you lucky enough to own a beautiful period home? Maybe you’ve recently moved into an older property and are looking at renovating. When you’re remodeling an older kitchen and dining space, it can be a challenge to provide a classic look but – with a contemporary feel.
With our everyday lives being so busy, our kitchen spaces are used as a central hub of your home activity. Making sure you keep one eye on making sure you can enjoy the architectural and features of a period home and also enjoy all the labor-saving accessories that we know all come to expect in our kitchens, should be top of your priority list.
Modern kitchens have so many aspects which can make our hectic lives easier and so it can be important to make sure you keep as many original features in your home but also making sure you have the functionality of ultra-sleek and modern appliances.
“When you’re remodeling an older space, it can be a challenge to provide
a classic look but with a contemporary feel.”
Let’s take a look below at how you can make sure you get the perfect mix and the best of a period and modern world when remodeling your kitchen.
How do I remodel a period kitchen? When remodeling a period kitchen, it is important to consider the features of your period home. Investigate the kinds of paint colors, cabinetry, any special molding features and all hardware to keep an authentic look within the age of your home. Add in modern functionalities, for a perfect mix.
If you’re designing a new kitchen for a period home maybe a Georgian, Victorian or even a vintage property, its crucially important to complement the property’s architectural style. However, this rarely calls for an authentic recreation of the original design, but rather an authentic interpretation.
It could be that you’re looking to add cabinetry that reflects the era of your home such as decorative detail, or you could be looking at using some modern minimalist units that reflect the period of your home through its proportions or wall colors, for example.
Details Matter Most
It’s the details that matter most, so make sure you look to include key pieces inspired by history such as a pantry, butler or Belfast sink, and maybe add some open shelving to displaying extra features that your home would have once used, such as an old flat iron, a Victorian set of scales, or beautiful wooden kitchen tools which would give an insight into the kitchen’s original functional purpose.
So let’s take a look below and find out how to create an authentic Victorian kitchen style, don’t forget to get in touch with one of expert kitchen designers to discuss your requirements and any other advice on how to create a stunning period kitchen remodel.
“It’s the details that matter most, so make sure you look to include key pieces inspired by history”
Victorian Style Kitchens
Queen Victoria’s long reign from 1837 to 1901 embraces many types of furniture styles.
Food storage areas might include a wine cellar, a dry goods store, a vegetable store, a game larder including hanging racks, a fish larder, all separate and specifically designed to house their contents.
Not all Victorian houses have all of these separate areas however, the minimum a respectable middle-class house would possess would be a kitchen, scullery, larder and coal store. Often corresponding to our modern-day kitchen, laundry room, downstairs closet and shed.
Let’s take a look below at two of the most important styles to keep the historic Victorian element in your dining room.
Often Victorian style looks at a more utilitarian approach loosely based on sculleries or butlers pantries. This is the true feel of a working Victorian style home.
Generally, the focus is on a show stopping range cooker, freestanding larders, fabulous open shelf style dressers with bags of room to store your Victorian flea market finds and a huge beautifully worn farmhouse style wooden kitchen table.
The kitchen cabinet design which we associate with Victorian design is usually styled more on the ‘upstairs’ parlor design. However, mixed with elements could be termed as more ‘below stairs’ which could include a glass fronted dresser, butlers sink and a range cooker.
Remodeling a Decorative Victorian
To keep a Victorian theme, it is perfect to also add in some of the more decorative type features found in Victorian kitchens, which are just as important as the more functional elements.
Grander Victorian-inspired designs sometimes can have higher levels of decoration than Georgian styles. These can include elaborate scroll and corbels, dentil molding and carved pilasters, which can give a more elegant Victorian look to your kitchen.
If your kitchen has a Cathedral arch door or the barley twist type pilasters influenced by The Gothic Revival period, this is also classed as Victorian. Look to bringing this period look up to date and give a more modern twist with wicker baskets and open wine racks which easily adds the functionality of the Victorian era into your space.
Take a look below at ways to continue your Victorian theme into your kitchen and dining space.
- Cream or white painted cabinetry mixed with oak or teak worktops
- A large cook’s table or island unit
- Pulley clothes dryer above a range cooker
- Freestanding furniture such as a glassware/crockery dresser
- Copper items such as jelly molds and kettles
- Ornate cornicing, twisted pilasters and Cathedral arch doors
- Scullery style wet area with butler’s sink
- Dentil molding and intricately carved corbels
Georgian Kitchen Style
The Georgian period 1714 -1830, covers the reign of four King Georges, which also includes the Regency period of George IV. Since this era spans more than 100 years, it can be quite difficult to define a single design style for furniture of this era.
Georgian style is somewhere between the simplicity of a Shaker-style kitchen door, and the more decorated and ‘upstairs’ ornate Victorian style.
Georgian kitchens are characterized by having a very strong classic look that can be made grander with impressive paneled mantels and full-height imposing larders. Sometimes this look can be kept simpler for a cottage or farmhouse kitchen.
Why not add a Beautiful Georgian mantel shelf over your range cooker or hob. This is perfect to display pretty crockery, or maybe a beautiful glass cake stand, or even a pitcher and bowl.
Take a look below at some ideas that will continue your Georgian period theme in your home.
- Painted finishes – often greys and blues
- Granite or marble worktops
- Butler’s sinks and bridge taps
- Raised and fielded panel doors, with bolection molding
- Drawers edged with cock-bead or pencil molding for delicate detail
- Grand mantelpieces with raised panels and solid corbels
- Bronze drop handles, cup handles and knobs
“Georgian style is somewhere between the simplicity of a Shaker-style kitchen door, and the more decorated and ‘upstairs’ ornate Victorian style.”
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