Photo Gallery: Traditional Kitchens
Beautiful kitchens with lasting appeal.
In designer Nam Dang-Mitchell’s kitchen, bare hardwood floors, Cortona Azul limestone counters, an apron sink and an arched wall lined with Carrara marble subway tiles speak of the utilitarian mood and architecture of old British kitchens and sculleries.
A polished-nickel gooseneck faucet, herringbone marble backsplash and white CaesarStone countertops are classic choices that will feel fresh for many years.
In the eat-in kitchen, chairs with a pretty coral motif on the backs are upholstered in hard-wearing navy blue faux-crocodile fabric.
Warm cross-cut oak floors look stunning against the creamy millwork. Homeowner Alyson Wood chose the eye-catching pendant lights because they were reminiscent of a ship’s antique polished-brass fixtures.
In Marilyn Denis’ compact but functional kitchen, the island does double duty as a work surface and a TV console (the screen is hidden behind doors which face out to the adjacent living room).
At the homeowners’ request, designer and TV host Sarah Richardson completely gutted this kitchen and reimagined it as a classically inspired space with beautiful millwork and dentil mouldings. A refurbished skylight floods the room with natural light. Instead of eating in the formal dining room (now used as a family room), the family takes their meals at the kitchen’s antique French wine-tasting table.
To complement the classical theme, Richardson opted for Calacatta Vision marble floors. “I like that they’re not strictly grey and white, but have veins of green and blue which offer flexibility in terms of other colours to draw out of the room.”
HGTV star and Toronto designer Tommy Smythe wanted to bow to the past and nod to the now in this Victorian redesign. He chose white upper cabinets for a traditional feel, but then added a contemporary touch with grey lower cabinets. Brass detailing on the hood and hardware adds warmth to the spacious kitchen.
Designer Sophie Burke included glass-front, Shaker-style cabinets in her parents’ Vancouver kitchen to house her mother’s china. “We both love white dishes!” Burke says.
A classic symmetrical design was used for this eat-in kitchen. The distressed table and gingham-upholstered antique chairs add rustic charm, while drawers beneath the banquette make full use of space.
A traditional New England–style kitchen is always in fashion. Glass doors lighten up the expanse of Shaker cabinetry. For the countertops, the designer chose honed Nero Assoluto black granite, and honed and waxed Statuario marble for the island.
Designer Philip Mitchell’s 6 x 16-foot galley kitchen fits right into his traditional–style condo. Shallow storage drawers are hidden in the toekicks, and hold less used items like fine silverware. Leaded-glass panes help make the tight space look larger.
An ebonized wood island with a Carrara marble counter grounds this all-white kitchen by designer Anne Hepfer. Pale blue leather upholstery is easy to wipe clean and coordinates with the roman shades and fabrics used elsewhere in the kitchen.
In Michelle Hanna’s sophisticated kitchen, a single, treasured tile, featured over the kitchen’s Aga range, served as inspiration for the whole house. Michelle, who works for Gluckstein Design Planning, had a panelled dog door (far right) custom-made to keep the kitchen clear while she cooks.
Designer Scott Yetman worked with the owners of this Laurentian home to make it practical yet elegant. They chose an airy, light colour scheme, allowing views of the outdoor scenery stand out. In construction, a space was specially designed to feature a dish the homeowners found in Italy. The worn leather stools add warmth.
Sleek stainless steel detailing on the range hood puts a contemporary spin on traditional style. In this kitchen designed by Jennifer Worts, a symmetrical layout enhances the timeless appeal of Shaker-style cabinetry. Glass pendants hang like jewels over the large Calacatta marble-topped island, granting a clear view to the backsplash.
After years of open shelves, it was time to return to solid-fronted upper cabinets for the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome’s dream country kitchen. These are House & Home’s own design, made by Heritage Kitchens.
Cameron chose classic white cabinets to contrast with the dark Hanstone countertop and graphic rug. Handmade water-hued tiles add gorgeous texture and shine. Larger industrial-inspired stainless-steel appliances make cooking easier and elevate the look of the generously sized kitchen. The cabinets around the fridge were built out to give it a more custom look without the expense of a counter-depth unit. Deep drawers for pots on either side of the stove make reaching things much easier.
Designer Brian Gluckstein advises homeowners to keep it simple when it comes to cupboards, flooring and countertops, since those materials are expensive to replace if you get bored of them. “Don’t go over the top on anything that can’t be changed easily. If you order electric blue cabinets, you better really like the colour — you’ll be stuck with it for a while,” he says. In this family-friendly kitchen, he chose practical honed granite countertops to hide fingerprints, and installed brackets under the breakfast bar to help define spaces for stools. The panelling-covered fridge is a luxe touch.
Though designer Colette van den Thillart wouldn’t have chosen black granite for the countertops, she admits the kitchen in her London home is highly functional.
In this kitchen, white uppers were fitted with glass doors to showcase the homeowners’ extensive glassware collection. A large island with an integrated stovetop makes cooking and entertaining a breeze.
Rich tones like the cream finish on the handmade backsplash tiles and the hardwood floors give this room an innate warmth. Designer and homeowner Jeanette Hlinka had the original hardware replated in unlacquered brass, and it’s now oxidizing beautifully in keeping with the hardware in the rest of the house.
Modern conveniences, like the wall-mounted spigot tap over the stove for filling pots, update this country home kitchen. Massive stone corbels support the range hood, adding interest and a sense of history to the new-build house.
In this French-style kitchen, ceilings are a soaring 16 feet high. A large table in the center of the room can seat up to six, or be used as an island for additional workspace. Painted floors and painted wood furniture lend a light, fresh feeling.
Being the co-owner and executive chef at one of Canada’s top-ranked restaurants means David Lee doesn’t entertain at home all that often. So, when he and his wife, Jennifer O’Brien, get the chance, they like to indulge. Lots of counter space and a six-burner stove are essentials for David, who likes to serve his guests lobster, shaved truffles and Peking duck.