Kitchens – Your Essential Guide

With the kitchen now considered to be the part of the home with the highest financial value, we look at key things to consider to get the look and layout that’s right for you.


We’re big advocates of colour!  A barely there pink gives an important colour injection to cool neutral design schemes. In fact, without that warm shot of colour it’s just another contemporary white kitchen. Style it up with either black or dark grey accents for a classic look, or with matt brass for a touch of warmth. This Urban Rustic kitchen we designed in central London brings the stylish owners a grown up glow.


Photo: bespoke kitchen designed by My-Studio from our Hammersmith villa project

Metro tiles

Metro tiles have been around for a while and we love them. To update the look, run them across a whole elevation for drama and a more expensive, seemless vibe like we did in this industrial-inspired family kitchen.

Two other design trends feature here. This shaker-style kitchen has cleaner lines for a more modern touch, and a nature inspired palette, (kitchen colour reference Farrow and Ball Castle Grey).

Photo: bespoke kitchen designed by My-Studio with a full height wall of metro crackle glaze tiles


This is the ‘it’ must-have for all new kitchen commissions! The larder is whizzing up all our clients specification must-have lists. Conceived by the Victorians to store dried goods and spices, today’s larders are multifunctional – pull out shelves, preparation areas, bars, ingredients storage and in all styles – rustic, contemporary, shaker or designed like a classic piece of furniture.

More than a third of homeowners lead a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home. Larders are central to this. Sometimes called pantry cupboards they are one of the top new built-ins with 40% of people asking for one in their kitchens. We designed this elm larder with interior shelves and pull out table for prep work.?

Photo: Bespoke My-Studio contemporary larder design in elm

We love the idea of larder as a bespoke piece of furniture. It’s resonates as layouts become open plan and kitchens need to function with living spaces. So we specified elegant brass handles on these larders (less kitchen more living room).

Photo: Bespoke My-Studio contemporary larder design in elm

The ‘Super’ kitchen

Kitchens are no longer just places to cook food. They are ‘super spaces’. Our clients tell us they want to entertain there, or socialise in them. They want a table to eat at or somewhere to work/do homework. A well designed kitchen changes behaviour – our clients cook more, order takeout less.

The kitchen is the first place that we all sit together.

A very calming kitchen – Nordic inspired dining area in this London townhouse kitchen, design My-Studio

How do you use your kitchen? Is it a place for family to gather, a place to experiment with cooking, to entertain friends, to work from home? As part of the space planning, we aim to incorporate a generous seating area as it’s the space that gets used the most and brings everyone together.

So if you’re thinking of a kitchen redesign it’s all in the planning, and some inspired insider ideas to take your design to the next level.

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