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Take 3: Contemporary kitchens

PUBLISHED: 00:16 25 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:32 20 February 2013

Take 3: Contemporary kitchens

Take 3: Contemporary kitchens

Practical and ergonomic yet rich in colour, texture and decoration: today's kitchens should be as warm and inviting as they are efficient. We've been seduced by these three contemporary looks...

Practical and ergonomic yet rich in colour, texture and decoration: todays kitchens should be as warm and inviting as they are efficient. Weve been seduced by these three contemporary looks.

Leaving the minimalist look behind, colour and decoration are now as crucial in the kitchen as they would be in any other room in the house.

Alnos Alno Star Fine kitchen with violet matt and high-gloss black finish is complemented by a feature extractor hood with built-in lighting that instantly injects personality into the room, available at John Lewis, Bluewater, tel: 01322 624123

Here walnut units in the kitchen create a cosy, cocooning feel. This look is particularly effective when blended with modern materials such as cool stainless steel and glass.

The company also offers a wide range of contemporary appliances, fittings and worktops in granite, marble, limestone, quartz, solid wood and laminate. Pictured is the Kempton by Crown Kitchens, available from Thurnhams of Maidstone, tel: 01622 692222

The Lagune and Giro kitchen by German company Schmidt is available in a wide range of colours including sea greens, terracotta and olive. The curved design creates the ideal set up for cooking and socialising.

The shiny lacquer facades and glass-like surfaces contribute to a cool and serene space, available at J.C. Farley Ltd, Ramsgate, tel:01843 593069

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