Tried-and-True: Ornate Chandeliers
Fresh Take: Geometric Light Fixtures
Cubes, hexagons, and orbs make bold statements in both classic and contemporary kitchens. Strikingly simple, geometric fixtures bring the wow factor. Crisp, clean-lined lights look at home in modern-minded kitchens, while curvier shapes, drum shades with geometric patterns, and warm metal finishes like aged brass are a good fit for traditional kitchens.
Once you pick a chandelier shape, continue the design in supporting fixtures, like pendants, or limit yourself to just one other shape with a consistent finish.
Tried-and-True: Classic White Cabinetry
Fresh Take: Deep Blue Cabinetry
Indigo, midnight, and navy cabinets bring drama and timeless beauty to traditional, transitional, and contemporary kitchens alike. The rich hue also pairs beautifully with a variety of hardware finishes, including cool stainless steel and warm brass.
As for color schemes? Dark blue is versatile. It plays well with white and gray, but it also allows for pops of playful, complementary colors like pink, green, and yellow. Limit deep blue to an island or run of cabinetry. If you prefer all-blue cabinets, balance them with a light-color countertop and backsplash.
Tried-and-True: Marble Countertops
Fresh Take: Easy-Care Look-Alikes
Today's no-fuss, high-quality alternatives exude the timeless beauty of natural stone but withstand the stains and scratches that plague marble. Want the look of marble without the maintenance? Try quartz-surfacing, an engineered material made of quartz and resin, or quartzite, a natural stone that's less porous than marble and comes in varieties that emulate marble's classic good looks.
Other options include thin, lightweight porcelain slabs, which are digitally rendered to closely mimic marble, and compact composities, like Dekton, which blend glass, quartz, and porcelain.
Tried-and-True: Electric or Gas Cooktop
Fresh Take: Induction Cooktop
Pair the precise temperature control of gas cooktops with the easy-to-clean surface of electric tops -- and go a few steps further -- with an induction cooktop.
Powered by electromagnetic currents, induction technology slashes energy use, boils water rapidly, and heats only your cookware and food. That means the cool-to-the-touch surface prevents spills from sticking and is safer for kids. Make sure your cookware is induction-compatible with the magnet test -- if a magnet sticks to the bottom of your pot, you're good to go!