The kitchen has evolved.
What was once a room used solely for cooking is now the hub of the home; a place for socialising, informal dining and sharing a drink with family and friends. Today’s kitchen is a fully functioning living space, and cabinetry has embraced the trend, tactfully blurring the divide between the kitchen and the rest of the home.
The NX902 coloured glass kitchen range, by Next125 and available from InHouse Inspired Room Design, combines a streamlined wall-hung cabinet system with an attractive island, which is more akin to a dining table than a typical covered unit. Here the legs of the ‘cooking table’ are in reclaimed oak veneer, matching the cabinetry run’s open shelving. The unit features a hob and storage, which sits neatly beneath the worktop. Glass door fronts available in nine colours including White (as shown). Kitchen from £34,800; table with drawers from £3,655. inhouseltd.co.uk
This bold style really stands on its own legs… Raised units are visually captivating, appearing more like individual pieces of furniture, rather than the typical fitted kitchens we are familiar with. The look suits open-plan spaces, where the kitchen is always on show, but works just as well in separated rooms, where the ‘furniture feel’ creates a less formal, more welcoming vibe.
Appliances can also sit off of the floor. The stainless steel PRO48 ICB648PROG side-by-side fridge freezer with glass door from Sub-Zero is shown here raised by four small but heavy-duty legs. The monolithic appliance is surrounded by timber cabinetry that sits on little feet, mirroring the fridge freezer. £23,880. subzero-wolf.co.uk
Don’t be deceived by appearances — these units may look portable, but those with built-in appliances, sinks or taps will be fixed to support electricity, gas and water. Their distinct modular aesthetic means, unlike with a fitted design, additional pieces can be added over time without damaging the look, and parts of the layout can be reconfigured or adapted as required. If you have the space, consider rotating your island, or periodically moving storage units for a fresh new layout.
This classic English kitchen from Humphrey Munson features a large prep table island at its centre. The unit is topped with pippy oak while its body is in the company’s Farthing II grey painted oak. It features drawers and a generous free space beneath, which allows your eye to see more of the floor, creating the illusion of increased space. Kitchen from £35,000. humphreymunson.co.uk
Whether you prefer a traditional aesthetic or desire a more contemporary scheme, this versatile look can work for you. Embrace the style with an island and units raised by long, defined legs, or for a subtle take on the trend, consider short, wider legs, or opt for a table-style island to complement your regular fitted cabinetry.
The ‘Isola Cross’ module, designed by Elmar and available from Laurence Pidgeon, is made of stainless steel. Its worktop, which features an integrated welded hob and sink, is super slim, and appears to flout convention, as it has no cabinetry beneath and its supports are fully exposed, creating a large airy space between the worktop and the floor. Kitchen from £20,000. laurencepidgeon.com