Contemporary Kitchen Design Ideas (Image 1 of 15)
Want to create the perfect modern kitchen? Browse our gallery of ideas for inspiration and advice.
Fit In A Huge Island (Image 2 of 15)
Huge islands really come into their own in an open plan space. They can be used for practically everything, from chopping veg on the granite top to cooking on the built-in hob and washing up in the integral sink. Think carefully about what you’d find most useful then ask your kitchen supplier to fit it in. Bespoke Cappuccino Parapan and walnut kitchen, Mowlem & Co.
Modern With A Period Feel (Image 3 of 15)
Oak kitchens don’t have to equal traditional cabinets. For a modern twist, think freestanding units and open shelving. Sonoma kitchen, Marks & Spencer.
Fit Skylights To Increase Light & Space (Image 4 of 15)
When light is an issue in a newly built extension, consider installing a series of skylights to let the sun flood in. We love the combination of oak furniture and fire engine red glass splashbacks in this kitchen. Bespoke design, Mowlem & Co.
Work The Curves (Image 5 of 15)
Curves are so in right now for kitchens and with a solid surface material like Corian®, you can create a sweeping curved worksurface with integrated sink. It comes in over 70 colours so you’re bound to find something you love. Corian worktop in Glacier White, Corian.
Fit A Curved Island (Image 6 of 15)
Take the curvy trend to its ultimate conclusion with a show-stopping curved island unit. Mixing materials is also the done thing these days so use wenge cabinets topped with ivory quartz worksurfaces for maximum impact. Peninsular curve, Metris.
Build In Appliances (Image 7 of 15)
Appliances should be built-in for a sleek, seamless look. If you love entertaining at home, treat your guests to a chilled bottle of bubbly from your very own wine cellar. Wine storage with refrigerator drawers, Sub-Zero.
Use Colour (Image 8 of 15)
Go on, be brave. Don’t be scared of using colour in the kitchen. If you want classic cabinets with a modern twist, how about this purple Shaker design? Shaker kitchen, Harvey Jones.
Be A Show Off (Image 9 of 15)
Show off your appliances with an unusual extractor hood. This design looks like something from a futuristic space pod and we love it! In matt white lacquer, it’s designed by the same team who created the kitchen. Schiffini’s Mesa kitchen and extractor, DesignSpaceLondon.
Be Imaginative With Lighting (Image 10 of 15)
Use clever lighting as a main feature. This kitchen has a coloured glass splashback with LED lighting that changes from green to blue to pink, orange, yellow and purple on a timed rotation. Teak kitchen, Neil Lerner.
Highlight A Feature (Image 11 of 15)
Want to create a wow factor in the kitchen? You could do it with a colourful range cooker, retro fridge or even a steel spray tap. The owners of this design chose a huge fish tank. And why not? It just goes to show that you really can have anything you want and sometimes, it’s important to break all the rules. Kitchen, Parapan.
Make It Match (Image 12 of 15)
Attention to detail is everything in this kitchen with matching fuchsia pink splashback, cabinets, cushions and even placemats, too. The contrast works perfectly with the walnut furniture. Walnut & Silver kitchen, Smallbone of Devizes.
Invest In Clever Storage (Image 13 of 15)
Now you see it, now you don’t. If you hate clutter and the idea of open shelving fills you with dread, a set of concertina doors will hide everything from view. We think this is a great tip for a small open plan kitchen. Kitchen, Figura.
Choose Steel For Modern Looks (Image 14 of 15)
Stainless steel looks enduringly modern and can be very inexpensive, especially if you choose freestanding pieces. Dacke range, Ikea.
Pick Show Off Pieces (Image 15 of 15)
Choose just one or two iconic pieces for your kitchen and what’s ordinary will be lifted. Looking for iconic appliances? Try the Retro range, Smeg.
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