The Surprising Thing About Classic Style Kitchens

Classic style kitchens don’t have surprises – that is the point! …or is it?

Before we get to the surprises, let’s look deeper into classic style kitchens to make sure we are on the same page.

Classic kitchens are designed to never go out of style. Classic colours, profiles, decoration and materials are combined to give a look that is timeless.


There is one kitchen colour that has never gone out of style. That is white. It may be seen as a boring choice, but the reason it is so popular is because it gives a clean, fresh feeling and splashes of colour may be easily added with vases of cheery flowers, large bench-top appliances or other functional ornaments.

While other muted and neutral tones can work, white is the safest and most popular for this style.


A captivating timber screen takes this kitchen into the modern realm. Drawers provide greater storage space than cupboards. An overhead display cabinet shows of elegant glassware.

Kitchen Plan or Layout

Island benches are a must. Whether your kitchen is L shaped or galley style, include an island and you allow for greater interaction between people working in the kitchen and people there for the conversation. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is important to take into account the fact that it is a congregational point.

Island benches are a wonderful way to do this because they provide a partition between workspace and communal space without creating a barrier to conversation. Kitchen work can happen safely without tripping on your company or your children and they won’t feel like they are in your way.

Drawers or Cupboards?

In the last ten years or so, drawers have become highly desirable in kitchens. They allow greater access to items that might otherwise be lost at the back of cupboards. They also achieve a greater amount of storage space within the same size cabinet as a cupboard. Everyone’s a winner!

Although drawers are a relatively new trend, they have found a firm position in the classic style kitchen.

Doors and Display Cabinets

Shaker style doors offer a low-key profile without being completely flat and minimalist. This door profile has become popular in other styles of kitchens more recently with some country kitchens taking a less decorative road and industrial kitchens tipping their hat to the simple built-to-work-built-to-last philosophy of the movement.

Display cabinets have found their way into the classic style kitchen. The same shaker profile may be produced with a glass insert instead of the solid insert. Consider tucking display cabinets in a portion of the ‘non-working’ side of an island bench or dispersing them in your series of overhead cabinets.


Natural or engineered stone are popular choices for classic and classy kitchen benches. What colour, you ask? You guessed it, white…or very very light grey.


Timber floors are always on trend, always easy to clean and care for. Dark, light and medium tones all work well against white cabinetry and each offers a unique look. Continue the current timber flooring in your home through to your classic style kitchen for a unified effect.

The Surprise

The surprise is that classic style kitchens can be styled with accessories and colour pops to fit with other popular kitchen styles! So whether you are looking for a kitchen that’s more of a chameleon or you are looking for a safe style to help your house sell, it is hard to go wrong with a classic kitchen.

Tips for getting that styling right:


A truly inspiring transformation of a classic kitchen into an industrial showpiece. Black windows, a barn door themed pantry door, metallic overhead lighting and industrial style stools make this classic kitchen exude industrial weight.


For an industrial style kitchen, add:

  • Raw concrete accessories such as light fittings, pots and storage jars
  • Industrial style chairs or stools
  • Cast iron accessories such as an old set of scales or antique coffee grinder
  • Distressed metallic elements such as light fittings, pots or vases
  • A black board
  • Some distressed timber elements such as stools, storage box or chopping board
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Kew Modern Classic Kitchen by Smith & Smith Kitchens

This classic kitchen gets a country twist with minimalist corbels and a false chimney breast. Dark timber flooring gives warmth and adds contrast to spice it up a little.



For a country style kitchen, add:

  • Rustic elements such as enamelled bake ware or ornaments to display
  • Livestock themed ornaments
  • Rustic turned timber or pottery items such as candlesticks or serving ware
  • Timber chopping boards
  • A large, rustic clock
  • Cheery tea-towels
  • Hammered metal elements such as light fittings, vases or serving ware
  • A clay pot full of rustic looking utensils