6 Favorite Kitchen Designs We Saw In 2021

modern kitchen with black marble and gold accents
From Parisian flair in Ontario to modern luxury in Los Angeles, these are Forbes Global Properties' favorite kitchens of 2021.

The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. Especially around this time of year, the kitchen is one of the spaces where we spend the most time, gathering with our families. But a great kitchen isn’t just something that’s just nice or convenient to have. A well-designed renovated one can add value to a property. Are you looking for a home with a dream kitchen? Here are some of the best kitchens we saw in the top luxury homes on the market in 2021. 

luxury kitchen inside a forest hill mansion

A stylish kitchen highlights this luxurious Forest hill residence, priced at CAD 5.38 million. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Designer-Done Forrest Hill Masterpiece

The kitchen at this Forrest Hill home is black, white, and bold. That’s because there’s both black and white cabinetry and countertops. 

This color scheme continues to the table-style island with a marble top and sleek, contemporary black legs. It is the epitome of chic, especially with the rattan stools. The gold hardware accents were the perfect choice for this eye-catching space.

luxury kitchen in los angeles with cream colored cabinetry and marble combination

The kitchen inside 1 Bode Drive is appointed with sleek, glossy cabinetry, built-in top-of-the-line appliances, Italian granite backsplash and double islands. (Hilton & Hyland)

Creamy Combinations In Los Angeles

The kitchen at this Los Angeles trophy is a modern beauty, a perfect example of California’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Just off the kitchen is a balcony that has incredible views from Downtown Los Angeles all the way to the ocean. 

The black appliances and black lacquer cabinetry contrast the white cabinetry on the second island, while the marble slab countertop and second island have a sophisticated aesthetic that’s sure to be appreciated for years to come. 

subdued luxury kitchen inside a modern mansion in vail colorado

How’s this for custom luxury: The island at this Vail showplace has a custom design made from marble and two different types of wood. It’s also generously sized for both cooking and eating. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

Subdued Mountain Home In Vail’s Premier Neighborhood

The overall modern look of this Vail home is what makes it unique. The kitchen is no exception. After all, there’s nothing like coming home to a great kitchen to cook dinner in after a long day of skiing. This is one of the best kitchens we’ve seen in this area in a long time. 

The island has a custom design made from marble and two different types of wood. It’s also generously sized for both cooking and eating. 

Another thing we like about this kitchen is the cabinetry, with both open and closed shelving. The open shelves conveniently hold a variety of wine glasses, making it convenient to pour yourself a glass of whatever you’re fancying. 

Still, one of the best features of this kitchen is the window, revealing a charming view of the incredible property outside. 

luxury kitchen inside a contemporary parisian design in allenby, canada

Nuanced Parisian flair lends a sophisticated look to the kitchen inside this Allenby residence. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Contemporary Parisian Design In Allenby 

There are so many things to like about this beautiful home in Ontario, especially the absolutely stunning kitchen. The marble island and backsplash have a timeless design yet striking look.

The handcrafted cabinetry complements these features. The choice for the designer not to use hardware also gives this space an overall seamless look. The style of the embellished walls is also present throughout the home, as is the herringbone flooring. The gold hood, faucet, and regal lighting fixtures are the perfect finishing touches. 

Still, the design is practical. The separate range, double oven, and a large amount of counter space make this kitchen an ideal place to prepare meals for the whole family. 

open concept modern kitchen inside a los angeles luxury home in the brentwood park neighborhood

A huge modern kitchen highlights this luxury home in the exclusive Brentwood Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Hilton & Hyland)

Modern Living In Prime Brentwood Park

Over on the West Coast, this home in the Brentwood Park neighborhood of Los Angeles has a huge modern kitchen. The L-shaped island has an on-trend waterfall style top, while the cabinets have a shiny lacquer finish. This kitchen is a chef’s dream with a hidden refrigerator and double oven. The window brings an abundance of natural light into the space, which also has a skylight on the ceiling.

luxurious contemporary kitchen inside a modern mansion at 38 York Road in ontario, toronto, canada

From the herringbone floor and border to the dark wood drawers, every kitchen-related detail shines in this York Road estate.  (Barry Cohen Homes)

Stunning South York Mills Home

What isn’t there to like about this kitchen? It has an eclectic, modern look but also incorporates some traditional elements. From the herringbone floor and border to the dark wood drawers, which contrast the lighter cabinetry, every detail is incredibly well thought out. 

The gold fixtures are another great accent, which creates a mixed-metal look for an extra dose of style. The wood- and metal-accented hood is unlike anything we’ve seen in other properties. There’s even a pot filler faucet over the range to help make pasta or to enjoy an afternoon cup of tea.


I am a writer, design expert, host of the podcast Bougie Adjacent, and comedic performer. I am absolutely fascinated by all aspects of décor and design. It once took me six months to choose a soap dispenser and I can’t even remember what it looked like. I like bright prints, southern exposure and any location you can call a “village or town.” There are currently over 100 episodes of House Hunters on my DVR.