Our Favorite Classic Kitchens

The first question you might have after reading the title of this post is: “What is a classic kitchen?” I thought a lot about what makes a kitchen classic as I was looking through our sneak peek archives. And, for me, a classic kitchen is one that is timeless. And so unsurprisingly,  many of these kitchen are white (and if they are not white, they are a subtle gray). After all, a white kitchen is pretty timeless. It feels clean (which is how you want your kitchen to feel), yet it also feels unfussy and subtle. But the best thing about a white, classic kitchen is how the look of the kitchen can be transformed by changing small details. So we have some “classic” kitchens that feel a little country, some that feel city, some that feel poppy and some that feel subdued – and that’s what makes the classic white kitchen so great. It can really change with you. –Amy

If you’re looking for more kitchen inspiration, see Best of Kitchens and Best of Backsplashes.

Image above: White cabinets, black hinges and a Shaw Original farmhouse sink make up this kitchen in a stone house in the Hudson Valley.

Image above: Accessories designer Farah Malik considers her Viking stove to be the hearth of her Brooklyn home. She looked for over a year for the brass hood until finally finding this one for $200 on eBay.

Click through for more great kitchens after the jump!

Image above: The centerpiece of this home on NYC’s Lower East Side is the Ceasarstone countertop in the kitchen that can comfortably seat eight people for dinner.

Image above: The marble countertop and backsplash paired with white countertops make this small Brooklyn kitchen feel spacious.

Image above: The farmhouse sink is the focal point of the kitchen in this 170-year-old house. The cabinet to the right of the sink was made from a tree that was felled on the property approximately 20 years ago and there’s a Miele dishwasher built inside!

Image above: The all-black island brings a modern touch to this classic kitchen in Billings, Montana.

Image above: The rug in this 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California really pops in this all-white kitchen.

Image above: You have to see the before of this Queens apartment kitchen to really appreciate the after, and even though this kitchen looks high-end, it was done on a friendly budget with IKEA cabinets and appliances.

Image above: When they renovated their Springfield, Missouri kitchen, homeowners Jay and Sarah Sandidge used the metal kitchen cabinets that they found in their basement! They had them sand blasted and powder coated and then completely rearranged.

Image above: Pairing white with yellow makes this Australian kitchen anything but boring.

Image above: Emily Nathan of Tiny Atlas Quarterly keeps her Oakland kitchen all white for a classic feel.

  1. Even though I am loving the all white and wood minimal chic modern kitchens I would try incorporating shabby chic furniture if I would mine all over again!
    x Nina

  2. Olga says:

    Beautiful images! Stunning kitchens!

  3. farmhouse sinks for the win.

  4. Renee says:

    Amy, do you have any recommendations for where to find nice cabinet hardware that won’t break the budget?

  5. Nina says:

    Love these classic kitchens. All they need is an updated rug or some new dishes/ bowls on display to keep them from looking dated. Nice round-up!

  6. Amanda says:

    What are the fonts that you are using for “11 Beautiful Classic Kitchens” or is it all hand- lettered?! I must know, it’s driving me crazy! Oh yeah, the kitchens are incredible too.

  7. Kate Harvey says:

    That brass hood is so special!

  8. Amy B says:

    Love that all black island!

  9. Lorraine says:

    Love the way the farmhouse sink is installed! (the kitchen with copper or brass hood).

  10. Meg says:

    I love the yellow toe kick. I wouldn’t do yellow in my house, but oh how I would love to see it in red/orange. A great way to pop some color in a white kitchen!

  11. john says:

    If I may be so bold as to pretend to know the answer to Amanda’s question about the fonts I would tell her that they were indeed hand-lettered. If you take a look at any letter that is used more than once, like the ‘T’ for example, the top of that letter curves up on one and down on the other. The letters also seem to get gradually smaller as each letter is added to the word. I must be feeling spunky today because commenting is not something I generally do. MOST IMPORTANTLY THOUGH I LOVE EVERTHING ABOUT D*S.


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