On this 1950s house refit, the kitchen has been designed around the Aga. The sleek finish by J&S House of Design has successfully blended this original detail with a contemporary kitchen.
Careful placement of spotlights, pendants and uplights can transform a kitchen and help with the practical use of the space.This is a Bulthaup Kitchen with illumination from John Cullen Lighting.
Choose tiles, wallpaper or flooring with a striking design to add instant pizzazz to your kitchen. Pair with a wash of single colour, such as this chalk paint by Annie Sloan, to allow the decorative element to take centre stage.
Use this detail as an opportunity for a kitchen centrepiece. The Smart Deco design from Franke comes in three shades and costs £495.
The classic Shaker style can still pack a punch, especially in older homes that feature lots of heritage charm – this design is from Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets.
If bold colour blocking isn’t your thing, consider tones from the same family, such as in this example of the K1 range from Brookmans by Smallbone. It’s a classic country kitchen with a contemporary twist, shown here in a palette of Evergreen and Serpentine.
Jim and Susan Gettings of J&S House of Design share their top tips for the key decisions that need to be made before you start updating your kitchen
This colourful setup by DeVol proves that a mix of hues can work in harmony. This is the Classic English Kitchen range, which is inspired by Georgian and farmhouse designs.
While French doors have long been a popular feature of kitchen-diners, nowadays large spans of bifolds or glazed sliders are a must-have for UK homes, helping to blur the boundaries between inside and out. This kitchen by Brayer Design benefits from ultra-slim framed sliding doors.
As more people are favouring smart tech in their homes, kitchen appliances are becoming more advanced, from cameras in ovens that allow you to check on your food from your smartphone to composters that pulverize food to 1/10th its original mass. This kitchen is by Onesta.
The shelving behind the cupboard doors in the classic Somerton design by Kitchen Makers look so attractive that you might want to keep the cabinets open or remove the doors entirely.
Easy kitchen updates
If you’re looking for a low-cost and speedy kitchen renovation, rather than replacing the entire thing, here are some simple changes that could totally transform the space:
If you’re knocking down walls, then using your kitchen cabinets as a partition is a great way to zone areas. This contemporary design by Crown Imperial features a handless kitchen style in pale grey.
The cupboards in this design by Ledbury Studio are textured metal, dark-stained ash and smooth purple, paired with marble worktops.
Whether you’re working with a compact space or want everyone close to the action, designing seating into the kitchen units could be a great option. Shown is the Artisan kitchen by John Lewis of Hungerford.
The blue cabinets and orange island in this kitchen by Searle & Taylor are brought together with a jazzy splashback for an ultra-modern look.
An 18th century townhouse apartment benefits from a sophisticated kitchen. Metal handles and textured panels on the cabinet fronts are paired with marble worktops and dark units. Red Deer were the brains behind the renovation.