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How To Future-Proof Your Kitchen Design

Timelessness is hard to achieve
   Luke Arthur Wells  |  written on: 05-08-2019 08:00am

The number one buzzword you'll find in a kitchen brief is 'timeless' – but what does that mean? From my perspective, a homeowner knows that a kitchen will be one of their biggest expenses, and they want it to last as long as possible, whether that's in durability or in their attention span for its style.

Timeless is often interpreted as 'not following trends', but unless you're creating something completely off-the-wall and avant garde, there really is no escaping trends to some degree. Even that classic, 'timeless' Shaker style kitchen is a trend to some degree, just one with somewhat more sticking power over time.

So for me, when it comes to future-proofing your kitchen design, there are a few things to consider. If you want something that you'll really want to keep for a long time, the first trick is to work with a good kitchen designer. You may be able to plan your own using online tools, but the experience of a kitchen designer in knowing how to format a space ergonomically is their biggest value. Overlooking just one detail can leave you with a space that is awkward and cumbersome to use, so always pay heed to their understanding of spatial planning.

I'm not a huge believer in picking something plain to achieve a timeless quality, but I do think that you should look outside of one defining décor scheme when planning your space. If you can think of two or three different ways you could dress a space, then it leaves you with options to reinvent it in the future. In this instance, tying in all finishes to one idea corners you in a way that's harder to change up in the future.

If you're not sure what the future will hold and your on-going needs for the space, opting for some freestanding kitchen elements can give you versatility to change up its usage. Whether this means moving pieces around the space, or re-purposing it for other rooms, they can offer a flexibility that fitted pieces can't, without completely foregoing valuable storage space.

In terms of durability of your kitchen, it's all about the material choices. Work surfaces that don't stain or chip easily should be your go-to, while when it comes to cabinetry quality is key. A really good cupboard framework will really last a lifetime, even if you choose to replace the doors in future. It will also be easier to repair and touch up solid material doors for those inevitable scratches and dents, and something like a solid wood Shaker door will stand up to re-painting if one day you want to give your space a brand new look.

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Luke Arthur Wells

Luke is an interior designer, stylist and blogger at He’s a believer in understated interiors that don’t have to shout to be heard, and he’s currently practicing what he preaches renovating a Victorian terrace in Essex, where he lives with his partner and two pampered pups. When it comes to his design style, he loves new and interesting building materials, a carefully chosen white paint and he also has a weakness for coffee table books and a fresh bunch of eucalyptus.