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? Will you proudly display pots and pans, utensils and ovenware, or will you tidily store them all away? 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 us. From contemporary and modern designs to rustic and Scandinavian trends, here are plenty of beautiful kitchen design ideas that will help you create the perfect heart to your home.
Humphrey Munson, Kitchen Designers
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.
Grant Pierrus, Interior Blogger
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.
Nicolette Lafonseca-Hargreaves, Interior Blogger
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 or bistro chairs. 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 with accessories such as a rug, a subway clock or by displaying wooden chopping boards. 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 large kitchen island. 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.
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.
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.
Meant as a gathering place for its restaurateur owner and mother of five, Alison 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
This stunning kitchen uses bespoke birch plywood doors from Custom Fronts on standard IKEA cabinet carcasses – a great way to create a unique, high-end look without breaking the bank. It’s sleek and minimalist but still incredibly eye-catching thanks to all the contrasts on display – the cool grey walls against the warm undertones of the wood, the natural grain of the doors with the smooth surface of the marble worktop. I also love the beautiful cut-out handles, and the fact there are no wall units – an easy way to make small kitchens feel larger and much more airy (you could add open shelves if you needed extra storage).
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 island are great for casual dining. The use of lighting over the island and the kitchen units creates a great balance. The natural light from 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 am really drawn to the simplicity and warmth of this kitchen. The handle-less units, white walls and wooden worktop are classically Scandinavian, but the putty colour of the kitchen and the natural wood and rattan details take it to another level completely 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!
I love this kitchen, the grey cabinets are a daring choice, but they nailed the look. It is fresh, clean, stylish and Scandinavian cool. Natural wood furnishings add warmth, while the marble backsplash provides a beautiful texture and a hint of elegance. The white dining table is a great accent piece.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Zoe Dye, Interior Blogger
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. 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.
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. 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 rustic charm, the crisp white chairs with the wooden floors and the white wall. All lit perfectly by that great natural lighting.
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.
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!
Gerard McGuickin, Design Writer
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.
The black and white cabinets balance each other so well, coupled with a walnut laminate table for a strong impact. Even though the design of this kitchen isn’t full of traditionally warm colours, the designer managed to create a sleek, yet cosy, and considered kitchen.
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 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. Along with the simplicity of the cabinetry it provides the perfect backdrop to frame and showcase the stylish wood 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!
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 down the staircase define the space and rest the eye.
I love a kitchen that is clean and tidy, but not sterile. This is a perfect example. The concrete floor gives it an industrial feel, the white units the Scandinavian coolness and the well-placed accessories a warm touch. Dare to display your favourite items and hide away the not-so-pretty stuff. Cool ceiling lamps are 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.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this kitchen screams country charm and personality. I love the bold wooden 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 shelf – practical and stylish!
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.
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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.
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. Having a bedroom close to the kitchen would be perfect for every Sunday morning – to wake up to the smell of fresh coffee.
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.
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 the white accessories and lighting fixtures for extra contrast. It is packed with personality – it is simply incredible – and timeless.
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 unique furniture pieces are a treat in this space as well, but I must say that the graphic, wrap-around brick wall is my favourite. This kitchen has a collected feel, while still maintaining a contemporary look. A true visual delight!
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.