• A calming family kitchen-diner with smart storage and banquette seating

    Busy with their young children plus frequent guests, the owners wanted a kitchen with space to eat and relax, plus an admin area for working from home and homework monitoring. A lean-to extended the space and banquette at the island is the real star – more comfortable than bar stools but all the storage and prep space of a regular island.

    The overall look and style is classic Humphrey Munson with polished nickel hardware. Crisp, fresh and classical. The soft colour palette is designed to feel calm and welcoming and the oak breaks up the painted cabinetry.

    The Nickleby kitchen, painted in HM’s Tailored Grey and Farthing II eggshell, from £40,000; Havisham dining chairs, £795 each; Leppingwell dining table, £4,542, all Humphrey Munson. Knightsbridge quartz worktops, from £250sq m, CRL Stone. Brampton limestone flooring, £132sq m; walls in Main Sail emulsion, £66 for 2.5ltr, both Humphrey Munson. H2661BP1 single oven, £1,320; KM6115 induction hob, £1,065; G4263 SCVi dishwasher, £849, all Miele. Three oven cooker in Black, from £11,020, Aga. RS90AU1 integrated French door fridge freezer, £3,399, Fisher & Paykel.

    Photograph/ Paul Craig

  • An open-plan space that combines multiple materials and finishes

    The kitchen is formed from four ranges from makers Roundhouse. Classic Shaker-style doors lend grandeur to the tall units, while, under the hob, the Metro range provides pops of brass via recessed handles. The island features the handleless Urbo and Contemporary Classic ranges in matt lacquer and Antique Brass.

    The diverse palette of materials was established with guidance from interior designer Richard Spark with the glossy green splashback tiles a particular triumph,

    Kitchen around £85,000, Roundhouse; blackened steel table with poured concrete butcher’s block top, £7,816, all Roundhouse. Interior design by Richard Spark; bespoke extractor, £4,349, Westin; Pro 3 Fusion Round 3-in-1 boiling water tap in Gold, from £2,020, Quooker; sink, £582, Franke; Gas hob, £2,405, Gaggenau; worktop and upstand, Rugged Concrete Quartz 2cm-thick, Caesarstone; Trasparenze Verde Smeraldo wall tiles, £265sq m, Reed Harris

    Photography/Darren Chung

  • A generous family kitchen with tailored cabinetry and elegant details

    Designed for a busy family of five who like to entertain, kitchen makers Martin Moore decided against a single vast island in favour of two more practical units. Now, one is a wet island, containing sink and dishwasher, and the other, nearest the pantry, is for food prep and seating. The cabinetry is a modern hybrid of a very classical style.

    Kitchens start at £35,000, Martin Moore. Construction by Clark King, interior design by Marisa Hessian of Mosaic Home. Island worktops in Bianca Eclipsia Quartzite, £800sq m; Cooker run and breakfast cabinet worktops; in Steel Grey Granite, £400sq m, prices include installation, Martin Moore. Splashback, £936sq m, Opticolour. Flooring, The Stone Gallery.

    Photography/ Darren Chung

  • A vintage-style kitchen with a mix of British craftwork and Italian style

    The layout is an efficient double galley that provides ample preparation space, room for large appliances and plenty of storage. Stain-resistant quartz worktops, makes it robust and fumed oak parquet flooring adds a sense of grandeur. A vintage table makes the kitchen, designed by Robert Rhodes Architcture, feel more like a living space.

    A similar bespoke kitchen designed by Robert Rhodes and made by Fruitwood Furniture £35,000. Painted in Down Pipe estate eggshell, £62 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. cooker, £3,849, cooker hood, £959, both Bertazzoni.

    Belfast sink, £299, Rangemaster. Sink mixer tap in Antique Bronze, £99.95, Victorian Plumbing: quartz worktops, £350sq m, Silestone by Cosentino. For a vintage console table, try Vinterior. Tilburg medium five-light chandelier in

    Antique Brass finish, £384.12, Castlegate Lights, is similar

    Photography/ James Balston

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    Contemporary kitchen with Sycamore Veneer cabinets and pendant light fixtures

    Wood, stone and glass are combined here in warming hues. ‘We wanted to create something interesting using rich, warm colours, so we incorporated sycamore veneer cabinetry with marble worktops,’ says Studio Indigo.

    Photography/ Davide Lovatti

  • Contemporary kitchen with an exotic feature wall

    Embrace large-scale designs in small spaces for a bold impact. An enlarged botanical wallcovering in pinkish hues as an exotic feature wall in a handmade kitchen 
creates a striking focal point and allows the space to feel more expansive.

    Photography/ Simon Bevan

  • Pale mint kitchen with wooden dining table and hexagonal tiles

    Pale mint hexagonal tiles transitioning into oak wood flooring creates a standout features in the scheme. The Shaker-style cabinets have been painted in Pigeon by Farrow & Ball to tone with the mint green flooring. Small appliances are concealed behind sliding doors, while bespoke walnut drawers house oils and spices as well as tableware. Globe pendants make a bold statement, while aged brass elements soften the look. A Corian worktop is combined with bevelled marble wall tiles for a contemporary, textured look, while brass handles and shelf brackets lift the scheme and add soft industrial elements.

    Photography/ Matthew Davis
    Interior design/ Cat Dal Interiors

  • Minimal kitchen with soft, chalky colour palette and wooden flooring

    A single chalky shade, like this spearmint used here, makes a gentle backdrop for pale kitchen cabinets. For a more striking emphasis, use it on the cabinet doors and match with white walls.

    Photography/ Paul Raeside

  • Green-painted kitchen with a Japanese influence

    In the kitchen, the restful painted interior of a cabinet showcases a display of Japanese-style monochrome ceramics and wooden artisan pieces.

    Photography/ Damian Russell

  • Contemporary kitchen with pale grey marble and pink tones

    A slim shelf is ideal for displaying pretty plates above a worktop. Here, shades of dusky pink and mole tone beautifully with the pale grey marble surface.

  • Modernist kitchen with abstract art and design

    Angular tile designs in soft chalky greys and pale yellows introduce another dimension, while slender, linear furniture is neatly echoed in the artwork on the wall.

    Photography/ Emma Lee

  • Urban kitchen with a palette of wood and marble

    From hand-blown jars and smooth marble chopping boards to tactile ceramics, soulfully crafted kitchen pieces are a pleasure to use every day.

    Photography/ Emma Lee

  • English garden kitchen with an abundance of generous bouquets

    These pretty lily-of-the-valley print curtains have a charming 1930s feel, making them a fitting choice for a simple, rustic setting. To add to the retro look, combine them with coloured glassware and old-fashioned china.

  • Deep green kitchen with accents of red

    A poppy-red cupboard is ideal for lifting a dark green scheme, while accessories sporting the same shade create a sense of cohesion.

  • Harmonious breakfast table with stylish tableware

    This serene palette of soft pinks, pale greys and white creates a calm and welcoming table, enhanced by the cosy textures of the soft furnishings.

  • Kitchen with large-scale florals

    A large-scale pattern adds intrigue to the interior of a cupboard making a striking backdrop for neutral ceramics.

  • Japanese-inspired kitchen with indigo flourishes

    A display of ceramic teapots has a distinctly Japanese look. Highlights of indigo and copper introduce an uplifting touch to this tough, textured kitchen.

  • Classic kitchen with check and gingham details

    Square tiles lend themselves perfectly to a gingham design and are a striking choice for a kitchen splashback. Here, the strong black, white and grey palette, echoed in the undercounter curtain and rug, is lifted by pops of green gingham upholstery.

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    Dramatic navy kitchen with brass island

    A simple brass panel brings this kitchen to life, the brass shining out against the darkness. A simple brass rail provides the perfect storage for all those kitchen tools in daily use. The kitchen is complimented by the most elegant

  • Light-filled kitchen with wood furniture

    Time-worn wood furniture and handcrafted vessels make charming partners for the open-weave pendant light, designed to cast playful shadows to atmospheric effect.