Published: 14 Jan 2022

Take inspiration from these real-life kitchens that showcase a range of materials, patterns and colours

Box Clever
The similar-sized cupboards of this kitchen give it a pared-back look that, combined with the paleness of the wood, complements the concrete as well as not dominate the living room in the open-plan space

Window treatment
A large picture window brings the green of the garden into the kitchen space, the black frame working with the deep grey of the units below. In contrast, the island in blonde wood with the pendant lights in clear glass gives a lighter feel

Cool, calm, & curated
Although not large, this kitchen packs a lot in with an island doubling as storage, work surface and breakfast bar. A long wooden shelf is a warm accent to the grey with cookbooks and other personal objects adding character

Made up of long wooden tables with shelving beneath, this completely unfitted kitchen uses a variety of patterned tiles and different textures to create a chic laid-back look

Fade to black

Black walls make the white crockery and blue pots stand out while the black island brings out the sculptural quality of the stools, together creating a kitchen that has a strikingly dramatic mood

Made to Measure
A small kitchen is kept uncluttered with everything except the hob and sink contained behind cupboards without handles so nothing breaks the sleek look. The table and dark chairs are a contrast in darker shades and add warmth and a luxurious feel

Blue mood
Glossy blue injects a sense of richness and luxury that complements the chandelier and is an interesting design contrast to the rest of the space