The heart of the home, the kitchen is easily the most-used room in the house. From hosting parties and entertaining guests, to family meal times and helping children with homework, the kitchen fulfils a number of purposes. So it makes sense to incorporate practical, stylish interiors that stand the test of time into this multi-functional space.
However, when creating a kitchen there are lots of elements to think about. Is there enough storage? Where will you put the appliances? Have you chosen the correct lighting? But more importantly, what sort of design suits you and your family? We spend 12% of our lives in the kitchen, beaten only by the bedroom, so it’s crucial the kitchen works both practically and aesthetically for our lives.
To make the task of a kitchen refurbishment a little less daunting, we have asked a number of interior experts and influencers to share their favourite kitchen designs with The LuxPad. From contemporary and modern designs to rustic and Scandinavian trends, here are 77 beautiful kitchen design ideas that will help you create the perfect heart to your home.
The scale of the kitchen in the Ashurst House project is quite staggering – it encompasses the open plan kitchen, dining area in the orangery, scullery, walk-in larder and a boot room. We love the simplicity of the design and how it really captures that quintessentially classic English style but most importantly, it suits the family’s needs perfectly. They love to entertain so having the scullery tucked around the corner is perfect for parties in the open plan space.
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I absolutely love the style of this kitchen mainly because it embodies many of my favourite design elements. I am a huge fan of the two toned colours used on the cabinetry as this allows for depth but also adds brightness to the space. I particularly love the brass accents which contrast the classic styled cabinetry, balancing old and new. The mix of natural materials used to finish off this kitchen like white marble countertops, wooden objects (stools & cutting boards) and the copper canisters turn this kitchen into a clean and contemporary space with an organic feel!
This is my favourite kitchen as everyone can get a lot of inspiration from it. It’s a simple contemporary design, and really easy to achieve. The bold use of blue on the walls and cabinets help to create a unified backdrop which highlights the marble accessories and large white farmhouse sink. Simple, bold and functional spaces really are my favourite.
This is my favourite kitchen style as it lends itself to the utilitarian functionality of the space without compromising one little bit on style. There are many ways that you can incorporate this style into your home. Adding a chalkboard wall, wire shelves, bistro chairs or encaustic tiles. I have always been a fan of white subway tiles but using grey grout really gives you that bistro edge. You can soften the look by displaying cookery books on chunky wooden shelves and framing children’s artwork. If the budget allows top it off with a colourful 50s style fridge, I want mine to be mint green.
Typically kitchens, without the right treatment, can be cold and clinical spaces, but the warmth of the beautiful oak in this kitchen counteracts this. The chalky, but confident wall colour helps create a cosy feeling, while the paler units help keep the room light.
The fabric shade pendants above the central island have been added to soften the space, and the artwork above the Aga adds character and personality to the space.
The overall look is elegant but relaxed – its sociable layout allows for practical family living – something that I am often asked for by my clients.
I love everything about this kitchen: the subdued palette of white and grey which helps the light bounce around to give some breadth to the room, and the marble backsplash wall that successfully frames the space. The simple and functional design of the white kitchen elements almost makes them fade into the background while providing plenty of storage space and leaving centre stage to this gorgeous statement dining table in a 1960s style. To me, this is a wonderfully serene room, minimal in its aesthetic and clutter-free but also warm and inviting, with the nod to nature of these wooden retro chairs complete with wood grain, and the tan and green accents conveyed by the carefully picked homewares, fruits, vegetables and plants.
Kitchen design by Marie-Laure Helmkampf, photographed by Nicolas Matheus
I’ve always had a soft spot for painted kitchens as they really offer longevity in my opinion, because when you’ve gone off that perfect ‘of the moment’ colour you can repaint the cabinets and give your kitchen a whole new lease of life. Especially if you change up the hardware and maybe the backsplashes too. This bespoke kitchen is masquerading its modern technology behind traditional hand painted cabinetry. It’s making a really contemporary statement though with the inky dark paint choice, painted in Off Black by Farrow & Ball. For those of us beyond the ‘roommate’ years, we tend to make the kitchen the heart of the house. Being able to cook and socialise with friends and family at the same time is a big desire if your kitchen is large enough. It’s why kitchen islands are so in demand and so enjoyable if you have them, this island increases its sociable charm by having an integrated wine fridge. Teamed with large format stone flooring with under floor heating, a traditional Aga and a beautiful oak beam this kitchen shows its cosy side too. It’s not that exciting to have to consider durability when you’re designing a space but when it comes to designing your kitchen it’s of paramount importance, as kitchens are usually big ticket purchases in your home.
We designed this kitchen with family living in mind, whilst not forsaking bold style. It fills one end of a large open-plan living, dining and kitchen area in a home in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s a kitchen that works hard for a large family so had to be functional, but it also forms part of a glamorous space so had to tick that box too. The cabinets are painted in a colour appropriately called Monsoon Lagoon and the deep hue is balanced against the white terrazzo floors and Carrara marble splashback. In order to avoid the cabinetry being visually overwhelming, I added the collection of white clay urns to bring some lightness to the upper cabinets. The oval curve of the island allowed me to create maximum surface space whilst still allowing for easy passing in what is quite a narrow space. The black Smeg fridge and the Hicks Pendants, both with brass detailing, really pulled together the look and balanced all of the green.
This kitchen was designed for a London flat owned by a couple that live abroad. It’s a relatively smaller space than they were used to, compared to their home, so I wanted to give it a light and airy feeling. The chandelier can be viewed from the living room through the kitchen hatch, so it was important that we put a statement piece in that position. For both the feeling of space as well as the fact we needed the chandelier to be the star of the show, we chose very simple cabinetry in a warm white, with tiny brass knobs. It really works and the owner loves being in this space during her London visits.
Whilst it has to be said this kitchen doesn’t look like the archetypal kitchen used on a daily basis by a busy family or a Domestic Goddess, this small, no-nonsense galley kitchen designed by and belonging to Jean-Louis Deniot is impactful and rather ravishing. The simple, modern cabinetry with its bespoke handles and knobs is bejewelled with hammered brass which gives the room a warm, sexy glow and slightly distorted reflection. The grey and off-white marble on the walls, work surfaces and the floor gently balances out the room anchored by the vintage ceiling light. The result is fresh, elegant, practical; this room proves to show metallics can be used in a kitchen and are not necessarily cold.
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Meant as a gathering place for its restaurateur owner and mother of five, Ali Cayne, this eclectic space is found within a New York townhouse. I have chosen it as it combines elements of style and functionality in equal measure. The Lacanche cooker and hood in black and brass and the marble worktops are jaw dropping features. The walls are covered in white “metro” tiles framed in black grout, something we don’t see often and which I feel will look clean and new for longer. I love the grey-blue cabinets with brass pull handles (an easy update for any shaker style kitchen) as well as the open shelving around the room which is a great way to show off stylish collections of crockery while making everything readily accessible. The black Tolix bar stools make the place look less formal.
Christine Dovey’s glamorous white marble and gold kitchen is definitely my favourite kitchen of all time. The white marble paired with gold accents creates a vintage and yet, totally contemporary space and it’s unashamedly feminine. The ornate vintage lighting and subtle pale pink touches are just the stylish cherries on top and I love every inch of its glamorous look. I’d trade kitchens with her in a heartbeat!
It’s hard to create an elegant open kitchen in a small space but I know that with the right planning and equipment the task can be accomplished. This tiny kitchen fits snugly into a 750sqft Manhattan apartment. I love the use of the light wall and cabinetry colours mixed with just a pop of bold colour in a modern print. This kitchen gives new life to the words form and function. One great tip to take away from this kitchen design is the use of refrigerator and freezer drawers. If you don’t need a full-size refrigerator it is always a great idea to look for ways to downsize.
I first stumbled upon interior design Athena Caldernone’s kitchen in Harpers Bazaar a couple of years ago and since then it’s been cropping up pretty much everywhere; magazines, blogs, interiors books…. And no wonder, it’s literally a piece of art (like the rest of her Brooklyn pad!). Calderone is the brain behind the fabulous blog Eye Swoon, a destination for all things design and food. And swooning, I certainly am!
On paper, this is not a kitchen I’d be normally drawn to. I have a penchant for splashes of neon colours in interiors, and this room has none. But somehow I can’t take my eyes off it. It’s all in the little details: the brass contouring the cabinetry and lining these incredible Thomas O’Brien pendant lights; the beautiful marble countertop; the wooden stools and panels, the slightly different shades of bluish-grey effortlessly juxtapose. Who knew you could fall in love with a tone-on-tone kitchen?
Scandi chic is all about simplicity and functionality with an understated beauty, and this kitchen is a perfect example. Its white tiles, marble worktops and cool green wooden units with leather pulls make for a clean and uncluttered look, but without being sterile. Beauty shines through in its truth to materials aesthetic, and the use of classic elements such as the wooden pedestal table with Thonet chairs. Metal accents add a touch of elegance – the brass mixer tap, and oh, what a chandelier! Combining minimalism and glamour, this has to be my perfect kitchen.
I love this Buster and Punch Kitchen which is showcased on their website under their Mews Flat project. We have used these great cabinet handles in one of our recent projects which just gives an overall stylish finish. I am also a huge fan of grey painted cabinetry contrasting with the light marble worktops. Plenty of storage is essential in a well-functioning kitchen and these double height cupboards do exactly that. A lovely elegant kitchen perfect for a family or a bachelor.
The brief here was to create a modern kitchen with a traditional heart. To achieve this, KIBRE designed the kitchen in-house. The contrast of modern bold veined marble, un-lacquered brass handles and a warm grey palette on deep panelled doors created a beautiful juxtaposition, an individual space.
You can’t deny the beauty of marble. By the use of tonal neutrals, the heart of the home still promotes a cosy and welcoming feeling. You can set apart the island and kitchen table from each other by applying different lighting features above or with contrasting flower arrangements.
This is a modern, classic kitchen that goes beyond traditional kitchen design. Removing a wall dividing the kitchen and dining room creates a more social and free-flowing space. In this large kitchen, it was possible to eliminate wall storage on the window side of the room. Tiling the entire wall in hand-made tiles lends a soft texture and bounces even more light around. An island between the galley kitchen and the sitting area links the spaces, providing a casual spot for eating and socialising. Natural colours with warm grey tones have been used along with a touch of classic navy blue. A navy blue linen roman blind adds additional texture and provides a striking backdrop to the Original BTC pendant lights over the sink. It’s a light-filled and inviting family kitchen that combines functional ease with traditional comforts.
Kitchens with combined living space have been common practice in interiors for many years and we as a design practice continue to promote this. These spaces require a significant amount of clever design to turn them into a cohesive space that fulfils various functions.
To make this space work, a lot of elements must be provided for, such as cooking, chilling, prep work, storage, cleaning, casual dining, formal dining and relaxing. Within each of these areas, ease of access and movement are crucial.
As a company, we start by looking at the client’s living circumstances and relations and how they would like this space to surround these relationships. We then wrap it up in an aesthetic suitable for the client and the building environment. We believe if a space functions well, it enhances the people using it and with this storage is key. The time old mantra rings true – ‘a place for everything and everything in its place.’
At present, we love utilising full wall height for storage along with brass detailing. We also love both pale and dark understated worktops in a new chic pared back industrial styling – using natural finishes, wood, stone and brass to create this moody look. For those not ready to embrace this, a fresh simple door detail may be the way forward. Team this with a pale worktop, clean lines and sharp-edged brass handles and fittings for a finish with longevity.
Who does not fancy a kitchen with (such) a view? What I particularly love about this image is the mix of contemporary feel, underlined through the black furniture design, steel frame windows and minimal distribution, and at the same time, the rustic vibe due to the timber walls and flooring. It gives it a sophisticated yet warm look and feel.
I believe this kitchen to be pretty timeless when installed in a Scandinavian country since black is a pretty common colour in interior design.
When to comes to personal style, a few plants on the window sill would make it a perfect set up for me bringing the outdoors inside creating a link to what seems a wonderful nature environment.
A kitchen should be practical and welcoming, regardless of the size. This is why I love this kitchen. It’s taken on contemporary trends of industrial and neutral tones, while holding on to a warm essence. The open shelving creates a relaxed atmosphere and the stools at the rustic island are great for casual dining. The use of mood lighting over the island and task lighting over the kitchen units creates a great balance. The natural light from the clerestory wall softly illuminates the entire space. I can picture myself sitting at the island, glass of wine in hand and snacking on some warm, crusty bread. Ah, bliss!
I would say that this is the ultimate timeless kitchen; it is classic in design but nods to many different periods. The colour of the cabinets is modern, but the old rustic wooden table and pendant light combine well with it, for the perfect eclectic mix. I am also a big fan of using artwork in the kitchen, and for me, the oil painting is what gives this warm, country kitchen a bit of an edge.
For me, this kitchen is the perfect blend of rustic and contemporary. It’s light, bright and clean-lined, with a dash of Scandinavian simplicity, and I love the striking contrast between the sleek white units and the wooden worktops. The open shelves allow plenty of scope for adding personality through crockery, ceramics or plants; what’s more, you can change the display to suit your mood or the season, creating a whole new look in minutes. I can see the kitchen as a whole working well in all sorts of settings, from country cottages to modern townhouses.
I like the idea of including modern design within a period property. The architectural slabs of marble that wrap around the wooden body of the kitchen island work well against the backdrop of the farmhouse interior.
We are currently in the process of extending our home with the main focus being the family kitchen – with five boys we need plenty of space, fridges and dishwashers! I love space for a huge table – somewhere everyone can gather for meals, perch for natters with friends, a place to work on my laptop and for the kids to get creative – a true home hub. The most important factors for me when it comes to a kitchen are light, comfort and simplicity.
I love this kitchen/diner as it incorporates my love for family-friendly monochrome and Scandinavian design; a clean, simple space without being clinical or severe, with wooden surfaces coupled with the matt black bringing a softer dimension to the glossy white tiling and industrial-chic exposed bulbs.
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I am really drawn to the simplicity and warmth of this kitchen. The handle-less units, white walls and painted floorboards are classically Scandinavian, but the putty colour of the kitchen and the natural wood and rattan details take it to another level completely. The marble worktops add a touch of luxury and the houseplants keep it feeling fresh. It somehow manages to be timeless and incredibly modern all at once.
I love this kitchen because it is full of light and I can imagine a family living here: it is raw and easy, cosy and welcoming. White tiles, open shelves and simple lights. Everyone could do this with a really simple DIY. Everything is at your fingertips and organised. I love that there are plants too. You can pick some fresh rosemary while you’re cooking! I also love the soap bottles near the sink, I can imagine they are homemade!
The Danish kitchen designs haven’t shown much innovation within the last years. We tend to stick with the clean white surfaces. I have to admit, I would love to see more Arabian spring and a little less microwave revolution of food prepping, especially when it comes to the use of colour and materials.
Together with Norm Architects Danish Reform have revolutionised the Ikea kitchen, by hacking the front, transforming the boring white kitchen to a new updated eye-catching to-die-for kitchen. The kitchen is simple but very exclusive in its timeless design. Carrying no handles, it presents a table top covering the entire surface and adding to it an exquisite finish – like the best design furniture. The materials, which have seldom been used in kitchens, give away a clean but raw expression. I am a huge fan!
As soon as I saw this kitchen, my heart did the ‘flutter’. It encompasses many design elements I love – the ones that excite me. The mix of raw materials including concrete, blonde plywood and exposed brick add depth and texture. The cool monochrome colour scheme is made warm against the natural wood tones. The industrial, no faff lighting hangs above the sleek minimal line of the worktop and units whilst the enormous piece of art acts as a focal point without overpowering the space. The geometric tray and glass bottles punctuate the space with mid-century colour. That bit of detail every room needs. The materials, balance of the design, texture and colour scheme make me very happy indeed.
I love this kitchen by Swedish stylist Emma Persson Lagerberg. Mint green cabinets are a daring choice, but she nailed the look. It is fresh, clean, stylish and Scandinavian cool. Natural wood furnishings add warmth, while the marble countertop and backsplash provide a beautiful texture and a hint of elegance. The dark green bentwood chair is a great accent piece.
While styling this home for my client, I realised how much I admire simple design and clean lines in a kitchen. Minimalism makes this space feel airy, bright and practical. I really like how the black and white colour palette has been paired up with wooden elements (for example a stool or kitchenware) to make the final look not only timeless but also warm and inviting.
I love how you can maximise the visual dimensions of a room with a basic decor scheme and a subtle use of colour. Black cabinets and white tiles are timeless. A lack of shelf space calls for storage solutions that go beyond the ordinary for a cluster of potted herbs and farm-fresh goodies. Therefore go for multi-functional pieces that are a must for tight spaces. Bar carts are so versatile because you can store items on the bottom shelves, use it as a table for dinnertime and transform it into a bar cart for entertaining, or, as here, a plant table.
This bespoke kitchen, designed by Suna Interior Design has black built-in appliances and features such as the marble effect quartz worktops, a black wood-grain effect open dresser unit and concealed under-cabinet lighting – creating a striking combination. The interior design is quite moody and masculine with rich tones of gloss black kitchen cabinetry, walnut flooring and a marble splashback in the elegant kitchen.
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We love how the Macassar ebony creates a dramatic backsplash and is used to frame the integrated fridge and plumbed coffee machine. Starphire glass is used as a backsplash behind the cooktop and the floating stainless steel shelf creates a convenient storage and display for dishes. Task lighting was also incorporated into the shelf. The mirrored wall above the shelf creates depth and reflects light. Corian countertops are used. We like to design kitchens with a 39” countertop height (against the standard 36” height) as we find this more ergonomic. Commercial grade appliances are by Sub-Zero, Wolf, Miele and Asko. The island also features a warming drawer.
I knew this kitchen would end up looking amazing before it was even built as my fiance was the architect and I watched the evolution of this handmade modern kitchen design. The natural light cascading from the roof lights onto the handmade wooden cabinets combined with clever LED backlighting within the kitchen units create a wonderfully bright and warm space. I love the partnership of the natural wood and grey-washed wood as well as the way the floating shelf merges into the cabinetry. The metal frame French doors block as little light as possible from the outside and make the most of that wonderful view.
Many people avoid using the colour blue in the kitchen as it is considered as an appetite suppressant. However, you might be surprised to learn that there is no scientific proof for that! Blue can be a fantastic and offbeat choice for a kitchen and this beautiful home on the photo just proves it. I really like this cool greyish hue picked by designers – together with warm yellow wood and brass, it looks very inviting and cosy.
This is from a house we refurbished. I love the cool grey kitchen because it shows how monochrome comes alive. The picture window and pop of colour are a great foil to the grey doors, stone island and walnut seating area.
Poggenpohl kitchens have got modern living down to a fine art. As a designer, I love this scheme’s approach whereby the environment is addressed and is as important as the kitchen design, form and function. This is a classic example where rustic meets state of the art. The natural materials found within this space; raw timber truss structures and imposing earthy brick wall offer a complete contrast to the smooth matt poured concrete floor and stark white painted walls. The streamlined simplicity of the kitchen island unit alone creates an abstract statement, allowing each element of the space to be appreciated – so simple, yet so effective!
Here we used different materials for each element of the kitchen, such as the marble work tops to bring life to the kitchen for a rich and textured look. The clever use of lighting brings brightness to the room and gives a feel of space, allowing you to walk freely around the centred island. This is the perfect example if you want a simple, contemporary look, which is both clean-looking and functional. The use of red for the stools and accessories brings a little bit of colour and fun to the kitchen.
This kitchen was designed by Interiorsat58 for a client who wanted a very high-end and masculine look. We really love the combination of textures that ensures the kitchen feels warm, as well as fulfilling the client’s contemporary brief. A tiled floor just wouldn’t have given the same contrast, so this wood floor was selected for its warm tone, as well as its unusually large length and width which works really well in this generous open-plan space.
The units were kept simple and timeless so it’s the details that give the wow-factor to this design, such as the statement light fitting from Terzani, and the elegant leather chairs and stools from Bontempi. And of course the incredible wine fridge and quadruple oven, perfect for entertaining! The solid marble table from Bonaldo is also a real showstopper, it took six men to carry it up the stairs, but was well worth the effort – just make sure you add place mats to protect marble tables as they can stain.
I love a mixture of finishes in a kitchen – it looks more personal and ‘softer’ than a whole bank of wall to wall matching units. Whilst a mix and match approach risks looking a bit too homespun, it is possible to create a chic, modern finish if you get the balance right. Using a contrasting finish on the island – as seen in these images where a limed oak wash was used – or with base cabinets different from wall cabinets, is a great way to introduce a daring colour or texture without it overpowering the whole room. Similarly, you can lift an otherwise moody colour scheme with some bright metallic accessories – seen here in the copper-topped barstools from Cox and Cox.
I spotted this kitchen on Pinterest and I was instantly smitten. Yes, it is on the small side but the owners have embraced its size and mixed function and style perfectly. The contrast of cold industrial shelving and concrete floors together with the rustic oversized wooden butcher’s block and mismatched furniture is just perfect. I love the eclectic unfitted style of it, (no kitchen rule book here!). The dark walls make for a dramatic backdrop and the whole space suddenly becomes exciting, inviting and cosy. Finally, a touch of glam with the chandelier just peering over the wall – spot on! This kitchen oozes personality and it is my kind of kitchen.
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We have heard many a person say that the kitchen is the heart of a home and as cliche as it sounds, I don’t think it could be truer. In a kitchen, I want a space that inspires me, somewhere that is lived in and this one is just that. It makes me want to cook and create meals for friends and family. I love light, colour, space and the feeling of relaxation. For me, this ticks every single box.
Practical, good looking with a sense of humour; I could just as easily be describing my dream man as my dream kitchen. This design has it all. It also works with the ‘anything goes’ approach to accessorising – which is the only kind I know. A mash up of vintage, modern, retro – all different pieces thrown together out of a general appreciation of loveliness, not because they match. I’ve got to have open shelves so that such treasures aren’t hidden away, and finally, plants are a new kitchen must for me. Love the colour palette and the art, especially the neon sign which I want for my own kitchen. It will say ‘cheese’, reminding us all to smile.
It’s probably the exact opposite of what most people would choose, but for me, its charm is in its lived-in appeal. This kitchen is old and worn but well-loved. There’s real personality in this kitchen; the history and lives of whoever lives in it are apparent from the bohemian nature of the collected items, such as the painting and the party hat.
I love it when people use the kitchen like any other room in the house, rather than some kind of sterile pristine environment. Sure, keep it clean, but decorate it with the same eye you use for the rest of the house. I love the amount of plants in this kitchen, it’s my aim to have a few more plants in my own.
This kitchen really works for me. It’s the vintage lighting, the crisp green chairs with the wooden floors and the white wall. All lit perfectly by that great large window.
The kitchen really is the heart of the home. I, therefore, feel it should be homely and somewhere family and friends can feel relaxed. I love the mix of old and new and different styles in this space. Plus it has the most wonderful matt black wood floor – softened by a vintage Moroccan rug.
If you have a wooden shaker kitchen that needs a new lease of life, statement handles coupled with an on-trend chalky paint finish can achieve an effortlessly contemporary look on a budget. Copper handles are a popular choice but don’t be afraid to try something a little different.
Every element has been thought out in this space, from the soft grey walls to the marble table. The gallery wall of Old Masters looks great but I would be tempted to swap them for contemporary pop-art to add some colour to the space and tie into the Mid-Century seating. We can’t all be blessed with double-height rooms but there are features to take inspiration from here, such as bringing art into the kitchen.
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My favourite kitchen of all time has to be this gorgeous Parisian kitchen designed by Joseph Dirand. What I love about the design is that it shows us just what can be achieved in a limited space. There is no main colour; the design uses each material to its fullest potential, adding beautiful tones to the room through a mixture of finishes, textures and grains. Dirand has created a harmonious relationship in the design and nothing fights for attention. A characterful design that can be lived in and admired.
I love that people congregate in kitchens; they are places of warmth, love and (hopefully) delicious treats! That’s why I like kitchens that are integrated into the living space, and when I renovated my own home I chose a design for open-plan living, cooking and eating. I used pale greys, blues and whites to create the simple look, accented with lots of gold to keep things interesting. The faux-concrete kitchen cabinets are offset by softer colours in the living area, and I use antique Italian tiles as the heatproof mats to protect the white granite worktops. It’s where we spend most of our time and it works perfectly for us!
The utilitarian Vipp kitchen is a furniture concept that is composed of stainless steel modules. These modules or components are available in different sizes and can be amalgamated and configured according to an individual’s requirements. The kitchen is industrial, muscular and functional, with a form that is tactile and handsome. Its clever and confident design will thrill the most ardent chef, and ensure many years of thoughtful cooking.
I like the combination of the different grey cabinet colours in this kitchen in combination with the white subway tiles as a backdrop. The cabinets have very clean lines, which is contrasted a little bit with the way the lighting is hung above the sink. What I like the most about this kitchen though, is the big open area in front, which can fit a big table for family dinners, gatherings and morning coffees in front of the big windows.
A woman after my own heart – during Beth Chapleau’s home renovation, Beth updated much of her kitchen by repainting the existing cabinets black and updating the hardware instead of gutting the entire room and starting new. The black and white cabinets balance each other so well, coupled with a walnut laminate countertop for a strong impact. Even though the design of this kitchen isn’t full of traditionally warm colours, Beth managed to create a sleek, yet cosy, and considered kitchen.
Kitchens can very easily become cluttered and crammed with all the foods and preps continuously lying around. I love how clean and organised this kitchen looks. The abundant sleek cabinetry is more than enough to hide away all those bits and pieces while the white shade blends in with the white floor and wall for a seamless result. Also, the black and white contrast and the ample daylight that enters through the large window define the space and rest the eye.
What I most like about this minimal kitchen is the fact it’s integrated into the house. Although it is a kitchen, it doesn’t look like one. It’s more like a sideboard, with two taps. All drawers are symmetrical, the monochrome colour palette for worktop and fronts works perfectly, and to top it all: no top drawers, which creates a lot of open space and makes the room look bigger. This minimalistic kitchen looks like my future dream kitchen. The only thing missing is the cooker, but I bet it’s integrated somewhere you can’t see!
I love a kitchen that is clean and tidy, but not sterile. This is a perfect example. The concrete countertops give it an industrial feel, the white floor the Scandinavian coolness and the well-place accessories a warm touch. Dare to display your favourite items and hide away the not-so-pretty stuff. A cool lamp is not only a good source of lighting, but make the room more homely. And of course, a piece of art is always a good idea.
I adore this kitchen for two reasons, the high contrast in colours and the use of natural finishes. Both are the top ingredients for a heavenly design, in my design book. The deep slate grey matt colour, along with the simplicity of the cabinetry provide the perfect backdrop to frame and showcase the stylish marble with its dreamy organic vibe. I love that the cupboard shape is non-standard too, which just oozes bespoke style. To bridge the colour contrast gap there’s the warm softness of the gold and the natural wood giving a cool personality and relaxed sociable vibe. I’d love to be perched on a stool in that kitchen sipping something sparkly!
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this kitchen screams country charm and personality. I love the bold purple kitchen island, stunning open beams and the cream cabinets work beautifully. Open-plan kitchen and dining areas are a great way of opening up a home, and kitchen islands are a practical way of utilising space in the kitchen. This one offers a dedicated and central prep area, extra wash basin, casual dining bench and plenty of storage. I love the plate rack – practical and stylish! The only thing I’d do differently is changing the lights to something a little less modern to complement the country style.
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I really love this bright, spacious kitchen. It’s ideal for cooking and entertaining and I am drawn to the quintessential traditional English feel it evokes.
The exposed beams and the solid wood countertops work wonderfully with the shaker cabinets and the Aga just adds to that farmhouse feel. The blue colour of the cabinets is a real attention grabber, I don’t think you should be afraid to introduce colour into a kitchen.
There is plenty of storage which is always needed and I like the glass fronted cabinets and plate rack which can be used to display beautiful dinner sets. Having shelving built in is always a huge plus to store all of those recipe books!
My favourite kitchen is my own kitchen! I’m incredibly lucky to have my husband design and create kitchens himself. It’s a tiny space but benefits from an incredible flood of natural light, and there’s a story behind every cabinet and drawer. All handmade from a workshop in our back garden, he combines traditional English style cabinets with vintage-style twist-lock knobs & modern Iroko worktops. It’s so beautifully functional in our compact living space, I can’t imagine anything better!
The kitchen is the heart of the home. When decorating my own dream space, I kept this in mind throughout the entire process. I tried to create a functional room that was still warm and charming, by adding personal items, family photos and keepsakes, rich wood tones and warm colours. The custom hood, my favourite design element, mimics a hearth and draws everyone in to gather around and share good times.
I love this kitchen because it feels so fresh, clean and airy. Victorian terraced houses are often quite narrow with the kitchen at the rear, so it can be hard to get enough light into the space. The soft palette that I chose for the room helps to create a sense of space as well as calm. Finally, I added contemporary dining furniture and a modern chandelier above the island to finish off the room and give it a slightly modern edge.
My favourite kitchen is my own kitchen. The reason it makes me so happy is because I transformed it from a bland beige 1980’s kitchen into a bright shaker-style kitchen for under £300. I’m thrilled to have saved it from landfill as I’m a keen up-cycler and I’m thrilled to have achieved such a large change for so little money. I used the original doors and added wooden trim, new handles and paint.
My perfect kitchen needs to consist of three important factors; it needs to be functional, spacious and reflect my personal style.
My dream home would be a city centre duplex apartment with an open-plan, industrial kitchen. I love the addition of a mini garden in here, bringing the nature indoors.
This a Siematic kitchen, from their urban collection. I love the anthracite fronts, combined with raw materials and added splash of colour with accessories.
Having a bedroom close to the kitchen would be perfect for every Sunday morning – to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee.
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This family summer home in the Hamptons is built out of several VIPP Modules in bright white with a 4mm stainless steel table top. I love this kitchen because of its industrial character and concrete floor. A beautiful open space with the original beams left in sight and a sneak peek in the garden.
I love the minimal and timeless design of this kitchen. The modern industrial floor and white cabinets fit beautifully with the wooden counter, which still makes it warm and cosy. Through the windows, the natural light comes into the kitchen and you can look outside while cooking. It is a kitchen with a zen feeling that I would love to have in my future house.
I’ve always admired the work of Rose Uniacke due to her impeccable ability to mix period design features harmoniously with contemporary design. In one of Pimlico’s grandest 19th-century homes, you will find one of the most beautiful interior restorations of recent years. The kitchen, with its high ceilings and large windows typical of a property of this scale, manages to retain a feeling of yesteryear with the richly toned flagstone floor and French range cooker. The muted tones are enhanced by the cool marble and warm wood of the central island, while Rose’s signature brass bamboo leg furniture adds a delicate aesthetic to a room dominated by square shapes.
The addition of fine art with its hit of colour and the almost out-of-proportion ceiling pendant lights add intrigue along with everyday kitchen gadgets, making it clear that this beautiful, stylish kitchen is part of a much-loved family home where old art meets new art, old furniture meets new furniture and essentially where the mastermind of Rose Uniacke meets reality.
The word I’d use to describe this kitchen over any other is ‘unforgettable’. It’s bold. It’s quirky. It’s a conversation starter whilst not being an assault on the eyes. I love how it is unapologetically a lived-in and practical home. Instead of locking away the products that define the room’s function, this kitchen has celebrated them with colourful fruit bowls and stools paired with darker wall accessories and lighting fixtures for extra contrast. It is packed with personality – that bright geometric paint job is simply incredible – and it is timeless.
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A little inspiration never hurts when you’re in the kitchen, and this colour burst kitchen certainly delivers. I love it kitchen has so many unexpected pops of colour! It feels young, fresh, and energising. I also enjoy all of the beautiful textures and patterns present. Its feature planter wall and gold barstools are a treat in this space as well, but I must say that the graphic, wrap-around tile wall is my favourite. This kitchen has a collected feel, while still maintaining a contemporary look. A true visual delight!
My favourite kitchen is this original 1950s English Rose, owned by Sarah Bradbury from Planet Sputnik, which I featured in my book Style Your Modern Vintage Home. It was the ‘must have’ kitchen of the time, produced in the UK out of stockpiled aluminium left over from Spitfire manufacturing during the war. It was also the first modular kitchen with a metal frame that could be bolted together easily. I love the aesthetics as well as the practicality- the curved front drawers enabled a deeper worktop without losing floor space which was perfect for the 50s housewife. John Lewis makes a modern version but you can’t beat the original! This example is extra special due to the addition of other vintage accessories, such as the American canisters and Caddymatic tea dispenser.
I love my kitchen because it is personalised to exactly my taste and not one bought from a catalogue. I dislike hard black and white surfaces, preferring wood, natural or painted – preferably worn and chipped. I love vintage kitchenalia, so collections of that are on the shelves and in the glass fronted cupboards. I re-paint the kitchen myself, the latest design being pastel shades to match the vintage style appliances. The door knobs are all mismatched and so is the china and cups. I’m a colour fanatic, so a great way to change the colours of your kitchen are with paint, or to add fabric curtains to cover white goods.
Most probably would not understand why I chose this kitchen as my favourite, so I’ll explain. This looks like someone’s grandmother’s kitchen, so it evokes many warm feelings in me. I absolutely love eat-in kitchens, and this one has that. I like white kitchen appliances, not stainless steel, which I find too harsh and industrial. I love the red and turquoise colour combination, the simplicity of the cabinets, the hardwood floors and the retro kitchen table surrounded by blue wooden chairs. I’m also crazy for polka dots -especially red and white polka dots. This kitchen carries with it a whimsical theme that makes me smile when I gaze at it. It looks like a lived-in kitchen – one where love resides within its walls.
I love clean lines, granite and stainless steel, but conversely, one of my favourite kitchens is a retro, fun, stylish affair. The kitchen in Don and Megan’s 1960s Park Avenue apartment in Mad Men is a Mid-Century, Modern masterpiece. Rich blue and vibrant orange cabinet doors vie for attention, zinging out from their dark walnut borders, complemented by an unusual brown Frigidaire. At a time when open-plan became all the rage, a kitchen on full view meant it needed to look good as well as be practical.
I absolutely love this kitchen despite it being red and blue, which are colours I never usually go for. In a world of neutral kitchens, what a breath of fresh air to find one that is so bold and colourful and confident. Applying patterned tiles to the entire wall gives the room drama and interest, and I love the juxtaposition of the vintage wall cabinet and chandelier against the contemporary sleek units and worktop. Little pops of pink and green, and the warm colour of the wooden floor, all go towards making this kitchen not only beautiful but homely as well.
When you move into a new home, the kitchen is probably the most difficult room to change if it doesn’t already match your taste and style. The design of this kitchen, made and installed by Cimitree, really excites me for the clever way it uses the space. It is an awkwardly shaped room and each expertly crafted unit is given what seems a generous amount of space. This allows light to become an active element in the design as it reaches the surfaces and shows off the colours, curves and details. The plain white walls make the room appear like an art gallery and the kitchen units are the star exhibits. The combination of colours is unusual and hark back to the sixties for me, although I understand the inspiration was Art Deco; you can see how the two periods meld together creating a unique style. The care and skill that has gone into the making is self-evident, you can look at this kitchen for a long time and keep seeing more beauty. I adore the kick boards! I would be very proud to own a kitchen like this.
To me, a kitchen must be practical, stylish and the heart of a home. I love an eclectic mix of modern style, fused harmoniously with traditional. Here, the original parquet flooring and cooker hood elements blend perfectly to create a classic style with a contemporary edge. The clean lines of the white units establish a calm, open space, whilst styling with bright pops of colour add heaps of character.