8 Kitchen Design Classics

8 Kitchen Design Classics

Sarah Coffey
Mar 1, 2010

Like anything, kitchen design cycles through trends. Triangular layouts give way to zones or stations. Wood cabinets get painted white, then stripped again five years later. Still, there are some things that last long enough that they transform from trends into classics.

  • 1) Butcher Block: A useful, inexpensive solution for counter tops and kitchen islands, butcher block can bring warmth to a kitchen. It also ages a lot over time, showing the knicks and scratches of a well-worn kitchen, so it works best for people who don't stress too much over a knife-mark on the counter. If properly cleaned, oiled, and cared for, it can last a lifetime.
  • 2) Subway Tile: This durable ceramic tile is simple and it doesn't really go out of style. The large rectangular tiles are also a little easier to work with than smaller tiles, which means that a skilled do-it-yourselfer could handle tiling a kitchen or bathroom.
  • 3) White China: Restaurants frequently use white china because it makes food look so good. Why not do the same in your kitchen? It's classic, accessible, and easy to mix in with patterned or colored dishes when you feel like a little boost.
  • 4) Farm Tables: Sturdy wooden tables that seat a crowd are a real treat in the kitchen (if you've got the space). These workhorses are easy to scrub down, look great with almost any type of chair, and give a kitchen a casual, welcoming feeling.
  • 5) Ceramic Sinks: Whether a deep farm sink or a more modern porcelain basin, ceramic sinks are a little more "dressed up" than stainless steel. Though durable, they require proper care. Avoid scrubbing too hard, which can take off the glaze, and don't use harsh chemicals or steel wool on a ceramic sink.
  • 6) Hanging Pot Racks: When you store pans in a cabinet or drawer, they can clang together and take up a lot of room. Wall-mounted racks, such as pegboard or rail systems, save space and keep all your pots clearly organized in plain view.
  • 7) Jadeite and Antique Dishware: If you're looking for a way to add some vintage charm to your kitchen, start collecting antique dishware or containers. Martha Stewart provides helpful guides to collecting jadeite and milk glass, which show up a lot in thrift stores and flea markets.
  • 8) Mason and Ball Jars: Used to store preserves and pickles, these jars are a simple and cheap alternative to Tupperware. Use them to store dry goods, sort kitchen tools, or hold flowers.

1 Emily and Jacob's Poetically Photographed Home
2 Katin and Brandon's Casual Kitchen by the Sea
3 Heath Ceramics Coupe Line
4 Bright and Beautiful Bungalow from an Ohio Trio
5 Misty's Colorful Cottage Kitchen
6 Michael & Danijela's Modern Minimal Milwaukee Home
7-8 Jean Greenfield's Kitchen And Garden In San Anselmo

Photos: Emily Johnston Anderson, Kayla Hicks, Heath Ceramics, Amanda Johnson, Adrienne Breaux, Elizabeth Setterfield, Kathryn Hill

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