Kitchen Design Ideas

by Sophie Vening
22nd July 2013

Fitting a new kitchen is the most popular home improvement project for British homeowners. According to new research by Kleeneze, 20% of us want a new cooking space.

And it’s hardly surprising, seeing as its one of the most used rooms in the home where families and friends tend to congregate to not only eat in but to also socialise and relax in, too.

If you’re at the stage of designing your culinary space, head down to your local newsagents and pick up the latest September 2013 issue of Build It – you’ll find plenty of inspiration in the Kitchen planning article on page 66.

Regardless of what budget you have, there’s something to fit your requirements. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to squeeze all of my favourite collections into the feature, so here’s a selection of some other great designs currently on offer…

Kitchen island

British made

This beautiful Shaker kitchen is available in a choice of 24 off-the-shelf colours (plus a primer version for self-painting), three door styles and around 1,700 different design options. So although the 1909 is not individually made cabinet by cabinet, it’s certainly close enough to satisfy customers looking for a one-off version. 1909 kitchens are priced from £20,000.

shaker-style kitchen

Green with envy

To simplify pricing, Magnet has split their kitchens into three collections – Essentially, Purely and Uniquely. Essentially is their cheapest range with prices starting from £3,000 to £4,000, Purely starts from £5,000 to £6,000 and Uniquely is their top-end collection with prices starting from £7,000 to £8,000 for an average 12 cabinet kitchen. The Somerton Fern kitchen from the Uniquely Magnet collection

White cabinetry

All white

This shaker-style Bexton kitchen from Caple costs from approximately £6,900. Optional features include curved doors, glazed doors, classic cornice and square pilasters. The carcass is made from 18mm Alabaster and is PVC edged and the doors are made from painted ivory PVC foil


Modern offering

The John Lewis continental collection offers four door styles available in a large selection of finishes and colours with various handles to match. The Savina, from £8,000, John Lewis

Open plan

Open plan

NGI design has added the Kalea kitchen to its collection. The cabinetry doors are 12mm thick and available in a range of finishes including the Old American Oak as pictured. It comes with a stainless steel worktop for a chic industrial look. Prices start from £24,000.

concealed cabinets


Doca UK offer Parma pocket sliding doors that can be built in front of your kitchen cabinetry to conceal it – great for open plan living. Double door pocket tall unit with built-in handle costs from £1,320 for a single unit.

Traditional oak kitchen

Traditional style

The Cambourne kitchen is available in 53 different door finishes, including the shaker-style natural oak as pictured. Prices start from £20,000 for units, dresser and worktops, Ellis Furniture

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