Designer kitchens

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The kitchen is the heart of any household. It's a place where we go not only to gather, but go to have culinary dreams and nightmares made. The history of the kitchen, like any other space, is a complex one. The earliest kitchen areas were found underneath the stove or hearth, as this is where the fire and heat was provided. If you think about it, the kitchen has not evolved much since then, given that the stove and oven are essentially, the most important items. What has evolved, is the design and creative license of kitchens. The possibilities, selections and colour palettes have skyrocketed in recent years, making the choice limitless for homeowners. The only thing you are governed by is your creativity and budget.

Today, we are going to show you a selection of bespoke kitchen designs. Here, you will find benches, splashbacks and counters of varying styles and finishes. Perhaps the selection of available kitchens has left you feeling overwhelmed, and scared you off from making a decision. We hope that this ideabook will help narrow your choice down, and that you'll walk away feeling inspired!

Kitchen capers

​A white kitchen is forever classic and elegant. If you are an avid home cook or love to entertain, ample bench space is your best friend. Pictured is the popular L-shaped work bench, which wraps around and provides a huge amount of storage and work space. Our favourite element? As you complete the arduous and unavoidable task of washing the dishes, you can gaze out into the garden. With a view, and perhaps your favourite cd, you can very easily stare into the distance as you scrub and scour the leftover casserole out of the pot. 

Neat feats

​An exposed brick wall is one of the hottest decorating trends this year, and when coupled with an equally as beautiful kitchen workspace, it creates a space with maximum effect. If you are blessed with a wall like this, adding a splash back behind the stovetop would only be covering one of the most beautiful elements of the kitchen. Nowadays, it is quite unusual to see a kitchen without one, but, as you see here, you have no cause to believe it is missed! Allowing the wall to remain the focus, the remainder of the kitchen follows strict geometry, with small pops of colour and decoration. We love the little red lamp jutting out from the wall, and the neatly organised row of condiments.

Natural tones

​With a dining table as unique and beautiful as this, it is only fitting that the kitchen you install, would be complementary, as opposed to overwhelming. Nestling subtly in the background, this grey kitchen with white benchtop and splash back, moulds into the scenery allowing the table to take centre stage. We love how it sits flush with the wall, looking both sleek and modern at the same time. The designers have also made the most of the bulkheads in the ceiling, cleverly adding a row of spotlights to subtly illuminate the space. 

Lush surroundings

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013: colonial Kitchen by Design Intervention
Design Intervention

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013

Design Intervention

​If you dream of days spent in the outdoors, but are limited to inner city living, why not bring the greenery inside with you? As you can see, in a largely monochromatic colour palette, this kitchen has been injected with vibrancy and life through the addition of that fresh apple green. Highlighted in various elements around the kitchen, we get the sense that fresh and good quality cooking takes place here. It is amazing to see how a simple bowl of apples, a fern and few cups and saucers, has the ability to completely lift a space. This is just the tip of the iceberg; if you look closer, you will see a dark timber parquetry floor and bespoke windows, which add to the elegance and warmth of the room.

Small space, big impact

Cathnor Road:   by Coupdeville
Coupdeville

Cathnor Road

Coupdeville

​A small kitchen doesn't mean your design options or selections are limited in any way. Here, you can see how a small kitchen island in square formation, takes centre stage in this image. Highlighted by the two simple but elegant hanging pendant lights, this is an elegant and modern space. Doubling up as a kitchen work bench and small breakfast bar for two, the occupants can enjoy a light-filled and contemporary space to entertain guests. Storage problems are catered for underneath the island, and additionally around the stovetop. 

Which is your favourite designer kitchen from the selection above? Would you consider the designs from any of these into your home? Let us know bel...
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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