Have you moved into a home desperate for a kitchen update or are you simply tired of looking at a kitchen trying to continue the chic look of the 70s? A kitchen remodel with a classic appeal can provide homeowners with a kitchen they can enjoy for many years, and can be a benefit for those looking to sell their home in the future. Much has changed, but the appeal of a classic kitchen has not. Such kitchens can be found in new construction homes and are attractive to many homebuyers. However, a homeowner’s personal enjoyment of their kitchen should be the first priority in a kitchen
update. Do you need a little inspiration as you makeover your kitchen space for your needs and preferences? Explore the affordable renovation solutions and natural materials now available to create the look of a classic kitchen space.
When homeowners want a classic kitchen, they can take advantage of the warmth and feel of wood, with the addition of wooden cabinetry. Some enjoy the rustic appeal of pine and maximize storage space in cupboards and cabinets when they use a kitchen island to house the dishwasher, sink and other kitchen amenities. Tiles in complementary tones, such as sage and travertine, are an appropriate match for such a kitchen. A streamlined look can be achieved using wood and other natural materials can create functionality and contrast. Modern stovetops can pair well with wood, granite and
marble. The most important aspect of a classic kitchen is that is provides the functionality a homeowner requires from the space. A streamlined look with few if any visible handles on drawers is an aesthetic often featured in European kitchens. This look may also appeal to those looking for a functional but minimalist approach to classic kitchen design.
Removing laminate and faux material countertops for an upgrade to a kitchen is a smart move. There are many types of natural materials and styles now available. Countertops comprised of wood often complement a traditional or classic look. They are also a way of bringing natural elements into a home and creating a bridge to the outdoor environs.
Wood is a natural choice when it comes to new countertops. Wood countertops are a popular choice in the classic kitchen. Wood is a durable and sanitary choice in a well- maintained kitchen. Wood countertops are an appropriate complement to veneered or wood cabinetry. With the range of types of wood available, it is easy to select a countertop to match existing hardwood floors, cornices or mantels. Wood can absorb impact better than granite, tile or marble and scratches can be sanded away. Homeowners can choose types of wood including hard maple, acacia, oak, walnut, cherry and beech
wood for an affordable kitchen countertop upgrade.
Classic kitchens need not feel impersonal. The heart of a home can have unique touches that showcase a homeowner’s personal interests and connects the kitchen to other rooms in a home. A fresh coat of paint might be a part of this personalization. The use of antique oak beams or a vintage counter with a warm patina can create a space that allows a
homeowner to add their love of antiques to a room. In this way, kitchens in newer construction homes can provide the cozier and more established appeal found in older homes. Wood cabinets, Italian travertine floor tiles and weathered-finish faucets can add to the attraction of such a kitchen remodel.
Don’t forget the details in a classic kitchen. Wood detailing, molding and hanging pendant lighting can give a finished look in an upgraded kitchen. Those with older homes may want to pair crown wood cabinets with dentil molding for a seamless appearance. The selection of a dark green subway tile as a backsplash can perfectly offset the wooden cabinets, countertops and other natural materials in a kitchen.
As many homeowners spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen, it makes sense to create a kitchen environment that marries form, function and beauty. The use of natural materials can create a more inviting space and can last for decades to come. Homeowners looking to upgrade their kitchen and view the potential of European-crafted hardwood countertops, butch blocks counters, wooden cabinetry and more can schedule a showroom visit.
Greg Geilman REALTOR®
President and CEO, South Bay