There is an endless amount of kitchen inspiration out there. We can create mood board after mood board from all the wonderful spaces we encounter every day. Which is great yes, but when designing a kitchen, it can be a bit difficult to decide on a kitchen style, color scheme or layout. So one way we like to get a snippet of perfectly designed kitchen inspiration is to ask designers about their favorite projects to work on.
These are the spaces you really want to look at, the ones the designer was passionate about. So we asked some H&G Favorite designers to talk to us about the kitchen projects they liked working on best, as well as the tips you can get.
Plan your layout carefully to make the most of the space
“This is a small kitchen in a London house, and the client also wanted to fit a small corner banquette with a small round table for breakfast in the morning or an informal dinner for two to three people,” explains Lucy Sir Barlow, CEO of the company. -Founder of Barlow and Barlow.
“Overall, there’s plenty for a small room.” We are happy with the result. It shows what you can do with some clever space planning and the result is a gorgeous kitchen with ample storage space, lots of natural light, and a cheerful candy-coloured scheme.’
Focus on interesting materials and finishes
“The success of this kitchen’s design is due to the materials we used in its construction. “The kitchen island is a focal point with a stunning marble waterfall design that instantly catches the eye, while integrated custom cabinetry, designed by our team, helps the kitchen maintain the feel of a living room ,” explains Courtney Bishop.
“This was important: we wanted this kitchen to flow easily into the living room, as both spaces are an integral part of the home and everyday life, without losing the overall organic aesthetic.”
Lean on the space engineer
“The vaulted, overhead-lit kitchen space we created in this Arts and Crafts house in Hampstead is a favourite. “We followed a design that pays tribute to (architect Edwin) Lutyens, creating a beautiful and rewarding space,” explains Chris Pask, director of Charlton Brown .
“The airy, double-height kitchen wing comes as a surprise after a series of traditional Edwardian rooms. The form solved a practical problem with arched and cupola windows to allow morning light to flood the space. It has been decorated to perfection by Ben Pentreath who added an eclectic layer to the form The bold architect.
Bring a lot of personality
“This is the kitchen of my London home that I designed as an extension of a 1930s building. I worked with talented craftsmen including artist Rosie Tatham who painted the flowers on the table.” The artwork by Chica Seal, whose practice explores the feminine perspective through historical references, It adds drama to the space,” explains Katie Glaister, co-founder of K&H Design.
“We designed the oak and bronze island in the studio: the worktop is from Pyrolave and is made of enamelled Volvic lava to provide a brilliant reflection.”
Feeling inspired? All of these gorgeous spaces offer something different, and it’s always interesting to see the projects designers choose when you ask them for your favorites. The takeaway seems to be a lot of planning, choosing materials wisely, and always bringing a lot of personal style.