Get ideas from these stylish, open-plan kitchens—craft a multifunctional space made for everything from cooking and entertaining to supervising the kids

The kitchen is the busy hub of every contemporary home: it’s where everything from homework supervision, breakfast time to cooking for friends and family; an open-plan layout allows you the flexibility to do all of the above, and more.

Craft a dreamy culinary space by taking inspiration from these stunning kitchens.

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1. A kitchen with light wood cabinetry

The enviable kitchen in this newly built home combines timber elements with black detailing and practical terrazzo floors. The fitted cupboards are crafted from elm wood and the work surfaces are bush-hammered granite. The island has been designed to incorporate a counter space that facilitates long chats with the cook, everyday breakfasts or the kids’ homework sessions: being able to sit with one’s legs under the countertop can make a real difference to comfort levels.

The mix of pendant lamps in various forms over the kitchen island adds a subtle element of visual interest to an otherwise minimalist space. Highlights include the Shadows suspension lamps by Czech brand Brokis, the Hay bar stools and paintings by Hanneke Benade.

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2. A kitchen with blue cabinetry

The home of an art dealer and consultant, this contemporary abode features an open-plan design that makes it ideal for entertaining. The kitchen and dining room lead out onto a private courtyard, where the dinner party often spills onto for drinks. Vintage and roughly hewn handmade fixtures and furniture pieces offset the use of raw concrete and the modern lines of the space, while the dark blue kitchen joinery adds an element of classic elegance.

This rustic wooden table in the kitchen was made using joists from a three-hundred-year-old warehouse. The industrial hanging lights are original vintage pieces, but a range of similar styles can be sourced from American lighting and homeware manufacturer Schoolhouse.

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3. A calming kitchen in teal green tones

This compact kitchen and dining area fulfills all the needs of a young family. The white cabinet beside the French doors to the veranda houses everything needed for outdoor activities, including sunscreen and swimming goggles. The scullery is tucked away to one side, and its sleek lines are heightened by the use of an elegant grey wall colour mixed to the homeowner’s specifications.

The woven cane pendant lampshades were chosen to “add texture, something softer, to contrast with the steel table,” says the owner, who is an interior designer. The table and chairs are by Gregor Jenkin. Brass fixtures and pops of white stand out beautifully against the grey walls.

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4. An industrial-chic kitchen

Combining clean lines with industrial touches, this kitchen forms the lively centre of a farmhouse-inspired home in a coastal village. “We wanted something really special that was a showpiece without being too over the top,” says the homeowner, commenting on the central island, which is made of a single piece of tempered steel, and solid oak.

The owners specially commissioned a local boat builder to design and make their kitchen cabinetry, and the result has a fluid, light and seamless look. The pale blue fridge by Smeg adds a touch of retro style to the space, complemented by rugged elements such as a raw brick wall and the off-shutter concrete ceiling.

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5. A stylish diner-inspired kitchen

The needs of the many children in this family’s suburban home informed its design. The kitchen’s recently updated breakfast nook is now the very centre of the house; this vibrant space is where the family meets multiple times a day for meals and homework. Interior designer Simone Hirsch chose a textured wallpaper by Thibaut in a similar tone to the cream flooring to add a touch of textured warmth to the kitchen.

This story was first published in the June-July 2021 issue of Tatler Homes Singapore, now available on Magzter and newsstands.

  • PhotographyGreg Cox, Warren Heath, Elsa Young / Bureaux
  • ProductionSven Alberding, Tara Sloggett
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