100+ Great Kitchen Design Ideas (Definitive Guide)

Kitchen has been the heart of the home. It is also the place where you can free yourself to explore the world of culinary by playing the chef role. It often becomes the quick escapade for everyone from problems at work. Realizing the important of its function to our lives, the designs of kitchen have improved significantly through the time. If you are kind of person who really likes to spend your time in the kitchen and feel the design of the kitchen does matter, you must take a look at some kitchen design ideas given in kitchen layouts below.

Kitchen Layouts

Before you go to 4 aspects of kitchen layouts, take a look of 100 kitchen design ideas from the brief layouts.

  1. Gray and white

Martin Kobus, A San Fransisco kitchen designer, offers the look of a kitchen that takes cabinet into and dominated by soft grays, white and walnut. These colours combination as if a welcoming statements for the guests. The gray and white dominant background create a relaxing and cozy ambience that make people would be willing to stay there not only to cook, but also for having meal time with their loved ones.

  1. Peaceful Green

If you want to place a separator between dining area and kitchen, this design would be great. Jungalow, a kitchen design by Justina Blakeney, shows the wall – that separates the dining area and kitchen –  is painted in olive green. The kitchen floor, using the Morrocan clay tile –  is taken from Badia. The olive green could arise the feeling of peace inside.

  1. The Hope

If you fond of brass hardware, this design might steal your heart. The design that shows the Manhattan version of a farmhouse is equipped by brass hardware with painted floor and ovens. This design put the chandelier across the walls to give the effect of sunlight to the kitchen. This sunlight as if represent the hope in our lives.

  1. Lighting Statement

Installing iron pendant lights above the large kitchen just like done by Jill Sharp Weeks would be a lighting statement from the kitchen. The lighting here doesn’t only brighten the kitchen, it gives a touch of personality to the kitchen. It could also trigger some positive feelings.

  1. Colourful Checkboard

The colorful checkerboard, in this case orange checkerboard, in Benjamin More’s Racing Orange shows that the light colourful checkerboard doesn’t only beautify the kitchen. It also brightens up the kitchen that is white-dominated. It gives the idea that colour of the floor when it’s accompanied by the colour of the wall would give some surprising yet beautiful effect.

  1. Warm and Casual

When you miss the old times, you can bring it back to the kitchen by having pale oak floor, plank cabinetry and black latches to the kitchen. Adding some butcher block would increase the feeling of warmth and comfort. Some old soft coloured-patterned curtains – though is not essential – would be a beautiful touch for the design and would take you back, for a moment, to the great time in the past.

  1. Plaid Ceiling

There are many parts in the kitchen that you can play with. The windows, the door, lighting or even the ceiling. The latter is often forgotten, but not by Gideon Mendelson; a designer that created green gingham ceiling for the kitchen in New York. The plaid ceiling shows a different personality of white-dominated kitchen. It also make the eyes that look feel comfortable and want to spend time more there.

  1. A Touch of Storage

Every kitchen must have a storage. Besides its main function (to store), the storage would also give different look to the kitchen. You can create some different looks to the kitchen by changing the shapes of the storage. Make it taller, wider or more in certain places. You can also put different colours in each section or storage to mark types of the objects that stored there. The shapes and colours of the storages are not only make the kitchen colourful, they also help you the objects easily.

  1. Lime Green

The green of lime gives you the feel of freshness. It also makes people feel invited. That is why, Madeline Stuart created a kitchen with minimalist grooved cabinetry in green and limestone countertops. That design makes people feel warm and invited. It would also help the host in creating the positive impression towards the guests.

  1. Feel the Ocean

You don’t need to have a radical change in your kitchen just to feel the ocean breeze. Have the wallpaper in blue sea or colours of coral reefs. Some soft transparent colours would be applicable for the curtains or even lighting. Don’t forget the windows. Make a quite big windows or some small windows so the wind would be feely flow in and out just like in the beach.

  1. Playful Colour

If you love making experiments with colour, then don’t hesitate to express yourself trough the design of your kitchen. You can have some strong or vibrant colours for the cabinet, and still have the soft ones for the curtain. The pearl white for the lighting above the green-tiled floor can make it look calm beautiful or energetic. You can choose any colours and combine them to give the effect you wish.

  1. The Hometown

For some people that live far from their hometown, adding some ornaments (that remind them about their home towns) in their homes is something that often to be done. You can put more than some ornaments to be hung on the wall to transform the kitchen to the something that you miss a lot; your hometown. You can start it by choosing the colours of the wall or wall paper, type and colours of tiles and even the ceiling. Make some sketches about things you love a lot from your hometown and how would you transform your kitchen into it.

  1. Scandinavian Style

Scandinavian is back to some corners. If you happen to be a fan of this, don’t hesitate to apply this style to your kitchen. It’s not necessary to copy the whole style into the design. You can just apply some parts of it in certain spaces of the kitchen.

  1. The Meeting of Softness

Sometimes people like to apply soft colours to whole design. You can create a comfortable atmosphere by combining two or more soft colours. For example; lime green for the cabinet, light brown for the tile below the cabinet and baby blue for the wall paper. Don’t forget to put some ornaments, decorations or paintings to make the kitchen more lively (and less plain).

  1. Open Storage

Every kitchen must have a storage. It is. Yet, it is not necessary to be open like the classic look. It can be open as well just like done by Katie Ridder that installed open shelves. She designs the store that way to make the owner easy to get the objects needed.

  1. Ancient Spanish

Some people love the designs of the ancient Spain. If you adore the designs of Alhamra, Granada and ancient Spanish palaces, you can bring some parts of them in your kitchen.

  1. Classic Checkedboard

Classic checkerboard pattern could give a different touch to the kitchen. It could also be applied for the floor just like done by designer Timothy Whealon. Besides applying it to the floor, we can also apply it to some parts of the wall, windows even ceiling.

  1. Clean and fresh

Traditional kitchen that is marked by white-dominated wall is not yet out of date. It can even give you the fresh look if you match it with the right furniture and decoration. To have lime green cabinet and wooden floor to accompany the white wall seem to be able to bring the sense of clean and fresh to the eyes of visitors.

  1. Bright and White

If white is still your favorite colour to dominate the design, you can take some bright colours to make the kitchen look vibrant, energetic and fresh. Adding emerald green or even shocking orange in some corners or correct places would make the kitchen trigger your good mood and bring it out.

  1. Simple Transformation

When white is mixed with gray, and added some glitter, the metal comes out. It just like taking out the new soul out of old body. That is what designer Suzann Kletzien did. She combined gray, white and metal (plus hints of brass) and show us that the result is the transformation of old kitchen to the new one.

  1. Modern Victorian

Some people are the fans of Victorian style. Including designer Antonio Martins that designs the kitchen with Victorian style. For Antonio Martins, creating a fresh space filled with the blending of old and new materials is a significant part of his vision.

  1. Big and Glass-like

When designer Annette English turn a small room into a large kitchen, she wanted to make it a big room yet transparent glass-like, in order to make people feel light and airy. It just like what she said “big, but the transparency makes them feel light and airy”.

  1. Breakfast Room

Designer Berkley Vallone and Caroline DeCesare design a breakfast room with French doors and a picture window behind a long table. You could modify this design by making the window across and near the table, to make the people able to enjoy the scenery during the breakfast time.

  1. Pine and Iron

Designer Susan Drake designed a kitchen in coastal Connecticut by changing the colour of the cabinets with the light one. She also added an antique pendant from John Rosselli to beautify the kitchen. Pine and iron itself are the materials in the stools of Kensington bar that is made by Arhause that becomes part of the kitchen.

  1. Touches of Brass

Caitlyn Wilson designed a kitchen in New Jersey with lots of brass. Besides brass hardware, hick pendants from Circa Lighting, and Boston Functional Sconce by Visual Comfort are some of the materials that put in her designed kitchen.

  1. Hacienda-Style

A kitchen in a 1920s house that applied Hacienda-style has tiles of hand painted Talavera and glass pendant from Global Views that makes the kitchen look bright.

  1. The Your Way English Country

Incorporated Architecture & Design once designed an urban kitchen in New York in English Country style.  If you’re a fan of this style, you can browse what parts of this style that you would apply.

  1. Classic Elegant

Designer Robert Brown designed a house in Atlanta by topping the kitchen islands with Imperial Grey Marble. Stools from DeLany & Long’s Breaker matched very well with the wall that was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Natural Linen. Chandelier by Paul Ferrante and closed with antiques from Parc Monceau make the whole combination represents what classic elegant is.

  1. Simple Gray

Designer Marshall Watson applied simple gray when he designed a house in Florida. He applied Chelsea Gray paint in Aura by Benjamin Moore to the kitchen cabinet and the rest of the rooms in the house. Some updates in the kitchen makes the kitchen look modern and cozy despite the single colour given.

  1. Old World Charm

Interior designer Healing Barsanti created the kitchen island that made from chestnut with barley-twist details. The space that comes out of it is called an Old World Charm.

  1. New Traditional Kitchen

Back then, we had a tradition to eat on the same table in the dining room that is in the same room with the kitchen. Now, you still can you that design, placing the dining area and kitchen in the same room, with some updates to make your kitchen looks urban.

  1. The Texture-Rich Kitchen

Designer Susan Dossetter had bright ideas about textures and applied it very well on a kitchen by putting the cool stainless, the warm oak, cabinetry and cast-plaster ceiling. Her partner Andrew Skurman contributed in this design.

  1. The Collector’s Kitchen

Another project by Susan Dosetter and Andrew Skurman. They created a kitchen that would reflect the characteristic of the owner; the collector. They used antique oak for the cabinet which is perfect for the collector.

  1. When Past Meets Present

Some people love the ideas of past meet present just like done very well by Ruthie Sommers. She used modern amenities and old pendant light fixtures to decorate it. The result is the blending of vintage and modern.

  1. Yacht-inspired Kitchen

If you had a yacht, how would the kitchen would be? Some white wall and storage would dominate your kitchen. A minimalist yet very efficient storage would be the characteristic of this design.

  1. French Brasseries

One of the designers that dedicated his time in French brasseries is John Oetgen. Some kitchen apply this style in the design.

  1. Outrages Colour

Some designers like to create something that is different from the crowd. One of it is creating outrages colour just like done by designer Jefferey Bilhuber when he mixed blue-green color on the woodwork of his traditional Dutch Kitchen.

  1. Mirrored Kitchen

Designer Jonathan Berger creates a large kitchen from a previously small one by placing the antiqued mirrored glass on cabinet doors. The idea was then applied in the late 19th century houses.

  1. Modern Oak

Oak can be made into something that would give a touch of modern in it. Just like done by designer Willian Hefner in his modern Los Angeles kitchen. He showed the cabinet that made of oak and frame it with Calcatta gold marble to give the look of modern yet still soft.

  1. Another Perspective

Designer Emily O’Keefe stacked the cabinet in the kitchen till it touched the ceiling, although not all cabinets touch the ceiling. The final appearance make this cabinet look like the furniture instead. This idea tells us that we should try to have many different perspective in either using the materials or placing the stuff (or furniture) in the kitchen to get the final desired look.

  1. High-ceiling Kitchen

If you want to make the kitchen feel bigger, but you can’t widen the area, then high-ceiling kitchen would be a great alternative. By making the ceiling high, you add some space for ventilation and decoration for the kitchen that would make the kitchen looks bigger and comfortable.

  1. The Farmhouse

Farmhouse often inspire people in designing the rooms or homes. Including the kitchen. Designer Megan Rice is one of the designers that applied the farm house style in her design.

  1. The Minimalist Farmhouse

Just like Megan Rice, Susan Tully is also a designer that choose a farmhouse as the style for the kitchen design. She once designed a minimalist farmhouse style in a kitchen – the Vermont Kitchen –  that equipped with 300-year-old whitewashed floor beams.

  1. Simple Aesthetic

Still with Susan Tully. She designed a black-and-white harmony kitchen that shows the simple aesthetic.

  1. Harmony of Soft Colours

Using two or more soft colour can give a beautiful and expected result if you only know how to blend them. Designer Robin Bell is one of designers that proved that he could blend the soft colours perfectly.

  1. Antiqued Kitchen

Antiqued kitchen is somewhat admired by some designers, just like Fern Santini. She designed a kitchen with a mixture of waxed ceiling beams, honey wall plaster, and some Italian antiques.

  1. Block and Marble Island

Block and marble could be a great combination when they’re put in the kitchen, just like shown by Carole Lalli. Lalli designed a butcher-block-and-marble island in her kitchen to accommodate her family to gather and create meals in the kitchen.

  1. Aspen Kitchen

Aspen could inspire the design of kitchen just like shown by designer Ann Wolf. Her Aspen-inspired kitchen showcases the blend of beautiful materials and wood tones.

  1. Casual Feeling

When designer Ray Booth wanted to create a kitchen that reflect casual feeling, he made the ceiling from pecky cypress. He managed the center island to be made of oak. The result was the aged kitchen that reflected casual feeling.

  1. Chimney Kitchen

A kitchen with chimney does exist. Just like the one that created by Healing Barsanti. Chimney can also help to take the smell and smoke out of the cooking process. Thus, chimney not only nice for the decoration, it also gives a use.

  1. Vintage

Vintage is simply old things. If you want to have a kitchen that look old yet very interesting and comfortable to be in, explore some vintage designs for the kitchen.

  1. Red and White

When cheery red and white tiles are gathered, they would make a great look for your kitchen. One of the examples of the design is created by Dana Lyon.

  1. Jewelry-like Kitchen

Some people really care about the specification in the kitchen that they want to have their kitchen to be made just like jewelry; detailed and beautiful.

  1. Theatrical Kitchen

If you happen to be someone that is crazy about theater, then theatrical kitchen would be a dream come true. Designer Eric Martin would be the one that you would look up to for this kind of works.

  1. Tranquil Kitchen

Many people love the idea of tranquil kitchen. If you want to have a tranquil kitchen, ask yourself what are the things (colours and pattern) that make you feel tranquil and realize them in design.

  1. Strong-look Cabinet

Cabinet can be a part of the owner (of the kitchen) statement.Some people love applying strong colour like black and red in the cabinet to give some energy when they look at it. You may also try it in your kitchen. Give some strong colour in your cabinet to get you energized!

  1. Retro Style

If you like ideas of having the modern and vintage side-by-side, retro style might be your ideal alternative design to apply on your kitchen.

  1. Simple and Inviting

You can get your friends to visit your home especially your kitchen by applying simple yet inviting design in your kitchen. The bright colours, soft, lighting, paintings, many chairs and instrumental music would create the ambiance that triggers your guests to spend the time there, while maintaining its simplicity.

  1. Stove is the Center

Stove that is known as the most-related-to-the-kitchen stuff can be made as the center of the kitchen. Just put the big stove in certain spot, and decorate the rest of the space in the kitchen to adjust with the stove.

  1. Colorful and Cheery

You want your kitchen reflect your spirit that you describe as colourful and cheery? Play with colours. Add some cushions, sofa and stools. Contrasting the soft and bright colours.

  1. Modern Historical Charm

Modern historical charm kitchen would be realized by the mixture of wide-plank floors, bright and up dated kitchen and an old painting on the wall. You can create your own version of modern historical charm by adding the elements that suit your taste.

  1. Crafty Lighting

Sometimes you can make the kitchen different by changing the lighting. If  can make some crafts, then having a crafty lighting would be a great idea to apply in your kitchen.

  1. Salvaged Finds

If you happen to have some salvages, use them to decorate the kitchen.

  1. Antique Stove

There are some people that were inherited antique stove from their predecessors. And it was too good to be thrown out. Instead, they used it to decorate their kitchen by putting it in the center of the kitchen.

  1. Antique Oven Awning

Just like antique stove, antique oven awning is also useful in making your kitchen look different from your neighbors’.

  1. Vintage Stove

The search of vintage stuff influences the search of vintage stove. While this stove is not necessary working, its presence brings its own colour to the kitchen

  1. Show Yourself to the World

Sometimes the design can change frequently or even in daily basis because it follows your desire. No worries in doing it. Just apply it. Show it to the world.

  1. Soft meets Bright

The meetings of soft and bright colours have been a long tradition. Some of them resulting in surprising yet worth-exploring result.

  1. Spare Seating

Providing some tools while still having a couch and carpet in your kitchen as if saying that you prepare spare seating, and that is why everyone is invited.

  1. Creative Seating

Seating in the kitchen can be made of any material, be in any shapes. You can use the unused stuff and spare space to create some seats that reflect your creativity.

  1. Industrial Space

There are some people that like to make their kitchen look like plants by applying white or creamy on their wall, a sink skirt stitched from alphabet-patterned fabric and wicker chairs. It doesn’t cost much to have this look.

  1. Bold Hue

Applying the bold hue in your kitchen design doesn’t take too much effort. Yet, it takes little courage to be different from the commoners. You can apply some bright or contrasting colours to realize it.

  1. Olive Green Cabinets

Making your cabinets appeared in olive green is something that you may try if you want your kitchen look different while still cozy.

  1. Handy Storage

The reason why we need the storage is to store our stuff or kitchen appliances so they would be easy to find when we need them. To make them even easier to find, we need to create the storage to be as handy as it could be.

  1. Handcrafted Kitchen

If you like handcrafting and DIY, you can create many things in the kitchen by yourself. The ideas can be seen in Pinterest, Instagram and other sources.

  1. Creative Pieces

If you want to make the kitchen as the realization of ideas, you can change some (or even whole) parts into something different. For example, you can replace a wall of cabinets with old hutch. Replace the regular lamp with chandelier since it would give a touch of luxury.

  1. The Pioneer

When you got puzzled what to do first in designing your kitchen. You can choose one thing as the center. It’s the pioneer. The rest of the objects would follow it.

  1. Play With Patterns

Sometimes kitchen can be made just like classrooms; colourful and full of patterns. The patterns can be as easy as colour pattern like green-white-green or a bit more sophisticated one, using geometrical shapes.

  1. The Sea

If you love the sea, you can pick colours like blue, green and white for the kitchen. Adding some shells and some other sea objects to be put on the island.

  1. Wall is the Center

Some designers want people to see the wall as the center and place most objects on it. Open shelving, white planks and custom brackets set can be a fun group on the wall.

  1. Wood Experiments

Wood is not only for the floor or cabinets. It can also be made into other stuffs in the kitchen. Try to change some parts in the kitchen with wood and see the result!

  1. A Distinctive Pair

Some Windsor tools can be a great surprise when they’re accompanied by red-patterned rug. Some objects can give surprising result when they’re paired up.

  1. Some Drops of Drama

Some objects can create drama when they’re placed in certain positions. Chandelier can bring you to the Cinderella story. Metallic stuffs reflect the life of modern people. Choose the play you would love to imagine.

  1. Contrast can be Great

Contrast can be insanely attractive. Combined the honed black granite countertops and black-painted oak cabinets on the white plank walls would give you dramatic counterpoint.

  1. Farmhouse Chic

If you love farmhouse, but not really into a country style, then you can apply the farmhouse chic style. You can start by freeing a cabinet space, create a nice spot for collectibles with some above-window shelving.

  1. A Low-budget Kitchen

You don’t need to dig up your pocket too deep only to create a great kitchen. Do some hunt-kitchen objects in flea market and use the unused stuffs in the garage. Give some DIY to the stuffs and see the result.

  1. Minimalist Yet Playful

Minimalist can be fun and playful. Give some soft and bright colours on the wall. Get the kitchen cabinetry from Bulthaup and sink by Corrian. You can always reduce the budget by modifying the stuff by yourself by doing some DIY and get the inspirations from Pinterest.

  1. A Table for Two

If you only need a little space for two of you, then this design might suit you. A pair of chairs (or stools) with a Kartell table fit perfectly for a small kitchen.

  1. Cozy Cooking Space

Have some colourful cooking utensils and free up some space. Apply your favorite colours on the wall or floor to call the good mood out.

  1. Space Optimizing

Celebrity hairstylist Frederic Fekkai’s Manhattan Kitchen gives example of space optimizing by making space behind the staircase. This space can be used as storage, cabinet or even little library.

  1. Stash Books Up Above

The home of Mark Badgley and James Misckha can be a great model for book lovers. The books shelves are placed up to the ceiling to store their collection of cookbooks.

  1. Impactful Color

Impacful colour can be reached by painting most of the parts in the kitchen in the same colour, say white. And gives a different colour on certain part, like single row of countertops.

  1. The Touch of Accent Colour

Designer Jonathan Adler applied a touch of accent colour in a Manhattan kitchen. The cabinets’ paint was Tulip Red from Fine Paints of Europe. The bright accent from the paint ease the eyes from the small corners.

  1. Friendly Dark

Dark shade can look friendly and inviting. A custom shade by Donald Kaufman Color can be an example of it.

  1. Colorful Corner

You can make colourful and cheery corner in your kitchen by placing some carpet and cushions, or colourful tools around the table. Contrast the colours. The floor to the wall or wall to the ceiling. They’ve got to be different and contrasting in creating the colourful corner.

  1. Oversized Art

The East Hampton home of Aerin Lauder is a great example to show that the art can make the room feel larger. Lauder shows that adding visual art (paintings, lighting) to the wall in the kitchen make the wall look interesting and lively.

  1. Contrast Light and Shadow

If you make the countertops and backplashes stay light or white, they would balance the light and shadow in the kitchen, just like done by designer Vasi Ypsilanstis.

  1. Optimize the Kitchen Storage

If you want to optimize the kitchen storage, Hafele would be a great source. They double up the storage by making multi-tiered drawers. It would save lots of space.

  1. Bring the Automation In

Hands-free faucet for the children that unable to reach it or sensor-activated lights connected to smartphone to tell that the meals are ready are some of the world innovation that should be put in the kitchen.

  1. Mix Countertop Materials

Today, countertop is not only made of granite, quartz or laminate. Wood has come to the area. You may want to use the new alternative or combine them all to get the effect that you’ve always desired.

You can pick one of or even combine some of the kitchen design ideas above to express your desire and realize what the heart of home should look.

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