Published at Sunday, October 29th 2017. by Carel Nicolas in Kitchen Design Ideas.
Taking its inspiration from the elegant, romantic Victorian era in Europe, Victorian kitchen design often features luxurious materials, antique furniture, soothing color palettes and intricate details. One of the hallmarks of Victorian kitchen design is an open kitchen space.
That's not to say that modern kitchens can't, shouldn't or don't feature man-made materials—they almost always do, and often to great effect. Granite countertops, sleek hardwood floors and expertly designed wooden furniture featuring the signature curves and angles of modern design can often be found in modern kitchens.
Appliances and accessories run the gamut in Italian kitchen design, from simple stainless steel designs that can work with anything from a Tuscan design to Mediterranean style Italian kitchen, to vintage or more modern styles in bright and bold colors. In general, the more natural and earthy the overall design, the better it will pair with appliances and cooking accessories that feature a more straightforward, traditional design, as opposed to leaning more contemporary or modern.
Open U-shaped and L-shaped designs are common, with a kitchen island (a common inclusion in many Victorian kitchen designs) providing extra space for food preparation and storage. Classic farm-style sinks, great for food preparation or cleanup after large meals, are also a stylish element often featured in Victorian kitchens. Furniture is often antique or antique-looking, to match the casual but still Old-World feel.
The kitchen island in Victorian kitchen designs can also be made from a repurposed dresser or cabinet in the Victorian style, often featuring intricately carved cutouts, crown molding and other classic design flourishes like brass hardware in flowing, floral designs. Similarly, cabinets in Victorian kitchen design often boast an antique design, with crown molding, cutouts and elegant hardware all common choices.
Cooking supplies and implements are often featured prominently, whether in containers on countertops or hanging from antique racks. A common theme is relaxed elegance and lived-in luxury—Italian kitchens feel like spaces you'd be happy to spend long stretches of time in, as opposed to rushing in and out on the way to your next appointment.