How to design a classic kitchen that won’t date

We spend more on renovating our kitchen than on any other room in the house – and we usually only do it once. It’s not surprising, then, that we want to come up with a design we’ll always love that won’t look dated 10 years down the line. But how can you be sure that your choices will stand the test of time? Here are our tips for creating a classic kitchen.

Choose time-honoured materials

Certain finishes never seem to go out of fashion in the kitchen, such as mid-toned wood, marble, stainless steel and glass. They all have a neutrality that mixes well with other colours and materials and, because they have been popular for a long time, they don’t seem to belong to any particular decade. This makes them safe to use in your classic kitchen design. Coloured glass panels in a soft shade such as white, cream, grey, taupe, pale blue, sage or lavender will always look restful and understated, allowing them to blend into the background rather than make a dramatic – and potentially overly trendy – design statement. Similarly, mirrored and metallic glass have a look of effortless elegance that will always be appealing. If you fancy something a little more unusual, glass printed with an image that’s personal to you will have enduring appeal.

 

Stick to clean and simple lines

Trends in kitchen layouts come and go, but clean lines and streamlined surfaces are always pleasing to the eye. A carefully planned layout, integrated appliances, and upper and lower cabinets with a uniform depth, ensure a space looks sleek and modern rather than old-fashioned and fussy. Super smooth surfaces can really help, too – handleless doors, clutter-free worktops and polished surfaces such as glass splashbacks, will all combine to give a clean, crisp finish to your classic kitchen.

 

Go for traditional colours

Some shades have been seen in kitchens for many years, whether on walls, cabinets or accessories. Always popular, they’re very unlikely to date in the coming decades. Neutrals such as white and cream are probably the most commonly found, while pale grey is fast establishing itself as a modern classic colour. Add to these the perennially popular cornflower blue, pale green and aqua, and you have a traditional palette that will very likely have lasting style. We have a wide range of neutrals and pastels to choose from that have been customer favourites for many years.

 

Avoid the trend of the moment

Every decade has its signature kitchen – mustard yellow in the 70s, flouncy country style in the 80s, natural wood and granite in the 90s, coloured gloss cabinets in the 2000s and, now, dark blue Shaker style cupboards are seriously on-trend. If you love the look and are confident you’ll always be happy with it, then go for it! But if you’re worried about timelessness, it may be best to stick to a design that can’t be pinned to a specific era. If in doubt, a simple white design will usually be considered a classic kitchen.

 

Keep contrast to a minimum

Tonal designs, that feature several shades of one main colour, are easy on the eye and produce a calming effect. This approach is less likely to date than a mix of colours that might seem up-to-the-minute but could rapidly fall from favour. Our custom paint-mixing service allows us to create glass panels in bespoke shades that will either match other surfaces in your kitchen or, if you prefer, be slightly lighter or slightly darker. Either way, the overall vibe will be elegant, soothing and timeless.

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