Timeless Kitchen Design: Classic Elements for a Lasting Appeal

Like anything in home décor, kitchen design trends change over time—but there are classic
elements that create timeless kitchen design. Although designers may differ about particulars,
here are some broad strokes to incorporate for traditionalists who are renovating a Hudson
Valley kitchen, doing a small kitchen remodel, or building a new kitchen entirely.

At Affordable Granite & Cabinetry, we believe a truly timeless kitchen will have quality
craftsmanship throughout, natural materials, and a good use of space. Remember, this is a
kitchen you don’t plan on ripping out and redoing again any time soon.


Neutral cabinet color

White or cream cabinetry with simple details will never go out of style, or choose pale earthy
tones. You can always jazz up your kitchen with colorful accessories here and there.

NOTE: Cabinets with glass front panels are also a timeless touch. These are great for showing
off beautiful glassware or interesting serving pieces.

White marble or black countertops

Complement those white cabinets with a bit of interest from classic white marble, or provide
interesting contrast against neutral tones with black granite, soapstone, or quartz countertops. If
you do choose marble, be aware of the maintenance issues to ensure your surface remains as
beautiful through the years as the day it was installed.

Add some vintage-style elements

Try a farmhouse-style sink or old-style pendant lighting. Mixing old and new avoids pigeon-
holing your kitchen design into one specific era.

Simple cabinet doors and hardware

Shaker-style doors are always in and blend beautifully into any décor, as they are neither too
modern nor too traditional. They are simply classic. Choose polished nickel or unlacquered
brass knobs, handles, and fixtures.

Ceiling-height subway tile

What’s old is new again. Subway tile’s timeless look works in any kitchen. Taking the tile up to
the ceiling gives the room height and a cohesive look, especially when paired with tall cabinetry
that lends an air of formality.

Keep the architectural details simple

Avoid trendy or flashy cabinet hardware or overly ornate crown moulding.

Incorporate natural wood features

Think coffered ceiling, wood beams, natural wood cabinets (if the white cabinets are not your
style), an antique wood table or a wood top for the kitchen island, and wood plank flooring.

Call Affordable Granite & Cabinetry for Classic (and Expert) Kitchen Remodeling Help

Hudson Valley homeowners throughout Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Putnam counties turn to
Affordable Granite & Cabinetry for kitchen design and remodeling guidance. From the cabinets
and countertops to flooring and tile, our designer will help you select elements that provide
lasting appeal for years to come. Visit our Fishkill showroom to see what’s possible, or call us
for an appointment at (845) 564-0500.