16 Beautiful Kitchen Design Ideas For The Heart Of Your Home
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 countless purposes in our daily life. 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 store them out of site? 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’ve collated the top kitchen design ideas and styles to help you work out the looks that work for you.
1. Modern Kitchen
Modern interior design is always on-trend. With smooth, sleek lines modern design couldn’t be easier to incorporate into the kitchen. Handle-less cupboards, bright statement lighting and all the latest gadgets are a great way to get this look in your own home. Dramatic block colours and unique textures will also help you achieve a modern kitchen style.
2. Scandi Kitchen
Scandinavian interior design works well in any room but the kitchen is particularly well suited to let the natural materials so closely linked with this this style shine. Beautifully unfussy, this Scandi kitchen sticks to a clean black white scheme as a base with simply chic pale wood tongue and groove cupboards. Remember with Scandi style, less is always more.
3. Country Kitchen
Country kitchens, or farmhouse kitchens as they are also often called are one of the most traditional designs you can choose. Reminiscent of the large open kitchens seen in country homes around the world. Classic country kitchen characteristics include expansive range cookers and impressive islands for preparing feasts for the whole family. If you don’t have the space for these, look at implementing simple cabinet styles and natural wooden worktops.
4. Grey Kitchen
Everyone’s favourite neutral is of course a popular kitchen style. Grey kitchens can be both modern and classic depending on what fixtures and fittings you pair the colour with. We love how the dark grey cupboards in this kitchen turn it from simple to striking. Grey is also an excellent match for natural wooden finishes like worktops and flooring which bring warmth to the often cool colour.
Impeccably crisp, white kitchens will never go out of style. Like other colours, white kitchens can be styled to your own interior taste, however this fresh, clean shade lends itself best to contemporary kitchens styles. For real wow factor stick to all white everything, or if you think all white looks too sparse, add in a few colour pops through appliances, kitchen linen and tableware.
6. Shaker Kitchen
Another classic kitchen look is the shaker kitchen. Relating to a style of cupboards and drawers rather than an overall kitchen style, shaker kitchen cabinets feature a flat centre panel with square edges and minimal ornamentation. Popular in kitchens for centuries, they are just as at home in rustic country kitchens as they are in glossy modern ones. They’re an all-rounder that will stand the test of time.
7. Black & White Kitchen
You can’t get more glamorous in the home than a striking black and white colour scheme. Dressed up or down, this colour combination is one of the most eye-catching. The kitchen above pairs unusual two tone cabinets with industrial features like the Crittall style windows and vintage sewing stools to create a kitchen which certainly gets our vote.
8. Green Kitchen
Green is a colour being seen more and more in kitchens at the moment. Two popular green kitchen hues are dark forest or country sage shades which are both magnificent in their own right. We chose to highlight the latter however as this unique kitchen caught our eye. The sage weatherboarding wall effect which leads effortlessly into the high cupboards creates a look you’d struggle to find anywhere else.
9. Luxury Kitchen
If the rest of your home is a testament to sumptuous interior style, then a luxury kitchen is the only choice for you. With brass fittings, a marble splashback and worktop, not to mention the impressive island, this kitchen is all about entertaining in style. Add in the subtly carved cabinets and statement lights and you’ve got yourself an indulgent heart of the home.
10. Cream Kitchen
Another classic colour scheme for kitchens. Cream is fabulous choice for those that love a crisp look but are worried bright white could be too cold. A wonderful shade for rustic kitchens as you can see from the image above, it’s the perfect complement to subtle pops of red and a coveted Belfast sink.
11. Pink Kitchen
Fabulously fresh and unique, pink kitchens might not be around forever but they’re definitely one of the most fun styles of the moment. From dusky roses to blissful blushes, keep the pinks on the paler side and as shown in this kitchen you can go all out with metallics to finish, from warm coppers to brushed brass.
12. Retro Kitchen
Enviably eclectic and beautifully bohemian, retro kitchens combine elements from either one key time period or touches from multiple styles through the ages. So if you love the nostalgic charm of the ‘50s or the bold prints of the ‘70s, turn your kitchen into a stylish homage to decades gone by.
13. Yellow Kitchen
Like pink kitchens, yellow kitchens are for those looking to be a bit more daring with their home design. From mustards to sunny yellow shades, these kitchens aren’t for the faint hearted so if you’re brave enough why not go all out with this striking shade?
14. Stainless Steel Kitchen
Reminiscent of chef’s kitchens, stainless steel kitchens don’t have to be an industrial size to work. Wonderfully unusual but not so out there the trend's time limit starts ticking as soon as you install it, this style suits those with a love of minimalism and clean living. Paired with classic white tiles, it will look fresh for years to come.
15. Blue Kitchen
Along with charcoal and dark green, navy blues in the kitchen are also having their moment and we agree this shade oozes style, however we thought we’d draw attention to another blue hue hogging the limelight at the moment. We’re taking denim, and it’s to die for. With a glossy finish and gleaming metallics, these cabinets will banish the blues day after day.
16. Industrial 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.