Classic Kitchens: How to create a classic kitchen?

For a beautiful kitchen with timeless appeal, a classic kitchen design will surpass every trend and interiors whim. Classic kitchen designs fit effortlessly into every type of home – from a modern apartment to a country cottage with rustic charm.

So, what is a classic kitchen style? And how do you make a timeless kitchen design?

Read on for our traditional kitchen ideas – the colours, the cabinetry, the extra details – and why this classic design is a joy to have for years to come.

Take inspiration with four kitchens from our classic collection…


1. Make it Shaker

Shaker style kitchen doors are the epitome of a classic kitchen. Simple and traditional, the kitchen cabinets are made up of a flat centre panel surrounded by wide frames.

Traditionally showcased in unpainted, wooden finishes, today’s shaker cabinets come in an array of colours. Pick from our extensive Colour palette including neutral tones such as Chalk or Stone for a classic white kitchen. Or for a contrasting colour option, consider opting for something like Georgian Red or Copse Green to harness a British design heritage mood.

The Crathorne range is an elegant design with a distinctive ash-grain finish and a narrow shaker frame. Shown in Regents Green, this kitchen embodies a traditional design with shaker cabinets in a bold colour and natural materials, such as the wooden dining table, highlighted though the kitchen layout. A dream kitchen for any household.

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2. Frame It

If a truly traditional look is at the top of your wishlist, consider an in-frame door design. Inspired by period homes, in-frame cabinets celebrate traditional craftsmanship style by fusing a simple shaker look with a delicate Ovolo beading. The overall look? Timeless.

If you love a traditional kitchen style with a distinct ornate look, make a beeline for the Clarendon kitchen range, showcased here in deep Malbec. This classic kitchen design embraces the open-plan space, blending the cooking area with the dining area, pulled together by a large island that makes a statement.

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3. Add a Contemporary Twist

Prefer a classic kitchen with a modern twist? It's simple to adjust the design tempo by switching our traditional features for style choices that are particularly on-trend. Your choice in worksurface, specific door style and, of course, accessories can enhance a modern-shaker feel for a slick, contemporary twist on the classic style.

Contemporary colours are plentiful in our classic style kitchens collection – from cooler neutrals like Chalk, Mussel and Dove Grey to warmer hues of Dry Rose and Pimento. Discover a vast palette of blues and greens too.

Take it up a notch with a handleless modern classic kitchen design like this Hunton in Putty design. Add contemporary ribbed glass, open shelving and slim worktops for the ultimate streamlined silhouette.

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4. Versatile Designs

When it comes to traditional style kitchens, there isn’t a one size fits all approach; the core features still maintain a capacity to be versatile and unique to you and your home style.

Whether that be exploring kitchen designs that are more dramatic with bold colours and statement worksurfaces, or something more delicate and intricately detailed like this Belsay Smooth kitchen. Paired with subtle Cashmere cabinets, the signature marble-look worksurface is a stunning focal point on the kitchen island; highlighted by the natural light coming through and the statement pendant lights hanging over head.

This muted, sophisticated kitchen is elevated through the added accents of gold featured through the tap and handle details.

Don’t forget about the finer details and the impact they can have on the overall look!

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You can explore our full range of classic kitchen ranges on our website, plus find your dream kitchen colour from our fantastic Colour Collection.

For more information, quotes or design advice, speak to your local retailer.