Design an Old World Kitchen

From hand-carved wood to richly veined marble, these design details are ideal for outfitting your kitchen with Old World charm.
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Old World Craftsmanship

Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris Home created a rich, Old World ambiance with dark woods, cabinetry carved to look like antique furniture and comfortable upholstered stools. Photography by Rachael Boling

Timeless Details

A wood floor and vintage stove are among the salient details in this kitchen. Pendant lighting and a display of copper pots complete the Old World look. Design by McKee Patterson, AIA; photography by John Bessler

Above the Curve

Arched leaded-glass windows and a barrel ceiling create a casual, Old World aesthetic. Design by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris Home; photography by Rachael Boling

Heightened Design

Soaring wood-beamed ceilings, double-height windows and intricately edged marble countertops add architectural splendor. Stone flooring and bisque-colored cabinets keep the palette neutral and elegant. Design by Heather Moe; photography by Dan Forster

Hidden Gems

Distressed finishes and crystal chandeliers add a touch of elegance. That antique mirrored armoire? Look again: It's the refrigerator. Design by Brigitte Fabi; photography by Eric Hausman

From: Drury Design

Ornate Overhead

Coffered ceilings were set over the 70-square-foot island in this grand space. Laser-cut moldings and custom finials adorn this unusual overhead treatment, and can be found throughout the room. Design by Kathy Cvetkovich of Willowbrook Design; photography by TK

Old Meets New

Heavily carved moldings, corbels and countertops combine to make this kitchen an Old World gem. But there's plenty of room for new-world technology — including a built-in television. Design by Cathy Sparling, CKD; photography by Theresa Gruenwald