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Timeless kitchen designs that never go out of style

Updated: Apr 30

Get inspired with these tips for how to create a timeless kitchen design


Timeless kitchen designs are so important because interior design trends come and go (at a rate of knots sometimes!), and a kitchen renovation or DIY kitchen makeover is a huge undertaking, not to mention financial expense, meaning you don't want to be doing it too often. By relying on timeless kitchen designs, you'll create a space where functionality meets aesthetics in perfect harmony, resulting in daily joy and no trend-led regrets. 


Designing a timeless kitchen design is a great way to ensure your space remains both stylish and practical for years to come. As an interior stylist and writer, I've witnessed firsthand the neverending flow of fads and 'trends' but have also recognised the enduring appeal of certain design choices, so I thought it'd be helpful to write a post sharing my top tips about what to embrace and what to avoid when it comes to timeless kitchens.


Let's take a look at some timeless kitchen styles that won't be 'out' or look dated anytime soon. 


Timeless kitchen designs - which style?


Before we start, I would add a cautionary note here because choosing a kitchen design is a very personal thing. If a kitchen design trend makes your heart sing and embodies your personal style, as well as working perfectly with your life and plans for using the space, then don't be afraid to embrace it. This post is aimed at helping people avoid expensive mistakes from being too swayed by a trend in a glossy magazine and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices and decisions required. 


Classic Elegance 


This classic kitchen design stands the test of time by incorporating natural materials like marble countertops and backsplashes, along with timeless elements like shaker cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Neutral colours dominate the palette, with white cabinets and subtle wood finishes adding warmth. A large kitchen island serves as the focal point, providing both functionality and visual interest. Open shelving offers a contemporary twist, while traditional styles are reflected in the cabinet hardware and light fixtures. You won't find bold colours here and the layout is built around the kitchen work triangle. The focus is functional design with high-quality materials. Research Devol and Tom Howley for inspiration and take those reference images to a kitchen designer on the high street if your budget isn't Devol compatible. 


Transitional Charm



In interior designer speak, transitional design blend traditional and modern elements. It's a good way to take the cornerstones of classic elegance and give them a fresh feel by injecting some modern elements. Neutral tones and natural stone countertops create a timeless backdrop, while a mix of shaker and open shelves adds depth and character. Stainless steel appliances offer a sleek touch, while wood floors bring warmth to the space. If present, the kitchen island becomes the heart of the home, providing both a functional workspace and a gathering place for family and friends, alternatively a breakfast bar or dining table can take this role. Blending traditional elements with contemporary flair is key to achieving a timeless space. By incorporating bright colours sparingly through accents and accessories and focusing on functional layouts like the kitchen triangle, a successful kitchen renovation can seamlessly integrate modern trends with natural elements and different materials. Removing upper cabinets can work well in transitional kitchens and installing more modern or playful tiles as a backsplash or wall material. 


Contemporary 



Embrace the best of both worlds with a contemporary take on timeless design. Timeless contemporary kitchens include sleeker and cleaner lines than the traditional styles we saw in classic elegance. Pared-back cabinet fronts and hidden or handleless designs work well. Glossier materials with a focus on modern lighting (think under-cabinet lights and modern ceiling bar lights or over-island pendants) and functional furniture. Ditch the clutter and opt for appliance garages or in-cupboard pantries and coffee stations to keep work surfaces streamlined and organised. Neutral colour palettes or classic dark shades like navy, as shown, and clean lines create a modern backdrop, while natural stone countertops and warm wood tones add depth and texture. Shaker cabinets and open shelving offer a nod to tradition, while stainless steel appliances provide a sleek finish. A large kitchen island with marble or stone countertops serves as the centrepiece, combining style and functionality effortlessly.


Rustic Charm



Create a cosy and inviting atmosphere with a rustic-inspired kitchen design. Think farmhouse/country style with warm wood tones and natural stone countertops provide a timeless backdrop, while shaker cabinets and open shelves add character. Neutral colors and earthy accents create a sense of harmony with the surrounding environment. The kitchen island becomes the heart of the home, offering both a functional workspace and a gathering place for family and friends. Traditional elements like cabinet hardware and light fixtures add charm and personality to the space.


How do I create a timeless kitchen design?


In a world where kitchen trends come and go quicker than the passing seasons, opting for a timeless approach to your kitchen remodel is a good idea. By considering functionality and design style alongside your home’s architecture and personal design choices, you can create a space that transcends fleeting fads and reflects a personal colour palette that withstands the test of time. From classic subway tile backsplashes to high-quality materials like white marble countertops, every element plays a crucial role in shaping the overall aesthetic of your dream kitchen. 


Which areas should I focus on for timeless kitchen design?


If you are starting from scratch, the key areas you want to consider are ensuring a functional layout, considering your kitchen appliances, opting for the highest quality materials your budget will allow, thinking hard about your choice of countertop material, choosing the right kitchen cabinet colours and not being tempted by trendy designs that don't suit your home's interior or your lifestyle. A well-designed kitchen should improve the quality of your life whilst elevating the interior design (& value) of your home so it's worth taking the time to consider the design style before you start. 


I recently completed a DIY kitchen makeover and found it helpful to focus on improving the bugbears or challenges presented by the previous design. Therefore, if you are revamping an existing kitchen, focusing on improving the functionality and attempting to shine a light on the positive features of the space, guide the design decisions and prevent me from being too trend or fad-focused.


How important is colour in timeless kitchen design?


Colour is a hugely important factor in timeless kitchen design. If you plump for a bold but popular colour choice that is in all the magazines at the time of choosing you could live to regret it, unless it's a colour that really speaks to you. To ensure longevity, the best approach is to choose a more neutral or subtle choice for the cabinets and units and add pops of colour to the walls and styling. After all, it's easy to splash a fresh coat of paint on the walls to create a whole new look in under an hour, whereas respraying or painting the kitchen units is a much more complex and expensive task.


Whether opting for white kitchen cabinets or bold colours, the selection of kitchen cabinet colours plays a pivotal role in defining the overall aesthetic. Be sure to check out my post about what kitchen cabinet colours are timeless for more of a deep dive into this area.  



Where next?

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