Kitchen Ideas and Designs
What kind of kitchen design should I go for?
With so many kitchen ideas and photos to look at you might be a bit overwhelmed when it comes to picking your own kitchen design. If you are updating your kitchen you know what a big and important decision it is to get the design right – the kitchen can be the hub and heart of the home, and it’s unlikely that you would invest in renovating your kitchen again in a few years. But fear not, focusing first on the important elements like layout, cabinet style, worktops and appliances will help you to bring together your dream kitchen design. Additional elements like kitchen lighting, cupboard storage and decor can come after in the kitchen planning process.
A kitchen designer or fitter can help you to decide the layout of your kitchen in terms of where to place your kitchen units, appliances and island (if you’re having one), but if you prefer to handle this yourself you can focus on where you want your key elements of your kitchen to be – the oven, hob, sink and fridge. Of course you might be constricted by space, but try to envisage the easiest and most efficient layout based on how you usually like to cook and prepare your food. If you’re fed up of always having to carry dirty pans and pots across the room to the sink, place the sink closer to your oven and hob. Once you have the core elements sorted, consider extra layout considerations, such as where your bins will be stored, where the cutlery draw should be and where small kitchen appliances can be installed.
Should I include a kitchen island?
Kitchen island ideas are abundant these days; it seems most kitchen designs include a kitchen island, if not multiple islands. However, if the layout doesn’t work, especially if you have a small kitchen, then there’s no necessity to add in a kitchen island. You can add a breakfast bar or counter to your existing kitchen units, or stick with a good old-fashioned dining table if you don’t need the extra work surfaces.
That said, if you do have the room, take a look at some kitchen island ideas to see if the designs inspire you for your kitchen. There are a huge variety of island designs to cater to different needs – you can have sinks, ovens, hobs, wine storage and all sorts of drawers and organisers built-in, you can have separate bars and counters that extend from your island, or you could go for a kitchen island on wheels to make your kitchen layout more versatile.
How do I choose my kitchen units and cabinets?
When picking out kitchen units and cupboard styles for a fitted kitchen, you’ll first want to consider the more practical questions – how many units do you need? How many cupboards and drawers do you need? Do you need extra kitchen storage built into your units? It’s always best to overestimate how much kitchen storage you’ll need as we all tend to have a habit of filling up whatever current space we have to the maximum.
Next you can consider kitchen cabinet style and colour. Shaker style cabinets and raised and recessed panel cabinets offer a more traditional kitchen cabinet look, while flat panel cabinet doors tend to lend more to the modern and contemporary style. However, going for raised or recessed panel work in a striking colour such as dark blue, green or black can still work with contemporary kitchen ideas. White kitchens can give a sleek and clean feel, but remember you may have to do a bit more cleaning of those cupboard doors if you want everything to stay shiny and fresh. Of course, grey kitchens are the neutral colour choice du jour and can be paired with pale and rich shades alike if you want your fitted kitchen cupboards to contrast with your worktop, splashback, floor, or all of the above. Exposed shelving and storage is also popular for eclectic, Scandi and industrial-inspired looks, so you could opt for glass-fronted cabinets or no wall-mounted cabinets at all. Remember that this will require more restraint in what you can store and more effort in keeping it looking presentable compared to what is stored away hastily behind cupboard doors.
The kitchen cupboard handles are also another element to decide upon – do you want traditional round knobs, modern metal bars, country kitchen cup handles or maybe to go ultra sleek with a completely handleless kitchen?
What kitchen storage ideas should I consider?
If you want to keep your kitchen well-stocked and well-equipped but don’t want it spilling over with clutter, then you’ll need to rely on good kitchen storage. Apart from the usual fitted kitchen cupboards and drawer space, there are many other ways of keeping your kitchen tidy. Whilst a large kitchen pantry is the dream of most homeowners, it can’t always be a reality. However, there are now lots of pull out compartments and drawers with trays and shelving that can act as mini kitchen pantries, and you can install handy cupboard organisers that fit onto the inside of the door to make the most of your cupboard space. You can also look at corner drawers and cupboards that open up to reveal lots of extra storage. Rails or small shelves along your kitchen walls or splashback can help with hanging utensils or pans, or storing small items like herbs and spices in an usually empty space.
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Are there small kitchen ideas for small spaces?
If you’re working with a galley kitchen, a one-wall kitchen in an open plan space or just a pretty small kitchen, there are some small kitchen ideas that can help you get the most out of your cooking and dining area. If you find that you don’t utilise the back of your cupboards (maybe they become the graveyard for out-of-date tin cans), you could decide to go with shallower kitchen units to free up some extra floor space in front of your cabinets. As mentioned, open shelving or glass-fronted cabinets are a popular trend and they should make the space feel more open and less boxed-in. However, if you have the capacity for it, cupboards and kitchen units that maximise the floor-to-ceiling space you have will mean you can use all of that for valuable kitchen storage. Wall or ceiling racks could be a useful solution for hanging pans and pots if you’ve run out of cupboards in which to store them. Kitchen ideas and accessories such as baskets, trolleys and storage jars are both aesthetically pleasing and practical as they give you extra storage space. Kitchen appliances like a fridge or dishwasher can be tucked away in built-in units in fitted kitchens so they blend into your layout and don’t make the space look crowded.
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What sort of kitchen lighting should I go for?
In the kitchen you need to have practical lighting – no one wants to chop, cut and cook in a dingy room. Kitchen ceiling lights are probably the best way to go, but should you opt for recessed spotlights or traditional hanging ceiling lights? While spotlight LED kitchen lighting will give you excellent light, they may not fit with a design that’s not contemporary. Traditional chandelier lights could work for other kitchen styles, and of course, kitchen pendant lighting comes in all sorts of styles, colours and designs. While the popular choice is to go with one or two pendant lights over your kitchen island, you could also opt for a single pendant light over your dining space, or a few spaced out across your kitchen. Of course, if you want good lighting for your worktops, under-cabinet lighting is the way forward. Speak to your kitchen supplier about having this pre-installed, or there are a number of easy-install options you can fit yourself or with the help of a lighting expert or electrician.
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Dark grey walls and light green/blue cabinetry create a bold yet serene kitchen here whilst timeless white herringbone metro tiles and dark wood flooring bring a dash of classicism
photography courtesy of Nick Smith
Inspiration for a contemporary kitchen in London.
glass panels n the wood plus the window on the right . - taralax
This is an example of a country galley kitchen in Oxfordshire with raised-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, grey splashback, light hardwood flooring, an island and brown floors.
light, middle work bench, floor - webuser_382740022
Classic bespoke hand-painted kitchen with large central island and integrated appliances. Worktops granite and stainless steel. Integrated wine cooler and bi-fold larder cupboard.
Ability to shut some appliances behind doors- food processor, toaster, coffee machine, etc - lizwesthead10
Photo of a contemporary l-shaped open plan kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, grey splashback, metro tiled splashback, medium hardwood flooring, a breakfast bar and brown floors.
لوحات جدارية للصالة - abo_bader
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Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary single-wall kitchen/diner in Gloucestershire with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood worktops, stainless steel appliances, concrete flooring and a breakfast bar.
Light and airy - very open, I like the stone texture almost as if the kitchens just been added on to the outside. Like the wooden beams - jake_hanman
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Farmhouse kitchen pantry in Kent with recessed-panel cabinets, blue cabinets and light hardwood flooring.
Really like the white jug with the white frosted willow. - cleovorne
Photo of a country kitchen in Other with glass-front cabinets, beige cabinets, dark hardwood flooring and an island.
Copper has become really popular since we introduced it in our Sebastian Cox Kitchen [see next photo] a couple of years ago,” Helen says. “It appeals to people who like their interiors to have a natural feel and a unique look. “It has a beauty that changes over time: the more you use it, the more its colour deepens and becomes almost a work of art. It also has a lovely tactile quality and understated elegance that makes it very appealing to those who want something a little different but not s - webuser_830601300
This is an example of a small scandi single-wall kitchen in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, marble worktops, white splashback, matchstick tiled splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood flooring, no island, brown floors and white worktops.
tiles with back cabinets and white top - alexandra_tinning
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary kitchen in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, an island, a single-bowl sink, metallic splashback, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Seats under island blue Floor - lisam1222
Design ideas for a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in London with a submerged sink, flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, marble worktops, glass sheet splashback, light hardwood flooring, an island, white splashback, integrated appliances and beige floors.
simplicity - jelena_atkinson
As guests sit around the stunning island centrepiece while you serve appetisers, enjoy the moment in your stunning shaker kitchen. Warm grey tones make this design a relaxed and inviting environment for cooking and a wonderful space for entertaining. The sweeping island design adds to the sense of occasion. Make your guests feel at ease in a bespoke kitchen designed just for you by one of our expert designers.
This sweeping island gives you plenty of work surface space to prepare delicious canapés while your guests relax round the curved breakfast bar. You’ll also find handy, additional sockets for plugging in the latest, cutting edge small appliances.
quite samey, samey - dfeltes
Design ideas for a classic open plan kitchen in London with a built-in sink, shaker cabinets, white splashback, an island, metro tiled splashback and grey cabinets.
Shows, half cupboards to one side - ian_mcewan
Photo of a medium sized classic kitchen in Cheshire with marble worktops, mirror splashback, an island, beaded cabinets, grey cabinets and multi-coloured floors.
Нэг төрлийн өнгө голчилсон. Том цонх, тавилгын хийц гоё. Өндөр хөлтэй сандал. - ttsakhiur
Photographer - Jonathan Gooch
Interior Designer - Jeanette Seabrook
Photo of a contemporary kitchen in London.
Change in flooring between rooms - traceylees55
Design ideas for a contemporary kitchen/diner in London with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite worktops, metallic splashback, mirror splashback, ceramic flooring and brown floors.
Would be good to inset/Frame some kitchen cupboards if poss. - katiejcole
This is an example of a medium sized scandinavian kitchen in Gloucestershire with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, wood splashback, an island, beige floors, beige worktops and black appliances.
Nice solution for extractor - edzhoy