Detail defines a traditional kitchen. There should be embellishment and adornment everywhere. Not done in an overbearing way but rather built in carefully planned layers that cover every aspect of the cabinetry and architecture of the room.
The detail starts with the door design and extends to all elements of the kitchen. In this Hampton kitchen the traditional inframe lines of the door are complimented by the use of tongue and groove end panels, Georgian framed glazed dresser units and framed open units on the island and above the dressers. The theme extends to the room itself with the use of ornate cornicing, mullioned windows, roman blinds and traditional tiles and light fittings. Even the tile pattern is designed to add an additional level of detail.
In keeping with the idea that more is more, add ornamentation with pilasters, mouldings and corbels. Where possible, break the straight lines of the kitchen by incorporating steps, recesses and changes in worktop and unit height.
Loose the modern fully fitted look by incorporating free standing pieces such as dressers, larders and window seats or leaving open spaces, particularly on the wall units.
In terms of work surfaces, luxurious, rich textured granites and marbles dominate often combined with the warmth of real wood such as oak, walnut and iroko.
With regard to sinks, the ceramic Belfast sink is a clear favourite, paired with an ornate swan neck bridge tap and often stepped out to keep adding those layers of detail.
Finally, space permitting, an overmantel can be used to stunning effect to create a focal point in the kitchen. Very few homes come complete with a chimney breast above the cooking space. Create the desired effect using stud work with a simple mantel shelf and corbels. Add detail with additional lay-on panelling or construct the entire overmantel from bespoke cabinetry. The effect is the same. It breaks the fitted lines of a modern kitchen and adds extra levels of detail and opportunities for embellishment.