Some things never change, and for good reason. Though you may be tempted to ride the wave of upcoming kitchen trends, there’s a few timeless designs you might want to include in your kitchen redo. These looks have stood the test of time—which means they’re sure to impress even a few years down the line. From Shaker-style cabinetry to natural-hewn wood accents, you’ll find a lot to love in these classic kitchen design elements. Mix and match with a few modern touches, and you may find yourself with one of the most stylish kitchens in your neighborhood.
Dark wood floors are here to stay. There’s nothing that will make your home feel more rustic and cozy than wood floors, a fireplace and wood accents. Dark cabinets and granite countertops made a major splash in the early 2000s, but dark wood highlights and flooring has persisted as a trend even farther back. You can use a classic dark wood stain on cabinetry and floors, but you might find a little extra visual interest and flair with a shiplap kitchen island, or a dark wood paneled accent wall.
White Subway Tile
Easy to clean and stylish to boot, white subway tile has dominated kitchen backsplashes for ages. Even modern twists on the tile pale in comparison to the real thing. The tile has staked its claim firmly as a timeless design element, starting back almost a hundred years—talk about timeless!
You can get the cozy class of a ‘20s farmhouse with a number of design elements, from statement floor tiles to white wood cabinetry. Apron front sinks have never failed to impress, and beadboard cupboards or a beadboard island can add a little extra rustic charm to your country (or city) kitchen. For a truly pastoral kitchen, add decorative wood braces to your kitchen island or breakfast bar.
Quartz & Marble Countertops
Marble countertops have continued to reign as one of the most popular luxury counter materials. But marble’s tendency to stain might have you thinking twice on it as your new counter. Enter quartz, the perfect non-porous in-between. Marble-colored quartz does just as well in a pinch, and bonus—it’s one of the most durable countertops you can buy, at a fraction of the cost.
There’s something special about ‘50s and ‘60s era appliances, from their bright colors to their rounded edges. Though it’s sure to be a top trend of 2018, vintage appliances have long kept their appeal for homeowners. A sage green or even bright red refrigerator can add a pop of color to your home, or a copper-accented black stove can add a timeless chic to an all-white kitchen. Plenty of manufacturers have picked up on the vintage love, too—you can buy vintage-style stoves and refrigerators to serve as the perfect focal point in your kitchen.
Whether you’re going for a simple look or something fresh and modern, Shaker-style cabinets have stood the test of time purely for their versatility. White Shaker cabinets pair well with most design elements, even in more modern spaces.