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22 Kitchen Design Ideas from Inspiring Toronto Homes

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From Roncesvalles to Rosedale, here are 22 kitchen design ideas from Toronto’s most inspiring home cookeries

Raise your hand if you could use some kitchen design ideas. Couldn’t we all? Layout, materials, and appliances are important parts of creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. Let’s take a look at what these cucinas, crafted by some of Toronto’s best architects and interior designers, have in store.

A female person with a white dog is walking in a kitchen designed by Cecconi Simone | kitchen design ideas

Jill and Pollie take a spin around the Caesarstone-topped kitchen island anchoring the seamless ground level.

1. Link Living and Cooking Spaces

This Cecconi Simone-designed townhouse, home to a craft beer company manager and her partner, has a supple yet compact layout. Openfaced Cartier cupboards in the slim galley kitchen step down to livingroom shelving at the back, providing a great kitchen design.

A couple is having some family time. The female person is holding a baby, the family dog is paying attention to the male | kitchen design ideas

Design ideas: the industrial garage door opens up connecting the kitchen dining space to the backyard patio

2. Create Connections

The owners of Stylegarage transformed this Mimico property from a dry goods store into a sunshine-filled family home. Here, an industrial garage door rolls up to link the house’s kitchen to their breezy backyard’s barbecue and dining space.

Carrara marble–topped island | kitchen design ideas

3. Level Up

Welcome to this skylight-filled Roncesvalles rebuild by Altius Architects. The kitchen dominates a raised platform and is  bookended by a sunken media room at the front of the house and the living room at the rear. These varying elevations lend the slender space depth. To elongate the room, thin suspension lights were installed above the broad Carrara marble–topped island. That’s a pretty great kitchen design idea.

A backsplash subway tile offset dark wooden cabinetry

4. Contrast Traditional and Contemporary Elements

Interior designer Alison Milne was enlisted by a vintage-loving Bay Streeter to create this moody, masculine space. In the kitchen, Milne used white subway tile to offset dark wooden cabinetry. This she had burned and dinged to create an old-timey look. Oak shelves are hoisted on industrial-strength brackets above an apron-front sink from Roman Bath Centre.

A female person is in the kitchen preparing the coffee with a moka. | Kitchen design Ideas

5. Break Down Barriers

Graphic designers Glenda Rissman and Derwyn Goodall loved the period elements scattered throughout their 70-year-old home but the couple wanted an open kitchen. With the help of designer Andrew Jones, they removed a confining dining room wall and rebuilt their cookery in birch veneer, marble and white Corian.

A maple-clad kitchen’s seamless wall of cabinets, big island as focus point | Kitchen design Ideas

6. Put Everything in its Place

Design Architecture Everyday renovated a Parkdale Victorian for two lovers of all things Danish. Now a Scandinavian aesthetic pervades throughout this woodsy retreat, The maple-clad kitchen’s seamless wall of cabinets was purpose-built by millworker Kevin Karst for everything inside. Cleverly, the clients mapped out where they wanted each pot and pan to be ahead of time. Now that’s a great kitchen design idea.

designer Alanna Davey - A female person is storing items in the kitchen cabinets. | Kitchen design Ideas

7. Be Detail-Oriented

Set stylist Alanna Davey and contractor Phil DeBarros fastidiously mapped out every aspect of their Parkdale abode. A seamless slab of Calacatta marble – only six centimetres thick – was installed flush with the kitchen cabinetry. To match, the same marble was chosen to clad the waterfall island.

A Steel-blue Scavolini kitchen cabinetry | Kitchen design Ideas

8. Opt for Colourful Cabinetry

Steel-blue Scavolini kitchen cabinetry sets the mood in this renovated Rosedale cottage, refreshed by interior designer Mazen El-Abdallah. The blue is reinforced by elegant furnishings in the shared living-dining space, including these armchairs from Hollace Cluny.

A male person (Matt Carr) with a dog is walking on the hardwood floor toward the kitchen || Kitchen design Ideas

9. Mix Eclectic Finishes

Two Toronto design darlings – Matt Carr, design director of Umbra, and Joyce Lo, co-director of the Drake General Store – combine aesthetics in their Dufferin Grove home. Design studio MSDS, which coordinated most of the kitchen’s updates, customized IKEA cabinets with mint-green fronts, brass pulls, and Quartzite countertops that transition into backsplashes. Oak shelves provide a place for eclectic accessories, and match the oak planks cladding two walls and part of the ceiling.

A triangle shaped modern light is brightening the island space

10. Kitchen Design Ideas: See The Light

Tasked with transforming one of Toronto’s converted church condos into a contemporary home, designer Alison Milne sought out heavenly art and graceful furnishings. Milne installed two brass Tri pendants by Australia’s Resident Studio in the kitchen to create impact and a divine glow.

A mother and daughter moment in the kitchen | kitchen design ideas

11. Integrate Storage Space

Williamson Chong’s design for this multigenerational family home in the Annex wraps the ground floor in oak panelling. Beautiful bevelled-edge panels conceal ample storage space. Shelving embedded in this north-facing wall now houses everything from canned goods to camping gear.

A white galley in a narrow modern house in Toronto, roses are visible on the counter

To maximize space, mother and daughter opted for Bulthaup’s compact b1 system to create a sleek, galley-style kitchen.

12. Go Galley Style

How about design ideas for a galley kitchen? Architect Julia Knezic bought the lot next to hers to design a narrow infill for her mother. Tucked between two Edwardians, the new home is compact and contemporary. Inside and just off the entry is a sleek galley-style kitchen by Bulthaup. This conceals appliances and acres of storage behind matte-lacquered wall and base units.

A female person is sipping from a glass while standing behind the island of a white kitchen | kitchen design ideas

13. Incorporate a fresh pop of colour

The Scavolini kitchen in this Yorkville reno by Audax Architecture boasts a bold feature wall with lemon-yellow cabinetry. An island and counters topped with thin slabs of gleaming Corian and Eames chairs from Design Within Reach add to the heavenly feel of the light-filled space.

Family moment, Mother father and 2 kids

14. Make space for the whole family

Four stools from Studio B let everyone enjoy breakfast together at this Forest Hill Village family home designed by B+H Architects principal Patrick Fejér. The Caesarstone-topped Scavolini cabinetry conceals copious storage, while a light by Commute Design hangs overhead.

Industrial designer Tom Deacon is preparing a tea in his penthouse

Frosted black glass tops the island. Kitchen by Varenna; porcelain backsplash by Stone Tile; bowls carved by Deacon.

15. Add a hit of rustic charm

Ash, black cherry and beech bowls carved by designer Tom Deacon line the shelves of the Varenna kitchen in his downtown penthouse. Made from wood found near his country retreat in the Mulmur Hills, the display creates a connection between his town and country homes. Frosted black glass tops the island; the kitchen’s porcelain backsplash is by Stone Tile.

A female person is preparing the tea on the gas stovetop of a white kitchen. Colourful accessories are visible. | Kitchen Design ideas

JTI Design built the custom cabinetry, including the island display case, with Fenix NTM nanotech material. Pendants from Dark Tools; stools from Urban Mode.

16. Showcase colourful serving ware

The island display case in this modern Etobicoke home was designed by blackLAB Architects to display firm manager Sarah Knight’s collection of brightly-hued Fiestaware. White pendants from Dark Tools and stools from Urban Mode match the custom cabinetry, built by JTI Design with Fenix NTM nanotech material.

A couple, make and female, are having a discussion in a kitchen sharing space with the living room | Kitchen Design Ideas

17. Hang some artwork

At Rob and Daryn’s west-end townhouse, the third-storey kitchen shares space with the living room. A photo by James Storie and prints by Gary Taxali and the Royal Art Lodge adorn the walls, while Cecconi Simone–designed cabinetry sandwiches an island/breakfast bar.

A Five-metre-long island is topped in cool Corian and a modern lacquered cabinetry in a modern home kitchen | Kitchen Design Ideas

18. Combine hot and cold

Walnut flooring and built-ins warm the otherwise-cool interior of this Moore Park home by architect Drew Mandel. Unabashedly modern lacquered cabinetry by O’Sullivan Millwork houses Miele’s Brilliant White appliances, while the five-metre-long island is topped in cool Corian.

A female person is using the sink, the cabinetry is white and colourful object are visible

19. Supersize your counter space

Kohn Shnier Architects designed this small Hillcrest Village house to help the owners make the most of every square metre. The careful planning allows for pleasant surprises like an extra-large kitchen island – three metres long, one metre wide. IKEA built-ins house an oven and the pantry, then step down to banquette-style seating. Stools are from Suite 22 Interiors.

A male person is cutting oranges on a very industrial style stainless steel kitchen island

20. Add salt-and-pepper shakers to taste

Dentist-slash-curator Kenneth Montague’s collection of 100-plus S&P shakers runs the gamut from high modernism to kitsch and covers an entire wall in the kitchen of his Roncesvalles Village loft. The kitchen workbench by Bulthaup is surrounded by walnut millwork designed by David Peterson and built by Richard Turner.

Skylights by Velux brighten the long kitchen table | Kitchen design Ideas

21. Let there be natural light 

Natural light floods the kitchen through the skylights by Velux, creating a bright and airy atmosphere in the kitchen of this former flower-bulb distribution-facility converted by Roundabout Studio. The expansive cooking space offers a view of the Mount Pleasant home’s other show-stopping feature: a basement music venue.

A male person is holding a baby sitting on the countertop

22. Mix rich materials

Architect Vanessa Fong and designer Ryan Taylor‘s Zen kitchen is a mélange of oiled mahogany, large format porcelain tiles on the countertops, and a champagne-coloured anodized aluminum backsplash for some bling. After previously living in an open-concept house, the couple craved more boundaries. Their new home, a restored Edwardian, includes a cut-out in one of the kitchen walls to offer a glimpse – but not a full view – of the space from the adjacent dining room.

Looking for more great kitchen design ideas? Read our guides to cooking up a bite-sized condo kitchenfamily-friendly diner and gourmet chef-worthy food prep space.

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