KITCHENS

June 24, 2014 / Homes

Cook, dine, lounge and work in these multifunctional rooms

  • This lustrous splashback, made from brass that’s been tarnished using chemicals, was created by British brand Naked Kitchens (nakedkitchens.com). The ‘Invisible Green’ paint by Little Greene, shown here on the walls and units ( littlegreene.com), allows the splashback wall to shine.

    This lustrous splashback, made from brass that’s been tarnished using chemicals, was created by British brand Naked Kitchens (nakedkitchens.com). The ‘Invisible Green’ paint by Little Greene, shown here on the walls and units ( littlegreene.com), allows the splashback wall to shine.

  • An island can become a practical kitchen designed in one compact unit if it includes an integrated sink, oven and worktop. Place it in the centre of a room to preserve original features in a classic home. This island is aligned with the dining table in the room beyond, so that it’s easily accessible; both are finished in white to create a cohesive scheme throughout<span>Photography: Sisters Agency</span>

    An island can become a practical kitchen designed in one compact unit if it includes an integrated sink, oven and worktop. Place it in the centre of a room to preserve original features in a classic home. This island is aligned with the dining table in the room beyond, so that it’s easily accessible; both are finished in white to create a cohesive scheme throughoutPhotography: Sisters Agency

  • The owners of this London home have created a seating area from salvaged pine that is inset with copper. The wall lights were taken from an old ship – all from Retrouvius (retrouvius.com)<span>Photography: Jake Curtis</span>

    The owners of this London home have created a seating area from salvaged pine that is inset with copper. The wall lights were taken from an old ship – all from Retrouvius (retrouvius.com)Photography: Jake Curtis

  • White units create a barely there aesthetic in this Copenhagen apartment. This Boffi cabinetry is designed with recessed handles that conserve the clean, streamlined lines; the units stand on metal plinths and reflect light, so they appear to levitate above the floor (boffi.com)<span>Photography: Karina Tengberg  Styling: Tami Christiansen/House of Pictures</span>

    White units create a barely there aesthetic in this Copenhagen apartment. This Boffi cabinetry is designed with recessed handles that conserve the clean, streamlined lines; the units stand on metal plinths and reflect light, so they appear to levitate above the floor (boffi.com)Photography: Karina Tengberg Styling: Tami Christiansen/House of Pictures

  • This kitchen has a galley-style layout, where cabinetry and appliances are placed along one wall, leaving enough floor space for a vintage table and chairs<span>Photography: Petra Bindel  Production/Styling: Emma Persson Lagerberg/House of Pictures</span>

    This kitchen has a galley-style layout, where cabinetry and appliances are placed along one wall, leaving enough floor space for a vintage table and chairsPhotography: Petra Bindel Production/Styling: Emma Persson Lagerberg/House of Pictures

  • Wooden worktops are a practical choice for the kitchen and inject warmth into simple white schemes. The worktop in this Copenhagen home is made from herringbone parquet that used to be part of the floor<span>Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen</span>

    Wooden worktops are a practical choice for the kitchen and inject warmth into simple white schemes. The worktop in this Copenhagen home is made from herringbone parquet that used to be part of the floorPhotography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

  • A curved wall clad in tiles creates a textural backdrop for the striking burnished-steel island by Planera Joinery (planera.com/au) in this architect-designed Melbourne home<span>Photography: Lisa Cohen</span>

    A curved wall clad in tiles creates a textural backdrop for the striking burnished-steel island by Planera Joinery (planera.com/au) in this architect-designed Melbourne homePhotography: Lisa Cohen

  • The ‘U’ shape of this galley kitchen provides extra counter space at each end, freeing up wall space for a dining table and open storage<span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    The ‘U’ shape of this galley kitchen provides extra counter space at each end, freeing up wall space for a dining table and open storagePhotography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • The cabinets in this kitchen – in a Milan apartment – are made from reclaimed galvanised iron with a stainless-steel countertop, creating an industrial vibe<span>Photography: Fabrizio Cicconi  Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside</span>

    The cabinets in this kitchen – in a Milan apartment – are made from reclaimed galvanised iron with a stainless-steel countertop, creating an industrial vibePhotography: Fabrizio Cicconi Styling: Francesca Davoli/Living Inside

  • The island in this Californian family kitchen is a 20th-century bakery table that is paired with industrial lighting. The vintage Knoll chairs (knoll.com) have been updated in outdoor fabric so that they can be moved outdoors for al fresco dining<span>Photography: Martin Löf/Living Inside  Styling: Mira Fröling</span>

    The island in this Californian family kitchen is a 20th-century bakery table that is paired with industrial lighting. The vintage Knoll chairs (knoll.com) have been updated in outdoor fabric so that they can be moved outdoors for al fresco diningPhotography: Martin Löf/Living Inside Styling: Mira Fröling

  • Simple wooden cabinetry teamed with a chequered floor creates a classic French-country style in this kitchen. This double Belfast sink creates a practical prep area and is flanked by simple white tiles <span>Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside</span>

    Simple wooden cabinetry teamed with a chequered floor creates a classic French-country style in this kitchen. This double Belfast sink creates a practical prep area and is flanked by simple white tiles Photography: Michael Paul/Living Inside

  • Use open shelving at eye level in a compact kitchen to create the illusion of space, with simple base units for storage <span>Photography: Richard Powers</span>

    Use open shelving at eye level in a compact kitchen to create the illusion of space, with simple base units for storage Photography: Richard Powers

  • A new extension to a 19th-century London property houses this kitchen, which has been designed with salvaged pieces from Retrouvius. The cabinetry is vintage pine and reclaimed bullnose glazed bricks clad the walls throughout (retrouvius.com)<span>Photography: Jake Curtis</span>

    A new extension to a 19th-century London property houses this kitchen, which has been designed with salvaged pieces from Retrouvius. The cabinetry is vintage pine and reclaimed bullnose glazed bricks clad the walls throughout (retrouvius.com)Photography: Jake Curtis