How to Choose Timeless Fixtures in the Kitchen
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While some homeowners enjoy remodeling their kitchen every few years to keep up with trends, most prefer timeless features. By choosing a timeless style and durable construction, it’s often possible to stretch the time between remodeling and renovation work by many extra years. But it’s not always easy picking the right timeless fixtures like kitchen faucets and sinks. Here are four tips to ensure a kitchen’s style doesn’t need updating again in just a few years.
1. Stick with Simpler Finishes
Rich oil-rubbed or hammered finishes may look stylish today, but they could look dated a decade from now. For timeless style that won’t change in popularity over time, stick with the classics like polished chrome. Polished nickel is slightly warmer, but it’s still classic enough to remain timeless no matter how much time passes. These finishes are also durable and easy to maintain, ensuring the fixtures won’t show their age. Oil-rubbed and matte finishes tend to accumulate signs of wear and tear over time, requiring replacement eventually.
2. Look for Transitional Styles
Instead of going for a fully classic or modern style, look for kitchen fixtures that are transitional and include elements of both. This helps a fixture look timeless and match other updates the homeowner may make to the kitchen over time. Transitional fixtures like kitchen faucets tend to feature details like simplified profiles, streamlined shapes, and winged or lever handles. Details like taps and handles are easier to handle than faucet necks or sprayers, so make sure to focus on those features when selecting the right timeless faucet.
3. Consider Long-Term Elegance
When shopping for timeless kitchen fixtures, try to ignore any current trends. Including elements of specific styles popular today will only anchor the kitchen’s design within a particular time period. By aiming for long-term elegance that isn’t specific to any trend or era, it’s easy to get the desired look. Trends that have lasted a decade or more, such as the move towards larger and more functional kitchen faucets, are okay to include since they’re not so narrowly defined.
4. Colorful Palette or Neutral Tones?
Bright colors might seem like a good way to liven up a kitchen and make it timeless. However, all colorful finishes and features tend to fade over time. Neutral tones, in general, better hide their age over the years, whether they’re being used for countertops, sinks, or faucet finishes. Limit bright colors to features that can be easily replaced on a regular basis, such as rugs and wall art.