With the emergence of new styles and modern amenities, today's kitchens have undergone complete transformation. Along with the appliances, the set ups of the tiles, boards and kitchen counters also have been reformed. Even so, there are certain individuals who prefer to give their kitchens an authentic and traditional look and hence, the Old World style kitchens have been successful in sustaining their standing.
Old World kitchens were designed in a unique manner. They typically were heavily decorated with distinctive door styles, layered finishes, and stacked with moldings to provide a visual feast. The most frequently used wood for the Old World furniture was either Oak or Cherry. The Old World style kitchen accessories included copper posts, baskets, chopping blocks, crocks, and antique serving pieces. The floors were made either of tiles or wood finishing. The wood and tile finishing differed in darkness level, distressing, sandthrough, paint, and edging. The walls of the kitchen were painted with faux finishes, stucco, or textured finishes. The hardware was filled with hammered distressed iron pieces, and heavy bulky pieces. The kitchen designs usually consist of hearth like cooking centers, loose furniture pieces and tables used as islands, but had ample of open storage areas.
The Old World style kitchens incorporated moldings from the ceiling in large stacked molding combinations, crown posts, large arches, or beamed ceilings. The countertops of such kitchens were preferably in any of the three options of stone, rustic tile and wood.
The Old World style kitchens were more suitable for big and large homes and were not affordable styles for small homes. The original beauty of these kitchens can be still seen in some houses, which were built in the 1800s. They are often termed as dark ages kitchens because of the antique and ancient feel they provide to the entire house.