A classic-style kitchen is good because it never goes out of fashion, it is cozy, functional and, if necessary, it adapts well to any stylistic changes. On the other hand, the “classic game” is quite complicated, especially if the budget is limited or the area is catastrophically small. From this material you will learn how to properly design a classic kitchen design and be inspired by a selection of 60 photos of interiors.
10 principles of kitchen design in a classic style
1. The color scheme is necessarily natural, but not necessarily totally beige.
The interior in a classic style is always made in natural colors. And it can be not only neutral tones like beige or gray, but also saturated colors, such as cobalt blue, ocher yellow, carmine, burgundy, terracotta or emerald green. The main thing is that the shade is natural, that is, such that occurs in nature. However, the brighter, richer or darker the shade, the more accurate and less it should be used, for example, only in the form of accents.
Some more useful color advice for classic cuisine:
- If the kitchen is small, dark or too cluttered, then use white as background. It will visually increase the space, add light and facilitate heavy furniture.
- White walls and furniture will be good even if you are afraid of overloading the interior with details. A large number of moldings, carved elements, patterns, wall decor, gilding or patina in white surroundings become visually easier.
- Not sure about your taste and color? Rely on discreet and versatile colors - white, light gray, cream, light green or beige as in the photo below.
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- It is safest to use only 2-3 primary colors in the interior of a classic kitchen.
- Any shades of metal in matte or semi-matte performance will be good as accents. Particularly suitable "aged" metals - antique gold, copper, bronze, silver. But from the shiny chrome should stay away.
- Remember the orientation of the windows on the cardinal points - if the kitchen is facing north, add more warm shades to the interior. If the room is more sunny, feel free to use cold colors and combinations.
2. Mostly natural materials
According to the canons of the classical style, everything in the kitchen should be made of natural materials: wood, metal, glass, ceramics, stone, paper. If we are talking about textiles, then it should be linen, cotton, silk.
However, sometimes compromises are needed.
- For example, stretch ceiling from white matte canvas we are not distinguishable from whitewashing, but always neat, and most importantly - able to protect the kitchen from an unexpected flood. Artificial stone in an apron or countertop looks no worse than natural stone, but at times more practical than it. And blended fabrics, say, of cotton and polyester, do not lose to natural materials in beauty, but they do not crumple, do not sit down and do not fade in the sun.
What exactly should be abandoned is vinyl wallpaper, table top and apron made of laminated chipboard / MDF, plastic panels and baseboards, and oilcloth tablecloths.
- Is it possible to arrange the kitchen in a classic style budget? Our answer is yes. Ceramic floor tiles and in an apron, painted walls, furniture made of pine or painted chipboard / MDF will help you to equip the kitchen and soundly and inexpensively.
3. Facades of kitchen set with panels
A classic-style kitchen set can be very elegant or, on the contrary, very strict, but one way or another it should have filleted facades.
- The most versatile version of the headset is a headset with veneered paneled facades, possibly with glass inserts, a cornice and a patina. Such furniture will look elegant and at the same time not pretentious.
If you want the set to be even more solemn, then choose furniture with balustrades, decorative columns, carvings, gilding, and a large number of patinated details.
4. If the kitchen is small - use a simplified version of the classics and increase the space due to redevelopment or visual techniques
Pure classic style is a privilege large and spacious kitchens. But even on a small square it is possible, if it is a little easier and, if possible, to increase the kitchen by joining a living room, hallway or balcony, or with the help of clever visual techniques. For example, one of the walls can be revetted with a mirror.
Change the perception of space will help and photo wallpaper with a perspective image.
The floor should be trimmed with a tile or board on a diagonal, in a break or a traditional herringbone.
If the ceiling is low, fill the space with as many verticals as possible, for example, using striped wallpaper.
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5. Uniform lighting and ceremonial lamps - the key to comfort and beauty of the interior.
The light from one even very powerful chandelier will negate all your decorating efforts, create shadows and visually reduce space. What to do?
- If the kitchen is small or medium in size, add a spotlight to the ceiling lamp or, better still, wall sconces. If the kitchen has a bar or an island, light it. By the way, it is desirable to hang the chandelier not in the center, but at a height of 70 cm from the center of the dining table.
- If the kitchen is large, the chandeliers can be hung over each area, that is, above the dining table, in the working area, and in the recreation area, if it is a kitchen-living room.
The design of the lamps should be traditional. Chandeliers-candelabra, “lanterns”, “pears” and cascades, wooden lamps or metal ones, possibly with forging elements, are suitable.
6. Household appliances and sanitary ware
In the classic kitchen, it is desirable to embed all the equipment that can only be embedded, so that nothing breaks the unity of the facades. The technique that has remained in plain sight (hood, oven, toaster, electric kettle, etc.) should be chosen in retro style as in the photo below.
Classic should be and plumbing. For example, a white ceramic or stone sink, as well as a two-valve faucet in bronze, old gold or silver, will work well.
7. Compliance with the principle of symmetry
Planning a kitchen design in a classic style, you need to strive for symmetry in almost everything - from the placement of furniture and ending with hanging pictures. This means that many items, say, the same fixtures or paintings, must be purchased in pairs.
Also, a classic kitchen can clearly highlight the center of a wall, for example, in the form of a beautiful hood (see the next photo) or a large wall clock.
8. Abundance of textiles
Fabrics in the classic interior is never enough. In addition to curtains and table textiles, the kitchen will be very useful and the furniture in a beautiful upholstery - chairs, a corner, a banquette or mini sofa.
As for the window design, the best choice would be Roman curtains or curtains in the floor with a light assembly and tulle. Curtains lying on the floor, complex multi-layered combinations, curtains with a lot of folds too complex to care.
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9. Dining area - the main place in the kitchen
A modest dining area is not about the classics at all. Even if your table holds only a couple of chela, it should have a ceremonial look. Create it to help: a beautiful chandelier over the table or sconces, elegant serving accessories (salt, pepper, sugar bowl, etc.), a bowl of fruit, textiles and paintings with traditional subjects on the wall. The table itself is preferred heavy wood, best round or oval. Chairs can also be massive, perfect stools and half-armchairs with armrests in the style of Louis XV (if space permits).
- By the way, in a small kitchen, classic massive chairs can and should be replaced with lightweight versions, for example, transparent chairs made of polycarbonate Louis Ghost. They are comfortable, they do not scratch at all, they weigh little, are inexpensive, can be stacked, and most importantly - do not overload the space.
And one more tip. The dining area is best visually separated from the working part of the kitchen. This can be done with different floor finishes (for example, by combining tiles and wooden floors as shown in the photo below), using furniture (for example, a bar counter or an island), lighting, carpet, a podium or partition.
10. Traditional prints in decor and especially textiles.
Vichy and tartan cages, heraldry and various monograms, floral and floral motifs, thin and medium width strip will make the interior of the kitchen cozy and truly classic.
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