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Kitchen Klaxon! 11 Characterful Kitchens to Fall in Love With

We like our kitchens to have a bit of pizzazz. A little razzle dazzle...


If you're anything like us, the kitchen is the room in the house you spend most of your waking hours in. We believe that it's a space that deserves just the same love and attention design-wise as every other room in the house. We like our kitchens to have a bit of pizzazz. A little razzle dazzle…

*Anyway*, that's enough of our waffle. What we're saying is that we'd like to share some of our favourites below. Enjoy.

High Holborn

Why do we love this kitchen so much? Is it the sash windows, gorgeous wooden floors, pistachio colour scheme, hanging saucepans, retro weighing scales, or the whole package? It's the whole package, of course.

The Highbury Studio

This one might be on the small side of things - and serious cooks will balk at the lack of a proper oven - but we love the simple industrial feel, ideal for a studio apartment. An exposed brick wall is always a treat and works terrifically as a base in this case for the steel pans, wooden worktop, and gold articulated wall lights. 

Hollenback's Stable

There's so much to love in this kitchen. The fab industrial pendants, the unusual arrangement of the marble splashback tiles, house plants on the island, and those divine director's chair barstools. How cool are they? Very.

The Holly Wreath

Rustic wooden-planked cabinets paired with beautiful crittal-style windows, and open shelving? Yes please. Is that a teapot collection we spy too? That's it, it's going on the list.

In Full Bloom

Is this the smallest but most perfectly formed kitchen on the planet? We certainly think it is. Ok, so it might get an eye rolls from serious chefs wanting to make a mess, but for those of us who like to make the odd cup of tea and piece of toast in a gorgeous setting, it'll do extremely nicely indeed.

Mid-Century Yellow

We're not usually huge fans of overhead cabinets but in this kitchen it absolutely works. We love the minimalist cupboard doors, bold yellow colour, paired with marble tops and mirrored splashbacks. The accents of red and black in the barstools are fun too, and the black and white photography on the walls is a glamorous touch. 


It might not be the largest kitchen on our books, but it sure is glamorous. There's nothing like dark cabinets and brass accents for ramping things up in the sophistication stakes.

Reclaimed Dream

We think this might be the only 'hanging kitchen' in the Plum Guide Collection. Enough said. Fab floor tiles too.

Opera Diva

The sense of colour in this apartment is top notch throughout and the kitchen gets its own gorgeous pale blue treatment. It's such an unusual tone and feels so fresh with the white nobs and countertops. The proportions of the cupboards are very pleasing too. As with so much Scandinavian design, it's simple but extremely appealing.


In another situation, this bold colour combo might be a tricky one to pull off. But in this stylish Milan home, where the rest of the design is quite restrained, it just works. Bravo!

House of Clay

Ok, so this might not be the kookiest kitchen we've ever seen, but it sure has class and style. You can't really go wrong with dark cabinets, marble tops, brass fittings, and open shelves, to be honest. We love the carefully curated objects on the shelves too: an African mask, some stylish ceramics and lovely, cascading plants. Tick!

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