Pair European designs with modern elements to produce an Old World kitchen style.
The Old World kitchen is often the design of choice for homeowners who appreciate intricate moldings, hand-carved details, dark wood floors and rustic charm. The hallmark of a European-influenced style is a touch of elegance balanced by a fresh mix of various design elements.
Make a grand statement by designing an Old World kitchen that pairs worn, distressed cream-white cabinetry with dark wood floors and slate-gray granite countertops. Design an island made from worn light-blue wood to stand as the centerpiece of the kitchen. Accent it with a fancy chandelier that has electric lighting made to look like candles.
Another design concept is the pairing of medium-toned wood cabinets with creamy granite countertops and a kitchen island made from a wood that matches the cabinets. Try matching this design with a neutral-toned checkerboard marble flooring.
While various elements of an Old World kitchen are heavy and dark, modern pops of yellows and greens will blend with the overall design while keeping the room bright and appealing. The ultimate key to achieving this kitchen design is in the details—each Old World kitchen design is distinct because of the attention paid to every nook and cranny in the space.
Design an Old World Kitchen
From hand-carved wood to richly veined marble, these design details are ideal for outfitting your kitchen with Old World charm.
Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris Home created a rich, Old World ambiance with dark woods, cabinetry carved to look like antique furniture and comfortable upholstered stools.
A wood floor and vintage stove are among the salient details in this kitchen. Pendant lighting and a display of copper pots complete the Old World look.
Arched leaded-glass windows and a barrel ceiling create a casual, Old World aesthetic.
Soaring wood-beamed ceilings, double-height windows and intricately edged marble countertops add architectural splendor. Stone flooring and bisque-colored cabinets keep the palette neutral and elegant.
Distressed finishes and crystal chandeliers add a touch of elegance. That antique mirrored armoire? Look again: It’s the refrigerator.
Coffered ceilings were set over the 6,5 m2 island in this grand space. Laser-cut moldings and custom finials adorn this unusual overhead treatment, and can be found throughout the room.
Heavily carved moldings, corbels and countertops combine to make this kitchen an Old World gem. But there’s plenty of room for new-world technology — including a built-in television.