Five inspirational kitchen ideas

By Rosanna Holmes,
28th March 2012 - 09:25
These beautiful looks will transform any kitchen into a functional yet stylish space, says Katie Hallett
 

1. Bright Spark
We love this statement-making ‘spotty’ customised island from Harvey Jones’s ‘Shaker’ range. Tongue-and-groove panelling has been combined with sleek modern handles and streamlined cabinets for a look that balances classic with contemporary. Here, white paint helps to keep things fresh, but Harvey Jones offers a kaleidoscopic choice of colour options.
 


2. Curvaceous Appeal
Curved cabinet doors that seamlessly wrap around kitchen islands are still a big trend – creating a look that’s softer and more organic than the sharp minimalism of the previous decade. Here, Wickes’s new ‘Tiverton’ kitchen has been teamed with contemporary spotlights in the cabinets and more traditional elements, such as the display shelf above the range cooker.


3. Pure and Simple
Plain English prides itself in handcrafting kitchens using traditional 18th- and 19th-century joinery techniques. This ‘Long House Kitchen’ is a prime example: with dovetail drawers and cabinets, resting on tall ‘legs’. A butler sink, wooden work surfaces and a hanging rail above the Aga help to keep the feel very English. Complete the look with an old-style farmhouse table – you’ll find several at Titchmarsh & Goodwin and a dresser from The Kitchen Dresser Company 

 

4. Going for gold
Silver has long been the go-to choice for kitchen fixtures, fittings and accessories but, as this image shows, copper can pack a punch. This hand-beaten copper sink by Electica is something of a show-stopper, especially when paired with ‘Original Artisan’ units by John Lewis of Hungerford.
 

5. City Sleek

Integrated appliances are worth considering in space-restricted spaces. This Ikea kitchen maximises storage by allowing the ovens to sit between cabinets. The walnut-effect ‘Sofielund’ cupboard doors have been paired with ‘Abstrakt’ high-gloss units, in a yellow/white colourway. Silver accessories and downlighters complete the look.

CHOOSING A WORK SURFACE
Wood
Wooden surfaces – especially in chunky designs – look great whatever the style of your kitchen, but unfortunately they aren’t the most practical choice. Easily stained, scratched and scorched, it’s best to fit them in eating areas – such as islands or breakfast bars.
Granite
Hard-wearing, low-maintinance and stylish, granite surfaces look particularly good in modern kitchens. Lighter colours are becoming increasingly popular. 
Laminate
Laminate provides a cost-effective way to inject the feel of more expensive materials – such as wood and granite – into your kitchen. It’s very practical, too.
Stainless steel
Professional kitchens favour stainless steel for a reason. It’s incredibly hygienic, heat-proof, easy to clean and sturdy. To soften the look at home, combine with wooden finishes.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS
Spring clean
Fitting a new kitchen – or giving an existing room a face-lift – provides an ideal opportunity to de-clutter. Take unused pans and tableware to your local charity shop and bin any store-cupboard essentials that have passed their expiry dates.
Think strategically 
When planning your kitchen consider which items you need to store and what type of storage will suit you best. Open cupboards or shelves are great for cookery books and everyday tableware, and deep drawers are more ergonomic than tricksy corner cupboards. If you have the space, a larder will provide ample storage for essentials. Try George Robinson or John Lewis of Hungerford.
Be creative
If space is restricted, optimise wall and ceiling space by fitting hanging rails (handy for pans) and wall storage. Ikea offers plenty of solutions.
Trolley dolly
Kitchen trolleys are ideal if you don’t have the room for a kitchen island. Some are designed with baskets, to store fruit and veg and some have wine racks. A selection can be found at John Lewis.
Close to hand
It makes sense to keep cooking utensils, such as wooden spoons and ladles, next to the hob. Opt for a stylish tin or ceramic caddy.  
Think big

Large, fuss-free cupboards keep things clean and streamlined while providing plenty of space to ensure that work surfaces can be kept clear. 

 
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