timeless kitchen design

Timeless Kitchen Design

From ruby-red refrigerators to handpainted tile murals, colors in the kitchen can range from kitschy to classic. How do you know which colors will outlast trends? “A classic color is timeless, associated with elements of nature that we think of as ever-present: rock, stone, pebbles, marble and granite,” says Leatrice Eiseman, author of Color Messages and Meanings and director of the Pantone Color Institute. “There is an implied quality to anything so long-lasting, which would certainly translate into appliances, cabinets and other kitchen areas you hope would have longevity.” But choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style. “Neutrals aren’t the only classic colors. Color can be rich and intense, like terra cotta or bright red, and still be classic,” says Mary Jo Peterson, CKD, CBD, principal of Mary Jo Peterson Inc. and a columnist for Kitchen & Bath Design News. “You can create interest in a timeless design by taking color inspiration from an Oriental rug or a bright fabric, and using intense colors in small, replaceable amounts.” Here are classic color ideas for five areas of your kitchen.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

Shaker cabinets are an enduring legacy of American style and, like wood flooring, have the knack for looking good in any setting. Their simple frame-and-panel design helps reduce the amount of busyness in a kitchen, making it a soothing, friendly place to be.“In a kitchen with a timeless look, you want the cabinets to be part of the backdrop,” says Alan Zielinski, a former president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “You don’t want to be overpowered. You’re looking for plain, simple, clean lines.”Those plain, simple, clean lines are a perfect fit for transitional style — a beautiful combo of traditional and contemporary styles. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association says that after creeping up on traditional for years, transitional is now the most popular kitchen style.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

In order to make your update a good investment, you’ve got to somehow magically figure out which kitchen features are right, and which are just right now. But don’t panic: we’ve made this impossible-seeming task a little bit easier by figuring out seven kitchen features that are truly timeless.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

16 Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay Just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it’s not timeless. These gorgeous kitchen trends — including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments — are guaranteed to stand the test of time. By Caitlin Sole
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Timeless Kitchen Design

16 Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay Just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it’s not timeless. These gorgeous kitchen trends — including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments — are guaranteed to stand the test of time.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

Adaptability and universal design features mean easy living at any age. A recent survey on kitchens from the American Institute of Architects points to the growing popularity of smart ergonomic design, a sign that kitchen adaptability will stay in vogue. Smart ergonomics simply mean convenience — for young or old, party people or homebodies — a key factor when remodeling a kitchen that will function well, retain its value, and always feel right.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

If you can, add an island or a chopping table to your kitchen’s layout to keep workspaces ergonomic and easy to use. If you already have one of those things, congratulations! Your choice is definitely a timeless one.
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Timeless Kitchen Design

Just because it’s trending doesn’t mean it’s not timeless. These gorgeous kitchen trends — including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments — are guaranteed to stand the test of time.
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Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Email Whether your preferred look is a classic all-white or more contemporary, we’ve pulled 10 of our favorite kitchens showcasing timeless designs that will never go out of style. 33 1. Exposed Brick In the kitchen of this Houston home designed by Laura Umansky, clean white cabinetry and neutral countertops are juxtaposed with an exposed brick wall, creating the perfect backdrop for colorful accents like the blue Designers Guild fabric on the custom barstools. See more of the home here > Shop the Style Discrete Bar Chair Maxine Snider Inc. Price on Request
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Burnt orange, fire-engine red and eggplant are just a few shades you could select for your stove and fridge, but even more popular is stainless steel. “Stainless steel has always been around, but we don’t think of it as timeless since it’s taken over the market and we’ll likely see a resistance to it in the future,” Mary Jo says. Instead, think monochrome when it comes to appliances. “I have never seen a white appliance date anything,” Paul says. Mary Jo favors black, since it blends well with wood. Even better than white or black is letting the appliances recede and disappear with panels that match the cabinetry. If the kitchen is your stage: “A cobalt-blue commercial range is entirely appropriate as a focal point,” Mary Jo says.
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Making a Kitchen That Lasts When the emphasis of a kitchen remodel is handsome practicality, the room can work hard for years without looking out of sync with the times. That’s what the avid cook who owns the space shown here envisioned, having endured a badly planned galley kitchen for years. The house that she shares with her husband and their two sons in Manhattan Beach, California, was built in 1940 as a one-story weekend place not meant for serious cooking.
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The best light in the kitchen is sunlight, provided by as many windows as possible. If you’re not so lucky to have a kitchen full of windows, and you’re not planning a remodel any time soon, make sure to light your kitchen sufficiently. The space should have at least three light sources covering task, ambient, and accent lighting.
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When kitchen cabinets were first introduced in the early 1900s, they were called “kitchen pianos” because their convenience put everything the modern homemaker needed at her fingertips. The same is true now as was true then: kitchens have stuff, and stuff needs storage. Whatever look you choose, if you want a space that keeps working through the decades, don’t skimp on storage in your kitchen.
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If you Google it, you’ll find a lot of debate about it (and marble in general) because it stains easily. But if you want something truly timeless, Carrara is the answer. And with today’s sealants, the problem of staining is almost moot if you reseal once or twice a year.
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Just for fun, here’s a gallery of 1920s kitchens. Even though these kitchens are nearly 100 years old, you’ll spot some of the same features in the modern kitchens below — proof that these elements are truly timeless. (You can visit Antique Home Style for even more kitchens from this era.)
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Skip the sealing and scrubbing. Quartz-surfacing countertops require less upkeep than their granite counterparts and offer timeless appeal. Plus, the shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you’re unlikely to grow tired of it.
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Quartz Countertops Skip the sealing and scrubbing. Quartz-surfacing countertops require less upkeep than their granite counterparts and offer timeless appeal. Plus, the shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you’re unlikely to grow tired of it. Countertop Material Finder
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Ceramic tile and wood are the go-to floors for kitchens. “A few years ago, light maple wood floors were very popular, but they’ve given way to warmer tones,” Paul says. “Colors are in for hard-surface, natural stone. I haven’t seen a white-tiled floor for years.” Paul recommends medium-dark wood flooring paired with slightly lighter cabinets to give the whole room a classic look. For tile floors, any earthy, natural color is a good choice. Just make sure you stick with one color. “You can get into trouble if you use a tile pattern on the floor, because it might date itself, though an all-over pattern is more timeless than one with focal points,” Mary Jo says. If you’re going for drama: “I love hardwood floors in a medium- to light-golden tone that run diagonal toward a view or focal point,” Deras says.
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When the emphasis of a kitchen remodel is handsome practicality, the room can work hard for years without looking out of sync with the times. That’s what the avid cook who owns the space shown here envisioned, having endured a badly planned galley kitchen for years. The house that she shares with her husband and their two sons in Manhattan Beach, California, was built in 1940 as a one-story weekend place not meant for serious cooking.
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Kitchen trends will come and go, but some things never go out of style. If you want a kitchen that will stand the test of time and still look as beautiful twenty years from now as it does today, consider incorporating one of these seven elements.
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You can’t fight it: guests always end up in the kitchen. This time-honored truth is probably the reason why eat-in nooks, counters, and islands have been perennial kitchen features since the early 1900s, when Americans fired their servants and started cooking their meals themselves.

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