Looking for the perfect kitchen design ideas to suit your home and lifestyle? We have searched high and low to bring you these inspiring images, grouped into twelve different styles to help you find the best design. Here are 101 kitchen design ideas to inspire your new kitchen!
Being free-spirited, with a love of thrift shops and handmade items are prerequisites for Bohemians. These type of kitchens tell many stories and play on all the senses. Layers of textures and colours adorn the space.
Key elements: Bold, collection displays, populated spaces, playful styling with found objects, and textures like traditionally woven rugs. The overall feel is of items that were collected over the years. It can also have a DIY element, like using ladders and wooden crates for display or shelving. Vintage finds, macramé items and wicker furniture are great to use in Bohemian kitchens.
Finishes: There are no rules when it comes to the use of finishes in a Bohemian space – the wider the variety, the better!
Colour palette: Bright colours and bold patterns.
2. French country
Romantic souls opt for this style of kitchen. Items like a vintage butcher’s block and a beautiful crystal chandelier take centre stage. Fresh flowers or hanging herbs and delicate detailing add the finishing touches.
Key elements: Painted cabinets combined with a chandelier, butcher’s blocks, open shelving form the basis of this look. Finish with French linen, vintage silverware, and a dresser used as a kitchen cupboard. This style combines luxury with rustic elements and uses natural finishes including wood, marble, glass and stone. Solid wooden flooring or stone with countertops in marble, granite or limestone defines the style. Tiled splashbacks with hand-finished ceramic tiles add character. Ceramic or enamelled cast iron butler sinks with elegant lever taps add the old world charm essential to this style of kitchen.
Finishes: Solid wood, marble, limestone, enamel, linen.
Colour palettes: Soft pastels, white, cream, grey.
3. English cottage
Cosy with a hint of nostalgic defines the English cottage kitchen. Cooking on an open fire with a lazy cat curled up in front of it is the picture you would want to paint. Think worn items with a sense of history, vintage prints and textiles.
Key elements: All things are centred around the old AGA stove in an English cottage kitchen. This is the must-have item, accessorised with a collection of hanging pots and pretty ceramic plates on display. Using dressers as kitchen cabinets add some grandeur to the cottage kitchen as well as a vintage twist. Cup pulls on cabinets are a must in either oil-rubbed bronze or brass, combined with solid hardwood on the floors. Low-hanging pendant lights and wall mounted lights create intimate task lighting and add to the cosy feel.
Finishes: Beadboard or tongue and groove panelling, solid wood, decorative tiles, wallpaper.
Colour palettes: Traditionally, the English cottage kitchen has a simple colour palette, but lately it’s been given a fresh approach with more vibrant colours like red and turquoise with a splash of yellow. Gingham checks, stripes and florals add a soft and colourful touch.
The farmhouse kitchen is becoming increasingly popular due to people yearning for a slower pace and a wholesome lifestyle. All things natural go in this kitchen, like exposed wood, stone and fresh produce.
Key elements: Exposed wooden beams and crisscross wooden features reminiscent of a barn door are typical of this style. Vintage chopping blocks and baking aids make for great styling accessories. Harvest baskets and a butcher’s block give the space a real farm quality, combined with the iconic butler’s sink. Having an open fireplace and a big table in the kitchen add to the atmosphere of the room. Here the entire family can gather to help with preparing dinner as they did in the old days. Mix in some freestanding cabinetry to finish the look and create essential storage space.
Finishes: Solid wood, ceramic, distressed surfaces, tin, enamel.
Colour palette: Subtle palette with lots of exposed, natural elements and colours reminding of baked bread, wheat fields and silvery green herbs like sage leaves.
5. Manhattan Loft
Double volume spaces require innovative and well-designed kitchens. Lofts are fun, toned down spaces that love raw elements juxtaposed with polished surfaces to create contrast.
Key elements: High ceilings and textured walls create the backdrop for this style. Big wall art, fun and quirky signage, and pendant lights add personality and warmth.
Finishes: Raw bricks, steel, copper, concrete, tin.
Colour palettes: Dark, dramatic colour scheme. This style tends to be more masculine.
With the advent of industrial spaces being redeveloped to residential units, industrial style kitchens have become increasingly popular.
Key elements: Exposed piping with steel framed windows and stainless steel worktops create this style. Steel cabinets or lockers and quirky furniture finish the look. The overall style reminds us of a factory, so keep things basic and raw. Stainless steel appliances are perfect for this style.
Finishes: Wood, stainless steel, wire, tin, brass, copper and cast iron.
Colour palette: Metallics, black, gunmetal.
This style gets interpreted in a variety of different ways. We’ll look at a simple version, celebrating simplicity with a hint of nostalgia.
Key elements: Vintage blue and white ceramics, an AGA stove, and a butcher’s block combine with marble, linen blinds and detailed cabinetry for a beautiful traditional kitchen. Architectural details and embellishments like corbels, columns, mouldings and beading add interest. Countertops are in luxury finishes like marble, quartz or granite. Custom metal, plaster or stone hoods create a focal point above the oven which is the heart of this space.
Finishes: Natural stone, linen, enamelled cast iron.
Colour palette: Soft blues and reds paired with white, grey, and pale neutrals
Worn, weathered and distressed are three ideal words to describe this style. The biggest secret to successfully creating this look is to get the mix of distressed pieces with sleek finishes right.
Key elements: Reclaimed finishes or fittings make up a rustic kitchen; distressed or gently worn with paint peeling or chipped is ideal. It should be elements that celebrate their age. Textured walls showing raw brick and worn, solid wood flooring make a great backdrop for the rustic kitchen with rich texture throughout. Incorporate textiles by using upholstered chairs, cushions and tablecloths. Rugs also soften the look and the feel underfoot.
Finishes: Wood, tin, metal, textiles.
Colour palette: This style is more defined by the texture of distressed surfaces than by a specific colour palette.
This kitchen is well designed, functional and features all the mod cons.
Key elements: This style is for the fashion forward and trendy among us, embracing all the latest finishes. Incorporating cutting-edge technology and finishes, the contemporary kitchen is state of the art with personal touches.
Finishes: Cement, granite, marble, wood, copper, tiles.
Colour palettes: Monochromatic combinations are very popular in contemporary kitchens, but we also see splashes of bold colour and all black palettes.
10. White on white
For the purist, a white on white kitchen is sheer bliss. Just beware, there is more than one shade of white and it can be very tricky to the untrained eye to choose the right combination of tones.
Key elements: Different textures in white.
Finishes: Gloss, matte, a rich variety of textures and finishes, combinations with trendy metals and patterns.
Colour palettes: Choose the right shade of white for your all-white kitchen. If you want a warm white make sure you have a rosy undertone. Or, for a more masculine look, a colder grey undertone will do the trick. Have a look at the large range of white materials available before you choose. Gloss finishes will reflect light while matte surfaces will absorb it, giving great tonal variety even though it’s only one colour.
Lovers of vintage and retro items tend to have really fun kitchens. Think of quirky 1950’s housewife signage or the signature colour palettes: pastels or bright complimentary colours. No retro kitchen is, of course, finished, without the iconic retro appliances.
Key elements: This kitchen includes thrift shop finds and collections of vintage items. Checkered floor tiles and quirky signage complete the look.
Finishes: Chrome, vinyl, plastic, melamine.
Colour palettes: Bright diner-style palettes featuring signal red and turquoise, aqua and teal, or a softer palette of tangerine and olive green.
Homedit & Home
If you like open spaces and well-organised cupboards, this style is for you. Sleek, sophisticated and modern are the keywords here. This kitchen will run like a well-oiled machine, but without being too clinical. Personality is added with just the right amount of texture or pattern and finishes.
Key elements: Here we see luxury finishes and angular designs creating an architectural feel with strong lines. Designer fittings that are both practical and functional complete the look. Sleek bar stools and pendant lights are grouped in uneven numbers.
Finishes: Gloss surfaces, wood, granite, marble, copper, polished concrete. The focus will be on the inherent properties of the different finishes, like wood grain and marble veining.
Colour palette: White, black, grey, neutral tones and pale wood.