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51 of the best kitchen design ideas for 2022

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

massimo adario kitchen
Stefan Giftthaler

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 Seamless style
dries de malsche kitchen

As well as a mineral plaster finish on the walls, floor and upper cabinets, this bespoke kitchen by Belgian interior architect Dries de Malsche features a striking red travertine island. The oxidised metal finish of the lower cabinets is by Italian artisan metalworkers De Castelli. Price on application

2 In the frame
norm architects kitchen
Einar Aslaksen

Danish practice Norm Architects commissioned a local carpenter to create this oak kitchen for a project just north of Oslo. The panelled alcove creates a sense of structure within a wider area, but it also serves a practical purpose by pushing the preparation zone into the wall and freeing up an extra foot of space in the room. ‘Treble’ bar stools by Northern, from £251 each, connox.co.uk

3 Black out
elena kornilova kitchen

This sophisticated space, designed by Paris-based interior architect Elena Kornilova, was inspired by a French brasserie. Eggersmann kitchen in oak veneer, approx £46,000. For similar verde bamboo quartzite, try Cullifords, from £335 per sq m. ‘214’ chair by Thonet, £642, Skandium. Custom ‘Alba’ table, price on application, Philippe Hurel. Alabaster pendant light by Emmanuel Levet Stenne, approx £7,320, Galerie Carole Decombe

4 Irregular shapes
pierre yovanovitch kitchen
Francois Halard

A kitchen can quickly feel like a series of blocks, but the island is a brilliant way to experiment with a sweeping curve or sharp geometry. Bespoke walnut kitchen by Pierre Yovanovitch features glass cabinet fronts from Atelier Emmanuel Barrois and a back panel by ceramic artist Armelle Benoit. Price on application. ‘Pilule’ glass pendants by JMW Studio, £7,050 each, The Invisible Collection. ‘Tractor’ counter stools, approx £1,070 each, Bassam Fellows

5 Material World
anne sophie pailleret kitchen

Leather-wrapped units, tiger-onyx countertops and bespoke lighting lend a luxurious feel to this kitchen by French interior designer Anne-Sophie Pailleret. Price on application. Terracotta stool by Marie Michielssen for Serax, £220, Selfridges. Custom table by Anne-Sophie Pailleret and Kiev studio Faina, price on application

6 Aged to perfection
helft and pinta kitchen
Bertrand Fompeyrine

French architecture firm Helft & Pinta opted for cabinet fronts in aged mirror and beech veneer to fit Ikea units for this Paris kitchen. Approx £10,150, Helft Pinta. ‘Rain C Fango’ tiles by Mutina, £996.50 per sq m, Casa Ceramica

7 Curve appeal
batiik studio kitchen
Romain Ricard

More a seismic shift in the world of design and architecture
than a passing trend, curved lines are dominating all manner of products and projects. This compact custom kitchen by Batiik Studio is elevated by polished concrete cabinetry. For similar paint, try ‘Pink 02’, £38 for 2.5 litres, Lick

8 In the round
van staeyen kitchen
Van Staeyen Interiors

In the kitchen, arches and waves can soften the hard, cool materials that tend to dominate, such as glass, metal and laminate. Belgian interior studio Van Staeyen created architectural curves from beech veneer for the kitchen of this project in Leuven, which also features silestone worktops. Approx £3,380

9 Cool contrast
garde hvalsøe kitchen
Birgitta Wolfgang Bjørnvad

Concrete can be used on walls or floors and makes a brilliant foil for warmer materials like wood, as evidenced by this surprisingly restful space. Well-judged details like the wooden window and door frames are key to the balance here and bring a sense of refinement to its rough-hewn tactility.Raw concrete walls bring an industrial edge to Danish brand Garde Hvalsøe’s ‘Layer’ oak kitchen in the home of architect Rasmus Bak. Price on application

10 True Blue
swantje hinrichsen kitchen

German creative director Swantje Hinrichsen opted for Reform’s Basis design in a custom colour. From approx £218 for a front, reformcph. For coloured grout, try ‘Matrix’ range, Topps Tiles. ‘Hanging lamp’ by Muller Van Severen for Valerie Objects, from £612, Viaduct

11 Artful disguise
massimo adario kitchen
Stefan Giftthaler

At first glance, thisspace appears more like an art gallery installation than a working kitchen, but look closer to spot the handles. The appliances have been neatly concealed within cupboards clad in a ceramic-tile landscape, which reflects light back into the room. Italian architect Massimo Adario covered cupboards in a ceramic tile display by artist Francesco Ardini to create a distinctive backdrop for a steel and marble island. Price on application.

12 Blue sky thinking
cloud dwellers kitchen
Cathy Schusler

Australian architecture firm Cloud Dwellers utilised two-tone laminate cabinetry and terrazzo countertops to modernise the kitchen of this suburban home. Approx £29,950. For similar tiles, try ‘Minokoyo’ tiles, price on application, Nagoya Mosaic Tile Co. For similar paint, try ‘Open Water’ by ELLE Decoration x Crown, £37.99 for 2.5 litres.

13 Heavy metal
tom robertson architects kitchen
Derek Swalwell

An oil finish was applied to this bespoke steel kitchen by Tom Robertson Architects. Approx £13,000. ‘Hotaru’ light by Barber Osgerby for Ozeki & Co, £345, Twentytwentyone. Custom dining table by Bieemele, price on application (@bieemele). For vintage wicker and pine chairs by Alessandro Becchi for Giovannetti, try 1st Dibs

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 Flooring with flair
statement kitchen flooring by anna and fred

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

19 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

20 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

21 Shapely splashbacks
best kitchen design ideas for 2021  frédéric pellenq

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

22 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

23 Block stars
boldly coloured kitchen by 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

24 Bare neccessities
minimalist kitchen design

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

25 In the round
pink kitchen by 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

26 Into the groove
superfront's slatted timber kitchen cabinet doors

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

27 Go the extra tile
contemporary tiled kitchen

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

28 Cabin fever
contemporary kitchen with wood, bronze and marble

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

29 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

30 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

31 Sage advice
sage green kitchen inspiration

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

32 Rethink pink
pink kitchen design ideas

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

33 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

34 On the grid
graphic metro tiled kitchen by studio ho

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

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

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

36 Check mate
retro style kitchen with checkered flooring and green cabinetry by muller van severen

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

37 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

38 Retro flair
small galley kitchen design  with retro feel by marcante testa

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

39 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

40 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

41 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

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

43 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

44 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. 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

45 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

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

47 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

48 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

49 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

50 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

51 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. 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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