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How to Get the Classic Look

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 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.

Create your own classic by defying trends and choosing styles, colours and details that never age, never date. Make it sophisticated or homely. Discover how you can take these influences and design a classic kitchen that will last a lifetime…

Kitchen Design: Shake It Up

Create a serene environment in your kitchen space by sticking to a neutral colour palette on your walls, units and flooring. Neutral-toned colours offer a warm welcome to any kitchen. Soft subtle greys, blush nude pinks, and creamy caramel colours in a matt finish bring a quiet and understated confidence to the kitchen.

Kitchen ranges such as our Shaker is the epitome of timeless elegance. If you’re looking for a little twist on tradition, the smooth frame of Shaker Chelsea combined with lush Olive Green makes it a contemporary classic and will always welcome you home.

Worktops: Hardwearing Xena Quartz

Investing in your worktop is essential, as it’s one of the most hardwearing areas in your kitchen space. A solid timber worktop looks organic and is durable. However, if you’re looking for something with a bit of sparkle that will stand the test of time, our Xena Quartz worktops are both easy to clean and stain and scratch-resistant.

It comes in several mesmerising shades, including traditional marbles, glistening flecks and specks and veined patterns that will suit any kitchen style. Our Capri worktop is the perfect option to style a natural space with its subtle sparkle.

Accessories: Timeless Touches

Antique metals add a special finishing touch to a timeless design. Available in various textures, colours and finishes, we are seeing a rise in demand for brass hardware due to the beautiful bespoke charm they create.

Although they are small, handles have a big impact on the finished look of your kitchen. Show off elegant framed frontals with a simple knob or cup handle. Our Jessica Aged Brass Cup Handles and Chloe Aged Brass Knob Handles will bring character and sophistication to a traditional space. These designs can be considered period pieces that will never go out of fashion. 

Pantries (or larders) are back in business and create a beautiful traditional charm for your kitchen. The pantry is also a practical (and pretty!) storage solution. As a top tip, keep your pantry well-stocked with fresh produce, tasty treats and herbs and spices so that you can feel a sense of joy, comfort and culinary inspiration when you open the doors to your cupboard.


A beautiful tap is a crucial part of your kitchen. From trendy to traditional, copper and chrome, our wide range of taps will complete your sink and space. Make a grand statement with the outstanding Quooker 3 in 1 brushed bronzed boiling tap. This traditional design will fit right into a long-established room and make the space a picture-perfect period place.

A traditional, long-lasting kitchen sink is a fundamental feature that all kitchens should home. For a sink that has a sophisticated aesthetic but with a hard-wearing structure, choose a ceramic, deep bowl construction.

Here at Wren, we offer a vast array of kitchen sinks – including a dreamy double Belfast – allowing you to create a fundamental finishing touch to your kitchen. They’ve been in fashion for over 300 years, so we don’t think they will date anytime soon!

  • If you’re struggling to visualise your dream design, start by making a mood board. This is a great (and fun!) way to discover your own sense of style and help others understand your ideas too.

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