Today’s kitchens are far removed from those of our mothers and grandmothers. Traditionally, their kitchens were a little old world and country, with roosters and apples galore. They may have had some diverse elements (though not many!) and certainly had a more rustic feel. Warm wood was the texture seemingly everywhere, from the floor to the cabinets and even the table. The devil is in the detail with both past and present, but the meaning is vastly different.
Cabinetry in traditional kitchens was often framed or flush inset. They featured a glazed or antiqued finish, with raised doors and exposed hinges. There were often ornate moldings in and around the cabinets as well as the islands and walls themselves. Farmhouse sinks abound. Decorative lighting, such as that now found more in dining rooms (think crystal and brass chandeliers or lanterns), were often seen in more classic kitchens.