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22 stylish kitchen ideas

It’s the heart of the home, so peruse our gallery of design solutions from rich red travertine surfaces to brass cupboards and chunky marble islands before you update your kitchen

kitchen with botanical wallpaper
Stokes James
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1 All that jazz
marble and gold kitchen
Photography Serge Anton

Belgium-based interior designer Lionel Jadot took inspiration from the art deco era for this unique kitchen. The marble surfaces and gold walls are handsome in their own right, but it’s the extra details, such as the detailed chequerboard trim on the splashback, that really evoke the glamour of the 1920s. Paint For a similar
colour, try ‘Antique Gold Effect’, from £7 for 125ml, Craig & Rose Tiles For similar, try ‘Victorian Black/White Chequer’, £72.22 per square metre, Topps Tiles

2 Free spirit
Edward Collinson kitchen
Edward Collinson

Self-contained kitchens offer flexibility and the illusion of space. This design by British furniture maker Edward Collinson combines white lacquered doors, a stainless-steel worktop and an oak interior, all handcrafted in London. Kitchen ‘The Broad’, £13,500 (including appliances), Edward Collinson Accessories ‘Spade’ and ‘Longboard’ chopping boards, from £105, Edward Collinson

3 Pillar of support
TM Italia’s Casa Flora project
TM Italia

TM Italia’s Casa Flora project, created in collaboration with architect Matteo Ghidoni, is part kitchen, part sculpture. Playing with scale and colour, it’s a design with a difference – its worktop, made of green Guatemalan marble, sits above two strikingly mismatched turquoise legs. Kitchen ‘T45’ by TM Italia, from £40,000, Hub Kitchens

4 The next big thing
Made a mano lavastone tiles
Made a mano

Large-format tiles are making waves in the world of kitchen design. Compared to the busier look of smaller styles, super-sized pieces create a clean, calm aesthetic. Here, an ethereal glaze adds to the serene feel, as does the pale natural timber cabinetry with pared-back brass detailing. Tiles ‘Ossido/24’ bespoke pale blue hand-painted lavastone, £800 per square metre, Made a Mano Cabinets This is a bespoke design by JLK Design Studio. Pluck kitchens can create similar units with integrated handles, from £12,000

5 Angled poise
Pink kitchen with terrazzo by atelier dialect
Atelier Dialect

Created by Belgian studio Atelier Dialect for a client who’d fallen for the pink resin floor of a fashion store they had designed, this modern kitchen gives the powdery palette some edge, with an angular worktop made of terracotta granito. Worktop For a similar look, try ‘TE047’ terrazzo, from £960 per square metre, Diespeker
Tap ‘KV1’ by Vola, £825, Panik Appliances ‘PV175CB’ hob in
white, £849, Smeg

6 Window of opportunity
kitchen with neon artwork by flack studio
Flack Studio

Transparent glass splashbacks bring extra light into a dark kitchen and, if positioned carefully, reveal unexpected views. In this space by Australian design practice Flack Studio, the well-placed window perfectly frames a neon artwork that runs along the garden fence outside.Kitchen Bespoke design, from £55,000, Flack Studio Artwork Neon piece by Aly Indermühle

7 Curve appeal
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Architecture firms CaSA and Margherita Serboli Arquitectura joined forces to create this bespoke kitchen. Rather than squaring off the Portobello marble worktop and splashback, they chose rounded corners that give the space a gentler look. The curves continue with the small porthole window and circular extractor hood. Tap For similar, try ‘Tinkisso’, £90, Dowsing & Reynolds Appliances ‘Corinthia Isola’ cooker hood in ‘White Matt/Tibetan Silver’ by Faber, £1,299 Angel Appliances

8 Fine fusion
kitchen with sliding doors by johan tran
Johan Tran

Scandinavian meets Japanese design in this minimal Oslo apartment by architect Johan Tran. Its sliding room dividers echo the paper screens used in houses in Japan, while beech veneer cabinets nod to traditional Scandi craftsmanship. Drawer fronts are grooved to mirror the herringbone floor.Cabinets Wilder can create a similar kitchen, from £6,000 Handles For similar, try ‘Holy Wafer’, £13 each, Superfront Tap ‘Linus-S’ in ‘Anthracite’ by Blanco, £555, Trading Depot Appliances For a similar cooker hood, try the ‘KS110BLE Symphony’ by Smeg, £589, John Lewis & Partners

9 Think inside the box
baby blue kitchen by la fabrika studio
La Fabrika Studio

Give kitchen workspaces an identity of their own by lining them – splashback, sides, underside and all – with a shock of contrasting material. This kitchen by Belgian design firm La Fabrika Studio teams baby blue MDF units with a workstation wrapped in terrazzo. Surface ‘Grigio Venato’ terrazzo, from £52.32 per square metre, Bomarbre Cabinets For similar, try Finch London, which can create bespoke kitchens in any colour, from £35,000 Accessories For similar utensil holders, try the ‘Hexagon Vase’ by Trine Andersen for Ferm Living, from £32, Made In Design

10 From the ground up
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Herringbone tiles needn’t be confined to flooring, as this kitchen by interiors practice Doherty Design Studio proves. The graphic, orderly repeat pattern flows up the sides of the island, where it meets the organic strata of the stone worktop.Worktop For similar, try ‘Cote D’Azur’ marble, from £528 per square metre, Lapicida Tiles For similar, try ‘East Hampton Marble’ from £114.82 per square metre, Fired Earth

11 Dramatic turn
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This flamboyant space is the work of interior designer Patricia Bustos. Her magpie eye has borrowed hallmarks from the art deco era (the mosaic tiled floor), mid-century style (brass accents and pastel shades) and the theatre (red fringing). No surface has been left unadorned – even the ceiling is dressed to impress in two shades of green. Proof that sometimes, more is more. Lighting Vintage ‘Ginko’ lamps by Carlo Giorgi – try 1stDibs Flooring For similar, try mosaic tiles, £7.74 per sheet, Binibi

12 Hidden depths
Kitchen with walnut cupboards by Quincoces-Drago & Partners
Quincoces-Drago & Partners

Concealing its functional elements inside a wall-length walnut sideboard and leaving the upper walls cupboard-free, this kitchen is virtually invisible. Its grooved frontage hides the joins between doors so the only clues to the room’s real purpose are the tap and sink and nothing distracts from the design classics that take centre stage. Kitchen Bespoke design by Quincoces-Drago & Partners Dining table ‘Saarinen Oval’ by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, £4,644, Aram Lighting ‘IC S2’ by Michael Anastassiadesfor Flos, £420, Aram

13 Bold as brass
kitchen with brass cupboards
Fiona Lynch

For a masterclass in the art of mixing materials, look no further than this kitchen by Melbourne-based interior designer Fiona Lynch. It marries white stone with black joinery (left) and blackbutt timber (on the island), crowning it all with a stretch of polished brass. Cabinets For similar, try mirrored brass doors with a birch ply core, from £214, Metal Sheets

14 Law of the jungle
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The owners of this kitchen enjoy a botanical vista from their breakfast bar. Proof that there’s no need to shy away from elaborate pattern in the kitchen, the lush vegetation pictured on this mural combines well with an unexpected mixture of materials, from fluted marble to flashes of gold. Wallpaper ‘D-Dream’, from £338 per square metre, Iksel Decorative Arts Taps ‘Fusion Round’ in gold by Quooker, £1,749, Appliance City

15 Cast away
concrete kitchen by mar plus ask
Mar Plus Ask

Concrete kitchens make a big impact, but can appear imposing and cold. In this design by Spanish architecture studio Mar Plus Ask, the cast-on-site island is warmed by bespoke copper lighting and plywood cabinets.Kitchen island Haus Concrete Surfaces can create a similar design.Concrete worktops, from £468 per metre Cabinets For a similar bespoke plywood design, try Plykea Tap ‘KV8’ by Arne Jacobsen for Vola, £931, Panik

16 Go with the grain
Timber kitchen by Ferruccio Laviani for Dada

Timber is the ideal material for giving a modern kitchen soul, so why stick to just one type? This room is a patchwork of different varieties, from the light oak used to create the breakfast bar, to dark eucalyptus cabinets and polished parquet floors. The result is a harmonious combination that breathes life into this streamlined design by Ferruccio Laviani for Dada. Kitchen ‘Hi-line 6’ by Ferruccio Laviani, from £40,000, Dada

17 Laid Bare
exposed brickwork kitchen by architect Danielle Siggerud
Danielle Siggerud

Architect Danielle Siggerud celebrates the beauty of raw finishes and materials in this kitchen, artfully combining exposed brickwork, concrete and a handsome slab of calacatta viola marble. The extra-thick worktop makes a focal point of the island and showcases the stone. WorktopFor similar, try ‘Calacatta Viola Polished Marble Slab’, from £522 per square metre, Mandarin Stone Lighting ‘TR Bulb’ suspension frame by Tim Rundle, £680, Menu Seating ‘Afteroom’ bar stools, from £230 each, Menu

18 Red alert
red travertine kitchen by Arjaan De Feyter
Arjaan De Feyter

Belgian interior architect Arjaan De Feyter created this striking kitchen using Travertino Rosso, supplied by natural stone company Van Den Weghe. ‘I had a sample of this red stone for almost 15 years, but I had to find the right project and people for it – people with a strong personality who would dare to be different,’ he says.Stone Travertino Rosso, from £39,343 per square metre, Van Den Weghe Tap ‘KV3’ in natural brass by Arne Jacobsen for Vola, £1,033, Panik

19 In the nude
pink marble kitchen tiles from mandarin stone
Mandarin Stone

Bring a subtle rosy glow into your kitchen with putty and clay tones. Choose brick-like tiles with a tumbled finish for texture and add terracotta, plywood and copper accents to complete the look. Tiles ‘Rosa Perlino’ tumbled marble, £93.87 per square metre, Mandarin Stone Cabinets For similar, try oiled birch plywood doors, from £1,000 for a small kitchen, Custom Fronts Tap For similar, try ‘Harbour Clarity’ in brushed copper, £135, Tap Warehouse Lighting ‘Geometric Terracotta’ pendant light, £65, Nick Fraser

20 Isle of tiles
ceramic tile kitchen island by Robson Rak
Robson Rak

The humble ceramic tile is versatile, durable and makes an impact, so what better material to use for a hardworking kitchen island? In this project by Australian architecture and interior design studio Robson Rak, jade metro-style tiles have been used to creative effect. Tiles‘Victoria’ in green, £128 per square metre, De Fazio Tiles & Stone Lighting ‘Parachute’ pendant lights by Nathan Yong, £365 (left); £288 (right), Ligne Roset Seating For similar, try ‘Imo’ stools, from £395 each, Pinch

21 A perfect match
black stone kitchen by Lundhs

Achieve a completely coherent look in your kitchen by using the same material for your splashback, floor and worktop. Norwegian brand Lundhs’ bespoke tile service allows customers to order tiles and countertops in the same stone. Worried about everything becoming too matchy-matchy? Break up the look with light and dark woods. Worktop ‘Lundhs Blue’ in a silk finish, from £680 per square metre Tiles ‘Lundhs Blue’ hexagonal design on splashback and floor, from £200 per square metre

22 Envy-inducing green
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Transform cupboards quickly and economically with a lick of paint in a bold hue. Australian design firm SJB has used this kitchen’s full-height cabinetry as a canvas for an invigorating green – for even more impact and extra durability, go for a gloss finish. Paint For a similar colour, try ‘Resplendent Emerald’ by Valspar, available in gloss and matt finishes from £15 per litre, B&Q Tap ‘Pescara Semi-Pro XL’, £468, Franke

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