Kitchen Layouts: Ideas and Options

Browse options and ideas for kitchen layouts, and prepare to configure your kitchen in the most stylish and efficient way possible.
Transitional Kitchen and Dining Area in Coastal Hues

Transitional Kitchen and Dining Area in Coastal Hues

This blue and white living area transitions and defines the dining and kitchen areas with slight changes to the design style. While the furnishings in the dining room are more transitional, the kitchen presents a cozier, contemporary style. The pendant lighting complements the traditional dining room chandelier.

By: Sean McEvoy

Whether you're thinking about a kitchen remodel or on the verge of installing a brand new kitchen, one of your first tasks will be to explore options and ideas for kitchen layouts.

Beautiful, Efficient Kitchen Design and Layout Ideas

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes

Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

Photo By: Photographer: Harvey Smith ©Copyright: 2009 Harvey Smith Photography407.701.9405

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

From: Katheryn Cowles

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

Photo By: Photo Credit: HDR Homes ©Denver Parade of Homes

Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

From: Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

Photo By: 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY ©2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY

Contemporary Kitchen With Island

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Blue Rustic Kitchen

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

From: Celebrity Communities

Photo By: Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography © Denver Parade of Homes

Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

From: Montreux Custom Homes

Photo By: Montreux Custom Homes ©Montreux Custom Homes

White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

From: Drury Design

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

From: Jane Ellison

Photo By: Stuart Lirette

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Photo By: Brian Kellogg ©scripps Networks, LLC

White Contemporary Kitchen

From: Kathleen Perkins

©Image Courtesy of Kathleen Perkins

Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

From: Barry Dixon

Photo By: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo © Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer)

White Traditional Kitchen

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

Photo By: 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY ©2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

Photo By: Trevor Tondro ©All images copyright 2012 Trevor Tondro all rights reserved

Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

From: Deena Castello

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

From: Judith Taylor

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

From: Dorothy Willetts

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

From: Karen Kettler

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

From: Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

From: Mary Broerman

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

From: Tracy Dunn

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Photo By: Andrew Bruah

White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

From: Drury Design

White Townhome Kitchen

From traditional arrangements to innovative new layouts, you'll have plenty of choices and an opportunity to pick the style that best suits your design and functionality goals before the first hammer swings.

When you begin researching kitchen layouts, it's likely that you'll come across a particular phrase again and again: work triangle. This old saw of kitchen layout design refers to the spatial relationship between three key elements of any functional kitchen: the sink, stove and refrigerator. The vast majority of kitchen layouts will feature some version of the work triangle—in short, no cook wants to travel too far from one element of the triangle to the next, so even if you're considering a unique kitchen layout meant to serve a specific functional goal, it's probably best to try to maintain the work triangle insofar as the overall layout allows.

Another consideration for any kitchen layout is the size of the kitchen, and, by extension, the number of cooks or helpers who'll generally be working in the space. For larger kitchens, it may be possible to consider a "zone" layout, with different areas for cooking, cleaning and dining. Multiple sinks are a particularly convenient feature of larger "zoned" kitchens, as they allow multiple cooks/users to operate simultaneously. Smaller kitchens may also employ zone layouts, but they're more likely to be directly adjacent or even overlap.

A popular layout for kitchens without a lot of space to spare is the galley design. This design basically features two walls that run parallel, generally with cooking features on one side and storage and cleaning features on another. Galley kitchens can be challenging in homes with a lot of kitchen traffic, but they offer the convenience of easily accessible cooking and cleaning areas.

An L-shaped kitchen layout offers more space and flexibility, as it will generally funnel traffic out of the work area and offer a more private cooking and cleaning space. To open up an L-shaped layout, many homeowners add an island to "invite" guests and other family members into the kitchen.

Finally, a U-shaped kitchen layout has become more common in larger contemporary homes with greater storage needs. The U-layout generally consists of two parallel side walls of cooking and storage features connected by a center space with a sink and other cleaning features. Many U-shaped layouts also feature a large island in the center of the kitchen, offering a convenient option for extra seating, storage and even cooking and cleaning utilities.

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