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9 statement kitchens to steal ideas from

These 9 homes have dream kitchens we would love to spend quality time in. And as you will see, it usually takes just one stand-out feature for the kitchen to become an attention-grabbing space

Ask any interior designer and they are likely to agree that the kitchen is the heart of every home. Be it the simple rituals of everyday life or a fun dinner party, life revolves around this special place. Even families and guests tend to spend time in and around the kitchen. Unsurprisingly, there is plenty to look into when building or renovating a kitchen, considering the carpentry, appliances, countertops, tiles and everything else required to complete the look.

These 9 homes have dream kitchens we would love to spend quality time in. And as you will see, it usually takes just one stand-out feature for the kitchen to become an attention-grabbing space.

Sense of warmth and texture

Interior design by Third Avenue Studio

This HDB kitchen has beautifully broken free from formulaic top and bottom hung cabinets seen in kitchens everywhere. The uncluttered walls open up the kitchen to make it look spacious while the rustic brown palate is inviting and warm. The addition of clean lines as seen in the islands, track lights and dining table lend a touch of modernity to the whole space.

Go sleek

Interior design by The Orange Cube

The glossy monochromatic theme and metallic accents give this 4-room HDB kitchen a state-of-the-art feel. The owners deliberately did away with a dining table and removed several walls to open up the space in this kitchen. Despite being narrow, the designers have expertly managed to include maximum storage, a functional counter for dining, as well as ample space for preparing meals. The ceiling spotlights add to the futuristic theme of this kitchen.

Make the divider do double duty

A tiny kitchen does not have to limit one’s creativity as seen here in this condominium kitchen and dining area. The open concept draws light into the kitchen area while the off-white cabinets provide a neutral backdrop for the eye-catching divider. Besides providing storage, the divider also acts as a feature wall for the dining area. The addition of a bold dining table ties in with the masculine and geometrical look of the entire space.

A dose of nostalgia

Interior design by MOMO and Partners

Here is a unique solution to dealing with long HDB kitchens. Drawing inspiration from old and new elements, the designers of this kitchen kept the space uncluttered by drawing attention to the centre of the room. The matching, tiled dining and cooking-washing islands are definitely conversation starters. Another great idea is to keep the walls open by adding shelves and low long cabinets. Pops of pastel shades also break the monotony of white in this kitchen.

Up the style ante with a gorgeous countertop

Interior design by Design Rebirth

This terrace-house kitchen is a perfect blend of form and function. The sleek white finish and glossy black countertop give this kitchen a minimalist yet fashion-forward look, especially when paired with the metallic appliances. The island is perfectly positioned to facilitate easy meal-prep since the fridge, sink and stove are all situated close together. Having shelves within the island would make a great space for storing wine glasses during a party or for showing off your library of cookbooks.

Keep it cool and light

Interior design by Altra Design Studio

Having a kitchen with a view is a luxury only few have, with but some careful planning, anyone can have a space as lovely as this. This kitchen is enhanced by the contrast of the different surfaces from the light blue glass backsplash to wood grain textures and glossy white carpentry. Another interesting touch is the unique square island in the centre which is perfect for a quick snack in the morning or for placing drinks and nibbles during a party. A wall to ceiling cabinet is also rarely seen in kitchens, but could be a practical storage solution.

Theme it up!

ed_IMG_9915 Interior design by Linear Space Concepts

Edgy, seems to be the best word to capture the feel of this high energy kitchen. To create an industrial-looking space, the materials used are bold and unconventional like galvanised metal sheets and laminates that imitate aged wood. For avid entertainers, a layout like this allows plenty of room for guests to congregate around the kitchen. The counter serves as an ideal dining spot for daily dining and features closed storage nooks to stow away entertaining peripherals.

Be bold with the flooring

ed_TohYiDr-04 Interior design by Three-D Conceptwerke

Add interest to your kitchen by picking floor tiles with a fun design and adding features like moulding to your cabinets. This 4-room HDB kitchen exudes European countryside charm while keeping the interior neat and simple. Nifty touches like placing the sink atop sewing machine legs and vintage faucets add character to this kitchen.

Colour Pop

Interior design by 3D Innovative

The use of strategically placed colours and lighting gives this kitchen a sophisticated yet fun appeal. Despite the full wall of top and bottom cabinets, this space does not look cramped thanks to the reflective finishes and clean lines throughout the design. The addition of a glass panel behind the washing area cleverly allows more light into the space. The curved countertop behind the fridge is a practical touch that gives the owners more work space or a cosy dining niche.

 



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