How to Design a Timeless Kitchen that will Last a Lifetime


Buying a new kitchen is a big decision; one that most families will spend a lot of time planning and saving for. For some, the decision to redesign is fuelled by a desire to create an up to date and modern kitchen. For others, it’s all about designing a stunning and functional space that looks good, but more importantly will stand the test of time.

Follow our tips and create a timeless kitchen, with great functionality and style, which will serve you well for years to come.

It starts with a good idea

If you want to create a kitchen that all the family will love and enjoy, it’s important to take your time on the design to ensure it reflects you as a family. A timeless design should be quite soft and neutral in palette to avoid it becoming dated too quickly, but remember to go with your instincts – there’s no point choosing something that you’re going to get fed up with. It’s a great idea to create a mood board with a collection of colours, patterns and designs that inspire you. You can even get the whole family involved with a digital mood board, like Pinterest, where you can combine all of your ideas to create the dream kitchen.

Wren Linda Barker Country Kitchen Seaform and Parchment

A soft and subtle palette of colour

Begin by choosing your colour palette and door style. Try and limit the palette to a maximum of three colours as this will help to keep the overall design focused, which is important in a timeless kitchen. Explore traditional tones and classic colours that you have always loved, as these are less likely to become boring or dated. With you cabinet doors, try and choose a classic style, like a shaker finish, as well as staying away from anything too ornate or modern as these may date quickly.

Wren Designer Range Framed Alabaster Timber Kitchen

Invest in quality

If you want to create a timeless kitchen that will last for years to come it’s essential that you invest in high quality cabinets and great storage options as these are the backbone of any good kitchen. Look for features like dovetail joints and soft close cabinets, as these will help your kitchen stand the test of time. It’s also a good idea to integrate your appliances if possible, as this prevents older appliances looking outdated in the future, as they are concealed behind cabinet doors.

Wren Linda Baker Framed Kitchen Dovetail Joints

Kitchen details; hard-wearing dovetail joints and soft close drawers

Reliable accessories that will last

When it comes to work surfaces, real stone or wood will add texture and warmth to the room and are both fitting in a timeless design. Wood is a good choice for shelving and storage but be aware that wood worktops need regular re-oiling, so they can be quite hard work. If you’re looking for something low-maintenance then a stone worktop, such as granite, is a great choice as it’s and very hardwearing and doesn’t need too much care.

Stone worksurfaces

Creating a timeless design is all about getting the perfect balance between classic styling, great storage options and hardwearing cabinets. It’s important to take your time and invest in quality so that you can enjoy a beautiful, timeless kitchen.



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