Neutrals such as whites, off-whites, beiges and grays fit well with a traditional kitchen. Deep color like maroon or sage can also feel neutral. Bright reds or blues are appropriate only as accent colors. Think of the coloring in a traditional kitchen as more of an absence of color. Rich wood work, white cabinetry, veins in marble or variations in the tile back splash, the richness of floor tiles or the wood itself are what sets the tone, allowing the backdrop color to fall away.
Countertop materials in a traditional kitchen include marble or granite with a bullnose or rounded edges. You should avoid sharp edges in a traditional kitchen because the style is softer and more curvy. Chiarilli likes Carrara marble since it's a versatile stone that can be used in any style. Absolute black granite also creates a classic look. Paired with glazed white raised panel cabinetry, black and white become a stunning traditional design.