Whether you’re actively looking for new kitchen designs or just love admiring beautiful kitchen images from afar, we’ve got a fantastic collection of kitchen photos to feast your eyes on.
Here, Eva-Marie Prineas of Architect Prineas shares with us five brilliant kitchen design ideas – showcasing very different kitchen styles – and explains how each one was created and tailored to the owners’ individual needs. After all, as the heart of the home, you want to design a kitchen that’s both beautiful and functional; a balance that the below new kitchen ideas and examples illustrate in spades.
Kitchen renovation ideas
Here’s a fantastic example of how to revamp without spending a fortune. For this project, Architect Prineas was asked to “reconfigure an existing Californian bungalow, creating a generous kitchen and living area with a strong connection to the garden, all within the constraints of a tight budget”, says Eva-Marie.
This kitchen photo shows how a simple colour palette, creatively-placed windows and flat-pack joinery can create a big impact.
“Oversized dormer windows create a complex and lofty ceiling plane that establishes distinctive zones within the open plan space,” says Eva-Marie. “The highlight windows draw views of the treetops into the kitchen, creating a strong connection between the kitchen and its leafy surrounds.”
The kitchen joinery was designed around a flat pack storage system that was seamlessly blended into the renovation, says Eva-Marie, and “materials were kept simple and direct with black aluminium windows that frame garden views, offset by crisp white joinery and walls.” And of course, those amazing pendant lights create another dramatic point of interest.
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Kitchen cabinet design ideas
The brief for this new kitchen design, says Eva-Marie, was to create “a family home filled with light, warmth and comfort, where the kitchen functions as the heart of the home.”
“The kitchen was designed as a timber volume that connects the main communal spaces in the home,” explains Eva-Marie. “The use of timber creates a sense of warmth, reflecting the dynamic quality of natural light that moves through the house throughout the day.”
The beautiful timber unit “also serves to establish a sense of separation between the public and private zones within the house”. And when it comes to kitchen cupboard designs, the warm, yet modern and streamlined cabinetry really elevates this space to another level.
Small kitchen design ideas
This stunning small kitchen design was part of a project focused on “making the most of a glamorous city pad within an extraordinary harbour setting,” says Eva-Marie.
If you’re looking for striking kitchen cabinet ideas, this one’s also for you. “The minutiae of daily life are concealed behind dark panels to produce an interior that exudes the theatricality and sophistication of a luxury hotel,” says Eva-Marie.
The interiors of this apartment showcase a level of ambiguity, “where a wall can be a door and vice versa,” explains Eva-Marie. Within this context, the oversized handle was introduced as “a cue to reveal critical thresholds within the space”, she explains; while “the use of black is offset by brass and mirror finishes that further enhance the sense of ambiguity between inside and out, reflecting light and image.” Integrating all the appliances “produces a sense of continuity and consistency that assists in making small spaces feel larger.”
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How to design an indoor/outdoor kitchen
The kitchen design:
To help create a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors, “bi-folding windows from bench height create a strong visual connection between the kitchen and garden,” explains Eva-Marie. The clever new kitchen design feature actually “re-imagines the kitchen bench as an indoor/outdoor island”, which helps blur the boundary between the interior and exterior of the house, as the kitchen is able to serve both zones simultaneously, she says.
Another clever design trick? “A large mirror splash-back reflects light and views into the space, extending the kitchen’s perceived depth.”
Kitchen design layout
Kitchen design ideas for tricky spaces are relatively hard to come by, so this one’s a great study in how to make the most of a warehouse-style apartment. Here, the brief was to “maximise space and amenity within the confined space of a heritage warehouse apartment, without compromising the existing fabric of the interior,” says Eva-Marie.
In reconfiguring the layout of this home, says Eva-Marie, “The service spaces, including the kitchen, are pulled off the apartment’s perimeter to become a monolithic pod that sits comfortably within the scale of the existing warehouse apartment.” As well as combining these service areas (kitchen, bathroom, en-suite and laundry), this centralised ‘pod’ also helps divide the public and private zones within the apartment.