There’s nothing like keeping a home traditional. The magic of established customs and surroundings comfortable to any gender or age is impossible to replicate. With a traditional home, you get no curveballs- no wild, unexpected pieces of furniture. A calm, serene image is established by filling your home with a traditional style. Yet one of the most difficult rooms to decorate traditionally is the kitchen. As a room built up solely of appliances and utilities, it can be difficult to sprinkle traditional fixtures meant solely for decoration. How can you successfully extend that traditional feeling to your kitchen?
1. Avoid Commemorative Dishes.
While you might like the look of that Darth Vader shot-glass and the AC/DC plate next to it, it detracts from the personality of the kitchen. It’s perfectly fine to own unique dishes, but keeping them out in the open will certainly appear odd to visitors when the rest of the room is neat and subdued.
2. Hang a Tranquil Picture Above The Doorway.
A kitchen is made warm and inviting by the person cooking in it and the smell of what they’re cooking. Hanging a serene picture above the kitchen is another great way of inspiring a relaxed mood. The image can be anything from a sailboat, to a beautiful field, or a breathtaking landscape- nature scenes are most appreciate, family photos are best saved for the den.
3. Put Up A Cuckoo Clock.
Nothing beats the old-fashioned cuckoo clock as a wall fixture. It serves the dual purpose of giving a measurement of time for people cooking and as a familiar fixture to any visitors.
4. A Bowl of Fruit.
By keeping a fresh bowl of complimentary fruit on your kitchen counter, you inspire thoughts of a healthy lifestyle as well as paint something of a serene image for your kitchen. An apple, a banana, some grapes, a peach, an orange and a one of your personal favorites will make a great bowl!
5. A Cutting Board.
Not enough people own cutting boards these days. Guests that see you using this wooden utensil instead of the bare kitchen counter to place and slice food will be impressed.
6. A Plant.
Nothing gives a room that classic, inviting feel like a plant. You should select a low-maintenance plant if you fear you’ll forget to water it often. Fortunately it’ll be close to the sink, so you shouldn’t forget!
7. Wooden Stools.
Sometimes people like to chat with whoever happens to be cooking. Oftentimes they find it either to be a bit uncomfortable or awkward to simply stand around in the kitchen. While a regular chair would be a bit too big to have multiple ones in the kitchen, the classic wooden stool can be placed in a pair in the kitchen.
8. A Tea Cupboard.
This one hinges on whether or not you drink tea- if not, skip this suggestion. A nice, modest cupboard is great for housing cups, boxes of tea, and giving the impression that your kitchen is a place to sit and sip Earl Grey while chatting.
9. A Radio.
Avoid CD players for this one, a classic radio is what you’ll need. If turned on, keep it at a humble volume and don’t tune into anything offensive.
10. A Bread Box.
This one delves back into a nearly forgotten tradition- the bread box. This wooden box is meant to always have a nice supply of fresh bread. A sandwich can quickly be made, or toast for breakfast, or even just a plain slice as a quick, healthy snack.