Jenny Marrs says these classic kitchen features will look beautiful for centuries to come

'Timeless' is a label that should be used sparingly – but for Dave and Jenny Marrs, these materials and hues are worthy of the title

Dave and Jenny Marrs
(Image credit: Courtesy of Dave and Jenny Marrs)

The question of timelessness is one that will always provoke debate among designers. It's, hard to predict what the future of interiors will look like with certainty. This, however, hasn't stopped Jenny and Dave Marrs from attempting the impossible.

The design duo, known for HGTV's Fixer to Fabulous, sat down with H&G to discuss the materials, colors and finishes worth our investment – starting with the most used room of all: the kitchen

'I recommend staying away from really specific trends and going with classic kitchen cabinets and classic hardware instead,' Jenny shared when asked which pieces will impress in 100 years to come. 'Lean into pieces that have already impressed for decades and draw from features and colors that we already know can stand the test of time.' 

But which of these features and colors are specifically expected to impress long into the future? 

'Some things that are timeless: natural brass, marble kitchen countertops, clean cabinetry, and anything wooden – these things will always look beautiful,' Jenny notes. 'Natural brass, especially, is always going to impress because it has a natural patina – it changes over time, but it’s always to look good.'

Alongside natural brass finishes, the designer notes that wooden kitchen cabinets and islands will 'always feel classic'; however, they're not the only hues that are likely to remain fashionable for years ahead. 

'These kinds of neutrals will always have a place in our homes. In terms of other colors, I love putty hues, tones with a muted richness to them, and, of course, white. White kitchens will always be beautiful.'

Dave and Jenny Marrs
Jenny and Dave Marrs

Designer Jenny and expert craftsman Dave Marrs are the stars of HGTV's Fixer to Fabulous and Almost Home. Jenny also appears on Rock the Block (alongside designers including Jasmine Roth and Leanne Ford) and Design At Your Door (with Tamara Day and Tiffany Brooks). They currently live in a restored farmhouse in Northwest Arkansas.

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(Image credit: Together Home Design Studio)

Plus, Jenny is not alone in her observations. Dave Marrs replicates his wife's sentiments – emphasizing that high-quality hardware (particularly cabinet hardware) is one of the most important things worth our investment. 

'If you put a lot of money into your hardware, it will last for decades,' he says. 

'The quality of the materials is really important, particularly in a kitchen, which is a hardworking space you use a lot. Opt for high-quality hardware and cabinets in these spaces. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to get the most expensive, but do your homework and find good quality materials that will stand the test of time.' 

Jenny's advice, however, isn't limited to the kitchen. She recently released a new book, House + Love = Home, that advises on the perfect materials, colors, and finishes in every room. 

While forecasting the future with certainty is no easy feat, it's hard to dispute that white paints, wooden textures, and natural brass will remain in style for the long game. It's time we make a worthy investment that we can enjoy for decades ahead. 

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.