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How to Design a Classic Kitchen

May 7, 2014 | by Sara

Most designers, television shows and online style sites are offering up pictures and design advice for farmhouse style kitchens with over-the-top distressed details or modern style kitchens with sharp lines and cold details. While these kitchen photos might be fun to look at, the truth is that most of us are looking for realistic kitchens that we can cook in and live in for a long time. These new kitchen styles can prove to be too costly for most average homeowners, and the fleeting designs may not stand the test of time. 

Nevertheless, balancing contemporary and timeless design elements is the key to creating the kitchen remodel of your dreams. Choosing an experienced Milford team of remodeling professionals will help you make decisions you'll love for years to come.

Kitchen Magic - Glick-7-1How do you create a classic kitchen?

IIf you’re looking for a realistic style kitchen that will work with your personal style and your family’s needs, then a classic kitchen is the right style for you. Classic kitchens are still the most popular style because, well, they’re classic! The simple design enhanced with traditional details makes for the perfect canvas to add your personal style and to easily change up the decor on a whim.

1. Go for a neutral color palette

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You can find plenty of color ideas for your classic kitchen. For instance, you can stick to a neutral color palette, which consists of deeper whites, creams, beiges and lighter browns. Sharp contrasts are not typical for classic design schemes, because the popular contrasting colors tend to change with the season. Neutral colors bring ease to the eye, plus you can easily add a pop of color with your favorite seasonal piece of home décor.

This kitchen features one of our favorite neutral-toned colors: Natural Maple cabinet finish with a Caramel Glaze. The rich Cambria quartz countertop in Wellington elevates the neutral palate and compliments the lighter Caramel cabinets.

2. Keep the cabinet styles simple

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Classic style kitchens are all about simplicity mixed with traditional elements, and simple cabinet styles are the best place to start. Think Classic Raised Panel style #10875, like the cabinets featured in this kitchen.

The trick is to pick a style that’s not too simple, or else you risk getting a contemporary design, and not too ornate, or else you risk getting a traditional style kitchen. You can easily design the rest of the space based upon the style of cabinets you choose, so think timeless.

3. Avoid fussy backsplashes

Sticking with the neutral color schemes and simple styles for your cabinetry, the same should be said for your backsplash choice. Multi-tonal glass backsplashes that add massive amounts of color are popular, but we’re not too sure how long this trend is going to last.

The main benefit of a classic style kitchen is that it won’t become obsolete in a few years. For your backsplash, think simple subway style or a textured tile that keeps to the creams and beiges in a warm color scheme.

4. Don’t overdo it with decorative accessories

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While Classic style kitchens do include the use of unique decorative accessories, it’s important not to use too many or your kitchen can look crowded and will too closely resemble a traditional style kitchen. But this does not mean that you should stay away from decorative accessories all together, or else your kitchen will too closely resemble a modern style kitchen.

Think subtle elements, like wainscoting if you have an island, small crown molding or just a couple of corbels to help create a focal point.

Where can I book a reliable kitchen remodel in Milford, CT?

The best part about classic style kitchen designs is that they’re super flexible! Whether you like to change your mind every few months, or you’re planning on selling your home in a few years, Kitchen Magic has to offer a range of impressive classic kitchen design ideas that are easy to update. With the simple addition of a few key décor pieces, you can let your personality really shine.

With a long history of successful projects in Milford and other parts of Connecticut, you can trust us to remodel your kitchen efficiently, quickly, and affordably. For more classic style kitchens, take a look at our Classic Style Kitchens page or click here for a free design consultation!

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