Take a scroll through Pinterest, and you’ll find no shortage of ever-evolving trends on the kitchen design scene. Think open shelving, subway tile backsplash, bold colored cabinetry, and all the trendy favorites we’ve seen make an appearance. While I love keeping an eye on the next big thing, when all is said and done, good design considers longevity with spaces that stand the test of time.
I know translating popular design trends into a timeless style isn’t always easy. But with a little thoughtful planning, it’s entirely possible to create a space that’s fresh and classic all at once. No matter where you are in the process, consider this your guide to kitchen design features you won’t see fading anytime soon.
Our Top 5 Timeless Kitchen Design Trends
Herringbone feels very of-the-moment among design enthusiasts, but you can count on this classic pattern to stay relevant no matter the trends. The herringbone pattern is often used for brick, subway tile, floors, and it’s one of my go-to choices for kitchen backsplash. Unlike the once popular chevron pattern, herringbone perfectly balances the line of modern and classic, and there’s no doubt it’s here for the long haul.
There are few kitchen design features as inherently luxurious as slab marble. But today, you won’t just find this classic material used only in countertops. Instead, I’m seeing slab marble in everything from backsplashes to kitchen islands, with interesting curved details for a heightened visual interest. As a studio that doesn’t design around the trends, I’m confident slab marble will look stunning today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.
Interior Design: Parkes and Lamb Interiors| Photography: Mary Craven
Classic Glass Front Cabinets
As one of the most prominent features within kitchen design, selecting your cabinetry style is quite a weighty decision. When in doubt, I suggest classic front cabinets over open shelving for a more timeless and functional appeal that’s every bit as pretty. Bonus points—classic front cabinets will keep your frequently used items free from dust particles, taking you one less thing off your cleaning list.
In case you haven’t noticed, butcher block is having a moment in kitchen design, but I’m pretty convinced it’s not just a trend. A beloved material among designers thanks to its warm aesthetic appeal paired with its natural durability, butcher block is an excellent choice for kitchen island and butler pantries alike. Not sure if its organic, earthy quality is right for you? Play around with wood color tones and variations to customize your look.
Polished Nickel Finishes
Featuring the perfect combination of warm and cool tones, polished nickel is one of my forever standbys in kitchen hardware. I love the way it blends with brass or chrome finishes, all while carrying a sense of timeless elegance. No matter the trends, you can always incorporate a touch of polished nickel with no regrets.
Faucet by Waterstone