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51 of the best kitchen design ideas for 2021 and beyond

Peruse our gallery of trends and inspiration, from luxe stone surfaces to brass cupboards and chunky marble islands for the ultimate kitchen update

best kitchen design ideas for 2021  frédéric pellenq
LEROUX VINCENT

The kitchen is the backdrop to our daily lives, so surely it deserves to be made the most impressive of spaces. Here’s our edit of the boldest new looks to love, from statement marble islands, to reclaimed materials and graphic tiles. And for more kitchen inspiration, check out our edit of the best new kitchen buys for stylish homes.

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1 Serve up style
best kitchen design ideas serving hatch
Paul Massey

Much like the avocado bathroom, the serving hatch peaked in the 1970s and then slowly dropped out of favour. For those that don’t fancy knocking a wall down, perhaps its comeback should come as no surprise – it’s a clever compromise in the great open-versus-broken-plan debate. Today’s take is wider, with clean lines and subtle framing. Bespoke wood kitchen, price on application, Todhunter Earle. ‘Beat Tall’ and ‘Beat Fat’ LED pendant lights in ‘Black’, £355 each, Tom Dixon

2 Custom cupboards
custom fronts bamboo cabinet doors best kitchen update ideas
Custom Fronts

If the bones of your kitchen are still in business, look to the new wave of brands that offer custom fronts to fit standardised units. More of a makeover than handles or worktops, but far less involved than a full refit, it’s a shortcut with substance. Stained ‘White Bamboo’ doors, from £2,862 for a small kitchen, Custom Fronts

3 Transformative tiles
best kitchen update ideas marazzi tiles
Studio Monika Carbonari

To treat tiles as purely practical is to miss out on the many ways they can make a space. From colour-blocked compositions to beautifully illustrative designs, try tiles for tiles’ sake – they might cover a column rather than a splashback, create a lively contrast between a wall and floor or draw the eye with a decorative panel. It’s all about application. ‘Crogiolo Rice Blu’ and ‘Crogiolo Rice Bianco Decoro Leaf’ ceramic tiles, price on application, both Marazzi

4 Bespoke banquettes
best kitchen design ideas built in banquette
The Stables

As a place to eat, work or rest, banquette seating speaks to the increased blurring of boundaries within our homes. And what a hard worker – the curve of its corner can soften a kitchen’s sharp lines, while a hollow hidden under the seat offers extra storage. Bespoke kitchen with Navurban fronts and Talostone Carrara marble worktop, price on application, The Stables. For similar cabinetry paint, try ‘Tranquil Dawn’, £36.78 for 2.5 litres, Dulux. Furniture maker Lozi can create a bespoke banquette, from £1,800

5 Storage on show
kitchen design by richards stanishich
Felix Forest

If you’ve got wall space going spare, it seems a shame to store your favourite ceramics behind closed doors. There are myriad options for open shelving – all without the bulkiness of high cabinets – but the material consideration is conformity versus contrast. Bespoke kitchen, price on application, Richards Stanisich. Pyrolave lava stone worktop in ‘Blanc Antique’, £2,560 per sq m, Pyrolave. For similar tiles, try ‘Bistrot DMRB 06 Mosaic Soft’, £284.70 per sq m, Domus. For similar bar stools, try ‘Bar Stool 64’ by Alvar Alto for Artek, £480 each, Utility Design

6 Flooring with flair
statement kitchen flooring by anna and fred
ANNA COVRE & FREDERIC TUBAU

Why should the walls have all the fun? While flooring has to be hardwearing, it’s worth considering something a little unorthodox underfoot. For real freedom, try inlaid marble or encaustic tiles, as both lend themselves to bespoke configurations that can lead the eye in any way you like. Bespoke kitchen with brushed dark oak units finished in matt lacquer and Nero Marquinia marble worktop; bespoke flooring in Nero Marquinia and Bianco Venezia marble, price on application, all Anna & Fred

7 Worktop upgrades
garde hvalsoe oeo brass kitchen
Garde Hvalsoe

Rather than completely getting rid of your units, consider how a new countertop might bring them back to life. A sheet of high-shine brass or steel will elevate wood without the clinical feel of a commercial kitchen. ‘OEO’ kitchen in dark smoked oak with a brass worktop and raw steel bars, £9,193 per m, Garde Hvalsøe. For similar counter stools, try ‘3D’ bar stool with sledge base by Komplot Design for Gubi, £298 each, Chaplins

8 Immersive colour
best kitchen design ideas little greene
Little Greene

Who says you can’t do drama in the kitchen? Nothing creates impact like a bold shade, especially when it’s used everywhere, from floor to worktop. Pick one punchy tone or select several similar shades for a harmonious, multi-layered look. Kitchen units, lower wall and shelf painted in ‘Harley Green’; upper wall painted in ‘Tea with Florence’, both £48.50 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene. ‘PK1’ dining chairs by Poul Kjærholm for Carl Hansen & Søn, £465 each, The Conran Shop

9 Shapely splashbacks
best kitchen design ideas for 2021  frédéric pellenq
LEROUX VINCENT

Most of us play it safe with a subway tile or simple glass splashback, but what about a wave? Bold, playful and still every bit as practical, an undulating line will grant a gentle sense of movement. Bespoke kitchen with oak cabinetry, linoleum worktop and painted wood splashback, price on application, Frédéric Pellenq. ‘66’ chairs by Alvar Aalto for Artek,
£336 each, Twentytwentyone

10 Cupboard love
uncommon project's statement yellow kitchen cabinetry
French + Tye

There’s no such thing as too much storage space, especially in a multitasking area such as the kitchen. Going bespoke will make the most of every millimetre, plus it will give you the opportunity to make a statement in the process, be it through colour, materials or shape. In this London home, which was designed by MW Architects, two different shades of fronts and a mix of open and closed shelving by Uncommon Projects engage the eye and create interest. The double-height space has been cleverly utilised with fitted cabinetry in a sunny yellow shade to provide additional storage. Kitchen cabinetry, from around £16,000

11 Block stars
boldly coloured kitchen by supaform
Supaform

Streamlined, precise cabinetry is an ideal canvas for colour and, when used boldly, can transform your kitchen from run-of-the- mill to a statement, sculptural feature. The key is to pick a tight palette of two to three shades and fully commit to all-over application on every surface, from worktops to splashbacks. Bespoke kitchen by Russian design studio Supaform, from approx £4,700. For a similar table try the ‘Bookmatch’ table by Philippe Malouin for Hem, approx £2,016. The rug is ‘Rope Rug Large’ by Pauline Deltour for Hem, £876

12 Bare neccessities
minimalist kitchen design
Astep

Stripped back to the bones and without a trace of the usual kitchen clues of wall-mounted cupboards, shelves, tiles or splashbacks, this minimalist design proves that less can be more. Although seemingly simple, this space employs a few artful tricks to stop it feeling austere or empty; textured walls, a swathe of patinated brass over the island and statement, sculptural lighting to fill the void overhead.For kitchen units, try Fenix’s ‘NTM’ laminate fronts at Husk, which come in a spectrum of neutral shades, from £53 for a drawer front. Modum Worktops can make bespoke brass worktops, from approx £1,400. ‘VV Cinquanta’ suspension light by Vittoriano Viganò, £1,896, Astep

13 In the round
pink kitchen by dries otten
DRIES OTTEN

Eschew straight lines and right-angles in favour of curves and you’ll be rewarded with a softer, friendlier- feeling space that oozes bespoke allure. The island is prime territory for experimentation – round off edges for a more subtle look or go for maximum impact with full, sweeping curves. Belgian designer Dries Otten and Made
architects created this kitchen for a family in Antwerp. The playful pink and red colour palette of the cabinetry is mirrored in the rich ‘Lardo’ marble sourced from stone specialist Van Den Weghe. Bespoke kitchens by Dries Otten, from approx £18,831 driesotten.be; madearchitects.be; vandenweghe.be

14 Into the groove
superfront's slatted timber kitchen cabinet doors
Superfront

It’s a testament to this wonder material that we’re still whittling wood in exciting new ways. This design's slim slatted fronts result in an orderly, yet tactile feel and works best when left to shine against a muted backdrop.‘Vertical’ stained ash cabinet fronts, plinths, sides and handles in ‘Umbar’ to fit Ikea ‘Metod’ units, £2,758, Superfront. Worktop and splashback by Herrljunga Terrazzo. ‘All Wood Stool’ by Karoline Fesser, £385, Hem. ‘Hanging Lamp No.2’ by Muller van Severen for Valerie Objects, £700, Viaduct

15 Go the extra tile
contemporary tiled kitchen
Domus

Once relegated to the splashback as the saviour of overzealous cooks, clever moulding techniques have transformed the tricks we can perform with tiles. Here, they curve to cover a worktop, wall and shelf, smoothing the transition between each surface with a clean uniformity. Simple gridded tiles in a single shade make a great foundation for avant-garde applications.Wall, worktop and shelf covered in ‘Transparenze’ gloss ceramic tiles in ‘DVT 26’, £53 per sq m; floor covered in ‘Interni’ satin ceramic tiles in ‘DVI 39’, £56 per sq m, both Domus

16 Cabin fever
contemporary kitchen with wood, bronze and marble
STEPHAN JULLIARD

This contemporary kitchen proves that it’s possible to combine a cosy, cabin-like feel with the functional, clean-lined minimalism of a modern space. Sleek finishes and fine craftsmanship are the secret to success here, and prevent its oak-wrapped ceiling and walls straying into ski-chalet territory, while Arabescato and green marble and bronze-fronted cabinets add a luxe edge.Bespoke kitchen by Studio DLM Damien Langlois-Meurinne. For a similar kitchen, try Eggersmann Design, kitchens start from £40,000

17 Rise and shine
brass kitchen island with concrete top
Rory Gardiner

We’ve steadily swapped the coolness of chrome fixtures for the warm lustre of brass and bronze, but perhaps fewer have cottoned on to their wider potential as the real stars of a space. Consider the gentle patina of aged metals versus a polished, high-shine look, or even the muted luxury of a brushed-matt finish. Bespoke brass kitchen island with concrete top, price on application, Studio Bright. ‘Dita’ bar stools, Grazia & Co. For similar, try ‘Sable’ bar stools, £1,918 each, Ochre

18 Lay it on thick
roundhouse kitchen with chunky marble island
Mary Wadsworth

Playing with proportions can reap dramatic results, especially when applied to areas that usually come in standard dimensions, such as the depth of a worktop. Super-sized slabs of stone or marble are the obvious choice for ushering in a luxe feel – Roundhouse Design’s custom kitchen island is constructed from two chunky layers of honed ‘Calacatta Manhattan’ marble – but terrazzo or concrete would provide similar wow factor. Bespoke kitchens, from £30,000, Roundhouse Design. ‘CH20 Elbow Chairs’ by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn, from £755 each, The Conran Shop

19 Sage advice
sage green kitchen inspiration
PIET-ALBERT GOETHALS

Mustering up the same moody appeal as charcoal or inky black, the muted shades of sage have a soothing tranquillity that renders them less severe than other dark hues. It’s versatile, too; as a mid-tone, it brings out the shine of brass and metallic accents, complements the grey-green swirls found in marble or stone and is a natural partner for wood of all types. In this kitchen designed by architects Thomas Geldof and Carmine Van Der Linden, ‘Alga Marina’ marble work surfaces pick out the tones of the kitchen’s splashback, shelving and panelled birch cabinets, which have been stained a deep green. thomasgeldof.be. For a similar wood stain, try ‘Sage Leaf’ Royal Interior wood finish, from £17.99 per litre, Protek protekwoodstain.co.uk

20 Rethink pink
pink kitchen design ideas
JULES VILLBRANDT/HERTZ + BLUT

While the pink renaissance is well underway – see walls everywhere – it’s yet to truly conquer the kitchen. Soft putty tones include a dose of yellow pigment that lends extra warmth and earthiness, rendering them altogether more liveable than spring-fresh blush or sugary powder pink (as well as anything approaching Barbie). As is often the mantra, a matt finish will keep it all feeling modern, while chalky, limewash paints will add texture. ‘Basis’ kitchen with linoleum cabinet fronts in ‘Olive’, Fenix laminate worktops in ‘Beige Arizona’ and natural oak handles, from £83 for a front, Reform reformcph.com

21 Pave the way
kitchen design ideas marble island and crazy paving slate floor by studio esteta
Sean Fennessy

A floor treatment that’s more commonly seen in exterior spaces, crazy paving is the latest eye-catching surface to be reclaimed by interior designers and architects, and not only for its practical, hard-wearing properties. In this project by Studio Esteta, irregularly shaped slabs of slate inject subtle texture and movement – the perfect foil to the smooth swathes of oak and polished blue-grey stone above it – and lead the eye from the monolithic island to the matching marble-wrapped nook on the rear wall. studioesteta.com.au

22 On the grid
graphic metro tiled kitchen by studio ho
GIORGIO POSSENTI

From metro-style to mosaics, tiles are an eternal favourite in the kitchen for obvious reasons. The most current shape and size for making a statement is the unassuming rectangle, but take heed of the all-important rule; for impact and loftier-looking ceilings, vertical orientation is a must. There’s no limit to the creativity that can be conjured from these brick-like blocks. Multidisciplinary studio H+O’s Mondrian-esque scheme applies them to walls, floor and built-in sideboard, creating a precise, graphic look. hpluso.design

23 Curve ball
pale green kitchen with marble and brass handles by interior design studio sella concept
GENEVIEVE LUTKIN

Tasked with creating a kitchen in a space blessed with palatial proportions and an abundance of original features, London-based design outfit Sella Concept steered clear of trying to reproduce something of the period. Instead, they opted for a contrasting contemporary scheme that echoes the building’s arched windows; sweeping curves have been sliced from the custom-built celadon-green cabinetry, while the breakfast bar has been similarly rounded-off. Green marble and brass handles by Swarf hardware add a suitably luxe edge. sella-concept.com; swarfhardware.co.uk

24 Check mate
retro style kitchen with checkered flooring and green cabinetry by muller van severen
KEVIN FAINGNAERT

When Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen – aka Dutch design duo Muller Van Severen – embarked on creating their family kitchen, the pair seized the chance to incorporate their signature bold shades and materials. The result is a melting pot of surfaces; sea green enamel cabinets, richly veined marble and a red and white checkerboard floor that recalls a 1950s diner, demonstrating that being brave with unusual combinations can pay dividends. Playfully pulled together by dining furniture and bright ceramics, this is an expressive space that tells its owners’ story. mullervanseveren.be

25 Restored to glory
sleek salvaged kitchen cabinets   retrouvious project at kensal road london photography by tom fallon
Tom Fallon

Over almost 30 years, bespoke salvage studio Retrouvius has turned reclamation into an art form. This striking kitchen, with its exquisite panelled cabinetry, pays testament to the enduring appeal and adaptability of wood and proves reclaimed needn’t mean rustic. Discarded shelves receive anew lease of life as statement geometric fronts in tulip wood and oak trim, via a diagonal cut that creates distinctive lines and eliminates waste. They even outshine the monolithic onyx island – in a similar honeyed hue – which would be the showstopper of any other space. retrouvius.com

26 Retro flair
small galley kitchen design  with retro feel by marcante testa
CAROLA RIPAMONTI

The 1970s have already influenced furniture, fabrics and lighting – now the era is making itself known in the realm of the kitchen. Dark timbers and veneers are key to the look. Design practice Marcante Testa’s galley kitchen nods to the period with wenge wood, green laminate cabinets and a ceiling adorned in Little Greene’s densely patterned ‘Fern’ wallpaper, all brought up to date with a marble floor and brass accents. marcante-testa.it

27 Monumental marble
marble kitchen with marble island and splash back by joseph dirand
ADRIEN DIRAND

Overuse marble or stone in a kitchen and it could be in danger of feeling cold and austere. It’s clearly a material Paris-based architect Joseph Dirand has much experience with, as his masterful treatment of the stone in his Right Bank apartment shows. Carved from a hunk of breccia stazzema marble, the colossal island is softened with gentle fluting on the base while the top’s generous radius gives it a tactile quality. Rounded edges are repeated on the counter and shelves while the subtly grey washed walls enhance the space’s mellow feel. josephdirand.com

28 Smoothly does it
concrete kitchen with brass details by mclaren excell
RICHARD LEENEY

Framed by original wood panelling, pale timber cabinets and sleek brass details, the stretch of concrete in this understated space feels refined rather than rough-hewn – a testament to the metamorphosis of a material in a different context. London architecture firm McLaren.Excell has eschewed the industrial palette usually paired with concrete for an effect that’s subtler, softer and supremely liveable. Take note of the seamless transition from butler sink to splashback, which tempers any industrial edge. mclarenexcell.com

29 Ply for hire
kitchen design using stained plywood by feina studio
LUIS DIAZ

Considering its versatility, affordability and tensile strength, plywood’s status as a solely functional material seemed somewhat unjust. It’s since been reincarnated as an architect favourite, driven by a renewed interest in humble, untreated materials and smart housing solutions like prefabricated homes. Proponents of ply are now shifting attention onto coloured stains: in this ply-clad kitchen by Feina Studio, visible grain tinted in a forest green hue creates a visual connect between a stretch of low cabinets and a distinctive exposed ceiling. feinastudio.com

30 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. For a similar
colour, try ‘Antique Gold Effect’, from £7 for 125ml, Craig & Rose. For similar tiles, try ‘Victorian Black/White Chequer’, £72.22 per square metre, Topps Tiles

31 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. ‘The Broad’ kitchen, £13,500 (including appliances); ‘Spade’ and ‘Longboard’ chopping boards, from £105, all Edward Collinson

32 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. ‘T45’ kitchen by TM Italia, from £40,000, Hub Kitchens

33 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. ‘Ossido/24’ bespoke pale blue hand-painted lavastone tiles, £800 per square metre, Made a Mano The cabinets are a bespoke design by JLK Design Studio. Pluck kitchens can create similar units with integrated handles, from £12,000

34 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. For a similar worktop, try ‘TE047’ terrazzo, from £960 per square metre, Diespeker
‘KV1’ tap by Vola, £825, Panik. ‘PV175CB’ hob in white, £849, Smeg

35 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. Bespoke kitchen design, from £55,000, Flack Studio. Neon artwork by Aly Indermühle

36 Curve appeal
Countertop, Room, Property, Interior design, Furniture, Architecture, Cabinetry, Tile, Kitchen, Wall,
qwewew

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. For a similar tap, try ‘Tinkisso’, £90, Dowsing & Reynolds. ‘Corinthia Isola’ cooker hood in ‘White Matt/Tibetan Silver’ by Faber, £1,299 Angel Appliances

37 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. Wilder can create a similar kitchen, from £6,000. For similar handles, try ‘Holy Wafer’, £13 each, Superfront. ‘Linus-S’ in ‘Anthracite’ tap by Blanco, £555, Trading Depot. For a similar cooker hood, try the ‘KS110BLE Symphony’ by Smeg, £589, John Lewis & Partners

38 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. ‘Grigio Venato’ terrazzo, from £52.32 per square metre, Bomarbre For similar cabinets, try Finch London, which can create bespoke kitchens in any colour, from £35,000. For similar utensil holders, try the ‘Hexagon Vase’ by Trine Andersen for Ferm Living, from £32, Made In Design

39 From the ground up
Furniture, Room, Countertop, Interior design, Property, Cabinetry, Kitchen, Floor, Building, Ceiling,
qwewew

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. For a similar worktop , try ‘Cote D’Azur’ marble, from £528 per square metre, Lapicida. For similar tiles, try ‘East Hampton Marble’ from £114.82 per square metre, Fired Earth

40 Dramatic turn
room, ceiling, interior design, turquoise, green, building, property, floor, furniture, living room,
qwewew

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. Vintage ‘Ginko’ lamps by Carlo Giorgi – try 1stDibs. For similar flooring, try mosaic tiles, £7.74 per sheet, Binibi

41 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. Bespoke kitchen by Quincoces-Drago & Partners. ‘Saarinen Oval’ dining table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, £4,644, Aram. ‘IC S2’ by Michael Anastassiadesfor Flos, £420, Aram

42 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. For similar cabinets, try mirrored brass doors with a birch ply core, from £214, Metal Sheets

43 Law of the jungle
Room, Furniture, Interior design, Countertop, Kitchen, Property, Table, House, Wall, Tile,
qwewew

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. ‘D-Dream’ wallpaper from £338 per square metre, Iksel Decorative Arts. ‘Fusion Round’ tap in gold by Quooker, £1,749, Appliance City

44 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. Haus Concrete Surfaces can create a similar island design. Concrete worktops, from £468 per metre. For similar bespoke plywood cabinetry, try Plykea. ‘KV8’ tap by Arne Jacobsen for Vola, £931, Panik

45 Go with the grain
Timber kitchen by Ferruccio Laviani for Dada
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. ‘Hi-line 6’ by Ferruccio Laviani, from £40,000, Dada

46 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. For a similar worktop, try ‘Calacatta Viola Polished Marble Slab’, from £522 per square metre, Mandarin Stone. ‘TR Bulb’ suspension light by Tim Rundle, £680 and ‘Afteroom’ bar stools, from £230 each, both Menu

47 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. Travertino Rosso, from £39,343 per square metre, Van Den Weghe. ‘KV3’ tap in natural brass by Arne Jacobsen for Vola, £1,033, Panik

48 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. ‘Rosa Perlino’ tumbled marble tiles, £93.87 per square metre, Mandarin Stone. For similar cabinets, try oiled birch plywood doors, from £1,000 for a small kitchen, Custom Fronts. For a similar tap, try ‘Harbour Clarity’ in brushed copper, £135, Tap Warehouse. ‘Geometric Terracotta’ pendant light, £65, Nick Fraser

49 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. ‘Victoria’ tiles in green, £128 per square metre, De Fazio Tiles & Stone. ‘Parachute’ pendant lights by Nathan Yong, £365 (left); £288 (right), Ligne Roset. For similar stools, try ‘Imo’ stools, from £395 each, Pinch

50 A perfect match
black stone kitchen by Lundhs
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. ‘Lundhs Blue’ worktop in a silk finish, from £680 per square metre and ‘Lundhs Blue’ hexagonal design on splashback and floor, from £200 per square metre, all Lundhs

51 Envy-inducing green
Green, Room, Interior design, Window covering, Property, Architecture, Window treatment, Furniture, Wall, Floor,
qwewew

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. For a similar colour, try ‘Resplendent Emerald’ by Valspar, available in gloss and matt finishes from £15 per litre, B&Q . ‘Pescara Semi-Pro XL’ tap, £468, Franke

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