kitchen, rooms

7 handsome kitchens we love

From crisp white cooking spaces to glamorous entertainment zones, we round up seven of our favourite kitchen designs from past HL issues.

1. all-white elegance

This Camps Bay kitchen boasts a classical, calm atmosphere with its predominantly white colour palette and light marbling detail. We love the interest that the black-and-white tiles, reminiscent of Victorian times, offer.
kitchen2april2015 Photographer: Greg Cox; Stylist: Jeanne Botes

Read more at Bring an heirloom back to life

2. wooden wonder

The owners of this beautiful kitchen aimed to create a contemporary look with the use of straightforward natural materials like wood, cement and glass. The result is a space that's both warm and chic. The pendant lights, with their crumpled aesthetic, and the built-in fish tank also make for great talking points.
kitchenJan-Feb2015 (1) Photographer: Warren Heath; Stylist: Danielle Howard

3. glitz and glamour

Inspired by the kitchen in Cameron Diaz's Manhattan apartment, this space in a grand Cape Town mansion embraces a teal and brass colour palette and exudes a sense of playful sophistication. We especially adore the elegant custom-made gable window that looks out on hanging birdcages and painted greenery.
kitchenNov2015 (1) Photographer: Elsa Young/Frank Features; Stylist: Luanne Toms/Frank Features

4. beachside serenity

This pared-down kitchen in Kommetjie makes the most of inside-outside living with plenty of glass that lets the ocean views in and sliding doors that open the room up to an outdoor dining area.
kitchendec2015 Photographer: Elsa Young

5. grecian calm

The use of crisp white and dark blue in this cooking space, which sits in a historical Johannesburg farmhouse, lend the kitchen a fresh Greek feel. The blue-and-white tiles, probably added to the original room at the beginning of the 20th century, were restored and reused.
kitchen1Nov2014ed Photographer: Elsa Young; Stylist: Leana Schoeman

6. rustic charm

The handmade dining table, wooden bench and white server in this West Coast holiday house kitchen give the room a country cottage-style feeling, while the metal legs of the table and stools and the brass wire lamps introduce an industrial touch.
kitchenDec20153 (1) Photographer: Greg Cox; Stylist: Jeanne Botes

Read Share this holiday home dream

7. bright and breezy

The addition of an A-frame glass conservatory to this otherwise industrial kitchen draws the room into the garden space and links it with the green outdoors. Of course, it also brings lots of natural light into the cooking and eating zone, which boasts a chic simplicity.
kitchenJan-Feb20152 Photographer: Elsa Young; Stylist: Leana Schoeman