Old-world style is defined by picturesque elements that invoke the charm of European villages. Use these kitchen ideas for inspiration.
While true old-world kitchens have a wood-burning hearth, this kitchen creates the aura with its massive brick arch above the range's recess. The antique island evokes the look of a log worktable like those that anchored kitchens of yore.
Classic architectural details give this kitchen its old-world character. The cabinets feature columns, capitals, pediments, raised panels, beaded edges, and Greek-key molding. Dark, transparent glazes applied onsite give the kitchen cabinets instant heritage.
Unusual angles and little niches give this kitchen the kind of quirky charm found in old European homes. The homeowners wanted modern conveniences within a kitchen that looked as if it had been there for ages. Cabinetry dressed in a muted shade of earthy green and a rough wall finish achieve the look.
Mediterranean touches mingle with Arts and Crafts style in this remodeled kitchen, yielding a hybrid that ends up looking more European than American. Cherry cabinetry, oak flooring, and stainless-steel appliances respect the home's Craftsman roots, while the arches, plaster, copper, and tile are Old World.
Here's a modern take on a Parisian townhouse, where a subtle sheen of pewter-color paint and the aging effect of stone cement the French flavor. Powered by natural light streaming in from windows flanking the cooktop, coordinating shades of brown, cream, and white brighten the pewter.
Soapstone, granite, and pine are the cornerstone elements of this informal kitchen with its old-world feeling. The oval window above the sink as well as the Moroccan pendant lights the homeowner found in England add an almost medieval sense to the space.