Kitchen: Design and ideas for modern homes & living

‘Cabinets and pull out drawers near the oven are usually best suited for cooking oils, pot and pans, while space near the sink is best used for dishes,’ says Ben Burbidge of Burbidge Kitchen Makers. ‘When planning your kitchen be careful not to be over ambitious with freestanding elements,’ says Ben Burbidge, Burbidge Kitchen Makers’ Managing Director. ‘First, think carefully about how you wish to use the space and your requirements,’ advises Damian Wright, senior designer at Smallbone. Visit one of our 5000+sq/ft showrooms to see our work for yourself, or sign up for a free consultation with one of our award-winning designers today. We might end up in them, but we don’t design kitchens for catalogues or magazines. We also offer full-service contracting and a dedicated project manager in order to realize all aspects of the renovation according to both yours and our exacting standards.

Venture into uncharted territory with an unconventional color palette. This kitchen combines light blue, oxblood red, wood, and a strongly veined marble for an unforgettable combination. If we’re being honest, we’ve never thought to mix wood finishes within a single project. This kitchen boasts three different tones and even includes a chevron application on the single cabinet that houses the refrigerator. While most kitchens utilize paint to dress their cabinets, we love that this space embraces the beauty of this woodgrain. Depending on your lighting, a stark white kitchen can feel jarring.

Use Two-Tone Cabinetry

Carrara marble like that shown here will always be in style, but if you’re a red wine drinker, quartz could be a much better fit for you and your kitchen. While it looks like a natural stone, engineered quartz is more affordable and less prone to stains. Run it the length of your open shelving like homeowner Kay Stanley did in her North Carolina mountain house for maximum pile-it-on capacity. We know the rustic look has been around for a long time now, but if you pair it with a pop of fresh paint like designer Hadley Wiggins did here, you can really and modernize redefine that rustic look. Three walls with kitchen storage units, appliances and utensils, a wall for each category.

  • Browse and save kitchen photos with ideas that are similar to the layout of your current space.
  • For a chic design you won’t tire of easily, try a waterfall countertop.
  • It’s important to retain a sense of integrity when remodelling a kitchen.
  • Let’s take a closer look at the key elements of Japanese kitchen style.

For a touch of warmth and texture, exposed brick walls or backsplashes can serve as a focal point. Incorporate natural and weathered woods into your kitchen design to achieve that rustic farmhouse aesthetic. Use them for beams, flooring, open shelving, or even a kitchen island. You can also create a custom range hood cover and backsplash to add visual interest. Luxury kitchens are the epitome of high-end design and functionality, blending aesthetic appeal with top-notch efficiency. Mix neutral finishes on the countertops and island to add subtle variation to your kitchen design that isn’t obvious at first glance.

Add rusticity with leather stools

Before going on her own, Lauren worked for brands such as VERANDA, EatingWell, and Cooking Light, and she covers all things lifestyle from interior design and luxury travel to wine and wellness. Blank says she’s also seeing a rise in low-VOC paint to color our walls, UV lighting in duct work, and interest in filtration options. Sallick says people are realizing just how much of a huge deal hardware is, and she recommends upgrading to brass and adding a fresh coat of paint to make your kitchen feel brand-new in an afternoon’s work. “We do a lot with cast-bronze hardware and other speciality hardware,” Cravotta says. While there’s nothing wrong with them, upper cabinetry isn’t a kitchen necessity, as we’ve grown to see it. Designers are encouraging their clients to think outside the box, ditching bulky cabinetry and opting for open shelving or a blend of the two—or no upper storage at all.

  • You will need different layers of lights and different types for different tasks.
  • Visit our inspiration gallery for space-saving ideas such as overhead storage units, cabinets, small appliances and more.
  • While the long-established preference for going ‘light and bright’ when decorating small spaces does apply, it’s important not to let your kitchen slip into neutral obscurity.