Gathering kitchen ideas can be overwhelming - the sheer volume of design options can flummox even the most most experienced decorator, and then there are the ergonomics and the kitchen appliances themselves to consider. As the hardest working room in the house, and one of the most permanent and expensive to decorate, getting your kitchen design right first time is worth doing. So what are the most important things to consider when designing a kitchen? Our columnist Rita Konig says number one is the kitchen's layout. "Think hard about how you will move around it. I make sure that the dishwasher and bin are on either side of the sink. I like the cutlery drawer to be away from the main action (the stove and the sink) and ideally close to the dining area, so it is easy to access for laying the table without anyone getting in the way of the cook or the person washing up. I also like separating the hob and the oven. My hob is on a stand-alone counter with shelving underneath for the saucepans. I prefer to give an island a different treatment to the rest of the kitchen to save having acres of the same surface - mine is painted a different colour and has a stainless-steel top instead of Corian. You might also choose to have an island higher than your counters to make using it more comfortable."

Below is a revolving gallery, updated every week by our editors with fresh inspiration and pictures of favourite kitchen ideas from the House & Garden archive. Designs executed by some of the world's most revered decorators and taste-makers. If you can't find what you're looking for here take a look at our other features on small kitchens, modern kitchens and find case studies and more on our kitchen hub page.

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    Inside the timber extension of this Christopher Howe-decorated townhouse in Bray, the floor is made from cheeseboards, which were found on a trip to the South of France. Fifties Italian bar stools contrast with the island, which was salvaged from a fishmonger’s.

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    An ultra-modern kitchen in an Edwardian villa extensively renovated by William Smalley. The custom 10-metre-long brushed steel worktop is made by Ottima.

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    Known for their restoration of historic buildings in Scotland, conservation architects Nick Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir relished the challenge of saving Lamb's House in Leith, where they now live and work.The wooden kitchen with original beams is decorated in the traditional country style.

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    Farrow & Ball ‘Setting Plaster’ was used on the walls in the kitchen of this eighteenth-century house in Bath. Vintage wall lights from Felix Lighting Specialists are positioned above the Plain English kitchen units, which are painted in Pure & Original ‘Summerset Mauve’; the island is in ‘Post Modern Mauve’. Pendant light shades salvaged from a factory in Hungary hang over the island. They are sold by Skinflint, which finds, restores and repairs mid-century industrial and decorative lighting from all over Europe. The ‘Eastern Bloc Factory Shade’ measures 51 x 31cm diameter and costs £330.

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    Audrey Carden gave her London home a lightning-quick nine-month makeover. She designed the units in her kitchen, which were made by Ashburnham London.

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    This Arts & Crafts house was given a new lease of life by Ben Pentreath. Ben designed the cabinets, which were made by Symm and painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hague Blue’.

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    With its white Bulthaup units, this kitchen in the Hampshire vicarage of the couple behind Porta Romana is a bright and airy space.

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    A single row of pretty tiles lines the perimeter of this white kitchen, which is accented with rustic wood, colourful accessories and linens.

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    In Sarah Stewart Smith's Heredfordshire cottage, the kitchen was the last room to be finished. 'While the children were growing up, it was more of a massive art studio. There was paint where there shouldn't have been and it was just incidental that we cooked in it,' Made by one of her joiners, the units are in black, solid core board, the drawer interior finished in Osmo oil to look like ebony. The floor is not concrete but painted screed, which is softer underfoot. With seven layers of rubbed-in paint and varnish between each paint layer, it has proved so durable that she now uses it in bathrooms.

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    Event designer David Stark and his artist husband Migguel Anggelo have reconfigured their Brooklyn apartment to create calm and flowing spaces brought alive by theatrical objects and unexpected finishes. The kitchen's spalted maple island, also by MADE, contrasts with the black cabinets in Richlite (a composite made from recycled paper).

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    Resisting the idea of moving or expanding into the basement, the owners of this London house gave architect Maria Speake the go-ahead to make some structural changes to give their family and business the space needed. The Plain English kitchen, with its cream Aga, was installed 12 years ago. Maria had it repainted in an Emery & Cie green to refresh the room.

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    'I haven't used wall cupboards because I didn't want the kitchen to read like a traditional kitchen or look too boxy,' explains Beata Heuman, the interior desginer behind this vibrant home in London. The colour palette, which includes a Swedish green marble worktop and a bespoke copper cooker hood and island by Premier Building & Design, complements the garden beyond. It will acquire a greenish patina over time.

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    The traditional country kitchen at the Nyetimber manor house has an Aga and complementing units on either side, with the owners' collection of copper pans hanging along the length of the wall. The table was custom-made and is paired with chairs and a bench bought in Petworth by the owners. The effect, although welcoming and cosy, is minimal and fresh.

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    Maria Speake of Retrouvius salvaged this Victorian shelving from the Patent Office and has used it to house glassware and cookery books here in a client's Chiltern farmhouse. This proves than canny storage doesn't necessarily have to be made-to-measure to be fit for purpose. This double-sided unit is perfect with glassware as it does not block the light. In this kitchen, the stylishly utilitarian scheme is finished with an ecclectic mix of light fittings and a large butler sink.

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    The custom blue colour scheme in this kitchen was decided on using the RAL colour-matching system. While RAL does not itself manufacture any paints, its colour notation system specifies and standardises colours for use by manufacturing companies. Designer John Minshaw thus asked his cabinetmaker to make up a dark blue for the kitchen cabinets.

    The palette for John Minshaw's barn conversion is primarily neutral, but he has left areas of stonework exposed to provide texture. Elsewhere, solid blocks of deep colour add character - as shown in this space.

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    The home of florist Vic Brotherson (who runs flower shop Scarlet & Violet) bears testament to her love for floral prints and textiles, and vintage glass and ceramic vessels, many of which are lined up on the shelves of her Plain English kitchen.

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    The owners of this home were keen to use traditional materials wherever possible: the kitchen floor is salvaged Cornish slate. Asked to accommodate the house's existing Forties Aga, designer Guy Goodfellow had the idea of flanking it with partitioned oak shelves - inspired by an old photograph of the potter Lucie Rie's studio - to display the owners' collection of English slipware ceramics. The Aga is complimented by a Mouseman kitchen table and Twenties Heal's leather chairs, while a Devon potter, Douglas Fitch, was commissioned to make a set of slipware tiles that line the wall behind the modern stove, using a leaf-resist technique to depict impressions of leaves from the surrounding woods.

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    The designer Guy Goodfellow installed these beautiful partitioned oak shelves in the kitchen of this house in Dartmoor. Inspired by the potter Lucie Rie's studio, they are the perfect place to display the owners collection of English slipware ceramics.

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    Designer Tino Zervudachi's luxurious chalet apartment in Gstaad is designed for deep comfort and relaxed partying. For the kitchen he chose local pine for the floor and, typical of alpine architecture, the kitchen units are also clad in pine planks, laid horizontally as is traditional but 'brushed' for a textural, more modern look.

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    One couple. Two very different tastes. Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle desgined this unconventional family home in west London. Wishbone chairs from Skandium surround a Benchmark table in the kitchen while industrial, French pendant lights add a modern feel. The coloured glass vases on display are an elegant alternative to plates and bowls. Heal's has a good range (look for designs by Pols Potten) as do LSA.

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    Architect Seth Stein has used rich, natural materials in the kitchen of this west London house. Counters are in grey marble and the tall cabinets in walnut and bronze. Behind the cooker the wall is a finished in lustrous mother-of-pearl tiles.

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    Jane Sacchi recounts the renovation of an Italian watchtower, originally restored by her husband, architect Bruno Sacchi. Set ten kilometres from Florence, Bruno insisted on keeping the tower's original features. This handsome kitchen uses primary materials of wood and steel, painted in his beloved orange minio - the anti-rust undercoat paint used in Tuscany, and a signature note in many of his houses. The kitchen houses a Travertine table inlaid with orange stucco and supported by steel girders.

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    In the kitchen of this grand late-nineteenth-century house designed by Rabih Hage, an Ingo Maurer gold-leaf ceiling light hangs over the main area for food preparation, behind which is a wall of concealed storage in grey-stained oak for all the kitchen paraphernalia. Since the family is quite large and they do a lot of entertaining, there is a small, professionally equipped area at the back of the kitchen where food can be prepared away from the family.

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    The glossy black Aga contrasts with the olive green units and reclaimed chestnut floor in this north London artist's studio turned house by interior designer Caroline Holdaway.

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    In the kitchen of this former artist's studio, there is a wall of cupboards centred by dresser shelving. Pendant lights from Hector Finch hang above the kitchen table.

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    Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire, has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features. In this blue and white kitchen, white subway tiles and marble herringbone flooring give the room an industrial edge, which works well below elegant cornicing.

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    Heidi Lightfoot and Steve Gibbon'smid-century house in rural Hertfordshire was built in 1936 by the renowned public sector architect Mary Medd. Owner Steve explains 'I'm a fan of brutalism, whereas Heidi veers towards Scandinavian style, so with its clean lines and warm bricks there was something for both of us.' The kitchen units were made by Kraftwork.

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    You'd never guess that Garden Designer Butter Wakefield's home once had a kitchen 'so poky, you could barely open the oven.'

    The kitchen is far from poky now, helped partly by the addition of an elegant conservatory 10 years ago. 'It is essential to have the garden as much inside as possible,' says Butter, hence the large sash window and the stable door.

    'We couldn't afford to hang cupboards in the kitchen, so we covered the walls in black-framed prints and paintings. They are pieces that I've collected over the years - some are very good but others are virtually postcards,' Butter says. It is a clever trick that, teamed with the tongue-and-groove panelling, gives the space a cottage feel.

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    Inside architectural designer Charles Rutherfoord's London house you'll find this elegant, minimal kitchen. Featuring white lacquered units and Moroccan limestone worktops, its clean design is a stark contrast to the rich, tobacco-coloured walls of the house's dining room. The house was once carved up into six flats and it took Charles and his partner Rupert Tyler more than 30 years before they finally owned the whole building and set about this tasteful and comprehensive renovation.

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    The kitchen is decorated in a contemporary country style in a conversion of a disused chapel in Somerset. Artist Jonathan Delafield Cook, illustrator Laura Stoddart and their two children now call Brompton Ralph home. The kitchen was designed and made by Jonathan's brother-in-law Merlin Wright, in painted wood with a smooth Welsh slate worktop flecked with gold. Though Laura insists they are not big party givers, the shelf under the central island in the kitchen is stacked with huge platters and beautiful bowls in splash-glazed pottery.

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    Built-in oak cupboards and a marble island create a streamlined look in this kitchen designed by Freddy van Zevenbergen. The kitchen adjoins the panneled dining room, separating any kitchen chaos from dinner-time relaxation.

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    There is ample marble worktop space in the kitchen of this stone beauty in the Luberon. The owners felt the pièce de résistance should be the kitchen, which also houses the dining table and opens up onto the garden. Katie Fontana of Plain English oversaw the project and nothing was left to chance. 'We built every cupboard knowing what would be going in it,' explains the owner.

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    The aesthetic in the kitchen of a house in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, designed by Andrzej Zarzycki, is pared back, with oak veneered units and travertine countertops. The owners are keen cooks, so there is plenty of storage space and generous work surfaces.

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    In the kitchen of Alice Von Baum's enchanting Goa home, polished concrete with a marble-chip terrazzo effect has been used for the floor, island and units, and there are rows of small pebbles where the floor meets the walls. Cool and shady, the kitchen is lit by a number of glass panels inserted where roof tiles have been removed.

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    Shelves built into the wall seem like a shadow box-like work of art in the kitchen of Alice von Baum's enchanting Goa home, while they're great for storing pots and pans, glasses and crockery. The kitchen benefits from natural light thanks to a number of glass panels inserted where roof tiles have been removed.

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    Vermont pine was used for the cabinets in restauranteur Keith McNally's kitchen, for its rich warmth and depth. All were made in New York and shipped over; as were the reconditioned tiles, most of which are over 100 years old and come from demolished or refurbished factories. The ceiling was finished by a craftsman he always works with in the States, who carefully applied imperfect plaster; creating a texture that allowed a glaze of raw sienna and yellow ochre to collect in the grooves, which gives the walls an aged finish. French cafe chairs from Maison Gatti add colour, while copper worktops are chic but practical.

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    John Beavan made the bright blue kitchen units in Edward Bulmer's Herefordshire house to the Bulmers' design.

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    Hexagonal cement tiles delineate the dramatic, monochrome kitchen area in this Shalini-Misra-designed London home, which has a steel and brass island from Officine Gullo.

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    Papers and Paints ‘Pure White’ paint has been used throughout this Somerset railway cottage, including in the new wing, which holds the open-plan kitchen and dining area. At the centre of this space is a large island with a dining table at one end and the cooking area at the opposite end.

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    Cameron Kimber designed the kitchen for his house in New South Wales. White panelling, metro tiles, a chrome pendant light and black worktops make for a sleek, modern feel.

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    Mondrian-inspired cabinetry enlivens this warm wooden kitchen in a Manhattan townhouse designed by Hugh Leslie, which has pendant lights from John Pomp and vintage Scandinavian armchairs.

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    'I didn't want the design to be too modern, so I worked with Tom Bayley of Quartet Interiors to create an understated Shaker style,' says Flora Soames, the interior designer of this custom made London kitchen. 'The bespoke island unit is based on a vintage piece: the brushed stainless steel and carrara marble look elegant, so the island links well with the drawing room beyond.'

    The cheerful colour palate was influenced by a piece of art belonging to the owners. The kitchen units are painted in 'Down Pipe' by Farrow & Ball, with walls in shaded white by Farrow & Ball - 'for London houses this is the perfect base for bolder colours.' The Ashley Hicks Moroccan tiles are from Popham Design; Flora chose the geometric tile motif to allow the kitchen to 'own' its space with the open plan living room.

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    In Mimi Thorisson's kitchen in her home in the Médoc region of France, a collection of antique copper pans hangs above a dark wood chest which stores bottles of wine for entertaining. Chequerboard tiled floor adds to the rustic farmhouse feel.

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    In this kitchen area, traditional and contemporary pieces work together and a mix of chairs around the dining table create an informal look. Carrara-marble-topped units are painted in 'Hague Blue' by Farrow & Ball, while a mustard blind from Susan Deliss brings warmth to the space. Open-plan living is made cosy with warm touches in this mews house in London owned by designer Caroline Riddell.

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    "Furniture and architecture must complement one another to make the narrative coherent. I've chosen 20th-century furniture to contrast with the period architecture," says architect Helena Rivera of her home in Brixton, where she lives with her husband and two sons. "I chose wide, 1850s-style floorboards, and had them distressed. The walls are painted fresh white but the kitchen cupboards are in 'Kitchen Green' from Little Greene."

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    A fourth-generation Parisian art dealer, Patrick Perrin has filled his apartment (belonging to his family for the better part of a century) with inherited treasures and modern finds. The kitchen mixes checkerboard flooring with gleaming chrome and simple storage for a look that's black, and white and chic all over. It's separated from dining room by a glass partition.

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    Bodil Blain and her husband lived in their Bayswater flat for a year without doing anything. 'It's the best advice I can give,' she says. 'After that you really know what's needed and what isn't.' Bodil later designed the kitchen herself, working with her friend, the designer Fiona Parke, and going through 25 drawings or more. She praises her cabinetmaker, Neil Straker of Cheverell, as 'the most patient man on the planet'. The look, with white units, marble worktop and crisp colours reflects Bodil's time in New York, and indeed the handles come from the US, as she could not find what she wanted here. She opted for encaustic floor tiles in shades of aubergine, blue and white. For similar, try Evora tiles from Fired Earth. Each tile measures 20cm square and costs £8.99.

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    A modern extension was built to house the New England-style kitchen, which incorporates a Victorian skylight and tongue-and-groove panelling. Kitchen units are topped with light-reflecting, white Carrara marble - one of interior designer Diana Sieff's distinctive decorating touches done while renovating her home, a former chapel in Oxfordshire.

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    Will Fisher runs Jamb in Pimlico Road, London. Dealing in antiques and immaculately reproduced eighteenth- and nineteenth-century chimneypieces, lights and garden ornaments, Will and his wife Charlotte have brought the English country-house look to the mainstream aesthetic. Each of the flagstones in the kitchen of their eighteenth-century house in south-east London have been hand-tooled to the same size and depth, an example of Will's attention to detail.

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    Andrew Daniell wanted a minimalist, utilitarian look for his flat in Shoreditch, London, but his designer (and friend) Maurizio Pellizzoni softened the look with subtle colour and texture. With an open-plan kitchen/living room, the kitchen (from Poliform) can be entirely shut away behind grey doors, save for a white Corian-topped kitchen island.

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    Green Kitchen with Zigzag Flooring

    Designer Mark Smith's cleverly designed kitchen makes maximum use of space in his L-shaped mansion flat, located in Kensington, London. The grey and white zigzag linoleum flooring is from Sinclair Till and provides a contrast to the curved banquette, round table and dome lamp. It is £69.30 per square metre. Mark has chosen a darker shade of greeny grey for the kitchen cupboards - follow his lead with 'Green Smoke' by Farrow & Ball, which costs £32.50 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion.

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    One of the cosiest rooms in this 16th-century farmhouse in Suffolk is the kitchen, with its Aga surrounded by Delft tiles, split-level brick kitchen floor, wooden worktops and idiosyncratic art. The house belongs to antiques dealer Tarquin Bilgen and his wife Isobel, a garden designer.

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    Moroccan floor tiles from Popham Design add warmth to the Bulthaup kitchen in Steffanie Brown's west London home, decorated by Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay. Stephanie owns Notting Hill-based jewellers Laviandbelle.

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    This perfectly-proportioned village house in Norfolk is described by designer George Carter as 'the sort of house in which Jane Austen might have placed one of her genteel-but-in-reduced-circumstances characters.' George is slightly under the decorative radar, better known for his award-winning gardens, yet these kitchen units were all custom designed by him and made by Scope Joinery of Beeston for the property's owners, Alan and Sarah Wilson.

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    In the kitchen, a simple wooden table is surrounded by chairs from The Conran Shop, made of metal but finished to look like wood. The country home in Oxfordshire belongs to Chelsea-based cartoonist and designer Sally Ann Lasson, her husband Simon Kelner, a former editor of The Independent, and their dachshund dog, Rovi. Despite it being called Chaucer's House, it's not entirely clear whether Geoffrey himself lived here, although his son Thomas did.

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    A selection of colourful storage containers designed by Orla Kiely provides a playful note in this kitchen, a modern extension to a 1720s house in Richmond, west London by architect Alan Higgs. Copies of portraits of Lord and Lady Crawford, who built the original house, also hang in the kitchen area. Find similar at Surface View, for around £295 each. The dedicated drinks fridge (dream of dreams) is from Lec.

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    Designer Virginia White worked on this Georgian house in West Sussex for a family which wanted to mix clean lines with the classical architecture. 'I've gone for a relaxed country-house feel mixed with chic modernity,' she explains. A perfect example? The lights from Original BTC add a modern note to the kitchen.

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    'Anne-Marie has an extraordinary understanding of colour,' says her husband Jorge Almada, 'and chooses paint colours very carefully.' In the rooms on the ground level of their home in Brussels, which they share with their two young sons, she wanted soft, neutral walls, and to add accents of colour in the furnishings - for example, the yellow-painted splashback in the kitchen (the kitchen is by Liedssen). The couple sells furniture and accessories through their design company, Casamidy.

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    'It's a big country-style kitchen with a city edge,' says this London home's interior designer Ebba Thott, co-founder of King's Road shop and interior design firm Sigmar.

    Streamlined kitchen units from Bulthaup offer a strong geometric backdrop in this space, which is softened by an antique French dining table and chairs by modernist master Hans Wegner. Simple but unusual lighting adds interest to the white room and emphasises the scheme's symmetry.

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    The kitchen, with its large expanses of white wall and concrete floor, is unashamedly modern in comparison with the rest of the house. The lights, by Michael Anastassiades, from Sigmar, emphasise the high ceilings. The London home belongs to interior designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock.

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    Mirror Door

    Italian interior designer Michela Imperiali Klemos chose an unusual kitchen door for her London family home, which she shares with her husband and their three children. "I didn't want a standard door between the kitchen and dining room, as it would have emphasised the small, vertical space. Instead, I installed a bifolding door." The surface of the door (which Michela designed herself) is made of 105 pieces of antiqued mirror glass, cut to size and stuck on by hand by a specialist glazier.

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    Use paprika on the walls to spice up a sophisticated kitchen colour scheme, along with accents of warm red and brown, textural fabrics and rustic accoutrements. Bespoke industrial-looking steel and glass doors (right) are a smart way to separate living areas, while clever shelving (and a well-placed curtain) can display (or hide) kitchen accessories.

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    In the Parisian home of artist Craig Hanna and his wife Georgina an airy living space opens into a modern kitchen, complete with dark grey walls and black gloss units.

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    Many of the materials used in this house have an interesting provenance; for example, the kitchen splashback is made of marble from an old ship fitting, along with eighteenth-century, carved-stone roundels found in a stonemason's yard. This property was the work of Maria Speake, who along with husband Adam owns reclamation company Retrouvius. Adam sources the finds, while Maria redesigns clients' houses, like this family home in Notting Hill.

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    Chloe Macintosh is the creative director of online furniture company Made.com. The two kitchen islands in her London home enclose stainless-steel units and were built on site, which she insists was very cost effective. The islands complement the apparently floating ceiling, a trick achieved by concealing the window frames.

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    The refurbishment of this London townhouse was a family affair, with interior designer Amanda Baring working with her sister, the owner. In the kitchen, the owner wanted a room that was purely functional but Amanda thought it should also be comfortable and quirky. The bespoke kitchen units are by Stephen Thorne.

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    This stylish 19th-century house on London's Portobello Road is the work of Eleanora Cunietti, one half of Carden Cunietti design practice. A long sleek kitchen - with lacquered units and a deep island in the centre - flows seamlessly into a modern dining area, and beyond that, a sitting area. The 'Catifa 53' chairs and bar stools are from Arper, while the seascape photograph is by Marine Hugonnier. The kitchen table is illuminated by an impressive suspended light from Italian company Luminara, which consists of hundreds of chains of steel beads, which catch the light and create a subtle effect.

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    Architect Seth Stein was set the task of restoring this Georgian rectory in the Sussex Downs by the owners. In the kitchen, a sink and pendant lights made from copper were chosen for their rustic appeal. Sinks.co.uk stocks copper sinks and basins, including the 'Chateau', 23.5 x 95 x 50cm, £1,362, which Seth used in the barn. The unusual bronze mixer tap is from the same source. It is the 'Picardie' by Perrin & Rowe, 27cm tall, which costs £437.

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    Flamboyant graphic designer and brand consultant Steve Edge is an image maker for many of Britain's best-loved products. He lives with this family between a stylish loft apartment in Shoreditch and the 1930s timber cabin he restored in Box Hill, Surrey. While the London apartment is all clean-lined sophistication, the cabin (pictured here) is far more down to earth, filled with treasures from trips to India, Scandinavia, Cuba and beyond, as well as many pieces of woodcraft by Steve's father. The cabin kitchen cleverly makes use of every inch of space, with shelving built high into the sloping ceilings and wall-mounted hooks, perfect for displaying the silver kitchen accessories.

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    The kitchen in the Parisian flat of Vincent Frey and his wife Bianca is by Valcucine and made entirely of recyclable material. Vincent is the grandson of the eponymous Pierre Frey founder (and the current deputy manager of the French fabric and furnishing company). The couple hired architect Marika Dru, an old school friend of Vincent's, to work on their home, although decorated it themselves.

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    Shaker Maker

    The Shaker-style units in this London kitchen were conceived by designer Emma Burns, and built by Marek Kielen; they and the walls are painted in 'Hardwick White', by Farrow & Ball, which gives the room a serene and timeless quality. The antique, folding coaching table and wall clock were both bought by the owners.

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    Jochen Zeitz is a businessman, entrepreneur and passionate advocate of conservation and sustainable tourism. Here at Segera, his eco retreat in Kenya, the kitchen in the Paddock House provides an elegant communal space for guests. Nothing here is wasted; water is recycled and used to irrigate the gardens, while the electricity and heating is supplied by Segera's solar farm.

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    Reclaimed materials run throughout this Northumberland farmhouse belonging to Paul Priestman. The kitchen sink, for instance, is made from a stone trough.

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    This glamorous chalet in the French Alps was designed by Kate Earle using a modern scheme. Carefully-placed cabinets enclose the kitchen area without disrupting the open-plan layout.

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    Soft lines and practical materials characterise this family kitchen by Martin Postle of Oxford kitchen design company Teddy Edwards. The T-shaped breakfast bar is a clever device which allows four to sit facing one another, rather than side by side; while the perpendicular angle allows sitters to talk to either the cook in one direction, or the guests in the dining room beyond in the other. Working with the room's Arts and Crafts bone structure, the high gabled ceilings have been enhanced using 'Octo' downlights from Secto - dramatic without overpowering the space. The compressed quartz worktop from Compac is virtually indistinguishable from Carrara marble, but far more hardwearing.

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    Artist and designer Cressida Bell's pretty house in Islington is decorated in as exuberant a manner you would expect. Cressida designs textiles, rugs, lamps, and furniture - as well as beautiful cakes. Her home is a shrine to colour; the turquoise and red kitchen is a prime example.

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    This chic kitchen designed by Robin Loh-Harban of Bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture, proves that modern kitchens can feel warm and inviting. 'People associate the Bulthaup aesthetic with acres of shiny white, but we also do timber to the same luxurious standards. This rough-sawn, naural grey oak is cut across the grain, creating a textural, lightly ridged finish. It has been paired with our core laminate "B3" units in "Clay". The Philippe Starck aluminium "Hudson" chairs used to be in the owners old office, but add a contemporary edge to the wooden dining table.'

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    'The worktops are made from reclaimed science lab tables, and the fronts of the cupboards are covered in a white laminate, which gives a different energy to the space. On the kitchen wall we used green tiles from Emery & Cie,' explains Maria Speake of Retrouvius who designed this family kitchen in London.

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    Shunning our throwaway culture, interior designer Patrick Williams, of Berdoulat Design used salvaged finds and traditional techniques to imaginatively restore his Victorian flat in east London; the plaster walls in the kitchen are sealed with beeswax to make them water resistant. A lover of good design, Patrick even decants his washing-up liquid into an old-fashioned Fairy bottle.

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    Island life

    This kitchen designed by Lindsey Pierce of Plain English made the island the dominant feature of the room, providing surfaces for prepping and dining, as well as extensive storage space, which would otherwise have been in high cupboards on the wall.

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    Without any drastic aesthetic change - the old Delft tiles above the sink survived - this Oxfordshire cottage kitchen just works and looks better thanks to Colefax designer Emma Burns. Emma brought in joiner Chris Bell to create units an inch shallower than the existing ones - a tweak that makes a huge difference to the sense of the space. Elm was chosen for the worktops and the units are painted in 'Farrow's Cream' by Farrow & Ball.

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    'This was our first Aga, and even my husband is enamoured with the fact that he can pop things in there without having to preheat. It is electric, which is more economical than oil and allows better temperature control - one half functions like a conventional Aga, and the other is like a standard convection oven,' says the owner of this kitchen designed by Plain English.

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    House & Garden's decoration editor Gabby Deeming used a palette of four colours from the Mylands paint range to create this kitchen's harmonious scheme: 'Pebble Grey', 'Museum', 'Grosvenor Square' and 'Sinner' - all accented with flashes of copper.

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    In the kitchen of this regency house in Norfolk, respect has been given to the room's period proportions and feel. The feel of an old-fashioned range cooker has been achieved by creating a tiled alcove, which accomodates a very modern convection oven and induction hob. Surrounding the alcove is great joinery, most importantly the shelf with its carved brackets, which plays host to a perfectly symmetrical tableau of pretty objects.

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    The English owners of this picture perfect beach house on Cap Ferret, near Bordeaux enlisted the combined efforts of local builder Guy Allamand and London architect Jonathan Tuckey. 'The owners gave us a very clear idea of how their holidays worked and we knew there needed to be space for mountains of seafood to arrive, and for everyone to join in preparing it,' says Jonathan.

    In honour of this the long kitchen island is more seafood bar than kitchen work surface, enabling everyone to gather round. The original intention was that the island would be zinc, but it proved difficult to have made, so stainless steel was used instead. Handmade by Devon based furniture maker James Verner, it was designed to be robust and forgiving of holiday life and sandy feet, with open shelving on the walls on which to display pieces found on their travels.

    'Hinges are exposed and the drawers are oak boxes in oak frame,' Jonathan points out. It needed to age well, hence the rough bandsawn finish of both the kitchen units and the floor. John Knuckey of Knuckey Furniture created a white-stained sandblasted-ash table for everyone to pile around at dinner, lit by Secto pendant lights.

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    A restored silk-weaver's house in Spitalfields belonging to architectural historian and writer Will Palin has been restored for modern living yet still retains all its period charm. Note how the colour on the cupboards matches the detail around the cooking area.

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    The dining table is not the only place to sit in designer Helen Green's open-plan kitchen. Her clever design provides lots of additional spaces including a cosy window seat and simple stools ranged along the central island to ensure that the kitchen is the heart of the house. Helen sourced these from Ethnicraft in Belgium (the oak 'N3' counter stool is similar), while three 'Phane' pendants by Original BTC hang above the worktops.

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    An old-fashioned kitchen and separate breakfast room were separated to create a generous space that made sense for a burgeoning family. 'The children would be in there causing chaos while I'd be cooking in the kitchen yelling at them through the wall,' says owner Georgie Forham. The Shaker-style cabinets were made by Freddie Proudfoot, an antiques dealer who also makes cabinets. The pictures were bought from Summerill & Bishop. 'I worked there after we got married,' explains Georgie. 'Anything I earned, I spent in the shop.'

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    Kresse Wesling and James Henrit are the couple behind Elvis & Kresse, and make a living turning industrial waste materials in to covetable accessories. Their own home is a testament to their innovate way with the unwanted. Almost everything in the flat has been rescued and given new life including the kitchen, where even the island worktop is made from a piece of granite found in a skip.

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    Art dealer and founder of the PAD art fair fourth-generation Parisian art dealer, Patrick Perrin has opted for an industrial, chrome cooker and checkerboard floor, in the minimal kitchen of his Saint-Germain apartment, creating a serene and soigné home. Try SCP, Folk Lore and Conran Shop for similarly lovely wooden chopping boards.

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    The interiors of this rustic barn in Oxfordshire reflect a lifetime's work by the artist Paul Nicholls, who lived here for 30 years before moving to France and devoted himself to making all the various niches, gargoyles and hideouts that you see today. It is now home to another artist - the sculptor and painter Lincoln Seligman and his wife Tish. The living area leads into the kitchen, a space that originally consisted of a cupboard and a rescued nineteenth-century range, which the previous occupant had fuelled, as Tish says, with almost anything he could lay his hands on - coal being the last resort.

    Lincoln and Tish removed the range and the cupboard is now in Lincoln's studio at the end of the garden. They asked a friend, Probyn Miers (father of BBC MasterChef winner and Wahaca restaurant-chain founder Thomasina Miers), to build them a kitchen. 'He is a wonderful joiner and could not have done a better job, building it of aged oak with a zinc top, which we love. He even managed to make the handles out of olive wood that I found on a beach in Antibes,' says Tish. The oak units are set off by a limed-oak table.

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    Designer Caroline Holdaway and her photographer partner Fatimah Namdar use this eighteenth-century cottage in the Cotswolds as a weekend escape from their busy London lives. Planks of reclaimed pine from an industrial building site span the kitchen floor, while the cooker is from Rayburn. Their collection of studio pottery is evident in their kitchen, where lovely bowls and pots abound. The Leach Pottery has an excellent online shop, where its famous 'soda ware' and 'reduction ware' pieces are on sale, with a large bowl priced around £45.

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    Open shelving and industrial tiling lend a thoroughly American feel to the kitchen of Jos and Annabel White's Manhattan home. The fittings were inspired by the decoration in their friends' New York restaurant The Fat Radish.

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    The house, built in the early 1860s, belongs to a fairly typical west-London terrace, with a basement kitchen, raised ground floor and two storeys of bedrooms above. It was in a reasonable condition, but the basement badly needed reordering. 'There was a pokey little kitchen at the back', interior designer Hugh Leslie recalls, 'with a great big pillar in the middle that supported the back wall of the house.' By replacing the pillar with a steel cross-beam, now hidden, Hugh was able to open up the room, creating a spacious, light-filled kitchen where the owners spend a lot of their time. With its mix of country furniture and stoneware, painted-wood wall units and a large, oak central island, it's a relaxed, very liveable room that the owners evidently love. 'Their friends are always telling them it's the nicest kitchen in London,' says Hugh.

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    Discreet panelled units and pendant lighting take centre stage in this sleek modern kitchen created by interior design duo Keech Green, who reworked and redecorated this London flat for their young clients. 'The flat needed complete renovation and detailed consent to meet the heritage planning requirements', says Graham Green.

    Michael Keech and Graham Green have a considerable pedigree working with historic buildings, and were unfazed by the need to reinstate damaged cornices and missing marquetry. The owners wanted something urban, if equally timeless, which has been effortlessly captured in this open-plan kitchen. The original cornices were reinstated, and panelled kitchen units by Orwells Furniture provide storage; the pendant light is from Remains Lighting.

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    Interior architect Paula Barnes has extended this nineteenth-century London rectory and made creative use of reclaimed materials and antique-fair finds to create a comfortable family house. In the kitchen she used Belgian bluestone that spans the kitchen floor and three different opaline lights from Drew Pritchard, which hang between beams above the island.

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    Owner Caroline O'Donnell has lived in this Edwardian flat in south London since her student days. After 20 years, in 2012 Caroline decided that the flat needed an overhaul. She called upon the help of interior designer Harriet Anstruther to create a modern tailored interior to her busy working life. The design of this white modern kitchen with pendant lights is entirely bespoke, and much of it is concealed behind a wall of built-in storage. Glass pendant lights from Curiousa & Curiousa hang above the kitchen table, which is surrounded by vintage Toulix chairs by Xavier Pauchard in their original paint.

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    The cabinets in this kitchen, painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Card Room Green', were designed by Amanda Hornby. The green tone of the cupboards adds a fresh feel to the room, complimented by the green tones in the artwork on the gallery wall. (See how to use green paint for our favourite paint colours.)

    'Anyone can pick a paint colour, but getting the structure right is what makes a house,' says Amanda, who transformed this Cotswolds dovecote into a family home.

    Brass taps and fixtures add elegance to the simply decorated space, which also features a classic butler sink.

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    This white kitchen of this Georgian townhouse in Ludlow has been decorated with a soft colour palette and elegant furnishings, creating a fresh country scheme. Large cabinets line the width of the space, complemented by a classic white Aga and blue tiling.

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    India Mahdavi's colourful kitchen is furnished with India's 'Double Diagonale' table and Franz West chairs. A marble inset containing the sink and shelving punctuates the glossy dark panelling where the appliances are concealed.

    'Kitchens should be furnished like any other room. My kitchen has curtains, a rug and a velvet screen - I cannot live in a slick way,' says designer India Mahdavi in her Dos and Don'ts of Decorating. The Iranian-born architect and designer, who opened her studio in Paris in 1999, is famous for her dramatic interiors.

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    The large central island clad in a green onyx dominates this dramatic but inviting kitchen. Its colour makes an attractive contrast to the white Corian kitchen worktops, which match an oversized pendant light by Halo Tech Design.

    Designer Anthony Collett of Collett-Zarzycki has used striking colours, from white to red and green, in this kitchen scene. Thanks to Collett's innovative approach and the enthusiasm of the owners for his suggestions, this nineteenth-century London flat is now an exciting space full of colour and texture.

    The vibrant white room is a daring space: sophisticated yet welcoming. And while there's an element of drama, this feels like a lived-in home in which colour, texture and personality are the result of inspired choices.

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    Oak beams support the pitched ceiling of Ed and Polly Nicholson's kitchen - a twentieth-century extension by architect William Bertram added to the exsisting Georgian house. 'The Georgian part needed structural work due to a fire that had gutted the top floors in the Forties,' says Polly. Rusticity is balanced by dashes of modernity such as the glass-fronted cupboards.

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    British sculptor Emily Young's residence and studio is a former monastery on a hilltop in southern Tuscany. The kitchen was once the sacristy of the church.

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    This wood kitchen island strengthens the rustic, countryside feel of this room. 'You really have to listen to a house like this,' designer Harriet Anstruther says as she crosses the stone threshold of her restored farmhouse in Sussex, which connects to the kitchen. 'There are no straight lines here, and there is nothing that doesn't have a hole or a chip or a bird in it. But if you spent your time worrying about spiders and symmetry, you wouldn't live here.' Harriet sourced the kitchen units from Habitat.

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    Warmth radiates from the kitchen's golden-yellow walls in Duchesse de Magenta's Renaissance chateau in Burgundy, where copper pans are prettily arranged, hanging in rows from wooden planks - a great way of using kitchen wall space efficiently, for storage.

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    The compact galley kitchen in designer Ben Pentreath's small flat is bright with white units and shelving, though not clinical thanks to unusual dark green walls. A similar paint is 'Euphorbia' by Paint Library.

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    The bookcases in this restored Georgian house were made by cabinet maker Nigel Hall, who also installed this bespoke lower-ground-floor kitchen featuring oak units. The vertical tongue and groove wall panelling painted white brightens the room and gives the space height.

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    Charles Hurst, who often works with designer Caroline Holdaway, built this kitchen in Robin Muir's house. The island unit is painted in a matt green similar to 'Greengage' by Designers Guild, while the worktop is in English oak.

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    The Aga in the kitchen of Tom Helme's Carskiey Estate is framed by geometric tiles from Fired Earth, while the walls are clad in white subway tiling. The unpolished and unpainted kitchen island adds to the room's farmhouse style.

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    Our columnist Rita Konig's flat has a cheerful blue and white kitchen that strikes the perfect balance between modern and country. Tiled walls are complimented by white Corian-topped units - a great hard-wearing, inexpensive alternative to marble. Vintage accessories collected over the years are illuminted from above by four black pendant lights.

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    This kitchen features traditional pine units designed by interior designer Louise Jones and made by The Olive Branch Kitchens in West Yorkshire. The simplicity of these units is offset by floral tiles, plates and curtains.

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    This country kitchen in Hampshire belonging to designer and antiques dealer Max Rollitt is furnished with a simple wooden island, terracotta tiled floors and grey wooden sink units, over which a pole is fixed to the walls for hanging pots and pans.

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    The kitchen in artist Anne Massie's home is hung with pots and vintage baskets. She chose locally quarried Virginian soapstone for the worktops and a traditional white kitchen with industrial hinges and fastenings. Framed pictures cover one wall of the room, adding personality and character.

    Soapstone is durable, heat-resistant, dense and environmentally friendly. It ages well (although darkening is likely) and you can sand out scratches if they are bothersome.

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    How to do a modern Country Kitchen? Industrial pendant lights and rustic furniture. Exposed beams, an Aga and simple wooden furniture create a farmhouse-feel at Slackwood Farm.

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    The panelling in Katie Fontana's kitchen is painted white, this make the small space feel lighter and bright. Vintage knick-knacks decorate the shelves. Small paintings complete the eclectic scheme.

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    The Shaker-style kitchen units including the island in Ptolemy Dean's house in Sussex were supplied by Thomas Ford & Sons in nearby Ripley. Prints and paintings line the walls - even above the Aga. 'They do get greasy,' admits Ptolemy's wife Charlie, although 'the pieces do get better the further away from the Aga you go'. A trio of modern pendant lights hangs about the kitchen island and an eighteenth-century portrait of an ancestor of Ptolemy's decorates the wall behind the oak table at the dining-area end of the kitchen.

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    Designer Rabih Hage decided to reverse the order of the rooms on the ground floor of this west London house moving the kitchen to the front, and the dining room to the back. 'I thought it would be much nicer for the kitchen to face south over the square, so I put a small table by the front window where they can have family breakfasts,' he explains. Since the family is quite large and they do a lot of entertaining, there is a small, professionally equipped area at the back of the kitchen where food can be prepared away from the family. An Ingo Maurer gold-leaf ceiling light hangs over the main area for food preparation, behind which is ample storage for all the kitchen paraphernalia.

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    In Mimi Thorisson's kitchen within her home in the Médoc region of France a traditional wooden dresser is used to display pretty vintage kitchenware and crockery.

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    The kitchen of Susan Deliss's home in France is painted a warm orange. The wooden units were made by Planet Earth Kitchens in Essex and shipped out to France. Copper pans are displayed along a traditional shelf and rows of plates adorn the walls. A wooden farmhouse kitchen provides both a work surface and a casual dining spot.

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    Printmaker Cameron Short relinquished a lucrative career in advertising to relocate to rural Dorset. His traditional kitchen has blue wooden units and a wide butler sink.

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    The new extension in this ultra-modern barn conversion has a Bulthaup kitchen with applewood cabinetry and Caesarstone worktops. A half-height partition wall separates the kitchen from the dining area. The exposed beams are striking and add to the utilitarian feel of the space.

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    In the warm, orange kitchen of Ben Pentreath's Georgain Parsonage the Aga dates back to the Sixties. Ben added the wooden floor, painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Hardwick White', and found the glazed wall cupboard in a junk shop. The kitchen floor needed replacing when he moved in. 'As there was a patch of old stone flagging, I had hoped there would be more beneath the linoleum,' Ben says. 'Of course, there wasn't, so we simply glued wooden boards on top of the existing floor and painted them dove grey'.

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    The kitchen of architect Mario Connio's home in Andalucia harks back to the building's origins as a farmhouse. It boasts original terracotta floor tiles and simple whitewashed walls. The traditional wooden beamed ceiling is painted a vibrant green.

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    In this London flat designed by Max Rollitt, there is an antique shelf above the kitchen sink. This holds a collection of pottery and glassware. The rich red cabinetry below is topped with pale carrera marble.

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    The kitchen of this farmhouse decorated by Ben Pentreath is painted in a soft green. The traditional units are creamy white with brass knobs and pulls and a gloriously weathered oak table has centre stage.

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    This bright and airy kitchen featuring a cream Aga, rustic wooden benches and stone flooring belongs to Bridget Elworthy - one half of garden design duo The Land Gardeners; lovers of walled gardens, cut flowers and compost. The house, Wardington Manor in Oxfordshire, is a restored Jacobean manor house with a Victorian walled garden, which now serves as the HQ for The Land Gardeners' business.

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    This is the perfect kitchen style for a French farmhouse retreat with cream and pine work surfaces and maps on the wall. The owners chose to leave the stonework surrounding the door to the next room exposed as a character feature.

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    Deep blue lights from Charles Edwards hang in the kitchen of this beach house in the Bahamas. The room is largely painted white, which contrasts with the dark wood flooring and kitchen island. Bulky ovens and stackable bar stools add an industrial-style edge to the scheme.

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    Hannah Cecil Gurney's west London flat is a feast of luxurious colour, texture and pattern - little surprise given that her father founded the handmade wallpaper company de Gournay.

    'I'm used to living in colour,' she says of her childhood, which was spent immersed in her father's business, which started in the basement of their family home. 'Colour is invigorating. It gets all the receptors in your mind going.'

    'Lining the kitchen walls with gold leaf and painting the woodwork turquoise has made the tiny cooking space feel like the inside of a delicious chocolate box'. The room was designed with warmth in mind; it is the only space in the flat where the celing was not restored to double height and the wenge worktop was chosen specifically to be 'more cosy and warm than stone'.

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    The kitchen of this minimal Manhattan house designed by Rita Konig is by Patti Seidman of Mullman Seidman Architects. Glass-fronted cabinets reveal a display of glassware and the neutral palette fits with the rest of the modern home.

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    The several small rooms and cupboards that made up the basement in this house were taken out and the area was turned into an informal sitting area at one end, which progresses naturally and stylistically into this warm but uncluttered, painted wooden kitchen at the garden end.

    The colours are peaceful and pleasant. 'Above all, I wanted the colours to be calm,' says designer Penny Morrison. The pale colour palette 'makes a narrow house seem less claustrophobic and fussy'.

    The challenge for Penny Morrison at this Victorian terrace was to create a home for a bachelor - without the stereotypical furnishings.

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    The tiles behind the Aga in this country kitchen, which are from Ann Sacks, make the alcove a lovely focus in the bright room. Tom Dixon pendant lights hang above the island, which stores wine, books and tableware.

    This restored Georgian house in Somerset was an irresistible challenge for its owners, who put together a team including architect Ptolemy Dean for the painstaking restoration, which won a Georgian Group award in 2015.

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    The scheme belongs to Anna Valentine's bright and minimalist London flat. This open-plan kitchen is calmingly minimal. With the help of architects RDH, all the partition walls were removed, flooding the flat with light from front to back. It features vintage powder-coated wall lights from Skinflint Design, a marble worktop and splashback and walls painted in Farrow & Ball's 'Old White'. The greenery adds colour to the all-white scheme and brings the room to life.

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    Alastair Hendy was initially reluctant to view the Grade II listed 16th century property. From the beginning, however, the house took a grip on Alastair and, although much had been obliterated, the bones of the house were all original and he was able to see its potential. He bought the house, not realising that it would be the start of a five-year restoration project. After taking a crash course in 16th century building practices, salvaging materials and engaging local craftsmen, Alastair returned it to glory. A large professional oven presides over one wall of this kitchen. Elsewhere, cupboards and shelving house a vast collection of china and pottery.

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    The owners of this West London house employed a skilled team to restore and complement its original features, and create a home with a feeling of permanence after a lifetime of moving. The house is a tall, mid-nineteenth-century white stucco building that they wanted to work well for twenty-first-century family life. 'We were determined to avoid beige "banker chic",' the owner explains.The studded brass splashback was sourced by Sympatico Design & Restoration to introduce warmth to the scheme.

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    This modern kitchen has an Arabescato marble splashback and worktop, which provides a chic contrast to the dark cabinets. (The grey units also pick up on the swirls and veins of the marble.)

    Maximising light and space was essential to show the owner's post-war art and sleek French art deco furniture to their best advantage in this elegant Pimlico flat.

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    With a characteristic respect for the fabric of this eighteenth-century house in Bath, designer Patrick Williams has carefully transformed it into a welcoming home and B&B.

    Downstairs in the kitchen, an island made by Marcus Jacka serves as the hub of the room. To avoid touching the original panelling, the sink, an Everhot stove, a dishwasher and a drawer fridge have been housed in a large and handsome island, built by Patrick's friend Marcus Jacka. Its top is elm, aged using Van Dyck Crystals so it looks hundreds of years old. The floorboards are painted with only one coat of Fired Earth's 'Burnt Juniper' eggshell to ensure they gain patina quickly.

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    The designer Jane Gowers discovered her London house by chance, but its restoration and decoration have been the result of good judgement and a sympathetic approach. The kitchen's traditional cream units were made by Woodstock Furniture, with doors giving access to the garden terrace.

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    Since moving into her husband's Wiltshire farmhouse, designer Sarah Vanrenen has enhanced its quirky charm, with an adjusted layout and unexpected colours. Accents of red contrast well with the blue wall in the extended kitchen, which is full of curious corners.

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    The owners of this London house have called upon the expertise of Maddux Creative's design duo not once, but twice - most recently to maximise space and light, and play up the distinctive period details. The kitchen has an island with a Statuario marble shell and a large pendant light from McEwen Lighting Studio in the US.

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    Juggling the demands of a growing family and an interior-design business, Nicole Salvesen updated her south London house to increase the feeling of space with bright colours and more streamlined rooms. The kitchen units were paired with handles from A Touch of Brass, the colour of which is picked up by the brass splashbacks.

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    Carefully placed cabinets enclose the kitchen area without disrupting the open-plan layout in Kate Earl's 1920s chalet in the French Alps. A hatch with a sliding shutter between the kitchen and dining areas adds to this effect.

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    This rustic kitchen from House & Garden's August 2017 issue by House & Garden's Ruth Sleightholme mixes the wicker designs of Atelier Vime with French textiles, antiques, twentieth-century pieces and rustic Provençal pottery, within the atmospheric setting of their eighteenth-century hôtel particulier.

    WALLS Similar giltwood mirror, 'Regency Convex', £3,281, from English Georgian. FURNITURE 'Tulip' cast aluminium and laminate table, by Eero Saarinen, £1,584; 'Mesh' steel side chairs, by Harry Bertoia, £770 each; all from Knoll. 'La Châtelaine' cast-iron stove (noir), by Godin, from £6,700, from Lawton Imports. Similar eighteenth-century church cupboard, £496, from UK Architectural Antiques. ACCESSORIES 'Gabriel' wicker and rattan ceiling light, £950; wicker picnic basket, from £680; both from Atelier Vime. 'Albi' silver-plated soup tureen (on stove), £1,541, from Christofle. 'Vallauris' glazed earthenware pottery (on table and cupboard), by Foucard-Jourdan, from £115, from M Charpentier Antiques. Green glass decanter, £320; and tumblers, £40 each; amber glass tumblers, £30 each; all from Guinevere. Silver-plated jardiniere, £1,250 a pair, from Hilary Batstone.