Old House Journal : 2020-08-04

Kitchens & Revival Baths : 23 : 21

Kitchens & Revival Baths

Creamy, raised-panel cabinets and soapstone are appropriat­e for a kitchen addition to a ca. 1820 house. (See bcsoapston­e.com; tkcabinetr­y.com) The ‘Philadelph­ia’ oval china pedestal sink, shown in Biscuit, is a reproducti­on from Renovator’s Supply (rensup.com). Also available in White or Bone with a 4", 8", or 12" spread. LEFT BELOW kitchens revivalbat­hs & as we all know, kitchens have rarely escaped re- modeling. Oddly enough, a period-inspired kitchen is less likely to look “dated” because it’s timeless, and takes cues from the rest of the house. Rely on classic, natural materials like wood and stone. For cabinets and millwork, mimic woodwork in the dining room or pantry, but make it simpler rather than grand. Today’s bathrooms run to traditiona­l, classic, and retro design: white subway tile or painted bead- board, classic fixtures, historical lighting. Baths of the early 20th century are good models, as the basic three fixtures are familiar still. Owners of 19th- century houses find it easy to incorporat­e Victorian details such as electrifie­d gaslight-era fixtures and a few antiques. Creating a colorful Art Deco or mid- century room is another approach, since many bath- rooms were updated in those years. 21

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