Kitchen Design: The Modern Classic

Our homes should be a reflection of our lives. How we live, who we are and what is important to us. Being comfortable and happy with your space is essential, and the easiest way to ensure success in your design is to understand what it is about a room that either appeals to you, or doesn't.

Great design will always stand the test of time, regardless of trends. We've seen super modern kitchens installed over 15 years ago that are still relevant to today's design. But if modern design doesn't speak to you or your family's lifestyle, then even the most beautiful modern kitchen is certainly not the choice for you. 

Today's images are all examples of stunningly beautiful 'classic' kitchens. We often find people shy away from the terms 'traditional' or 'classic', because they can conjure images of outdated kitchens without the glamour and beauty of modern kitchens. However; we're sharing these kitchens because while they are totally accessible, livable spaces they are also phenomenally beautiful and current. The best thing about a well designed classic kitchen is it will always be relevant. 

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So what makes a modern classic kitchen, well, classic? We're sharing 5 spaces that have entirely different finishes, details and layouts, but they somehow achieve similar aesthetics - bright, welcoming & approachable. 

Using a tight colour palette is always an easy way to add a timeless quality to your kitchen. These kitchens stick to neutral colours for the big ticket items. Grey, white, warm wood, deep black and soft cream are all utilized in these spaces. A neutral colour palette for cabinets, walls and floors allows your design to take more risks with texture, colour and scale of accessories. 

Each of these spaces also pays careful consideration to balance, proportion and contrast. Part of what makes a space feel well designed is that every element has a corresponding opposite. Dark and light, warm and cool tones, hard and soft surfaces. Creating a variety of sensory experiences all within the same palette is an excellent way to ensure your space feels intentional. For example, though the kitchen above features a strong wall of cool & shiny grey subway tiles, the floor is rough textured warm wood. This combination ensures that neither the floor nor the backsplash is overpowering the rest of the elements in the room.  

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Of course, traditional details on cabinets, doors and windows (such as raised or flat panels, dovetailed joints and mullions) add instant charm. Pairing traditional cabinetry with a Matte finish countertop (above: Featured Cambria Design: Weybourne Matte) from our stunning Marble collection is an easy way to achieve an old-world look with the strength and durability of Cambria. Since Cambria never needs sealing or polishing it will stand the test of time, just like the look of your modern classic kitchen.