9. Apron-front sinks or farmhouse sinks are another signature element of traditional kitchens, though these are pretty popular in classic kitchens as well. The old-fashioned handmade character of these sinks draws a wide audience.10. Luxury countertop materials. Calacatta and Statuary marble, walnut butcher block, quartzite and light granites are all popular choices for traditional kitchen countertops. Even though marble is a more high-maintenance choice, it has an Old World feel that keeps drawing people back to it. There are also lots of manmade quartz materials that simulate the look of marble and limestone if you want something easier to deal with. Honed or nonshiny finishes on countertops seem to be more traditional in general, although polished stone does show up occasionally.11. Ornate and decorative lighting. Traditional kitchens boast crystal or brass chandeliers, lantern-style lights — generally speaking, lighting that you might expect to see in a dining room more than a kitchen. This trend is certainly less Old World, since the kitchens of the past weren't used the way we use them today, but this sort of lighting makes them feel more like living rooms than utilitarian spaces.