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Traditional Design Features

A long time popular design style that people often select for a new kitchen or a kitchen remodel is the traditional style design. This style is meant to convey a sense of European decor. But what are the components of a traditional interior design? What principles can you use to create your own traditional design style? In this article we will look at the characteristics of the traditional design style. We will also consider what materials can be used and what that has to do with the glue you select if you are the installer.

What is Traditional Style Design?

The traditional design style is a style that is patterned after features traditionally found in designs from previous eras. Hence, the name "traditional" style design.

Some of the readily noticeable features that you can quickly pick up on are:

  • Smooth Lines
  • Framed In Wall Decor
  • Sturdy Furnishings
  • Moldings That Are Carved
  • Woodwork With Detail

By keeping the features in line with the patterns in the list above, traditional design styles can be used in numerous ways with a range of colors and/or other design styles.

Traditional Color Palette

For the most part, the tradition is to make generous use of neutral colors for the walls and other large surfaces. This allows for the design to be anchored with neutrality; allowing for the other components of the design to accentuate the base.

Furnishings That Follow Tradition

Throughout history there have been a number of marks that distinguish furniture from one era from others. You may have heard terms such as claw foot, Queen Anne, or winged back chairs. These are some of the phrases that you might hear when someone is describing furnishings from a historical era. These eras from history are the sort of styles around which traditional style design is built.

Although the aforementioned types of furnishings may be included in traditional designs, they are not the only marks, there are others. Additionally, the traditional style of design can be blended with other design styles as well.

Surfaces of Traditional Style

So, what surface type would you think would be the best one for use in a traditional design? Well, here on CartridgeGlue.com, we generally break stone surfaces down into two main categories; 1) Natural Stone and 2) Engineered Stone. We have explained the difference as we use it in an article explaining natural versus engineered stone.

By definition, the traditional design style lends itself to natural stone surfaces. This is mostly because the engineered stone surfaces have only recently come into existence (relatively speaking) when compared with natural stone. And even though new developments in technology allow engineers to mimic some natural stone surfaces in looks. They smply are not the same to a critical eye that knows the difference between the two. So, what kinds of natural stone surfaces can be used in traditional designs?

Granite Surfaces In Traditional Design

Just because you want to keep it minimal, does not mean that you cannot have some patterns in your surfaces. However, many designers feel that solids are more favorable for minimalist design styles. As a result, quartz surfaces are among the favorites chosen when designers begin selecting surfaces.

Marble Is Traditional

Traditional Quartzite Surfaces

Granite, quartzite, and other natural stones in addition to the marble mentioned above have a traditional look that make them just right for the design style with that name. In fact quartzite and the other natural stones are among the oldest "traditional" materials available to designers and fabricators. However, it means that if you are doing the install with quartzite, you must be sure that the glue you use is formulated to be a glue for quartzite materials. The Glaxs adhesives can be color matched using one of the Glaxs color matching tools.

In the end, traditional design means sticking to the traditions of materials and using the elements of design in such a way that you keep the overall look and feel of the design looking they the could fit into history. Traditional designs tend to have a historical feel that appeals to many that choose it as a design style for their kitchen or home. Knowing the basic design elements can help you achieve that outcome with your design.