Kitchen trends come and go. Many of us who grew up in the early 1980s have memories of avocado green appliances and possibly plaid wallpaper in colors like orange, yellow, and brown. When planning a kitchen remodel, it’s a good idea to think about how to create a timeless kitchen. If you’re looking for tips on how to design a classic kitchen, read on. There are specific features that you can incorporate your remodel to ensure that it doesn’t grow outdated after just a few years but instead boasts a stunning style that will work in the decades to come.

Choose a Neutral Palette

White, beige, ivory, and earth tones create a welcoming atmosphere and are always in style. Keep this in mind especially when choosing appliances. If you are leaning towards bolder colors that might only be fashionable for a limited time, it’s best to introduce such colors with accents such as curtains and dishcloths, while sticking to classic colors such as white and gray for the cabinets.

Shaker-Style Cabinets

The experts agree: with their clean lines and elegant functionality, Shaker kitchen cabinets are always a great choice. They are old style kitchen cabinets originally designed by the Shaker people for utility and durability. Shaker cabinetry traditionally come in lighter colors such as the white and gray models that we offer at Nelson Cabinetry. What distinguishes Shaker cabinets are the five-part door with a recessed central panel. For display shelving, this central panel is often made of glass. These cabinets are extremely versatile and can be matched with a variety of hardware and fit in with both modern and more traditional kitchen designs. Of all the different kitchen cabinet styles to choose from, these are a sure bet for lasting appeal. If you buy Shaker cabinets, you’ll be making a smart choice for your kitchen both now and in the future.

High-Quality Stone or Granite Countertops

The smooth surfaces of marble, quartz, and granite are not only gorgeous, but add greater functionality to your kitchen, too. Since these countertops are so durable, you can set hot items on them without causing any damage. They are also non-porous, making them easier to clean and more sanitary than traditional tile or Formica. The fact that granite and marble countertops are made of natural materials also means that each one is unique. And in terms of longevity, the colors don’t fade, so it’s a worthwhile investment that adds character and sophistication to any kitchen remodel.

Opt for an Open Layout

When planning a kitchen remodel, there are so many exciting options that it’s easy to want to pack in as much as possible. But when considering how to design a kitchen that stands the test of time, it’s advisable to opt for an open, airy configuration that facilitates the flow of traffic and, most importantly, functionality. While deciding on the layout, think about the ways you use your kitchen and how to best ally form with function. If you like to entertain, for example, then you may want to consider drawers for keeping dishes warm, and possibly double dishwashers. If you’re someone who often cooks for a large family, perhaps look into an oven with a grill plate. The possibilities are almost endless for matching the design features to the activities that you do the most. We at Nelson Cabinetry are here to help with your designs. Just take a picture of the kitchen and send it to us along with some basic measurements, and we’ll get back to you within 1-2 business days with our free design help.