A traditional kitchen with a modern twist, from Plain English, looks smart and simple. Modern accessories and furniture, such as a selection of quirky barstools from Ligne Roset, keep things fresh and fun, and stylish minimal lighting from Geoffrey Drayton complements the period features, whilst providing a contemporary finishing touch.
Traditional kitchen with chandelier
This handsome American black walnut kitchen gets a shot of glamour from the oversized chandelier at its centre. The black worktops are a welcome contrast to the warm wood.
Cream-painted furniture goes perfectly with pale granite worktops in this family kitchen, and travertine flooring adds to the light, airy feel of the scheme. Stylish appliances had been raised to eye-level to avoid bending down to lift heavy dishes. The island unit is great for entertaining, as well as providing extra storage and shelves for recipe books.
Natural wood brings warmth and personality to this kitchen. The mocha tone complements the travertine floor tiles and creamy wall paint and splashback tiles.
Walnut kitchen breakfast bar
A walnut breakfast bar looks onto a compact yet stylish kitchen and provides a relaxed seating area for breakfasts or chatting to the chef. A row of funky pendant lights is an eye-catching feature, while granite worktops and metal kitchen door handles create a simple, elegant look.
Classic neutral kitchen
Painted wooden units give this smart kitchen a classic feel. A central island unit, with a stainless steel top, has room for bar stools, making it perfect for the family to sit around.
Light shaker-style kitchen
Large flagstones are very hardwearing and a good choice for a family kitchen. These pale tiles have a hint of green, which complements the painted units. Traditional shaker-style cupboard and drawer handles are robust and keeping them in a dark wood colour, rather than painting them in a matching pastel shade, means that grubby finger-marks won't show up.
A glamorous chandelier overhangs classic country-style cabinetry that complements the wood of the vaulted ceiling in this kitchen.
Beautifully crafted kitchen
This impressive, hand-painted kitchen is practical but also built to last, and creates an impressive room to entertain in. The glossy black work surface injects a touch of modernity into the room, to prevent it from looking too traditional, and it also happily balances the glossy black aga.
Traditional painted kitchen
Cream-painted J&J Ormerod wooden units, including the suspended ceiling light, have architectural detailing like half-turned posts and cornicing for a traditional look. Rich blue wall tiles interspersed with floral inserts from CIR add colour and contrast while the solid oak dining table brings warmth and richness to the space.
Cherry-wood shaker kitchen/diner
This cherry-wood kitchen has been inspired by the shaker theme. A central island unit has been fitted to increase storage and to form a food preparation area. The triangular window extension provides extra light and is an eye-catching focal point in the room.
A mix of contemporary and classic styles work well in this open-plan kitchen-diner. The large Ikea table is a well-used centrepiece, while the bookshelf provides additional storage.
Traditional country kitchen-diner
The varied selection of furniture and styles helps to create a welcoming family kitchen-diner. The chandelier draws focus to the dining table, which is now this focal point of the kitchen.
Spacious traditional kitchen-diner
A mix of fitted cupboards and antique pieces creates distinct areas for food preparation, eating and relaxing. The grey stone behind the range cooker is a unique addition and marries perfectly with the soft blue cupboards.
Colourful traditional kitchen
The bold tangerine and aqua colour of the blinds are the inspiration for this kitchen scheme, while traditional units have been given a fresh, vibrant edge.
Open-plan kitchen-living room
Increase light and space in a small flat or house by combining the kitchen and living room. Here, a neutral colour scheme makes one area flow into the other, with the breakfast bar and stools providing a handy eating spot, plus extra work space. Wood effect flooring looks as good as original wood and is easier to maintain. Plenty of storage space is provided by a range of cream kitchen units which complement the room's bright, open feel.
Statement kitchen with red island unit
A striking red island is the dramatic centrepiece to this kitchen. Carrying the red colour through to the adjoining dinning area with patterned curtains gives a cohesive feel to this open-plan kitchen. The dark granite worktops balance out the strong colour.
Hand-made wooden shelving makes good use of a small space by the staircase in this open-plan room. Wicker baskets from Ikea are ideal for placing in the individual compartments.
This sleek, oak-effect kitchen is the perfect base for family life. Bar stools in black leather co-ordinate with the work surfaces, enabling everyone to gather while dinner is being prepared.
Warm wooden units teamed with black furniture and appliances give this kitchen a classic look with a contemporary edge. Cream walls and flooring along with chrome furnishings keep it light.
Modern traditional kitchen
Sleek and stylish kitchen appliances create a modern look in this traditional kitchen. Adding matching metal handles to the cabinets is and quick easy way to update the look. Laminate wood flooring matches the units and looks great against the grey worktops.
Choose a stylish oven as the focal point of your kitchen. Pick a colour that will stand out from the rest of the cabinetry. Mirror the shape with a tiled splashback and finish the look with stainless steel pans.
Traditional green kitchen
Gradations of bold green paint and tiling take the eye upwards towards a collection of vintage kitchenalia. Shaker-style cupboards and a butler's sink keep the look simple and uncluttered.
Wooden features mix traditional elements with modern functionality in this kitchen-diner. The oak cabinets complement the granite worktops, while the island unit with built-in sink is great for cooking and entertaining.
Relaxed kitchen-dinerA table that everyone can relax around is an essential piece of furniture for a family kitchen.
Warm wood kitchen
Cream stone floors and warm wood units lend a rustic touch to this kitchen. The silver appliances and accessories add a modern twist.
The layout of this galley-style kitchen combines elegance with convenience. The doors at the end lead directly into the garden, which on a warm day extends the kitchen by bringing the outside in. The cool grey of the units, which makes the space feel so open and light, is warmed up by the injection of vibrant purple on the splashback.