Good design is universal. And you’ll find plenty of evidence — and inspiration — in the most-saved kitchen photos of 2021 from 10 countries around the world, presented here in alphabetical order. See how dramatic color palettes, hardworking storage and an elegant mix of finishes and materials can create a stylish, high-functioning space that defies boundaries.

First Avenue Homes
1. Australia

This Melbourne, Victoria, kitchen by First Avenue Homes is a study in contrasts that integrates key material and decorating trends in a classic, timeless way.

We’ve been seeing an increase in dark palettes used in Australian kitchens, and this space shows how to successfully balance those colors with light features to create a lasting style.

The light veining in the Portsea Gray marble countertops and backsplash offer balance to the dark cabinetry and range hood. Vertical lines on the island base, hood and pantry wall cabinets contrast with the rounded edge of the island countertop, the arched window into the wine cabinet and the oversize round pantry door handles.

Inhale l'agence
2. France

This kitchen illustrates an approach to laying out a kitchen that’s popular in France right now. Relocating a kitchen to a hallway can sometimes better optimize a home’s square footage.

During the renovation of this apartment in Paris, interior architect Amélie Colombet of Inhale removed a wall between the living room and a hallway. She then created a new open and bright kitchen in the former hallway. The former kitchen became a comfortable new bathroom.

The light wood cabinets, pastel colors and hexagonal floor tiles create a natural style that’s also trending in France right now.

Regnauer Hausbau GmbH & Co. KG
3. Germany

Matte green cabinets set a soothing and inviting tone in this German kitchen, which was designed by the Deml cabinetry firm in Aschau, Bavaria. Oak used for the flooring, raised bar area and bench bring warmth to the space, while a natural stone worktop adds a spot of cool gray.
Amusing Interior
4. India

These homeowners wanted a crisply designed, spacious kitchen, but a shaft between the former kitchen and utility room had left them with only a tiny space to cook in. Delhi designer Rohit Chaudhary of Amusing Interior kept the column as a partition wall but combined the two spaces to create a more expansive kitchen.

Open shelves and glass cabinets help the space feel light and bright. The cabinets and shutters are made of HDHMR (high-density, high-moisture-resistance) boards, while the countertops are KalingaStone, an engineered marble manufactured in Delhi.

5. Italy

This kitchen by Liadesign was part of a renovation of a 646-square-foot apartment. The aim was to make the most of the available space and incorporate a gym and a movie area. The kitchen was designed to contribute warmth and a jolt of energy to the home.

The space juxtaposes the apartment’s gorgeous antique wood flooring against industrial flair and black cabinets. A fiery red fridge spices things up. Judging from the most-saved photos on Houzz Italy, many in the country are loving black kitchens, especially when mixed with warm wood details, as seen here.
R-studio 一級建築士事務所
6. Japan

The stylish pairing of gray and black has become popular in Japanese kitchens, as exemplified in this space by R-studio. A matte finish for the color palette keeps the chic kitchen from feeling too cold. The light cream color of the dining table adds a warm touch and a bit of softness. Ceramic subway tiles and brass pendant lights from Futagami add character.
7. Russia

Houzz Russia commenters say they particularly like the gray-and-wood color scheme in this kitchen by Sinchugova Design Studio.

People also love the wooden frame around the gray cabinets that draws attention and makes the nearby white flat-panel cabinets virtually disappear.

Iago Blanco
8. Spain

For this Madrid flat, architect Iago Blanco created a soothing and impressive style in a relatively compact space. A glass partition helps keep cooking smells and noise out of the nearby living area while maintaining visual openness between the rooms.

Shere Kitchens
9. United Kingdom

In the U.K., we’ve been seeing more interest in natural color palettes and biophilic design. And this lovely space by Shere Kitchens showcases that trend beautifully.

The sage green of the island (Vintage Vogue by Benjamin Moore) references the outside world. Plenty of natural light from bifold doors at one end of the room and light greige cabinets (Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore) keep the room feeling bright and airy.
Ariel Bleich Design
10. United States

The most popular U.S. kitchen of 2021 mixes colors and materials to create a style that looks collected over time. To keep the eye moving, Austin, Texas, designer Ariel Bleich balanced raw wood ceiling beams and other wood details with glass-front cabinets, textured taupe-colored backsplash tile and a bank of blue cabinetry. A creamy shade of white on the rest of the cabinets, walls and trim adds warmth.
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