Kitchens: their successful design is an imperative part of a working interior. It really can be the small, simple details – tailored to the way that you cook and use the space – that make it a joy to use. Whether it’s having jars of ingredients on open shelving like Balthazar restaurateur Keith Mcnally, or something clean, white and minimal like the one chosen by John Gordon of Intelligence Squared. From ergonomic islands to modular cabinets and hidden storage, in this gallery you’ll find hundreds of images from the House & Garden archive from some of the most interesting people and best interior designers in the world (see our Top 100 to find out who they are). Things to inspire whether you live in a stately home, a small flat or a tiny ancient cottage.
Elegant Green Kitchen with White Units
Designer Martin Brudnizki’s compact west London flat perfectly demonstrates the cleverly layered look of which he is a master. The small kitchen is given an aura of calm by the soft colour scheme, enlivened by house plants. It is a loosely open space that compliments the flow of the flat. The paint is a fresh green, while the walls of the adjacent sitting and dining areas are covered in a green birch-coloured seagrass.
Kitchen with painted wooden cupboards
The kitchen in artist Anne Massie’s home is hung with pots and vintage baskets. She chose locally quarried Virginian soapstone for the worktops and a traditional white kitchen with industrial hinges and fastenings. Framed pictures cover one wall of the room, adding personality and character.
Soapstone is durable, heat-resistant, dense and environmentally friendly. It ages well (although darkening is likely) and you can sand out scratches if they are bothersome.
Custom Blue Colour Scheme
The custom blue colour scheme in this kitchen was decided on using the RAL colour-matching system. While RAL does not itself manufacture any paints, its colour notation system specifies and standardises colours for use by manufacturing companies. Designer John Minshaw thus asked his cabinetmaker to make up a dark blue for the kitchen cabinets.
The palette for John Minshaw’s barn conversion is primarily neutral, but he has left areas of stonework exposed to provide texture. Elsewhere, solid blocks of deep colour add character – as shown in this space.
Taken from the June 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot and Emily Tobin.
Kitchen with Painted Internal Window
Country House Kitchen
This new-build Jacobean-style manor near the site of a demolished Sussex country house perfectly replicates period features with the cosy corners that the owners dreamed of. The kitchen is traditional in feel, with a cream Aga, cabinets designed by Kit Rae-Scott, a stag head wall mount made of straw, and vintage lights.
Bright Kitchen Ceramics Display Shelf
Formerly a rabbit warren of small, dark rooms, this Victorian house in west London has been opened up, flooded with light and filled with the owners collection of art and furniture, to create a balance between its original character and modern style.
Stools are painted in “Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball. The architects answered the clients brief with something a little left field for the kitchen, creating an inviting dining area in a clever extension that adds to the original fabric of the building while keeping within the local council’s strict regulations. A stepped roof, incorporating a long, rectangular skylight, both floods the space with natural light and creates a niche for built-in seating and storage.
Modern Kitchen with Arabescato Marble
This modern kitchen has an Arabescato marble splashback and worktop, which provides a chic contrast to the dark cabinets. (The grey units also pick up on the swirls and veins of the marble.)
Maximising light and space was essential to show the owner\’s post-war art and sleek French art deco furniture to their best advantage in this elegant Pimlico flat.
Large Green Kitchen Island & Pendant Light
The large central island clad in a green onyx dominates this dramatic but inviting kitchen. Its colour makes an attractive contrast to the white Corian kitchen worktops, which match an oversized pendant light by Halo Tech Design.
Designer Anthony Collett of Collett-Zarzycki has used striking colours, from white to red and green, in this kitchen scene. Thanks to Collett’s innovative approach and the enthusiasm of the owners for his suggestions, this nineteenth-century London flat is now an exciting space full of colour and texture.
The vibrant white room is a daring space: sophisticated yet welcoming. And while there’s an element of drama, this feels like a lived-in home in which colour, texture and personality are the result of inspired choices.
Open-Plan Kitchen with Blue Units
In this kitchen area, traditional and contemporary pieces work together and a mix of chairs around the dining table create an informal look. Carrara-marble-topped units are painted in Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball, while a mustard blind from Susan Deliss brings warmth to the space. Open-plan living is made cosy with warm touches in this mews house in London owned by designer Caroline Riddell.
DIY Wallpaper White wooden units
The splashback in the kitchen of this Notting Hill villa is papered with a collage of vibrant food photographs. Designer Amanda Hornby explains, I bought four Ottolenghi cookbooks, cut them up, pasted them on and then applied varnish over the top. It was about having fun and not being too serious. All the kitchen cabinetry with Carrara marble worktops was designed and made by Plain English.
All things white and beautiful
Designers Turner Pocock used pendant lights from Original BTC in the white, bright kitchen of this London family home.
One couple. Two very different tastes. Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle desgined this unconventional family home in west London. Wishbone chairs from Skandium surround a Benchmark table in the kitchen while industrial, French pendant lights add a modern feel. The coloured glass vases on display are an elegant alternative to plates and bowls. Heal’s has a good range (look for designs by Pols Potten) as do LSA.
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