When it comes to choosing a style for your bespoke kitchen project, nothing is more timeless than a classic or traditional kitchen. Opt for one of these and you’ll have a space that never goes out of fashion.

But combining the right element to make a fantastic classic kitchen is far from easy. You’ll have to think about everything from cabinets to seating, to flooring, and to materials if you’re to create a stunning traditional kitchen.

We’ve put together a list of eight characteristics that make for a truly beautiful classic or traditional kitchen. Incorporate many of these into your design, and you’ll be well on your way to the kitchen of your dreams.


1. Shaker Cabinets

Perhaps nothing is more synonymous with a classic or traditional kitchen than shaker style cabinets.


These classic cabinets are simple and restrained, but with a touch of traditional detailing. They look incredible in neutral tones and are an instantly recognisable characteristic of any classic kitchen.

Pick shaker cabinets for your kitchen and they’ll never go out of fashion. Shaker cabinets are a timeless and often essential part of a classic kitchen design.


2. Natural Light

Natural light is important for any kitchen, and having plenty of natural light in your classic kitchen is a must.

A dark or poorly lit kitchen won’t be able to show off all of the hard work you’ve done in putting together a stunning space. Not only that, but flooding your space with natural light can make those muted, natural tones shine.

Classic kitchens are understated, and natural light is an important part of creating an inviting, open space.


3. A Tile Backsplash

When it comes to backsplashes, you could opt for everything from glass to marble, but nothing suits a classic kitchen like tile.


Like the shaker cabinet, a tile backsplash is a timeless, classic choice that will never go out of style.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be adventurous though - experiment with different colours to create a statement, focal point of your kitchen.


4. Simple Detailing

Classic and traditional kitchens should shy away from more ornate detailing, instead opting for simple detail and craftsmanship.

This should be present throughout your kitchen, from cabinet doors to chair legs.

A classic kitchen makes the most of understated, finely crafted detail and coving. Don’t stray as far as the sleek look of a modern kitchen. Simple is the key.


5. Vintage Touches

A classic kitchen design can easily become plain and uninteresting if you’re not careful, that’s why incorporating some vintage or rustic touches into your kitchen space can make a big difference.

Vintage Touches

Look at adding rustic seating to your kitchen. Some simple but characterful bar stools, for example, can really make your kitchen unique.

Be careful not to overdo it, a good classic or traditional kitchen should appear eclectic and filled with personality, but not overpacked with finishing touches.


6. Neutral Tones

As we’ve mentioned before, neutral tones and colours are an important part of a classic kitchen.

Neutral colours are restrained and timeless, so pick the right tones for your kitchen and you’ll have a tasteful kitchen that will last a lifetime.

Opting for neutrals will also help you to tweak and change the design of the space over time, letting your classic kitchen adapt to trends.

Using too overpowering colours can distract from the subtle touches that make classic kitchens so popular, so stick with muted colours when designing your bespoke space.


7. Handles & Drawer Knobs

Another important trait of a classic kitchen is the use of handles and drawer knobs.

Rather than using the simple, handless doors preferred with modern kitchens, your classic kitchen design should take great care in selecting the right handles and knobs.

Everything from your kitchen doors, to cabinets and drawers should make use of creative and interesting knobs. Think about different designs and materials and pick the handles that best suit your classic kitchen.


8. Varied Materials & Textures

To make it unique and personal to you, it’s important to think about the different textures and materials you’ll incorporate into your classic kitchen.

Material & Texture

Just because your traditional kitchen should be understated, doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with interesting materials and finishes.

This classic kitchen from our portfolio uses stone and laminate materials to create texture and contrast, while still remaining simple and clean.


Start Your Own Classic Kitchen Project

Add some of these stunning features to your classic kitchen design, and you’ll have a stylish and elegant space that never goes out of fashion.

Investing in a bespoke classic kitchen that make the most of shaker cabinets, muted tones and vintage touches can give you an amazing space for relaxing and entertaining.

Interested in starting your own bespoke classic kitchen project. Get in touch and talk to us about how we can help.