Kitchen-diner with beams
Keep the family entertained in an open-plan kitchen like this one. A central island with a black granite worktop is ideal for cooking while entertaining, and a light-wood dining table is perfect for breakfasts as well as dinner parties. Shaker-style units and exposed beams complete the country-style look.
The painted white furniture and reclaimed wood table and chairs add a rustic, country feel to this simple kitchen. The large table provides plenty of space for everyone to sit.
This kitchen is very definitely the hub of the home, with its soft yellow and cream walls teamed with blue and white gingham fabrics. A dresser displays a collection of china.
Antique buys and homely accessories set the scene in this chocolate-box cottage kitchen. The doors of the units have been replaced with ornate designs to keep things rustic, and a focal point has been created by placing vintage plates on the mantelpiece.
Kitchen with island unit
Sleek and modern with a durable granite worktop, the island is perfect for cooking while entertaining, and provides extra storage. Contrasting floor coverings have been laid in a curve to echo the shape of the island and keep the kitchen area separate.
Modern family kitchen
Family kitchens don't have to be traditional in style. In this dramatic family kitchen, walls painted black are warmed by honey-coloured wood flooring and chic white units. Bespoke black lampshades link the kitchen and dining areas.
Original beams, pastel colours and a range cooker give this large kitchen a country-cottage feel. Colourful tiles and accessories complete the look.
A mishmash of styles and colours, this eclectic, open-plan kitchen breaks all the rules. A generous island in the same wood as the floors defines the kitchen area and the off-cuts have been made into a children's swing hung from the rafters.
All the elements of a traditional country kitchen, from the Aga to the old blue and white pottery, are here, but the wooden units, an antique dining table and chairs, and terracotta floor tiles give the room a French farmhouse twist.
Soft grey kitchen units are teamed with black granite worktops to give this country kitchen a modern edge that won't date. The pale wood flooring keeps the room light, while the black of the worktop is reflected onto the bar stools.