The Traditional Kitchen and Our Modern Enhancements

  • By Tony Mullan
  • 31 Oct, 2016

The traditional kitchen is designed to emanate warmth and comfort. Traditional design aesthetics can be inspired from a range of periods and locations, from Victorian and Edwardian styles to early American and Old World approaches.  The term ‘traditional’ encompasses many styles, but what defines a traditional kitchen is its eclectic mixture of trends and approaches, that incorporate intricacies and ornamentation not found in the ‘purist’ clean lines of contemporary kitchens. The elegance of graceful lines, detailed adornments, intricate patterns, carved molding and antique furnishings (and so much more) combine to create a kitchen that will never age.

Traditional kitchens are built to suit the style of the house for many years, if not centuries! A professionally designed contemporary kitchen will stand the test of time because it can combine a variety of textures, colours and styles so that it doesn’t adhere to a specific trend that could become outdated. Creating an original and exclusive kitchen means that it isn’t subject to current trends, however after 10-15 years even these kitchens can start to appear dated. Traditional kitchens on the other hand are still around and thriving from the Victorian times. Most traditional kitchen furniture and storage is hand painted so it can easily be touched up and repainted rather than having to be replaced, to create a whole new fresh feel to your interior.

Although traditional kitchens focus on the details, the best designs come across as not overbearing or crammed, but layered and interesting. Take the above kitchen. The architecture of the room gives it a distinctly nostalgic feel, the wooden beams framing the room and the small window details really evoking the traditional. The textures within the slab flooring, the wooden door and the checkered blinds add details that catch the eye, whilst not being too overwhelming.


Finally, the small details such as the black knobs, the plant pots and the bright painting bring everything together, creating that unique, warm and inviting aura that belongs in a traditional kitchen.

Although traditional kitchens can have a variety of different styles and aesthetics, there are some features that really define the traditional look. For instance, the cabinets. Seamless, hingeless and smooth cabinets have a contemporary feel, whilst flush inset or framed cabinetry are reminiscent of the Old World ways cabinets were built and hand constructed. Raised panel doors create more ornamentation for your kitchen, and come in a huge variety of styles that are a signature look for a traditional kitchen. Ornate lighting such as chandeliers and lanterns are a distinct look for the traditional kitchen, and add an extravagant elegance that will give your kitchen an elaborate character.

Finding it hard to make decisions? You could always go for a traditional style hand painted kitchen, but  incorporate modern accessories, such as door handles and surfaces for a more contemporary alternative look.


Book a Free Design Consultation

There are so many options to choose from to create your dream traditional kitchen, so get in touch on 01628 632033 for a free design consultation or drop us an email on info@anthonymullan.com.

By Tony Mullan 27 Nov, 2017

With the festive period coming up, we know everyone is filling up their calendar with shopping days, social events and family get-togethers. Here are our opening times so you can start planning ahead!


20th Dec - Open 8:30am - 5:00pm

21st Dec - Open 8:30am - 5:00pm

22nd Dec - Open 8:30am - 3.00pm

23rd Dec - Closed

34th Dec - Closed

25th Dec - Closed

26th Dec - Closed

27th Dec -  Book by Appointment only

28th Dec -  Book by Appointment only

29th Dec -  Book by Appointment only

30th Dec -  Book by Appointment only

31st Dec - Closed

1st Jan - Closed

2nd Jan - Open 8:30am - 5:00pm


Give our friendly team a ring on 01628 632 033 or contact us  here  to discuss how we can help over this busy December period.

Good luck with all your Christmas preparations and hope to see you soon!


By Tony Mullan 08 Nov, 2017

When redesigning your home, everyone starts at the same point. You need inspiration. From stacks of home magazines to avid Googling to scrolling through Pinterest, you could spend hours looking through random photos from all over the world. However, what if all these photos were in one place and came with advice, reviews and contact details? That’s where  Houzz  comes in! But why is it so good?

By Tony Mullan 26 Oct, 2017

We had a fantastic time exhibiting at The Homebuilding and Renovating Show in the ExCel London! Amongst interior specialists, home consultants and exhibitors from a huge range of different homebuilding sectors, our Anthony Mullan Furniture team were thriving in this amazing environment.

Showcasing our new bespoke kitchen furnishings, designs, appliances and accessories, the stand was busy with visitors wanting to be inspired and advised on all the latest kitchen innovations. We had an incredible few days and met so many amazing people looking for some fantastic bespoke ideas for their home. We are looking forward to starting some of these exciting kitchen projects soon.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and we look forward to seeing you at our next one! Give us a call on 01628 632 033 to speak to our team for more advice and expertise to improve your home with unique bespoke furniture.

By Catherine Dove 22 Sep, 2017

Well… we can’t say that for sure! We know what a crazy period Christmas can be, especially with family, friends, relatives and children all coming to join in the festivities! With so much excitement and chaos surrounding you, the benefits of having a well thought out, comprehensive and innovative kitchen really shine through the madness.

The right kitchen can completely transform your Christmas experience, ensuring the dreaded Christmas dinner preparations are as smooth and easy as possible. So here are a couple of ideas for an exciting kitchen re-design in time for the festive season.

By Tony Mullan 05 Sep, 2017

The multi-award winning home event is nearlly here. Next month, between the 11-15th October, Grand Designs Live will be taking over Birmingham’s NEC to offer all the latest trends for the home as well as many products never seen before.

Based on the Channel 4 TV series, and presented by design guru Kevin McCloud, the event is packed with over 400 exhibitors, across seven different sections offering ideas and inspiration for your very own Grand Design, however big or small.

Anthony Mullan Furniture have a place exhibiting at Stand K1, so come admire and experience the bespoke kitchen appliances, furniture and accessories that our expert team will be happy to fill you in on.

We are excited to soon be offering a limited amount of FREE tickets for this incredible event, so watch this space! 

By Tony Mullan 23 Aug, 2017

On 22-24th September we will be surrounded by an excited and buzzing crowd, everybody ready to be inspired, impressed and motivated by hundreds of renovation, interior design and installation experts. The Homebuilding & Renovating Show will be held at the ExCel in London and will boast a huge variety of exhibitors, masterclasses, demonstrations and seminars.

At Stand D131 Anthony Mullan Furniture will be exhibiting a huge range of bespoke kitchen furniture, appliances and accessories, demonstrating to visitors that their dream kitchen can easily become a reality. From a stunning bespoke kitchen island to Neff and Siemens up-to-date and innovative appliances, we will be showing off some incredible kitchen designs.

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has so much to offer, so we are especially excited to be giving away free tickets to this exciting event! Get your free tickets here and we look forward to seeing you soon.

By Tony Mullan 20 Jul, 2017

With the summer sun blistering outside, the last thing you want to do is turn on a hot oven in a stuffy kitchen and start prepping. We’ve come up with a couple of tips to ensure you can enjoy your cooking experience in a cool environment, possibly whilst drinking a nice cold glass of wine. Relax this summer, even when prepping the children’s dinner!

Use countertop appliances

Get adventurous and start planning meals that avoid using your usual range oven. How about using your slow cooker, convection oven, microwave, toastie makers and grills to make an old and easy favourite. Reducing the use of your main oven will keep your kitchen so much cooler, so embrace countertop appliances, or why not opt for salads and meals that involve no cooking altogether?


Improve your main appliances

Old ovens, dishwashers and microwaves will let more heat into your kitchen, whilst also wasting energy and utility money. We can help you choose new appliances for your kitchen that are innovative, convenient and energy-saving (and they look great too!).

By Tony Mullan 29 Jun, 2017

This is the third and final blog in a series inspiring you to think about the many functional and aesthetic benefits of getting a kitchen island in your home. If you missed out on the first and second kitchen island inspiration blogs then click  here . If you’re ready for an even better batch of island inspiration then keep reading…

By Tony Mullan 13 Jun, 2017

This is the second blog in a series inspiring you to think about the many functional and aesthetic benefits of getting a kitchen island in your home. If you missed out on the first kitchen island inspiration blog then click here. If you’re ready for even more island inspiration (and we’ve got some good ones here!) then keep reading…

This stunning island features seamless hob ensures a clean, smart look to the surface area, whilst the large square shape of this island brings you a huge amount of extra storage space, as well as a handy wine cooler!  Team it with a colourful vase of flowers and the island becomes a stunning centrepiece to your kitchen interior.

By Tony Mullan 19 May, 2017

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show takes place on 1st and 2nd July and offers a wide variety of free talks including topics on self-build, renovating, innovative products, extensions, conversions and DIY projects. Not only will there be open talks but also 1-2-1 sessions to get bespoke advice on your project - architects, planners, builders and general homebuilding & renovating experts will be ready to inspire and advise.

This is the perfect opportunity to meet all the right experts and exhibitors to give you the best advice and inspiration on your home renovation project. Catered for self builders and renovators, but open to anyone looking to improve their living area, the diversity of exhibitors, experts and showcased products will not disappoint.

From splashbacks and windows to heating, lighting and tiling… to eco flooring, landscaping and solar panels… the list really does go on. It’s an opportunity you really can’t miss.

Get your ticket  here , and don’t forget to visit us at Stand No. S775 - we’ll be ready and waiting with our expert designers to discuss your project!

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