Whether you are self building, renovating or extending, a contemporary kitchen with all the bells and whistles is high on many homeowners’ wish lists. From open plan kitchen/dining/living spaces perfect for entertaining and coping with day-to-day family life, to sleek minimalist designs ideas – including doubling up on islands and doing away with wall units – we’ve gathered some fantastic projects to inspire your own kitchen project.

1. A Contemporary Concrete Kitchen

This kitchen in a striking London self build designed by architect/homeowner Jake Edgley combines a selection of raw materials including shuttered and polished concrete and timber to create a contemporary style. Elements of gold add a sense of luxury.

2. A Loft-Style Kitchen

A minimalist kitchen in this self build has a New York loft-style feel

Exposed brick and dark colours – complete with varied ceiling heights – help to create a New York loft feel in this self build home. The lack of wall units in the kitchen also helps to keep this space from dominating the open plan arrangement.

3. A Stylish White Design

modern kitchen in stone home

A glazed link connects the granite stone building to the new extension housing the contemporary kitchen diner in this Highlands home. White handleless cabinets help to create a sense of minimalism, while a rooflight above the kitchen island helps to bathe the room in natural light.

4. A Modern Open Plan Arrangement

This contemporary kitchen in this open plan self build in the Greenbelt is zoned by lighting and furniture

In this contemporary self build in Oxfordshire, the kitchen sits as part of a large open plan space where cooking, dining and relaxing come together — zoned thanks to clever lighting and furniture placement. High gloss units with contrasting coloured cabinets to the island, with LED lighting strips beneath, showcase modern kitchen design at its finest.

5. A Kitchen Framed in Glass

This contemporary kitchen has been positioned within a new frameless glass extension in Hampshire

Situated within a dramatic frameless glass extension to a period home in Hampshire, this Bulthaup kitchen features contemporary grey cabinets and stainless steel worktops, while slip-resistant ceramic floor tiles run seamlessly out to the patio.

6. A Colourful Design

The striking combination of orange and aubergine brings vivid colour to the open plan Effeti kitchen, where a curved ceiling effect adds interest. View Project →

The striking combination of orange and aubergine brings vivid colour to the open plan Effeti kitchen for a playful design, while a curved ceiling effect adds interest in this renovation project in Bath.

7. A Chromatic Kitchen

White units with black tiles contrast in this contemporary kitchen in Hampshire

This new open plan rear extension oozes minimalist style with its monochrome Siematic kitchen from Myers Touch, the colours of which are mirrored in the white walls and Stone & Ceramic Warehouse floor tiles which carry out over the level threshold and on to the garden patio.

8. A Streamlined Kitchen

Natural materials like American white oak and stone lend texture to the white units. View Project →

Natural materials like American white oak and stone lend texture to the handleless white units in this kitchen extension to a converted mill. A long island and units which span the length of the room lead the eye to the outdoor terrace.

9. A Contemporary Accessible Kitchen

White fittings and furniture enhance the sense of light and space in this kitchen. View Project →

The all-white gloss kitchen in this accessible self-built home sits on the top level of the house, accessed by a lift so the homeowner who suffers from multiple sclerosis doesn’t have to worry about the stairs. The bright fittings and plenty of glazing helps to create a sense of light and space in this kitchen.

10. A Stepped Kitchen in Oxford

This kitchen is on a higher level to the rest of the open plan dining/sitting area, having originally been two separate rooms, opened up with concealed structural steelwork. View Project →

This kitchen within this renovated and extended property in Oxford has been positioned on a higher level to the rest of the open plan dining/sitting area, having originally been two separate rooms, opened up with concealed structural steelwork. Dark worktops here contrast against the white gloss units.

11. A German Engineered KItchen

This modern kitchen features a 3m island with a concealed extractor fan, alongside luxuries such as wine fridges, a double oven and Quooker boiling water tap. View Project →

Designed with minimalism in mind, this bespoke modern kitchen features an impressive 3m island with a concealed extractor fan built into the worktop, alongside luxuries such as wine fridges, a double oven and Quooker boiling water tap.

12. An Orangery-Style Kitchen Extension

High quality plywood built-in units have been paired with hardwearing DuPont Zodiaq ‘Cygnus Pearl’ worktops to create a simple but stylish aesthetic. View Project →

High-quality plywood built-in units have been paired with hardwearing DuPont Zodiaq ‘Cygnus Pearl’ worktops to create a simple but stylish aesthetic in this new kitchen extension. Lower-level units have been finished in high-gloss laminate, while the pièce de résistance – an ingenious floor-to-ceiling wall of storage – has a veneer of European oak finished in hardwearing satin lacquer.

13. An Angular Kitchen

The high-spec Italian curvilinear kitchen island, with integrated appliances has been angled to face the glazed wall and dramatic views beyond. View Project →

The high-spec Italian curvilinear kitchen island, with integrated appliances, has been angled to face the glazed wall and dramatic views beyond in this contemporary home in Scotland, designed by McInnes Gardner Architects.

14. A Twin Island Design

This Bulthaup kitchen has a smart, twin-island layout with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, while an extension to the unit provides bar-style seating. View Project →

The Bulthaup kitchen in this contemporary self build on the Cornish coast has a smart, twin-island layout with Gaggenau and Miele appliances, while an extension to the unit provides bar-style seating. A bank of built-in wall units further adds to the kitchen’s minimalist design.

15. A Light-filled Kitchen

The rear wall of this kitchen is covered in glass, while the kitchen island features below-worktop lighting for a futuristic focal point. View Project →

From artificial light with spots in the ceiling, and strip lighting beneath the island, to natural light from the large picture window to one wall and narrow picture windows above the worktops offering glimpses of the garden, this kitchen is perfectly lit at all times of the day and evening.

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