Traditional / Provincial Kitchens
The term ‘Provincial’ or ‘French Provincial’ is one of the most recognised design styles and to this day, its timeless aesthetic is still closely aligned with the features and characteristics found in the 17th and 18th century homes in the south of France. This classic style exudes opulence and sophistication and the recognisable features of intricate detailing and the use of natural materials and textures combine to create a rustic and warm interior. Materials are generally traditional and include beautifully crafted wooden cabinetry, stone benchtops, ceramic tiling, oversized ovens and rangehoods and timber or stone flooring.
The easiest way to identify a Traditional/Provincial kitchen is the presence of ornate and detailed cabinetry, carvings and corbels. Doors will have intricate detailing and substantial moulding giving them both dimension and character. Corbels, will usually be placed on the corners or kitchen islands or as part of a mantel on a grand built-in rangehood above a freestanding oven. Alongside these features, you may also include glass or profiled doors, turned posts and capping.
A Traditional/Provincial kitchen will predominantly use natural material sources of timber and stone. Engineered stone that mimics the look of marble or has substantial veining blends traditional style with the current trends. You will also find wrought iron, brass and other metals used, especially for lighting fixtures, chandeliers, tapware and cabinetry handles.
In keeping with the natural beauty of the timber and stone, Traditional/Provincial kitchens are typically soft and neutral in their colouring. Awash with antique whites, creams and greys, as well as other soft tones like eggshell blue and delicate shades of pale green.
To create more visual interest consider a feature splashback using ceramic tiles in bold patterns such as herringbone, subway and square shapes. For more stylised detail a pressed metal splashback evokes old world charm and opulence.
Beautiful timber panel flooring is very popular in Traditional/Provincial kitchens, however timber-look laminates, parquetry and natural stone tiles are also well suited to this style.
Antique or replica items like decorative brass taps, ceramic handles, hooks and rails add to the sense of authenticity. Featured tapware is usually lever-style and made of metal such as chrome, brushed nickel or brass with a ceramic lever for an elegant touch.
If you would like to find out more about this style and its timeless variations, contact us here at Kitchen Envy and let our experienced Design Consultants design your beautiful custom kitchen.