Creating A Classic Kitchen

If you have spent any amount of time watching interior decorating and remodeling shows on television, you have no doubt seen plenty of kitchens and bathrooms that are horribly outdated. The Fifties are known for pink toilets and bathtubs and even pink or turquoise kitchen appliances. The Sixties and the Seventies were big with "Harvest Gold" and "Avocado" appliances in the kitchen. The Eighties went to brighter kitchens, with white appliances and country oak cabinetry. The Nineties segued into the new millennium with stainless steel appliances and kitchens that were open to the rest of the house rather than relegated to behind closed doors.

Both major and minor kitchen and bathroom remodels are often listed as one of the best returns on your investments when it comes to home remodeling projects, but if the kitchen you remodel today looks horribly outdated when you put your house on the market 10 years from now, that ROI won't matter anymore. So what can you do to ensure you have a kitchen that will still be relative should you decide to sell in the distant future? Choose a classic, timeless design. Here's how to do it:

Choose Custom Cabinetry

Custom kitchen cabinetry has several advantages. The biggest advantage is it usually of a higher quality. Rather than being made from pressed particle board, they are made with solid wood and quality veneers. Another advantage is they are made to custom fit the unique dimensions of your kitchen. Rather than stopping a foot short of the ceiling, leaving a huge gap to collect dust, they can be made to look like they are "built-ins," as though they have always been there and are more akin to a fine piece of furniture rather than mass produced. Choose a timeless design. A Shaker style, with a recessed center panel, is an excellent choice.

Choose A Neutral Color Palette

If you're old enough, you probably remember when "Hunter Green" and "Country Blue" were all the rage. Nothing makes a kitchen outdated faster than choosing whatever color Pantone says is trending that year. A timeless, classic kitchen will use neutral colors for the walls and cabinetry. You can add splashes of color with accessories that are easily changed, such as the curtains and other decorative accents. Go with white or cream-colored walls for a bright, clean look. Use these same colors if you want painted cabinetry rather than stained wood.

For tile, opt for a traditional black or white subway tile for the backsplash, and choose a similar flooring option. For your counter-tops, white or black marble, soapstone, slate, or concrete are the perfect ageless option. Whether your home is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, if you stick to classic interior design choices, your kitchen will always look timely.

Contact a company like Gerald L Scott Custom Cabinetry for more information and assistance.