With the emergence of new styles and modern conveniences, today’s kitchens have undergone a complete transformation. Along with the appliances, the tile, tabletop and kitchen worktop assemblies have also been refurbished. Even so, there are certain people who prefer to give their kitchens an authentic and traditional look and thus Old World style kitchens have managed to maintain their position.
Old World kitchens were designed in a unique way. They were typically heavily decorated with distinctive door styles, finished in layers and stacked with trim to provide a visual feast. The most commonly used wood for Old World furniture was oak or cherry. Old World-style kitchen accessories included copper poles, baskets, chopping blocks, pots, and antique serving pieces. The floors were made of tile or wood finishes. Wood and tile finish differed in level of darkness, wear, sanding, paint, and edges. Kitchen walls were painted with faux, stucco, or textured finishes. The hardware was littered with weathered hammered iron pieces and heavy, bulky pieces. Kitchen layouts generally consisted of hearths such as kitchen centers, loose furniture, and tables that are used as islands, but they had large open storage areas.
Old World-style kitchens incorporated crown molding in great combinations of stacked molding, crown posts, large arches, or beamed ceilings. The countertops of these kitchens were preferably in any of the three options of stone, rustic tile and wood.
Old World style kitchens were more suitable for large and large homes and were not affordable styles for small homes. The original beauty of these kitchens can still be seen in some houses, which were built in the 19th century. They are often referred to as dark age kitchens because of the old, antique feel they bring to the entire home.