Sitting at the heart of the home, the kitchen is easily the most-used room in the house. From hosting parties and entertaining guests, to family mealtimes and helping children with homework, the kitchen fulfils countless purposes in our daily life. So creating a practical and stylish interior design for kitchens is essential to ensure this multi-functional space stands the test of time.
However, when creating a kitchen layout 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 sight?
But more importantly, what sort of kitchen decor suits you and your family? We spend around 12% of our lives in the kitchen, so it's crucial that this space works both practically and aesthetically and is suitable for everyday living.
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 find the look that suits you best.
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. Handleless cupboards, bright statement lighting and all the latest gadgets are a great way to get this look in your own home, even if you have a small kitchen. Dramatic block colours and unique textures will also help you achieve a modern kitchen feel.
2. Scandi Kitchen
Scandinavian interior design works well in the living room, bathroom or bedroom, but the kitchen is particularly well suited to this style. Beautifully unfussy, Scandi kitchens usually have a clean monochrome colour scheme at their base, with simple chic pale wood tongue and groove cabinet doors and sleek modern kitchen islands with open shelving. Remember with Scandi style, less is always more.
3. Country Kitchen
Country kitchens, or farmhouse kitchens as they are also known, are a traditional and comfortable decor choice. Reminiscent of the large open kitchens originally seen in country homes, expansive range cookers and impressive kitchen islands are key characteristics of the country kitchen style. However, if you don’t have the space for these, simple painted cabinet styles and natural wooden worktops are a great way to recreate this look in a small kitchen.
4. Grey Kitchen
Everyone’s favourite neutral colour creates the base for a popular kitchen style. Grey kitchens can be both modern and classic depending on what fixtures and fittings you accessorize with. Choosing dark grey cupboards can turn this style from simple and neutral to striking. Grey also makes an excellent match for natural wooden finishes like worktops and flooring, bringing warmth to a traditionally cool colour.
Impeccably crisp, white kitchens will never go out of style. Whether you choose high gloss or a neutral matte finish, white kitchens can be accessorized and styled to match your own interior taste. For real wow factor, stick to all-white features and accessories, or if this style is too sparse for you, add in a few pops of colour through your appliances, kitchen linen and tableware.
6. Shaker Kitchen
Another classic kitchen look is the shaker kitchen. Relating to a type 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 style that continues to stand the test of time.
7. Black & White Kitchen
You can’t get a more glamorous kitchen idea than a striking black and white colour scheme. Whether you dress it up or down, this colour combination is one of the most eye-catching. Pairing unusual two-tone cabinets with industrial features like the Crittall style windows, steel pendant lights and vintage sewing stools creates a cool and contemporary kitchen.
8. Green Kitchen
Green is a colour that's becoming a more popular choice in kitchens. Dark forest or country sage shades are both striking and stylish choices. A sage weatherboarding wall effect leads effortlessly into the high cupboards to create a unique and unmistakable look.
9. Luxury Kitchen
If the rest of your home follows a sumptuous interior style, then a luxury kitchen is the only choice for you. With brass fittings, a marble splashback and worktops, not to mention the impressive island, luxury kitchens are all about entertaining in style. Add in the subtly carved cabinets and statement lights to create an indulgent heart of the home.
10. Cream Kitchen
Another classic colour choice for kitchens, cream is a great option for those who love a crisp look with a little more warmth than all-white. A wonderful shade for rustic kitchens, it’s the perfect complement to striking features such as subtle pops of red and a deep Belfast sink.
11. Pink Kitchen
Fabulously fresh and unique, pink kitchens might not be the most popular trend but are a fun and fresh choice for those who prefer more extroverted styles. From dusky roses to blissful blushes, keep the pinks on the paler side and go all out with metallics to add a contemporary 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 eras. 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 who want 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 professional kitchens, stainless steel suites don’t have to be industrial in style to work well. Unusual and timeless, 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 blue is a shade that oozes style in the kitchen. Denim is a particularly cool and unusual shade, especially when paired with a glossy finish and gleaming metallics.
16. Industrial Kitchen
Industrial elements can be added to any kitchen style or become a decor all of their own. With sharp lines, a New York loft aesthetic and that all important bare brick wall, adding alternatives textures and unique furnishings can help to soften these industrial spaces.