58 decor and decorating ideas for every kitchen
<p> On maximizing the potential of statement ceilings, architectural practice SPPARC has the drop. ‘Ceilings featuring interesting shapes and materials can be used to achieve an articulation and rhythm with architectural features elsewhere – in this case the floating stairs that lead from the kitchen to the living spaces above,’ says Trevor Morriss of SPPARC. Crafted from stained ash and oak, this chunky ceiling is certain to have everybody talking.  </p><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>2</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD INTEREST TO THE CEILING</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> On maximizing the potential of statement ceilings, architectural practice SPPARC has the drop. ‘Ceilings featuring interesting shapes and materials can be used to achieve an articulation and rhythm with architectural features elsewhere – in this case the floating stairs that lead from the kitchen to the living spaces above,’ says Trevor Morriss of SPPARC. Crafted from stained ash and oak, this chunky ceiling is certain to have everybody talking.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>SPPARC / Roundhouse</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= When it comes to creating extra kitchen storage, Italian brand Scavolini recommends looking up for missed opportunities. ‘Ceiling-mounted storage is a great way to bring elements of the professional kitchen into the home,’ says showroom manager of Scavolini by Multiliving, Brani Hadzhi. ‘It’s also brilliant for keeping your favorite essentials out of the way but within reach.’ Use greenery, glassware and recipe books to blend and soften. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/29rjIypp1NeliQuHpgQMwQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d50002fec50121a6083dad83639b9366 class=caas-img data-headline=”HANG STORAGE UP HIGH”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>3</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>HANG STORAGE UP HIGH</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> When it comes to creating extra kitchen storage, Italian brand Scavolini recommends looking up for missed opportunities. ‘Ceiling-mounted storage is a great way to bring elements of the professional kitchen into the home,’ says showroom manager of Scavolini by Multiliving, Brani Hadzhi. ‘It’s also brilliant for keeping your favorite essentials out of the way but within reach.’ Use greenery, glassware and recipe books to blend and soften. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Scavolini by Multiliving</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Why end a kitchen backsplash in a straight, horizontal line when curvaceous silhouettes can prove far more enticing? Here, Australia-based designer Tamsin Johnson cut swooping curves into marble, merging backsplash and cooker hood with striking sinuousness. Also explore tiled backsplash in fish scales and hexagons for simple shape-shifting surfaces. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/9bH9QncitYfYhw4HCSIFXQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/bf548a7901599291c1effb4cae1b5c5e class=caas-img data-headline=”CONSIDER A SHAPELY BACKSPLASH”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>4</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>CONSIDER A SHAPELY BACKSPLASH</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Why end a kitchen backsplash in a straight, horizontal line when curvaceous silhouettes can prove far more enticing? Here, Australia-based designer Tamsin Johnson cut swooping curves into marble, merging backsplash and cooker hood with striking sinuousness. Also explore tiled backsplash in fish scales and hexagons for simple shape-shifting surfaces. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Cullifords.</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= No space for a dresser or pantry? Glazed wall cabinets are just as beautiful and the display possibilities just as strong, albeit on a smaller scale. Steer clear of a fitted-kitchen feel by opting for a standalone unit that’s more focal point than functional storage – perfect for walls without windows. Fill with colorful crockery and artisanal packaging as the mood takes. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/jxPo9ElMgE4efedJFm2r6Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/fc5c09daf811163a3709bbae834bf802 class=caas-img data-headline=”PUT IT ON DISPLAY”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>5</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PUT IT ON DISPLAY</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> No space for a dresser or pantry? Glazed wall cabinets are just as beautiful and the display possibilities just as strong, albeit on a smaller scale. Steer clear of a fitted-kitchen feel by opting for a standalone unit that’s more focal point than functional storage – perfect for walls without windows. Fill with colorful crockery and artisanal packaging as the mood takes. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Annie Sloan</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Now there’s one more reason to celebrate high kitchen ceilings – the library ladder is coming into its own. Seen in all the loftiest modern kitchens, statement ladders are being embraced in all their vertical glory. 

‘A permanent ladder is about so much more than accessible high-level storage,’ says designer Keith Myers, founder of The Myers Touch. ‘A beautiful ladder provides an interesting, eye-catching feature, while the metal rail introduces a punchy design detail.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/b59nHA4O3tuD92Oz_Oqiww–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/06c9ac65e704eaadcffd1df2f5567d20 class=caas-img data-headline=”UTILIZE THE SIZE OF THE SPACE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>6</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>UTILIZE THE SIZE OF THE SPACE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Now there’s one more reason to celebrate high kitchen ceilings – the library ladder is coming into its own. Seen in all the loftiest modern kitchens, statement ladders are being embraced in all their vertical glory.  </p> <p> ‘A permanent ladder is about so much more than accessible high-level storage,’ says designer Keith Myers, founder of The Myers Touch. ‘A beautiful ladder provides an interesting, eye-catching feature, while the metal rail introduces a punchy design detail.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>The  Myers Touch / Adam Knibb Architects</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= When it comes to bar stools, bespoke maker Jack Trench points to a trend for more intimate perching in the white kitchen. ‘This may be a single or two-stool perching point, or simply a more economically sized breakfast bar,’ says director, Jack Trench. 

‘The trend stems from those with kitchen-diners, who are realising they don’t always need extensive breakfast bars in addition to a table. However, they do still want seating within the hub of the kitchen. This is where the kitchen perch comes into its own; informal seating for a quick coffee or checking emails.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/ay49A2EO5Z3QjhQ0zEEqUg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/7a1ba293bfb622dffb955a9508e387f6 class=caas-img data-headline=”INVEST IN CHIC SEATING”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>7</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>INVEST IN CHIC SEATING</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> When it comes to bar stools, bespoke maker Jack Trench points to a trend for more intimate perching in the white kitchen. ‘This may be a single or two-stool perching point, or simply a more economically sized breakfast bar,’ says director, Jack Trench.  </p> <p> ‘The trend stems from those with kitchen-diners, who are realising they don’t always need extensive breakfast bars in addition to a table. However, they do still want seating within the hub of the kitchen. This is where the kitchen perch comes into its own; informal seating for a quick coffee or checking emails.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Jack Trench</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that kitchen ideas that promote a feeling of homeliness make us happy. ‘Homeliness’ means different things to all of us – some like minimalism, others a more decorative feel. 

For interior designer Cortney Bishop, it’s about layering with, for example, rugs, choosing characterful cabinet fronts, and keeping countertops clear, to give cherished personal belongings space to be displayed: ‘Showcase your personal style – whether it’s displaying pottery, a vase of beautiful florals, or a unique basket or tray,’ she says when sharing her kitchen styling tips. ‘I always recommend to design with intent and function. Less is sometimes more, but not always.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/rJUUOaKBNXKqJnamGxUl.w–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyNTQ-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/98733eb5351f53e97c0b4d4edce7a006 class=caas-img data-headline=”CREATE A KITCHEN DECOR SCHEME WITH CHARACTER”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>8</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>CREATE A KITCHEN DECOR SCHEME WITH CHARACTER</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> If there's one thing the pandemic has taught us, it's that kitchen ideas that promote a feeling of homeliness make us happy. 'Homeliness' means different things to all of us – some like minimalism, others a more decorative feel.  </p> <p> For interior designer Cortney Bishop, it's about layering with, for example, rugs, choosing characterful cabinet fronts, and keeping countertops clear, to give cherished personal belongings space to be displayed: 'Showcase your personal style – whether it’s displaying pottery, a vase of beautiful florals, or a unique basket or tray,' she says when sharing her kitchen styling tips. 'I always recommend to design with intent and function. Less is sometimes more, but not always.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Cortney Bishop</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= In tune with general kitchen trends towards creating homely spaces, rustic kitchen ideas are more popular than ever. And while white or cream color schemes are still predominant, with blue and green following close behind, deeper, moodier, earthier cabinet colors are gaining popularity – especially when combined with warm wooden tones and freestanding pieces. 

‘The best way to tie together older pieces with new elegant cabinetry is to use vintage inspired hardware and taps,’ says Jen & Mar, co-founders of design agency Interior Fox.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/y2qOP2.Q13mIX_t8K5_kSQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTcyMA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/96149777a6a7ebbc92bbf3106ad79f72 class=caas-img data-headline=”REINVENT RUSTIC KITCHENS WITH MOODY SHADES”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>9</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>REINVENT RUSTIC KITCHENS WITH MOODY SHADES</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> In tune with general kitchen trends towards creating homely spaces, rustic kitchen ideas are more popular than ever. And while white or cream color schemes are still predominant, with blue and green following close behind, deeper, moodier, earthier cabinet colors are gaining popularity – especially when combined with warm wooden tones and freestanding pieces.  </p> <p> 'The best way to tie together older pieces with new elegant cabinetry is to use vintage inspired hardware and taps,' says Jen & Mar, co-founders of design agency Interior Fox. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>British Standard by Plain English</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Companies such as Little Greene and Morris & Co are championing the return of wallpaper to the kitchen. Kitchen wallpaper ideas include modern designs, of course, but those with the most impact have a heritage appeal – playing to that desire to make kitchens feel just as decorated as living rooms. 

‘Kitchen wall decor ideas are admittedly tricky – it’s vital to ensure that the design you choose is moisture-resistant – or that your decorator has come up with a solution for giving the wallpaper you have set your heart on some moisture-resistance,’ says Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief of Homes & Gardens. ‘That said, there are many beautiful kitchen – and bathroom – ready designs that will elevate your space from plain to personalized.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/SsrWDUPiA1ov0eAHwrNKsA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0NDA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d2bc6ae3623f23e5de572fb074e42003 class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD PATTERN TO A KITCHEN WITH WALLPAPER”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>10</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD PATTERN TO A KITCHEN WITH WALLPAPER</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Companies such as Little Greene and Morris & Co are championing the return of wallpaper to the kitchen. Kitchen wallpaper ideas include modern designs, of course, but those with the most impact have a heritage appeal – playing to that desire to make kitchens feel just as decorated as living rooms.  </p> <p> 'Kitchen wall decor ideas are admittedly tricky – it's vital to ensure that the design you choose is moisture-resistant – or that your decorator has come up with a solution for giving the wallpaper you have set your heart on some moisture-resistance,' says Lucy Searle, Editor in Chief of <em>Homes & Gardens</em>. 'That said, there are many beautiful kitchen – and bathroom – ready designs that will elevate your space from plain to personalized.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Little Greene Pomegranate Bazaar Paisley wallpaper</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= If the kitchen ideas you are putting in your scrapbook – virtual or otherwise – are bursting with pattern and color, then your next option might be kitchen curtain ideas. Just as with wallpaper, the fabrics you choose must be able to withstand moisture from cooking, and splashes and sticky fingers, too, if you have young children. 

And it may be that you want to limit to curtain fabrics to a doorway, as in the kitchen above, choosing blinds for more practical window treatment ideas. ‘One simple curtain treatment can make a kitchen feel cozier, more welcoming and colorful,’ says Jennifer Ebert, Homes & Gardens‘ Digital Editor. ‘Fabrics can also help with acoustics, which is often a problem in kitchens.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/kcpYKf0t8FVm3GRLhUrmrA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/c8a0a6a5fd73f5c37c35d975af8bb639 class=caas-img data-headline=”RETHINK FABRICS FOR A KITCHEN, TOO”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>11</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>RETHINK FABRICS FOR A KITCHEN, TOO</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> If the kitchen ideas you are putting in your scrapbook – virtual or otherwise – are bursting with pattern and color, then your next option might be kitchen curtain ideas. Just as with wallpaper, the fabrics you choose must be able to withstand moisture from cooking, and splashes and sticky fingers, too, if you have young children.  </p> <p> And it may be that you want to limit to curtain fabrics to a doorway, as in the kitchen above, choosing blinds for more practical window treatment ideas. 'One simple curtain treatment can make a kitchen feel cozier, more welcoming and colorful,' says Jennifer Ebert, <em>Homes & Gardens</em>' Digital Editor. 'Fabrics can also help with acoustics, which is often a problem in kitchens.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Emma Lee</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= If you truly love cooking it makes sense that your kitchen ideas should be centered around functionality first. The growing interest in home cooking during the pandemic – and entertaining as we begin to emerge from it – has lead to the rise in interest in chef’s kitchens – how they are laid out, the appliances they include and their practicality-first design approach. 

‘To make the cooking process seamless, every item should have a purpose and a place – you should be able to reach whatever you need almost without thinking about it so that you can focus on guests as well as cooking,’ says chef Galton Blackiston, brand ambassador for kitchen designer Tom Howley.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/NlgkZ9Xp4tkV71NmE80MnA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/716bd876d9113118aef5b6ea1b9b6c8c class=caas-img data-headline=”DESIGN A CHEF’S KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>12</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>DESIGN A CHEF'S KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> If you truly love cooking it makes sense that your kitchen ideas should be centered around functionality first. The growing interest in home cooking during the pandemic – and entertaining as we begin to emerge from it – has lead to the rise in interest in chef's kitchens – how they are laid out, the appliances they include and their practicality-first design approach.  </p> <p> ‘To make the cooking process seamless, every item should have a purpose and a place – you should be able to reach whatever you need almost without thinking about it so that you can focus on guests as well as cooking,’ says chef Galton Blackiston, brand ambassador for kitchen designer Tom Howley. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Tom Howley</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= When designing a kitchen, use a combination of colors, materials and finishes to create a characterful look – but just as you would in a living room, limit your palette to one main color and two accents. In this kitchen, interior designer Brenna Morgan used grey as the predominant shade in the marble-look island, with black painted cabinets as an accent next to warmer, stained wood cabinetry and bright turquoise bar stools in this lakeside retreat. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/IEjSt_QlbE1JrRRBK4ZWgA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0Mzg-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/f023079feaeab600f9223323006c7880 class=caas-img data-headline=”COLOR SCHEME AND COMBINE MATERIALS WITH RESTRAINT”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>13</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>COLOR SCHEME AND COMBINE MATERIALS WITH RESTRAINT</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> When designing a kitchen, use a combination of colors, materials and finishes to create a characterful look – but just as you would in a living room, limit your palette to one main color and two accents. In this kitchen, interior designer Brenna Morgan used grey as the predominant shade in the marble-look island, with black painted cabinets as an accent next to warmer, stained wood cabinetry and bright turquoise bar stools in this lakeside retreat. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Brenna Morgan</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘Classic simplicity’ is a phrase that sums up Shaker kitchen ideas. What we love about this look is that it is quietly characterful, will complement both modern and traditional homes, and can be as rustic or streamlined and elegant as you’d like.

‘White, cream, grey – or neutral-colored – Shaker kitchens are so easy to redecorate around, and if you are installing a kitchen to please future home buyers, you really can’t go wrong with this most recognizable of American kitchen styles,’ says Lucy Searle. ‘For the more adventurous, Shaker kitchens in darker shades, such as black, blue and green can also look incredibly smart.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/bCBcwaLg3jlEx8RtYfX9cg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyOTQ-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/49009a48710c31bb7b92bb7aa3ae3414 class=caas-img data-headline=”EMBRACE SHAKER STYLE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>14</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>EMBRACE SHAKER STYLE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> 'Classic simplicity' is a phrase that sums up Shaker kitchen ideas. What we love about this look is that it is quietly characterful, will complement both modern and traditional homes, and can be as rustic or streamlined and elegant as you'd like. </p> <p> 'White, cream, grey – or neutral-colored – Shaker kitchens are so easy to redecorate around, and if you are installing a kitchen to please future home buyers, you really can't go wrong with this most recognizable of American kitchen styles,' says Lucy Searle. 'For the more adventurous, Shaker kitchens in darker shades, such as black, blue and green can also look incredibly smart.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Martin Moore</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Interior designer Jessica Buckley has created this kitchen – in a Georgian property in Edinburgh, Scotland – to be a sociable, homely space. The kitchen styling ideas are testament to this, with open shelving displaying pretty pieces, and art on the walls. But our favorite detail is the window seat idea, which makes a functional space look stylish. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/LVBEirtqd2GzoH4FK6Yjsg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/666c7634faf6285d872fc6fb06936e49 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE A KITCHEN FEEL HOMELY WITH CASUAL SEATING”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>15</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE A KITCHEN FEEL HOMELY WITH CASUAL SEATING</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Interior designer Jessica Buckley has created this kitchen – in a Georgian property in Edinburgh, Scotland – to be a sociable, homely space. The kitchen styling ideas are testament to this, with open shelving displaying pretty pieces, and art on the walls. But our favorite detail is the window seat idea, which makes a functional space look stylish. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Paul Massey</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Black kitchen ideas are back on trend – and while they do really suit traditional homes, they are most striking in contemporary settings. 

Unlike green or blue, black is a neutral shade, which mean you can use other colors paired with it with ease – but we think black as a backdrop is best complemented by textures found in natural materials, such as wood and brick, which will add contrast to matte cabinetry, but warmth, too.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Rn2Z2B_BZzq_KukGQ69wMA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/91a1708e79de771075fc1922dc7d4599 class=caas-img data-headline=”LOVE CONTEMPORARY? BLACK IS BACK”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>16</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>LOVE CONTEMPORARY? BLACK IS BACK</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Black kitchen ideas are back on trend – and while they do really suit traditional homes, they are most striking in contemporary settings.  </p> <p> Unlike green or blue, black is a neutral shade, which mean you can use other colors paired with it with ease – but we think black as a backdrop is best complemented by textures found in natural materials, such as wood and brick, which will add contrast to matte cabinetry, but warmth, too. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>DesignSpace London</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘The layout of the room is what makes a kitchen design successful,’ says Tom Howley, design director at the eponymous kitchen company. 

‘The most important thing to consider is how you use your space. If your kitchen is near your garden, or has a nice view, make sure the furniture layout makes the best of this by orienting towards the view. Your sink doesn’t always have to be positioned looking out to the garden; consider locating your dining area with the best view in the kitchen. Creating an indoor outdoor living space will mean that dinner parties can extend outside into the garden, with all the essentials to hand in the kitchen.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/.VCMj.Ie1rQhfVBg7aUDmQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyMTY-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/69373729b1c6410d0e903aac26156ea1 class=caas-img data-headline=”WORK YOUR LAYOUT AROUND YOUR WINDOWS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>17</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>WORK YOUR LAYOUT AROUND YOUR WINDOWS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> 'The layout of the room is what makes a kitchen design successful,' says Tom Howley, design director at the eponymous kitchen company.  </p> <p> 'The most important thing to consider is how you use your space. If your kitchen is near your garden, or has a nice view, make sure the furniture layout makes the best of this by orienting towards the view. Your sink doesn’t always have to be positioned looking out to the garden; consider locating your dining area with the best view in the kitchen. Creating an indoor outdoor living space will mean that dinner parties can extend outside into the garden, with all the essentials to hand in the kitchen.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Tom Howley</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= There are many backsplash ideas for kitchens that can make your kitchen stand out from the crowd. Unexpected materials, such as timber, can be incredibly practical if properly sealed. Here, the backsplash material has been used to line the open shelving above, creating a warm, cohesive look that’s perfect for making a sleek, contemporary design feel more inviting. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/IR9Gy7msub5_tiQADeZo6w–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTY3OQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/0ca9a54cfba06a993357ee0a122a30c1 class=caas-img data-headline=”PICK INTRIGUING BACKSPLASH MATERIALS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>18</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PICK INTRIGUING BACKSPLASH MATERIALS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> There are many backsplash ideas for kitchens that can make your kitchen stand out from the crowd. Unexpected materials, such as timber, can be incredibly practical if properly sealed. Here, the backsplash material has been used to line the open shelving above, creating a warm, cohesive look that's perfect for making a sleek, contemporary design feel more inviting. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Roux Kitchens</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Kitchen interior design should never be overlooked – and can be easily introduced into a space with pattern. In this scheme by interior designer Anna Spiro, the same paisley print is used on the walls and the chairs to link the areas. 

‘When color and pattern are used well, they give an air of individuality and help create rooms that are full of energy,’ says Anna Spiro.

By opting for a slightly larger scale on the upholstery, the repeat creates extra impact as the shape takes up the majority of the chair backs. With a larger surface area available on the walls, a smaller repeat allows the pattern to be seen in its entirety. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/SVRpTjYleHy3I659PBnAPw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d605ebe77f67b68372cf70329dbd92ed class=caas-img data-headline=”PLAY WITH SCALE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>19</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PLAY WITH SCALE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Kitchen interior design should never be overlooked – and can be easily introduced into a space with pattern. In this scheme by interior designer Anna Spiro, the same paisley print is used on the walls and the chairs to link the areas.  </p> <p> ‘When color and pattern are used well, they give an air of individuality and help create rooms that are full of energy,’ says Anna Spiro. </p> <p> By opting for a slightly larger scale on the upholstery, the repeat creates extra impact as the shape takes up the majority of the chair backs. With a larger surface area available on the walls, a smaller repeat allows the pattern to be seen in its entirety.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Eleanor Byrne</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Small or dark kitchens – and those you want to feel laid-back – are best furnished with floor-level cabinetry anyway. This will mean that you might have to consider pantry ideas to ensure there is enough storage available, but you will be more than repaid by the finish, which will feel much more like a living space than a functional room. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Sc1paNvcI9t7mq95SM1PNw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0NDA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/b2a37c71115be60db7ba34f9d6700078 class=caas-img data-headline=”KEEP WALLS CLEAR FOR A RELAXED, SPACIOUS KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>20</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>KEEP WALLS CLEAR FOR A RELAXED, SPACIOUS KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Small or dark kitchens – and those you want to feel laid-back – are best furnished with floor-level cabinetry anyway. This will mean that you might have to consider pantry ideas to ensure there is enough storage available, but you will be more than repaid by the finish, which will feel much more like a living space than a functional room. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>VSP Interiors</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Knowing how much a new kitchen costs can help you know where to spend and save right from the beginning of the process. 

‘For us, the cabinetry is really the star of the show, so we would suggest investing in bespoke, made-to-measure options. Saving money on countertops, appliances and flooring is the best way to approach kitchen design to give the ‘bones’ of the space the maximum longevity,’ explains Tom Howley. 

‘Glass is an excellent finish for kitchens. Not only do glazed cabinets break up the monotony of repetitive, solid fronted doors – especially in large spaces – they maximize the flow of light into darker corners. Having glass-fronted doors is as good as open shelving when it comes to displaying your prized pieces. They’re also fantastic when accessing everyday essentials allowing you to see what you have and where you’ve put things.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/31iqhbNsyep578JlHq8IQg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0Mzk-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/0331a9ece4c697aaa733a3829c4eeb06 class=caas-img data-headline=”KNOW WHERE TO SPEND AND WHERE TO SAVE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>21</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>KNOW WHERE TO SPEND AND WHERE TO SAVE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Knowing how much a new kitchen costs can help you know where to spend and save right from the beginning of the process.  </p> <p> 'For us, the cabinetry is really the star of the show, so we would suggest investing in bespoke, made-to-measure options. Saving money on countertops, appliances and flooring is the best way to approach kitchen design to give the 'bones' of the space the maximum longevity,' explains Tom Howley.  </p> <p> 'Glass is an excellent finish for kitchens. Not only do glazed cabinets break up the monotony of repetitive, solid fronted doors – especially in large spaces – they maximize the flow of light into darker corners. Having glass-fronted doors is as good as open shelving when it comes to displaying your prized pieces. They’re also fantastic when accessing everyday essentials allowing you to see what you have and where you’ve put things.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Quorn Stone</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= However large and well-equipped your kitchen, excellent storage will only make it function better and look neater – so during the design process, consider whether there might be elements of architecture within your home that can be exploited for extra storage.  ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/nVno7yM.X8Vnakvt6m3_fg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/a06711e00fb3a1eafbd43e499efb16f5 class=caas-img data-headline=”USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST STORAGE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>22</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>USE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST STORAGE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> However large and well-equipped your kitchen, excellent storage will only make it function better and look neater – so during the design process, consider whether there might be elements of architecture within your home that can be exploited for extra storage.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Roundhouse</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Fitted kitchens are wonderful in that they allow you to use every inch of spare space. But they can feel soulless – so if it’s character you want, it is absolutely worthwhile incorporating at least one piece of freestanding furniture into your room’s layout. That may be a dresser, a sideboard or even a kitchen island – and you can choose designs that suit your kitchen’s style, they needn’t be traditional. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/KIwHXqeFp4yRF1baD6WXMw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyODE-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/6190cde103d2e0f3a0199d226ee80c11 class=caas-img data-headline=”INCLUDE FREESTANDING ELEMENTS TO MOVE BEYOND ‘FITTED'”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>23</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>INCLUDE FREESTANDING ELEMENTS TO MOVE BEYOND 'FITTED'</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Fitted kitchens are wonderful in that they allow you to use every inch of spare space. But they can feel soulless – so if it's character you want, it is absolutely worthwhile incorporating at least one piece of freestanding furniture into your room's layout. That may be a dresser, a sideboard or even a kitchen island – and you can choose designs that suit your kitchen's style, they needn't be traditional. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>The Cotswold Company</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= You can’t go far wrong with white. As well as lightening up smaller spaces, white kitchens feel clean and stylish – but you do need to balance it with a warming material like natural wood. 

Will Thompson, Head of Marketing at Valspar advises: ‘When you’re choosing a color scheme, the perfect combination is integral to our positive experience and enjoyment of the room. If you’re a fan of a classic finish, an all white kitchen works beautifully for spaces of all sizes. 

Small kitchens will benefit from the reflective nature of a white color scheme, paired with natural wood finishes such as countertops, wood flooring and door handles to break up the white and enhance the earthy feel. 

Valspar’s The Perfect White  is ideal for keeping high traffic areas in their fresh white state, for easy scuff removal and stain resistance.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/3hPRpQZnYCyx0JBwFfXrfA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0MDI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/187691426f081cde9f02cb1bc0e22f41 class=caas-img data-headline=”WARM AN ALL-WHITE SCHEME WITH NATURAL TEXTURES”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>24</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>WARM AN ALL-WHITE SCHEME WITH NATURAL TEXTURES</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> You can’t go far wrong with white. As well as lightening up smaller spaces, white kitchens feel clean and stylish - but you do need to balance it with a warming material like natural wood.  </p> <p> Will Thompson, Head of Marketing at Valspar advises: ‘When you’re choosing a color scheme, the perfect combination is integral to our positive experience and enjoyment of the room. If you’re a fan of a classic finish, an all white kitchen works beautifully for spaces of all sizes.  </p> <p> Small kitchens will benefit from the reflective nature of a white color scheme, paired with natural wood finishes such as countertops, wood flooring and door handles to break up the white and enhance the earthy feel.  </p> <p> Valspar’s The Perfect White  is ideal for keeping high traffic areas in their fresh white state, for easy scuff removal and stain resistance.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Valspar Paint</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘The graphical and playful impact that the backsplash has on this space is a real conversation-starter,’ says Irene Gunter, Co-Founder of Gunter & Co.

‘When designing a kitchen there always needs to be that one eye catching feature. In this case the tiles were chosen before anything else and the metal trims and cabinet door finish came after, the blue was chosen as a neutral which in the case of this colourful project made total sense

‘Given the cost of the luxe marble tiles with satin brass inlay, we knew that we needed to use the tiles sparingly. That’s why this single-wall kitchen configuration turned out to be the perfect fit.’

We love the detailing of these kitchen tiles and how they work against the sleek blue units. The result is an exciting color scheme that incorporates both pattern and plain elements that’s both bold and contemporary.  

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/1.zavreWpBhlh7ZTEH5f7A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExMzU-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/ca9dc47073c43b4dc068534627db10eb class=caas-img data-headline=”MIX PATTERNS WITH PLAINS TO CREATE A BALANCED SCHEME”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>25</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MIX PATTERNS WITH PLAINS TO CREATE A BALANCED SCHEME</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> ‘The graphical and playful impact that the backsplash has on this space is a real conversation-starter,’ says Irene Gunter, Co-Founder of Gunter & Co. </p> <p> ‘When designing a kitchen there always needs to be that one eye catching feature. In this case the tiles were chosen before anything else and the metal trims and cabinet door finish came after, the blue was chosen as a neutral which in the case of this colourful project made total sense </p> <p> 'Given the cost of the luxe marble tiles with satin brass inlay, we knew that we needed to use the tiles sparingly. That’s why this single-wall kitchen configuration turned out to be the perfect fit.’ </p> <p> We love the detailing of these kitchen tiles and how they work against the sleek blue units. The result is an exciting color scheme that incorporates both pattern and plain elements that’s both bold and contemporary.   </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Gunter & Co</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘It’s important that when it comes to making a bold design choice that it fits within your home and with your tastes,’ says Tom Howley, Design Director at Tom Howley. 

‘Rather than persuade a client to step away from a more traditional paint color to follow a trend, it’s all about deciding how much of a statement they want to make.

‘Neutral color palettes in the kitchen will never disappear, but for those that want to add a stronger injection of color, black, navy and grey kitchens still remain very popular and can be contrasted with light color work surfaces and flooring.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/bEvVkV5xfHA5_Phb4Y8F9Q–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyNTA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/46adee8353e0e61feb4aee72ff273a02 class=caas-img data-headline=”LOVE GREY? CREATE MORE IMPACT WITH DEEP TONES”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>26</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>LOVE GREY? CREATE MORE IMPACT WITH DEEP TONES</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> ‘It’s important that when it comes to making a bold design choice that it fits within your home and with your tastes,’ says Tom Howley, Design Director at Tom Howley.  </p> <p> ‘Rather than persuade a client to step away from a more traditional paint color to follow a trend, it’s all about deciding how much of a statement they want to make. </p> <p> 'Neutral color palettes in the kitchen will never disappear, but for those that want to add a stronger injection of color, black, navy and grey kitchens still remain very popular and can be contrasted with light color work surfaces and flooring.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Tom Howley</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= For color lovers, a kitchen is a great place to go a little wild and introduce a theme using your favorite shades, prints and patterns – particularly when planning kitchen wall decor. 

We asked sought-after interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer, known for her stunning global style, for her advice on how to incorporate these elements in your kitchen:

‘For a good colorful kitchen, it is important to intersperse bright shades of blues, reds and pinks within a neutral space, but there has to be some consistency in color when combining different patterns like flooring. 

‘I like to include tribal patterns mixed with an English Chintz, French Paisley or Indian block print to achieve my worldly look. Think 19th Century English traveller goes to India via Morocco.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/pSuf9bEqEOvf98q2QvcwCw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTEyMjU-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/60f139b190de53044f09c60e116ccde4 class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD PERSONALITY WITH ECLECTIC DECOR”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>27</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD PERSONALITY WITH ECLECTIC DECOR</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> For color lovers, a kitchen is a great place to go a little wild and introduce a theme using your favorite shades, prints and patterns – particularly when planning kitchen wall decor.  </p> <p> We asked sought-after interior designer Michelle Nussbaumer, known for her stunning global style, for her advice on how to incorporate these elements in your kitchen: </p> <p> ‘For a good colorful kitchen, it is important to intersperse bright shades of blues, reds and pinks within a neutral space, but there has to be some consistency in color when combining different patterns like flooring.  </p> <p> 'I like to include tribal patterns mixed with an English Chintz, French Paisley or Indian block print to achieve my worldly look. Think 19th Century English traveller goes to India via Morocco.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Michelle Nussbaumer</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Green kitchens are on trend – and unlikely to fall out of favor in the near future. Easy to coordinate with natural materials, such as wood and stone, they can also be given a glamorous edge with brass or antique gold fittings – from bar stools to handles. 

This kitchen has cleverly married both gold fittings with country style furnishings on the window seat – which usefully hides lots of storage space beneath – to create a space that feels both elegant and relaxed. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/PcanzjYkKU6kBGjXMJz96w–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0NDA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d060142d9eae1d666771badd8a8f1bb8 class=caas-img data-headline=”GLAM UP A GREEN KITCHEN WITH GOLD FITTINGS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>28</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>GLAM UP A GREEN KITCHEN WITH GOLD FITTINGS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Green kitchens are on trend – and unlikely to fall out of favor in the near future. Easy to coordinate with natural materials, such as wood and stone, they can also be given a glamorous edge with brass or antique gold fittings – from bar stools to handles.  </p> <p> This kitchen has cleverly married both gold fittings with country style furnishings on the window seat – which usefully hides lots of storage space beneath – to create a space that feels both elegant and relaxed.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Moores</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= A great lighting scheme has the power to transform ordinary kitchen ideas into something truly spectacular. Now that our kitchens are increasingly performing on a multifunctional level, so our kitchen lighting ideas must evolve to cater for dining, relaxing, office or homework and entertaining. 

Cleverly positioned lighting can also hide a multitude of sins – making a small kitchen appear larger, disguising awkward architecture or compensating for poor natural light. ‘Planning the lighting at the same time as the kitchen is essential. It is always obvious when lighting is an afterthought,’ says Mark Holloway from Holloways of Ludlow. 

Boost the impact of statement pendants by arranging in a row along the length of an island unit, table or peninsula. Odd numbers work best; try three or five depending on the area and your budget. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/7EDjoydJma7gmLqVncFe8g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/e5bb509922fed176c61e87740949fd33 class=caas-img data-headline=”START WITH A WELL-PLANNED LIGHTING SCHEME”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>29</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>START WITH A WELL-PLANNED LIGHTING SCHEME</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> A great lighting scheme has the power to transform ordinary kitchen ideas into something truly spectacular. Now that our kitchens are increasingly performing on a multifunctional level, so our kitchen lighting ideas must evolve to cater for dining, relaxing, office or homework and entertaining.  </p> <p> Cleverly positioned lighting can also hide a multitude of sins – making a small kitchen appear larger, disguising awkward architecture or compensating for poor natural light. ‘Planning the lighting at the same time as the kitchen is essential. It is always obvious when lighting is an afterthought,’ says Mark Holloway from Holloways of Ludlow.  </p> <p> Boost the impact of statement pendants by arranging in a row along the length of an island unit, table or peninsula. Odd numbers work best; try three or five depending on the area and your budget.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= As the layout develops, start thinking about the lighting, not only for wiring purposes, but also so that you can problem-solve as the plans unfold, says Jamie Blake, creative director of Blakes London. 

‘For example, I would usually use LEDs under the wall cupboards to light the worktop. Without them, another lighting solution is required, so instead I might include kitchen wall lights on swing arms that can be angled to suit.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/0ZxkoDHsur2UMX0dZso1Hg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/89b4558e9aa72016e87135590436aabc class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD IN FEATURE WALL LIGHTS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>30</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD IN FEATURE WALL LIGHTS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> As the layout develops, start thinking about the lighting, not only for wiring purposes, but also so that you can problem-solve as the plans unfold, says Jamie Blake, creative director of Blakes London.  </p> <p> 'For example, I would usually use LEDs under the wall cupboards to light the worktop. Without them, another lighting solution is required, so instead I might include kitchen wall lights on swing arms that can be angled to suit.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= This beautiful kitchen from Neptune has a painted look that we heartily approve of – and it’s one that should inspire your painted kitchen design. 

One of the most appealing and varied finishes for kitchen cabinetry, paint lends itself to both the classic looks of the traditional kitchen and to modern linear designs. 

The advantage is in its almost limitless choice of colors, allowing you free rein to express yourself, whether your home is period or contemporary, country or urban. And you can always re-paint if you want a change or update in the future.

When planning your color palette, start by considering the room’s size, design and choice of flooring. Soft neutral shades are easy to live with in even the smallest spaces, while on-trend grey can look coolly architectural in a modern room, or warm and inviting when teamed with wood. 

Large rooms with lots of natural light can support a bolder paint color choice. ‘Consider painting one element – an island unit or tall cupboard, perhaps – in a strong color, and then pick that up in your choice of pendant lights, cushions or chairs,’ says Scott Nicholson, MD of Chamber Furniture. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/6mfP.Sh8xwmLt8ocb78BoA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/99693fa84dc61960e698d7bc6f9b2c06 class=caas-img data-headline=”PAINT YOUR KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>31</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PAINT YOUR KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> This beautiful kitchen from Neptune has a painted look that we heartily approve of – and it's one that should inspire your painted kitchen design.  </p> <p> One of the most appealing and varied finishes for kitchen cabinetry, paint lends itself to both the classic looks of the traditional kitchen and to modern linear designs.  </p> <p> The advantage is in its almost limitless choice of colors, allowing you free rein to express yourself, whether your home is period or contemporary, country or urban. And you can always re-paint if you want a change or update in the future. </p> <p> When planning your color palette, start by considering the room’s size, design and choice of flooring. Soft neutral shades are easy to live with in even the smallest spaces, while on-trend grey can look coolly architectural in a modern room, or warm and inviting when teamed with wood.  </p> <p> Large rooms with lots of natural light can support a bolder paint color choice. ‘Consider painting one element – an island unit or tall cupboard, perhaps – in a strong color, and then pick that up in your choice of pendant lights, cushions or chairs,’ says Scott Nicholson, MD of Chamber Furniture.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Neptune</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Good kitchen ideas always combine practicality and aesthetics – which is where kitchen shelving ideas can come in useful. Think about how you might make a 250mm-deep wall shelf beautiful, as well as functional, with some stacked up cookery books, in colors chosen to tie in with the curtains perhaps, and some attractive accessories.  ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/_7b7satXePVfrIb56bm5Jw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/941a32c0eaf99e00a949b0216b10adc6 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE SHELVING PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>32</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE SHELVING PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Good kitchen ideas always combine practicality and aesthetics – which is where kitchen shelving ideas can come in useful. Think about how you might make a 250mm-deep wall shelf beautiful, as well as functional, with some stacked up cookery books, in colors chosen to tie in with the curtains perhaps, and some attractive accessories.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= For those seeking a more relaxed approach to kitchen design, the option of buying freestanding, rather than fitted, cabinets is proving increasingly attractive. Often initiated by the desire to protect original architectural features from the permanent attachment of modern fitted units, freestanding kitchens are becoming a particularly popular choice in period properties. 

‘Not everyone aspires to the sleek banks of units associated with a contemporary fitted kitchen,’ agrees Debbie Bowden of Barnes of Ashburton. 

The ability to try out various layouts to find out what truly works reduces the pressure to get your kitchen right first time. There’s also a great deal of reassurance to be found in the knowledge that a freestanding kitchen can be configured in different ways to meet your family’s changing needs.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/vwmfNvRnuPM2ITZDJIhmAg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/7e7451be15dbe65617a23decd824cb29 class=caas-img data-headline=”FREE YOURSELF FROM THE RESTRAINTS OF A FULLY-FITTED KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>33</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>FREE YOURSELF FROM THE RESTRAINTS OF A FULLY-FITTED KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> For those seeking a more relaxed approach to kitchen design, the option of buying freestanding, rather than fitted, cabinets is proving increasingly attractive. Often initiated by the desire to protect original architectural features from the permanent attachment of modern fitted units, freestanding kitchens are becoming a particularly popular choice in period properties.  </p> <p> ‘Not everyone aspires to the sleek banks of units associated with a contemporary fitted kitchen,’ agrees Debbie Bowden of Barnes of Ashburton.  </p> <p> The ability to try out various layouts to find out what truly works reduces the pressure to get your kitchen right first time. There’s also a great deal of reassurance to be found in the knowledge that a freestanding kitchen can be configured in different ways to meet your family’s changing needs. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Mowlem & Co</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= It’s incredibly sensible to choose classic kitchen cabinet ideas, as this way the design, finish and color will not date within the life of the kitchen. Shaker cabinetry or flat-fronted doors are both safe choices, while white, grey or blue kitchens are enduringly popular. 

So, how to add your own stamp to these spaces? The easiest way to do so is with pattern – in backsplash tiles, fabrics on upholstery and curtains. These elements can be swapped out with the season or when you want – but don’t yet need – to start remodeling a kitchen.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/UXTIgQamFlfxCO_jZIQofA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTU0MA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/e1a8197c4d26fe624046d2596573c577 class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD CHARACTER WITH PATTERN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>34</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD CHARACTER WITH PATTERN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> It's incredibly sensible to choose classic kitchen cabinet ideas, as this way the design, finish and color will not date within the life of the kitchen. Shaker cabinetry or flat-fronted doors are both safe choices, while white, grey or blue kitchens are enduringly popular.  </p> <p> So, how to add your own stamp to these spaces? The easiest way to do so is with pattern – in backsplash tiles, fabrics on upholstery and curtains. These elements can be swapped out with the season or when you want – but don't yet need – to start remodeling a kitchen. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Paul Raeside</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Mixed materials or finishes create a kitchen that’s full of character, but what has really caught our eye in this room is the clever use of vertical space on a wall that demands narrow cabinetry. 

It’s a perfect kitchen idea for a galley layout – solid fronted units would have made the space feel narrower, but open shelving has the opposite effect, adding depth and – because you can usefully store your best pieces on it – a ton of character.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/s2105vwYbOnch7kDzesM9g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/fca01e5d0d53e0d3e0e0415be069dfa2 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE USE OF VERTICAL SPACE – BEAUTIFULLY”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>35</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE USE OF VERTICAL SPACE – BEAUTIFULLY</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Mixed materials or finishes create a kitchen that's full of character, but what has really caught our eye in this room is the clever use of vertical space on a wall that demands narrow cabinetry.  </p> <p> It's a perfect kitchen idea for a galley layout – solid fronted units would have made the space feel narrower, but open shelving has the opposite effect, adding depth and – because you can usefully store your best pieces on it – a ton of character. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Neptune</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Single or double, a classic galley layout makes the most of modern kitchen zones and works like a dream for keen cooks. 

A one-wall galley is best suited to the lone chef, as it requires linear movement from one activity to the next. 

For ease of use, separate the cooking and wet zones by a reasonable length of worktop but resist the temptation to put the sink and cooker at opposite ends of the room. ‘You’ll gain wide work surfaces but may feel very cramped when cooking or washing up,’ explains Graeme Smith, Conceptual Designer at Second Nature Kitchens. 

A double galley allows the traditional work triangle, with a cooker and fridge on one side and the sink opposite, and provides more room for a pair of cooks to work  together. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/EteSh.YEiA9xQ_B57unZHQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/de9ae10d210686f3af022eed9bf8f942 class=caas-img data-headline=”SEEK A STRAIGHT AND NARROW DESIGN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>36</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>SEEK A STRAIGHT AND NARROW DESIGN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Single or double, a classic galley layout makes the most of modern kitchen zones and works like a dream for keen cooks.  </p> <p> A one-wall galley is best suited to the lone chef, as it requires linear movement from one activity to the next.  </p> <p> For ease of use, separate the cooking and wet zones by a reasonable length of worktop but resist the temptation to put the sink and cooker at opposite ends of the room. ‘You’ll gain wide work surfaces but may feel very cramped when cooking or washing up,’ explains Graeme Smith, Conceptual Designer at Second Nature Kitchens.  </p> <p> A double galley allows the traditional work triangle, with a cooker and fridge on one side and the sink opposite, and provides more room for a pair of cooks to work  together.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Jonathan Gooch</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Hardworking and high functioning, kitchens have generally focused on easy to clean surfaces but there is nothing to say these have to be plain. Approached with care, kitchens can prove surprisingly receptive to some decorative interest. 

‘The kitchen is very much the heart of the home and somewhere we all spend a good deal of time. Introducing pattern in your style will help it feel more personal and relaxing,’ says designer Susie Watson. 

Perhaps the easiest way to add pattern, and one that is simple to update, is to use interesting wallpaper ideas and fabric. The trend for kitchens to be larger, to be an open space that incorporates some form of living zone, encourages décor with curtains or blinds and perhaps even a sofa and cushions. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/J03xmMyygp__chIQy4ql1g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/72499c72d7d367a97af1b829c1010a15 class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD COLOR AND VIBRANCY WITH A MURAL”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>37</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD COLOR AND VIBRANCY WITH A MURAL</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Hardworking and high functioning, kitchens have generally focused on easy to clean surfaces but there is nothing to say these have to be plain. Approached with care, kitchens can prove surprisingly receptive to some decorative interest.  </p> <p> ‘The kitchen is very much the heart of the home and somewhere we all spend a good deal of time. Introducing pattern in your style will help it feel more personal and relaxing,’ says designer Susie Watson.  </p> <p> Perhaps the easiest way to add pattern, and one that is simple to update, is to use interesting wallpaper ideas and fabric. The trend for kitchens to be larger, to be an open space that incorporates some form of living zone, encourages décor with curtains or blinds and perhaps even a sofa and cushions.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Jonathan Gooch</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= U-shaped kitchen layouts are installed in smaller kitchens, and used to shoehorn maximum storage and work surface into a compact footprint. ‘The U-shape kitchen really takes advantage of the ‘working triangle’ model, making working in your kitchen as effortless as possible,’ says Mark Jones of Halco Showroom. 

The best arrangement is to position your sink, cooker and fridge on three sides of the U. This layout creates a perfectly balanced work triangle with everything within easy reach as well as plenty of worktop space in between the areas.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/0m.isWG6DXRu3IDCici1uA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/7bd0716ba31bcd46d6c91e1e4cc24c1c class=caas-img data-headline=”CHOOSE A PRACTICAL U-SHAPE DESIGN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>38</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>CHOOSE A PRACTICAL U-SHAPE DESIGN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> U-shaped kitchen layouts are installed in smaller kitchens, and used to shoehorn maximum storage and work surface into a compact footprint. ‘The U-shape kitchen really takes advantage of the ‘working triangle’ model, making working in your kitchen as effortless as possible,’ says Mark Jones of Halco Showroom.  </p> <p> The best arrangement is to position your sink, cooker and fridge on three sides of the U. This layout creates a perfectly balanced work triangle with everything within easy reach as well as plenty of worktop space in between the areas. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Davide Lovatti</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Take inspiration from your room’s architecture to search for kitchen ideas that feel right at home. 

You may have always dreamed of a painted traditional kitchen or, indeed, something more sleek and modern, but there is no getting away from the fact that the most successful kitchens work in harmony with the architecture of the room.

‘Done well, taking design cues from the existing structure will result in a relaxed, harmonious cooking space. It’s also a great way to add character and individuality,’ says Richard Davonport, Managing Director of Davonport. 

It’s worth noting that using the key features of the room is just as important as starting with date and style – after all you’re not looking to create a slavishly accurate historical replica. And where possible, use authentic materials to create a characterful look. This works particularly when you are looking for kitchen flooring ideas – the brick-look of this herringbone flooring is spot on.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/zzi0Ds7UkDQejwHwq5gO6g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/5bbd8054c4c7009798d0ff4806e2dc76 class=caas-img data-headline=”BE SYMPATHETIC TO THE ORIGINAL DESIGN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>39</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>BE SYMPATHETIC TO THE ORIGINAL DESIGN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Take inspiration from your room’s architecture to search for kitchen ideas that feel right at home.  </p> <p> You may have always dreamed of a painted traditional kitchen or, indeed, something more sleek and modern, but there is no getting away from the fact that the most successful kitchens work in harmony with the architecture of the room. </p> <p> ‘Done well, taking design cues from the existing structure will result in a relaxed, harmonious cooking space. It’s also a great way to add character and individuality,’ says Richard Davonport, Managing Director of Davonport.  </p> <p> It’s worth noting that using the key features of the room is just as important as starting with date and style – after all you’re not looking to create a slavishly accurate historical replica. And where possible, use authentic materials to create a characterful look. This works particularly when you are looking for kitchen flooring ideas – the brick-look of this herringbone flooring is spot on. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>deVOL</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Pick a shade that will give your kitchen a vibrant lift and create a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining. With the kitchen now a multi-purpose room designed as much for living as it is for cooking, it is important to decorate to suit. 

Neutrals aren’t for everyone and the sizeable cost of a new kitchen shouldn’t dictate that you play it safe. It’s more a case of choosing how and where to introduce color, picking spots that can be easily updated, and introducing shades that mirror the color palette in the rest of your home. 

‘It’s amazing how a change of paint color or some new tiles can give a kitchen a completely fresh look, picking up on different accents within the home,’ adds Rob Whitaker, Creative Director, Fired Earth. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/x70lyOHXcL2NJvlOFPcUYA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/9d9dd8f070e975f5c3a987511dc7160f class=caas-img data-headline=”INTRODUCE A SPLASH OF COLOR”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>40</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>INTRODUCE A SPLASH OF COLOR</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Pick a shade that will give your kitchen a vibrant lift and create a welcoming space for cooking and entertaining. With the kitchen now a multi-purpose room designed as much for living as it is for cooking, it is important to decorate to suit.  </p> <p> Neutrals aren’t for everyone and the sizeable cost of a new kitchen shouldn’t dictate that you play it safe. It’s more a case of choosing how and where to introduce color, picking spots that can be easily updated, and introducing shades that mirror the color palette in the rest of your home.  </p> <p> ‘It’s amazing how a change of paint color or some new tiles can give a kitchen a completely fresh look, picking up on different accents within the home,’ adds Rob Whitaker, Creative Director, Fired Earth.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Original BTC</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= While the kitchen has become the hub of the home, let’s not forget its true purpose – and one not duplicated by any other room in the home. This is the place where you come to cook. Of course skill level and indeed levels of interest vary dramatically from home to home, but all of us cook at some point – even if it is just to heat a ready meal or boil water for pasta. Some are altogether more demanding, giving Michelin-starred chefs a run for their money.  

Technology in the kitchen has really come into its own in this field and now there is a vast  range of appliances to suit all types of cooks, from ultra-accurate pro-style ovens, to  programmable versions that take away all of the guesswork to cook a meal for you – it’s a dizzying array.

Even iconic brands such as AGA, which pride themselves on traditional quality, are embracing new technology with all electric designs and even a touch screen range cooker. But in the modern kitchen, aesthetics are almost as important as gadgets and gimmicks.  

‘Appliances naturally provide the backbone for any successful kitchen,’ explains Robert Laurie, Director at Poggenpohl Kitchens.

‘But thanks to great improvements in design, consumers can now enjoy exceptionally practical ovens and hobs and integrate them seamlessly into their surroundings. Banked appliances, stunning range cookers and integrated hobs not only create a visually impressive focal point but are quicker and more efficient than ever before.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/NdO355eLflSSzg6GG6ShvQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/ea618063ba1495dd8af30c8bcfda6c86 class=caas-img data-headline=”ENSURE YOUR KITCHEN IS FITTED WITH THE BEST APPLIANCES”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>41</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ENSURE YOUR KITCHEN IS FITTED WITH THE BEST APPLIANCES</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> While the kitchen has become the hub of the home, let’s not forget its true purpose – and one not duplicated by any other room in the home. This is the place where you come to cook. Of course skill level and indeed levels of interest vary dramatically from home to home, but all of us cook at some point – even if it is just to heat a ready meal or boil water for pasta. Some are altogether more demanding, giving Michelin-starred chefs a run for their money.   </p> <p> Technology in the kitchen has really come into its own in this field and now there is a vast  range of appliances to suit all types of cooks, from ultra-accurate pro-style ovens, to  programmable versions that take away all of the guesswork to cook a meal for you – it’s a dizzying array. </p> <p> Even iconic brands such as AGA, which pride themselves on traditional quality, are embracing new technology with all electric designs and even a touch screen range cooker. But in the modern kitchen, aesthetics are almost as important as gadgets and gimmicks.   </p> <p> ‘Appliances naturally provide the backbone for any successful kitchen,’ explains Robert Laurie, Director at Poggenpohl Kitchens. </p> <p> ‘But thanks to great improvements in design, consumers can now enjoy exceptionally practical ovens and hobs and integrate them seamlessly into their surroundings. Banked appliances, stunning range cookers and integrated hobs not only create a visually impressive focal point but are quicker and more efficient than ever before.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Neale Smith</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Precision planning is the key to turning a chaotic kitchen into a neat and tidy work space. With the kitchen coming under increasing pressure to perform a variety of crucial roles such as family dining, relaxing, working and entertaining, a good layout and choosing the best kitchen storage ideas is more important than ever.

‘High capacity, well sited storage is essential to keep everything neat and tidy, providing a clutter-free space that’s a pleasure to use,’ says Danny Lay, Sales Director, Caple. 

In a multi-use, open-plan space, try to allocate dedicated storage in each area, not just kitchen cupboard storage. For example, window seats with deep pull-out drawers are perfect for stashing away toys and ensure that there’s at least one drawer or shelving unit near the TV for tidying away remote controls and games consoles. 

‘Installing an island with cabinets on both sides helps maximise storage in the dining area for formal crockery and glassware,’ adds Tony McCarthy, Commercial Director at Crown Imperial. 

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/BxxgGFa8k9ofoTjdHOWKHA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/c34fd50738738f3b261935fec56b03ef class=caas-img data-headline=”FACTOR IN SPACE FOR AMPLE STORAGE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>42</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>FACTOR IN SPACE FOR AMPLE STORAGE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Precision planning is the key to turning a chaotic kitchen into a neat and tidy work space. With the kitchen coming under increasing pressure to perform a variety of crucial roles such as family dining, relaxing, working and entertaining, a good layout and choosing the best kitchen storage ideas is more important than ever. </p> <p> ‘High capacity, well sited storage is essential to keep everything neat and tidy, providing a clutter-free space that’s a pleasure to use,’ says Danny Lay, Sales Director, Caple.  </p> <p> In a multi-use, open-plan space, try to allocate dedicated storage in each area, not just kitchen cupboard storage. For example, window seats with deep pull-out drawers are perfect for stashing away toys and ensure that there’s at least one drawer or shelving unit near the TV for tidying away remote controls and games consoles.  </p> <p> ‘Installing an island with cabinets on both sides helps maximise storage in the dining area for formal crockery and glassware,’ adds Tony McCarthy, Commercial Director at Crown Imperial.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Richard Powers</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Don’t let a lack of space restrict your style. Taking an ambitious approach to the design and fittings can result in striking small kitchens that punch way above their weight. 

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. 

‘Don’t be afraid to use color – even really bright colors in high gloss finishes, such as lime green, blue, lilac or pink. It’s a great way to give your kitchen a  boost if you haven’t got a great deal of space to play with,’ advises Adrian Stoneham of Stoneham Kitchens.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/SNv53cokYqxEgz08nGUlrg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/c04cd4d1f509e399473aa79e5a019ef1 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAXIMIZE A SMALL KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>43</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAXIMIZE A SMALL KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Don’t let a lack of space restrict your style. Taking an ambitious approach to the design and fittings can result in striking small kitchens that punch way above their weight.  </p> <p> 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.  </p> <p> ‘Don’t be afraid to use color – even really bright colors in high gloss finishes, such as lime green, blue, lilac or pink. It’s a great way to give your kitchen a  boost if you haven’t got a great deal of space to play with,’ advises Adrian Stoneham of Stoneham Kitchens. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Davide Lovatti</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Beautiful, hardwearing and timeless, it’s no surprise natural stone has enduring appeal in the kitchen. Stone adds a drama and natural beauty to your room that simply can’t be matched by other materials.

From limestone and marble, granite and slate, this versatile material is available in a wide range of shades and patterns, and it can suit modern, country and classic schemes. Popular when designing a kitchen island but also for floors, walls, worktops and backsplashes, it’s the variety of stone and the way that it is finished that delivers so many strong looks. 

There’s an element of care involved in the maintenance of all kinds of stone as it is a naturally porous material. The level of upkeep will depend on the stone, so ask the retailer’s advice and make your choice based on lifestyle compatibility as well as aesthetics.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/P1SRFMtaoj4ksvAjTtqw1A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d659b63263c7b2161bb86da5aa319c4b class=caas-img data-headline=”INVEST IN HIGH-QUALITY STONE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>44</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>INVEST IN HIGH-QUALITY STONE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Beautiful, hardwearing and timeless, it’s no surprise natural stone has enduring appeal in the kitchen. Stone adds a drama and natural beauty to your room that simply can’t be matched by other materials. </p> <p> From limestone and marble, granite and slate, this versatile material is available in a wide range of shades and patterns, and it can suit modern, country and classic schemes. Popular when designing a kitchen island but also for floors, walls, worktops and backsplashes, it’s the variety of stone and the way that it is finished that delivers so many strong looks.  </p> <p> There’s an element of care involved in the maintenance of all kinds of stone as it is a naturally porous material. The level of upkeep will depend on the stone, so ask the retailer’s advice and make your choice based on lifestyle compatibility as well as aesthetics. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Lanserring</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Kitchen trends might be ever-changing but more often than not, it’s a blend of styles that hits the right note – elegant proportions combined with modern practicality. 

Classic kitchen ideas, with their timeless lines and broad appeal, can tick all these boxes, narrowing the gap between traditional furniture and contemporary design to suit your home. 

‘While the architecture of the cabinetry may pay homage to a particular era, the equipment can be state of the art and tailored to your lifestyle,’ explains Jane Stewart, Design Director at Mowlem & Co. 

‘For example, you can house banks of refrigeration and wine storage in a corniced, fully framed run of furniture. Materials should be of the finest quality but the look can be updated by details, be it stains, color, reflective finishes, distinctive handles, lighting, pop up sockets, boiling water taps or unusual bespoke elements.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/I9i1fgR8H.A2zZATrV9cwA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/c56c191c425bef552037f3008741d142 class=caas-img data-headline=”ENHANCE A CLASSIC KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>45</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ENHANCE A CLASSIC KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Kitchen trends might be ever-changing but more often than not, it’s a blend of styles that hits the right note – elegant proportions combined with modern practicality.  </p> <p> Classic kitchen ideas, with their timeless lines and broad appeal, can tick all these boxes, narrowing the gap between traditional furniture and contemporary design to suit your home.  </p> <p> ‘While the architecture of the cabinetry may pay homage to a particular era, the equipment can be state of the art and tailored to your lifestyle,’ explains Jane Stewart, Design Director at Mowlem & Co.  </p> <p> ‘For example, you can house banks of refrigeration and wine storage in a corniced, fully framed run of furniture. Materials should be of the finest quality but the look can be updated by details, be it stains, color, reflective finishes, distinctive handles, lighting, pop up sockets, boiling water taps or unusual bespoke elements.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Davide Lovatti</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Not all climates offer year-round sunshine, but there are certainly enough good days to want to make the most of any outdoor space. Linking a kitchen to the garden lets the entertaining zone spill outdoors. Combine your kitchen with your garden ideas by ensuring there is a table close to the threshold.  ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/41VSqBcy9Ke0Z5w4AKkHiw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/df6c6d826c912aa098261c5a8ccc7579 class=caas-img data-headline=”LINK YOUR KITCHEN TO THE GARDEN TO ENCOURAGE EASY LIVING”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>46</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>LINK YOUR KITCHEN TO THE GARDEN TO ENCOURAGE EASY LIVING</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Not all climates offer year-round sunshine, but there are certainly enough good days to want to make the most of any outdoor space. Linking a kitchen to the garden lets the entertaining zone spill outdoors. Combine your kitchen with your garden ideas by ensuring there is a table close to the threshold.  </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= The trend towards open-plan living has soared in recent years. Whilst the kitchen has always been dubbed the heart of the home, this space is no longer just for cooking. Within a modern set-up, an open plan kitchen can also be used as a dining area, work space and somewhere to gather as a family or socialise with friends.  

‘The area immediately outside the kitchen is increasingly becoming kitchen territory, ideally with a terrace for alfresco dining,’ says designer Johnny Grey. 

‘The easiest way to make good use of outdoor space year round is to have one wall of the kitchen completely glass or with large doors that fold or slide back,’ advises Steven de Munnich, design director of Smallbone of Devizes. ‘Glass structures allow light to flood into the room and help make the garden feel like part of the kitchen-living space,’ he adds.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/4Fhqzp3w4ftGB1lMg.u_.g–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/00a0ca69fdf7e3938cb4e80ddc8fca29 class=caas-img data-headline=”BLUR THE BOUNDARIES”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>47</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>BLUR THE BOUNDARIES</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> The trend towards open-plan living has soared in recent years. Whilst the kitchen has always been dubbed the heart of the home, this space is no longer just for cooking. Within a modern set-up, an open plan kitchen can also be used as a dining area, work space and somewhere to gather as a family or socialise with friends.   </p> <p> ‘The area immediately outside the kitchen is increasingly becoming kitchen territory, ideally with a terrace for alfresco dining,’ says designer Johnny Grey.  </p> <p> ‘The easiest way to make good use of outdoor space year round is to have one wall of the kitchen completely glass or with large doors that fold or slide back,’ advises Steven de Munnich, design director of Smallbone of Devizes. ‘Glass structures allow light to flood into the room and help make the garden feel like part of the kitchen-living space,’ he adds. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Jonathan Gooch</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Looking for kitchen ideas to upscale an existing space? If you have a painted or freestanding kitchen you are in luck: their looks can be switched up really quickly. Here, a dresser is painted in a contrasting color to the rest of the room to create a splash of warmth, a focal point and a modern new look all in one. ” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/LLt3cuRGL_Z7UFX_UICgjA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/f2825a3eaa4d47a3a6051c74729b5f47 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE JUST ONE CHANGE TO TRANSFORM A KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>48</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE JUST ONE CHANGE TO TRANSFORM A KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Looking for kitchen ideas to upscale an existing space? If you have a painted or freestanding kitchen you are in luck: their looks can be switched up really quickly. Here, a dresser is painted in a contrasting color to the rest of the room to create a splash of warmth, a focal point and a modern new look all in one. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Polly Wreford</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= If your kitchen extension features an expanse of glass, then it is imperative to pay extra attention to the material choice inside your kitchen. 

Select durable cabinetry and flooring that are not likely to be bleached by sunlight. Natural timber finishes will fade gracefully over time. Make sure cooking appliances are well ventilated, preferably with an externally ventilated extractor which will help prevent windows from steaming up.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/G_8Y8YFIRSnDxFolyxTLUQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/1aaf6e1905ecb341093b9731ef1caf74 class=caas-img data-headline=”PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>49</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> If your kitchen extension features an expanse of glass, then it is imperative to pay extra attention to the material choice inside your kitchen.  </p> <p> Select durable cabinetry and flooring that are not likely to be bleached by sunlight. Natural timber finishes will fade gracefully over time. Make sure cooking appliances are well ventilated, preferably with an externally ventilated extractor which will help prevent windows from steaming up. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Richard Powers</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= So much has changed in the way in which we design and use our kitchens over the last decade or so, but there is something reassuring in how galley kitchen ideas have adapted to the new-found sense of space, and have thrived. 

Named after a ship’s kitchen, it was originally associated with simplicity and tight spaces – there’s not much room for superfluous detail on the average ship. But the reason that a galley kitchen works is that it is ergonomically sound, and it’s easy to place everything so it is to hand. 

Galley kitchens were originally designed to be both compact and ultra-efficient, maximising every inch of space for both storage and preparation. 

Professional kitchens also follow a similar linear plan with lines of ranges or hobs divided into specific stations for the preparation of different types of dishes. 

Where there is room for a parallel run of units – a double galley – you can introduce the classic work triangle, arranging the key task zones of fridge, cooker and sink in this  pattern to cut down on the footwork between them. This is not only successful in narrow rooms that have enough width to take two rows of units, it’s exactly the format that is so popular in open plan spaces, with a long island providing the second leg, often creating a sociable casual seating area and a natural boundary for the kitchen  space at the same time.

‘Galleys can be really stylish. Long lines of worktop create strong horizontal planes that look incredibly sleek,’ adds Hugo Tugman, Architectural Designer, Architect Your Home.  

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/rEAhd.7HUa0dzkQyhjR8GA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/62d7275d15d2e81da839bdd3c6ffb4c4 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAXIMIZE SPACE IN A GALLEY KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>50</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAXIMIZE SPACE IN A GALLEY KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> So much has changed in the way in which we design and use our kitchens over the last decade or so, but there is something reassuring in how galley kitchen ideas have adapted to the new-found sense of space, and have thrived.  </p> <p> Named after a ship’s kitchen, it was originally associated with simplicity and tight spaces – there’s not much room for superfluous detail on the average ship. But the reason that a galley kitchen works is that it is ergonomically sound, and it’s easy to place everything so it is to hand.  </p> <p> Galley kitchens were originally designed to be both compact and ultra-efficient, maximising every inch of space for both storage and preparation.  </p> <p> Professional kitchens also follow a similar linear plan with lines of ranges or hobs divided into specific stations for the preparation of different types of dishes.  </p> <p> Where there is room for a parallel run of units – a double galley – you can introduce the classic work triangle, arranging the key task zones of fridge, cooker and sink in this  pattern to cut down on the footwork between them. This is not only successful in narrow rooms that have enough width to take two rows of units, it's exactly the format that is so popular in open plan spaces, with a long island providing the second leg, often creating a sociable casual seating area and a natural boundary for the kitchen  space at the same time. </p> <p> ‘Galleys can be really stylish. Long lines of worktop create strong horizontal planes that look incredibly sleek,’ adds Hugo Tugman, Architectural Designer, Architect Your Home.   </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Darren Chung</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= Kitchen trends come and go, but planning a layout essentially remains the same. The classic layouts of galley, L- and U-shapes are designed to be the most ergonomically sound, helping to create the ‘work triangle’ of hob, sink and fridge within easy distance of each other and allowing for adequate work space in between. And while we have swapped compact kitchens for open plan living, it is interesting to see how these shapes have found new relevance in a larger space. 

U-shaped kitchens have traditionally had units running along three walls of the room with one free wall as the access point. Modern variants include the U-shape plus island combo, which sees an island bridging the middle of a large U-shape, as well as standalone U-shape islands that sit in the middle of an open-plan room. 

Alongside a tight workspace, the main attraction of an U-shape layout is its abundance of worksurface. ‘Capitalize on this by investing in the best worktop you can afford, such as a striking granite or chunky timber, to create a stunning design feature,’ suggests Hayley Shaw of Magnet.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/32Nd95Z.t.Qeqnl0aKjXug–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/7f81acca4bab16320ec01e366a5ed48f class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE A U-SHAPED KITCHEN PRACTICAL”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>51</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE A U-SHAPED KITCHEN PRACTICAL</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> Kitchen trends come and go, but planning a layout essentially remains the same. The classic layouts of galley, L- and U-shapes are designed to be the most ergonomically sound, helping to create the ‘work triangle’ of hob, sink and fridge within easy distance of each other and allowing for adequate work space in between. And while we have swapped compact kitchens for open plan living, it is interesting to see how these shapes have found new relevance in a larger space.  </p> <p> U-shaped kitchens have traditionally had units running along three walls of the room with one free wall as the access point. Modern variants include the U-shape plus island combo, which sees an island bridging the middle of a large U-shape, as well as standalone U-shape islands that sit in the middle of an open-plan room.  </p> <p> Alongside a tight workspace, the main attraction of an U-shape layout is its abundance of worksurface. ‘Capitalize on this by investing in the best worktop you can afford, such as a striking granite or chunky timber, to create a stunning design feature,’ suggests Hayley Shaw of Magnet. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Paul Raeside</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= A classic layout that works in any size space, L-shaped kitchen ideas are practical, concise and look great. 

When deciding on a layout for your kitchen your choices are to a great extent dictated by the shape and size of your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to be restricted when it comes to design. 

Whether the space is small, medium or large an L-shape layout works with both contemporary and traditional cabinetry, and the form is flexible enough to adapt to structural needs, such as sloping ceilings or large windows. 

In a small kitchen an L shape is ideal as it concentrates all storage and appliances into two sides of the room, leaving the others free and open, so making the overall  space seem bigger. 

For larger kitchens or open-plan designs an L-shaped layout can serve as a divider between cooking and living zones or as an informal dining area with the bottom of the L becoming a useful breakfast bar idea.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/cN8l212qnzAGxSgJak9kdQ–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/635604998eab1d8d4a065018b9511387 class=caas-img data-headline=”MAKE AN L-SHAPED KITCHEN FEEL COHESIVE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>52</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>MAKE AN L-SHAPED KITCHEN FEEL COHESIVE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> A classic layout that works in any size space, L-shaped kitchen ideas are practical, concise and look great.  </p> <p> When deciding on a layout for your kitchen your choices are to a great extent dictated by the shape and size of your room, but that doesn’t mean you have to be restricted when it comes to design.  </p> <p> Whether the space is small, medium or large an L-shape layout works with both contemporary and traditional cabinetry, and the form is flexible enough to adapt to structural needs, such as sloping ceilings or large windows.  </p> <p> In a small kitchen an L shape is ideal as it concentrates all storage and appliances into two sides of the room, leaving the others free and open, so making the overall  space seem bigger.  </p> <p> For larger kitchens or open-plan designs an L-shaped layout can serve as a divider between cooking and living zones or as an informal dining area with the bottom of the L becoming a useful breakfast bar idea. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Neptune</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘A striking island design will naturally draw your eye into the space and the furniture can provide a perfect cooking platform where friends and family are able to gather round as you prepare food and cook,’ says Andrew Hall of Woodstock Furniture. 

Kitchen island ideas can prove to be pivotal additions to galley, L and U- shaped layouts, allowing the rooms themselves to grow while maintaining a comfortable work area where everything is in reach. 

‘Islands are increasingly popular and act as central distribution points for incoming shopping, food preparation, and outgoing dishes, thereby breaking the traditional ergonomic triangle,’ says designer Tim Jaspar.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/pvuF9ioFxeTgBlvvJFlZZA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2OA–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/d52a8ba9d7e06f5804b56b7dd8971848 class=caas-img data-headline=”EMBRACE AN ISLAND KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>53</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>EMBRACE AN ISLAND KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> ‘A striking island design will naturally draw your eye into the space and the furniture can provide a perfect cooking platform where friends and family are able to gather round as you prepare food and cook,’ says Andrew Hall of Woodstock Furniture.  </p> <p> Kitchen island ideas can prove to be pivotal additions to galley, L and U- shaped layouts, allowing the rooms themselves to grow while maintaining a comfortable work area where everything is in reach.  </p> <p> ‘Islands are increasingly popular and act as central distribution points for incoming shopping, food preparation, and outgoing dishes, thereby breaking the traditional ergonomic triangle,’ says designer Tim Jaspar. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= When designing a modern kitchen, the big appeal is for the kitchen and cook to be part of the action when entertaining and, on a day to day basis, for the whole family to be together – in this time-pressed age, it’s a real boon to be able to offer help with homework while  preparing the evening meal; and to be able to keep one eye on tots and teens while managing other tasks. 

‘People have become generally less formal and so are more willing to share cooking, dining and relaxing areas,’ says Tim Higham of Higham Furniture. ‘When throwing a party or entertaining friends, it is seen as sociable to cook and entertain at the same time. 

Families also want to share the space so that they can multitask while preparing food.’ And in summer, an open plan space really comes into its own. The majority of open plan kitchens include large amounts of glass to let in the light and have easy access to the garden, which vastly expands living and entertaining space.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/OkIIys3tanKUNrdxskvGAA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTc2NQ–/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/5e97f87a85bf4a0dd9dd43cf6ec9c682 class=caas-img data-headline=”GO OPEN PLAN FOR A SOCIABLE SPACE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>54</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>GO OPEN PLAN FOR A SOCIABLE SPACE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> When designing a modern kitchen, the big appeal is for the kitchen and cook to be part of the action when entertaining and, on a day to day basis, for the whole family to be together – in this time-pressed age, it’s a real boon to be able to offer help with homework while  preparing the evening meal; and to be able to keep one eye on tots and teens while managing other tasks.  </p> <p> ‘People have become generally less formal and so are more willing to share cooking, dining and relaxing areas,’ says Tim Higham of Higham Furniture. ‘When throwing a party or entertaining friends, it is seen as sociable to cook and entertain at the same time.  </p> <p> Families also want to share the space so that they can multitask while preparing food.’ And in summer, an open plan space really comes into its own. The majority of open plan kitchens include large amounts of glass to let in the light and have easy access to the garden, which vastly expands living and entertaining space. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future/Jan Baldwin</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘Where once kitchens were purely practical and designed to be functional, now we are looking to create lived-in looks for them that are more a reflection of the decor in the rest of our homes, particularly our living spaces,’ says Homes & Gardens Editor in Chief Lucy Searle.

‘The easiest way to transform an existing kitchen is with textiles – rugs or runners that can withstand or disguise the odd splash or stain along a run of cabinetry or under a dining table, and pretty cushion pads on seats are a good place to start. Another way to introduce color and texture is by showing off decorative china and pottery on open shelving.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/3Zc5lzCqKmUlZBt2F5XF8A–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTE0NDA-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/5146ce12efd8356efe9ae9b9044d7e6e class=caas-img data-headline=”INTRODUCE TEXTILES TO CREATE AN INVITING SPACE”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>55</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>INTRODUCE TEXTILES TO CREATE AN INVITING SPACE</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> 'Where once kitchens were purely practical and designed to be functional, now we are looking to create lived-in looks for them that are more a reflection of the decor in the rest of our homes, particularly our living spaces,' says <em>Homes & Gardens</em> Editor in Chief Lucy Searle. </p> <p> 'The easiest way to transform an existing kitchen is with textiles – rugs or runners that can withstand or disguise the odd splash or stain along a run of cabinetry or under a dining table, and pretty cushion pads on seats are a good place to start. Another way to introduce color and texture is by showing off decorative china and pottery on open shelving.' </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future / Brent Darby / Styling Pippa Blenkinsop</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= ‘A kitchen needs to feel light and bright – all day long and during the evening, too,’ says Homes & Gardens Editor in Chief Lucy Searle. ‘This is obviously for practical reasons – you need good light to cook by, even if you dim the lights when you sit down to eat – but also because the kitchen is now the hub of the home and likely to host everything from home working to social events.

‘So, when you are researching kitchen color ideas, by all means go for deep-toned kitchen cabinet colors, but only if the room receives really good natural daylight, like in the room above, or if you have created an excellent artificial lighting scheme.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/eJPw0JGIzUKKJYAVfVPoIw–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/cbbfd12b30b4aa9beda298411405d8a1 class=caas-img data-headline=”PICK A CABINETRY COLOR BASED ON YOUR ROOM’S LIGHT LEVELS”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>56</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>PICK A CABINETRY COLOR BASED ON YOUR ROOM'S LIGHT LEVELS</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> 'A kitchen needs to feel light and bright – all day long and during the evening, too,' says <em>Homes & Gardens</em> Editor in Chief Lucy Searle. 'This is obviously for practical reasons – you need good light to cook by, even if you dim the lights when you sit down to eat – but also because the kitchen is now the hub of the home and likely to host everything from home working to social events. </p> <p> 'So, when you are researching kitchen color ideas, by all means go for deep-toned kitchen cabinet colors, but only if the room receives really good natural daylight, like in the room above, or if you have created an excellent artificial lighting scheme. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= When you’re creating a kitchen scheme, ensure there’s at least one area of the room – whether the flooring, the countertops, the backsplash or the cabinetry itself – that has an element of natural texture or pattern to add interest, warmth and character to the room. 

This is particularly important in a kitchen that is very streamlined and contemporary with flat-fronted cabinets. Spaces like these need natural texture to stop them looking too clinical. Unless, of course, clinical is the look you love.

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/btz4.LBnQ_NnZT9uHhtEvA–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/986bd17a424d0e077c0149d060118432 class=caas-img data-headline=”ADD BAGS OF TEXTURE FOR WARMTH AND INTEREST”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>57</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>ADD BAGS OF TEXTURE FOR WARMTH AND INTEREST</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> When you're creating a kitchen scheme, ensure there's at least one area of the room – whether the flooring, the countertops, the backsplash or the cabinetry itself – that has an element of natural texture or pattern to add interest, warmth and character to the room.  </p> <p> This is particularly important in a kitchen that is very streamlined and contemporary with flat-fronted cabinets. Spaces like these need natural texture to stop them looking too clinical. Unless, of course, clinical is the look you love. </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Future</div></div></div></div></li><li class=caas-carousel-slide><div class=caas-carousel-slide-img><figure class=caas-carousel-figure><img alt= In contemporary settings, fluted patterns can be used to provide 3D interest – just enough to add character, while retaining the simplicity required to work in modern designs. 

‘Fluted surfaces catch the light, creating deep shadows and texture within a room, and are particularly effective when set against a simple white space,’ agrees Stuart Piercy, founding director, Piercy&Company. 

‘In natural solid materials, like the American black walnut and Calacatta Crema marble splashbacks used in this kitchen for the BBC Television Centre residential redevelopment in west London, fluting reveals the beautiful grain pattern and vein running through the core. It is an intriguing detail with wonderful depth.’

” data-src=https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/OcbVKodMbl2.loBol1bkWg–/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTk2MDtoPTExNTI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/homes_gardens_107/02cb6c45a9c3233adef49722d058dc3b class=caas-img data-headline=”GO WITH THE GRAIN IN A MODERN KITCHEN”><p></figure></div><div class=caas-carousel-slide-bottom><div class=figure-meta><div class=slide-current><span>58</span><span>/</span><span>58</span></div><div class=slide-description-wrapper><h2 class=slide-description-headline>GO WITH THE GRAIN IN A MODERN KITCHEN</h2><div class=slide-description-caption><p> In contemporary settings, fluted patterns can be used to provide 3D interest – just enough to add character, while retaining the simplicity required to work in modern designs.  </p> <p> ‘Fluted surfaces catch the light, creating deep shadows and texture within a room, and are particularly effective when set against a simple white space,’ agrees Stuart Piercy, founding director, Piercy&Company.  </p> <p> ‘In natural solid materials, like the American black walnut and Calacatta Crema marble splashbacks used in this kitchen for the BBC Television Centre residential redevelopment in west London, fluting reveals the beautiful grain pattern and vein running through the core. It is an intriguing detail with wonderful depth.’ </p></div><div class=slide-description-credit>Michael Sinclair</div></div></div></div></li></ul><button class=

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