Made-to-order kitchens, without the traditional markup

If you love subway tile but long to make it a little more interesting, consider arranging your tiles in a new way. Bespoke Only chose a step ladder pattern for this kitchen, but herringbone, vertical, or other groupings of tile are great options too. Though you may love a French door refrigerator or an oversized stovetop, it’s important to consider how they will look in the context of your space. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Pure Collected Living went with a larger range hood to help offset the size of her kitchen instead of keeping the pre-existing smaller hood.

Modern kitchen design is all about clean lines—something that most modern appliances don’t really allow for. After all, a floor-to-ceiling wall of cabinetry looks much more streamlined when it’s not visually interrupted by a massive refrigerator. Desiree Burns Interiors stuck to a palette of black and white accented with wood and gold tones in this airy kitchen remodel. Decorative pendant lighting and wall sconces add polish and contrast with the rustic dark wood exposed ceiling.

Consider a shapely backsplash

They provide easy access and showcase your tableware, especially when it’s in all colours of the rainbow. Think out of the box, take a little risk, and add that splash of colour to brighten up any dull and lifeless room. Accent walls are all the rage in South Africa – they are arty and different. Choose the blue of the sea, the black of a night sky, or an earthy red the colour of the desert. Add a little local South African flavour to an otherwise dull and lifeless kitchen.


These days, there are near endless options for personalizing your larger kitchen appliances, including some sleek exteriors that look right at home in a modern space. Here, designer Emily LaMarque chose white and gold finishes to blend with the rest of the approachable modern kitchen. Your first instinct when you hear “modern kitchen” may be a space that’s sparse with lots of clean lines—and you’d be partially right. But the key to creating a kitchen that doesn’t feel one-note is nailing that mix, which means monochromatic palettes and simple materials aren’t your only options. You can decorate the sides of a kitchen island with paint, decorative tile, or wood cladding. If your kitchen island includes built-in shelving on one or both ends, you can decorate it with a collection of cookbooks or colorful tableware.

Built-in barbeque grill

From stone to wood, tile, terrazzo, stainless steel, and recycled materials, there are a variety of countertops to suit any space. The trend of integrating arches into kitchen design showcases a fusion of classical design elements with contemporary aesthetics, resulting in a harmonious and stylish interior. These arches bring a sense of sophistication and personality to the kitchen, serving as design focal points that elevate the overall ambiance. While styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetic, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. Stress-free environments are what you would like to come home too, and drown out the day to day stresses of life. You might think the open-concept craze for kitchen designs came from Western ideas, but it actually originated in Japanese design.

  • If you do go for the two-tone look, just take some inspiration from this kitchen idea and keep the rest of the room quite simple and minimal – let the cabinets be the focus.
  • “Accents of iron and rustic wood pull the look together creating a simple yet slightly industrial vibe.” We love the retro feel of the glass pendant lights, which appear to float above the hard-wearing space.
  • The clear plastic kiddie glass from Happy Meal, the paper-wrapped wooden chopsticks, as well as the packets of soy sauce & ketchup—not one is agreeable with a minimalist kitchen area.
  • For an infusion of color, take your inspiration from this beautiful modern kitchen featuring blue upper and lower cabinetry.