When remodeling your kitchen, you may be inspired by some of the latest design ideas, yet feeling cautious about being too trendy. To ensure you continue to love your kitchen as tastes and trends change over time, follow these guidelines:

1. Understand the elements of a timeless kitchen.

Think of a timeless kitchen as a backdrop that can withstand the test of time, while looking great with trendy pieces added into the mix. This classic style blends neutral colors with a simple, sophisticated, and understated design that effortlessly adapts to evolving styles. 

Kitchen Remodeling in Northern and Central NH and Western METhis kitchen's classic design elements will stand the test of time. PHOTO: Cormack Construction

2. Choose timeless designs for big-ticket items, such as cabinetry, countertops, and backsplashes:

  • Neutral Colors - Opt for colors from a neutral color palette. Bold or funky color accents are fun, but unless you absolutely love them, they are best in features and furnishings that are not built in.

  • Clean Lines - Interior millwork with lots of ornate details may go out of style once that period has passed. By choosing straight-lined profiles, you’re ensuring a look that will fit into other styles more easily.

  • Custom Cabinetry - Custom cabinets offer unparalleled value, beauty, and function. Cormack Construction’s craftsmen design classic cabinetry you’ll love for decades to come, all while optimizing your storage space.

  • Subway or Textured Tiles - Use patterns and texture to personalize your backsplash design; it adds style while still being neutral.

  • Countertops - Neutral granite and quartz stand the test of time. Stick with white, gray, or tan combos for a lasting look.

Trendy kitchen design elements are fun but can quickly go out of style.Trendy kitchen designs are fun, but can quickly go out of style. PHOTO:  Pinterest

3. Know how to tie in trendy elements.

Who remembers the harvest gold fridges and orange countertops of the 70s? We do! Leave trendy colors and styles for finishing touches and accents, so they can be swapped out when the trend passes. These versatile elements bring the trendy feel to your timeless kitchen:

  • Lighting
  • Door and Cabinet Pulls
  • Faucets 
  • Accent Pieces
  • Furniture

If you want a truly timeless kitchen in your future, be selective about the trendy elements you choose to incorporate. Metallic tile is very in right now, but may not be for long. However, give it fair consideration if you truly love it!

4. Talk to a professional.

Discuss your thoughts with your kitchen designer and builder, who will advise you on the best ways to add trendy elements without dating your space. And of course, remember that all kitchens must be designed with a focus on function. “Some kitchen elements are timeless for a reason - they work,” said Alyssa Mendez, project manager at Cormack Construction.  “A well-designed kitchen meets your personal tastes and the functional needs of your family,” she adds.

Before you consult with your builder, take into consideration:

  • Cooking patterns
  • Family size
  • Entertaining needs

These considerations will help determine how best to use your space to accommodate your lifestyle. A design-builder will then take your ideas to the next level with a 3D design, which will enable you to virtually walk around your kitchen before construction begins.

Kitchen Remodeling in Northern and Central NH and Western ME

When you’re ready to discuss your kitchen remodeling project, contact our award-winning team for a free consultation. We bring our over 40 years of experience in home construction and remodeling in Northern and Central New Hampshire and Western Maine.

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