Old-World Kitchen Design Ideas

Old-world style is defined by picturesque elements that invoke the charm of European villages. Use these kitchen ideas for inspiration.

Kitchen with Old-World Arch

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.

Kitchen with Old-World Character

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.

Charming Kitchen

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.

Kitchen Furniture

What is old-world beauty? In this kitchen, it's the feeling of substance engendered by kitchen furniture like cabinetry with prominent moldings and deep recessed panels, London-red brick-look wall surfaces, and the massive stone-and-copper range hood with colorful medallion.

European-Style Kitchen

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.

Kitchen with Old-World Color

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.

Tuscany-Inspired Kitchen

Inspired by the farmhouses and organic hues of Tuscany, this kitchen has multiple focal points. But wherever you look, the blend of stone, wood, and natural color is definitely European. Provencal-style panels in the island soften straight edges.

Informal Kitchen

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.

Old-World Kitchen with Country Style

A rich, old-look style with a country flavor describes this multifaceted kitchen. Limestone floor tiles and wooden barstools at an island featuring column supports add layers of old-world sensibility and natural warmth. The result is a depth of style and a sense of age in a modern kitchen.

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