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.

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.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

An oversized island and rustic farmhouse sink create warmth with plenty of working space in this rustic kitchen.

Blue Coastal Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen was featured in the HGTV Smart Home 2013 and is located in Jacksonville, FL. The kitchen has white cabinets and a mostly neutral color scheme adorned with blue kitchen furnishings. Pendant lights hang from the ceiling and highlight the small island in the center of the kitchen.

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

A gently curving breakfast bar divides this French country kitchen into practical zones for cooking, eating and entertaining.

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

The warm wood tones of the chestnut-colored kitchen cabinets create a cozy kitchen area. Neutral quartz countertops break up the wood color and complement the mosaic tile backsplash.

Creamy White Country Kitchen

As seen on HGTV’s Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott kept this kitchen’s original cabinets intact but repainted them a soft yellow. The new spacious island features a bamboo countertop, while the existing granite countertops were complemented by a backsplash made from ceramic tiles.

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Pale yellow stars in this cottage kitchen by designer Regina Bilotta. Prim white cabinets and white open shelves dotted with dishware ensure that this charming kitchen feels tidy, light, and airy.

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

A corner hood with backsplash makes a statement in this kitchen. The custom cabinetry is accented by the dark island.

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features white cabinets, lots of natural wood and industrial-grade stainless steel appliances.

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

The wood-topped kitchen island, black cabinets and marble backsplash are classic details in this traditional kitchen. The chandelier, paisley window treatments and covered bar stools add an elegant touch.

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

Rich brown cabinets and hardwood floor create this stunning traditional kitchen with ornate metal barstools around a large wood-paneled island.

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

The glossy cabinets and ceiling have a reflective quality, making the room seem brighter and larger. The tone-on-tone, white iridescent tile backsplash has a similar quality and adds a glamorous touch to the room's soft palette. A pair of antique tole chandeliers hangs over the large eat-in island to provide soft lighting.

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

Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

A brick barrel ceiling with rough-hewn beams sets the tone in this Mediterranean-style kitchen. The hefty range hood is framed by a muted stone hearth and tumbled tile backsplash, while a large island offers storage and functionality in the eat-in kitchen.

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

For this Walnut Creek, Calif. kitchen remodel, designer Yuko Matsumoto combines contemporary and Asian styles for a sophisticated and streamlined look. Matsumoto uses clean-lined wood cabinetry and a stunning counter-to-ceiling emerald-green backsplash as focal points in this stylish and eye-pleasing "Zen" kitchen. For the backsplash, smaller tiles are used around the hood and set vertically to mimic the look of bamboo.

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

A wide granite kitchen island serves as both an island and dining area with a custom built black and white fireplace nearby adding to the ambiance.

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

Ironwork chandeliers add a touch of grandeur to this traditional kitchen with wood-stained cabinets and a neutral subway tile backsplash.

From: Katheryn Cowles

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen features an eye-catching metal backsplash that stands out against the glass-front cabinets.

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

An arched doorway leads the way into this gray Spanish style kitchen. Beautiful white cabinets with gray countertops on both sides of the kitchen offer a vast amount of storage and work space.

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

This traditional kitchen features the modern touches of professional appliances, globe chandelier, and a banquette dining space.

Red Modern Kitchen

A vibrant red backsplash brings this gray space to life. A modern metal chandelier illuminates a light butcher-block island counter providing contrast to the smooth white countertops.

Green Transitional Kitchen

Walls drenched in Sherwin-Williams' Pale Spearmint wake up this otherwise neutral kitchen. Metal barstools from Design Within Reach and industrial-style Tom Dixon pendants create pleasing contrast with the more traditional cabinetry and basketweave tile.

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

This modern kitchen features rustic stained cabinets and kitchen island.

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

Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

Handmade tiles are inset in a reclaimed hickory grid in this kitchen ceiling for an arts and crafts appeal. Their colors are complemented by cream tones in the walls and cabinets.

From: Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Hearty stones create an archway over this rustic wet bar by designer Heather Guss. Blue color-washed cabinetry, a large mirror and metallic blue backsplash creates the illusion of added depth in this fun, inviting space just meant for entertaining.

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

This traditional kitchen has professional touches like a large range hood, oversized range, pot filler, and large refrigerator–everything the expert cook would want. Designer Regina Bilotta wrapped the room in warm materials, added rich colors, included a cozy banquette, wine area and top cabinets without sparing any details, from globe lights and curved counters to lighted cabinetry and wine storage area.

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

A vaulted ceiling gives this contemporary kitchen a feeling of grandeur, accentuated by pristine white cabinets, black granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and vivid red barstools at the island.

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

Contemporary Kitchen With Island

This contemporary kitchen features dark cabinetry and a lime green tiled backsplash. Metal barstools keep a low profile against the white island, while oversized pendants and recessed lighting illuminate the space.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Blue Rustic Kitchen

Turquoise blue retro appliances offset the dark cabinetry in this small kitchen seen on HGTV's Kitchen Cousins. Wide plank floors and barn door cabinet fronts lend a country feel to the design.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

This warmly lit kitchen features eco-friendly cabinetry from Valcucine. The modern lines are echoed throughout the space from the cabinet hardware and pendant lights to the stainless steel range hood and cabinet trim.

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Black quartz countertops and white custom cabinetry are beautiful contrasts within this contemporary galley kitchen. The orange pendant light is a nice focal point over the peninsula.

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

In this kitchen featured on HGTV's Cousins Undercover, load-bearing beam is lined with reclaimed wood paneling. The paneling along with the butcher block countertops offers a rustic touch in this cottage-style kitchen.

Brown Old-World Kitchen

This large craftsman kitchen boasts, among other nice finishes, a beautiful hardwood floor that carries through to a sitting area opposite the kitchen island. Paired with the exposed beam ceiling, the floor makes a big impression on visitors. This kitchen arrangement takes advantage of a wide expanse to provide plenty of seating and gathering options. The center bar in a painted finish complements the dark natural finish on the wall cabinets.

From: Celebrity Communities

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

Brown Transitional Kitchen

This galley kitchen may be on the small side, but there's no shortage of storage space with rich wood cabinets hanging over a textured backsplash and crisp white countertops. A picture window makes doing dishes almost enjoyable while green and blue accessories carry over the color scheme from the dining room.

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen features sleek black cabinets contrasted with crisp white countertops. The stainless steel appliances, hardware and lighting add shine to the space, while beautiful hardwood floors provide warmth. A gray and white backsplash brings a lightness to the room.

From: Montreux Custom Homes

Photo By: Montreux Custom Homes ©Montreux Custom Homes

White Traditional Kitchen

This Victorian-inspired kitchen pairs traditional white cabinets with a bare brick wall and a natural wood floor. Globe pendant lights hang over a black kitchen island; the spool-leg barstools with nailhead trim add to the ornate details. A copper range hood is the final touch.

White Cottage Kitchen

Crisp, white cabinetry paired with black soapstone and Calcutta marble sets the tone for this elegant, multi-functional kitchen and living area. The space is equipped with a baking center, banquette seating and glass cabinets wrapping around a corner to further defining the space. The style and millwork of the home were continued in the columns flanking the apron sink and featured detailing on the built-in snack bar.

From: Drury Design

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White cabinets, a farmhouse sink, a second-hand island and a gray-and-white pattern on the floor give this kitchen designed by HGTV's Property Brothers a vintage feel. Stainless steel appliances, marble countertops and an metallic mosaic tile backsplash add glamour to the space.

White Contemporary Kitchen

This traditional kitchen is designed for a family and entertaining. It is open and easy for the cook to be part of the conversation. The white island features a soap stone countertop and prep sink.

Red Contemporary Kitchen

This modern kitchen has plenty of windows to wash the space in natural light.

From: Jane Ellison

Photo By: Stuart Lirette

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Crisp white countertops and an oversized window make this kitchen a cheerful, bright space to cook. Top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances include a gas range, stainless steel range hood, dual dishwashers and wall ovens, and a side-by-side fridge.

Photo By: Brian Kellogg ©scripps Networks, LLC

White Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen is a mix of cutting-edge modern and industrial touches. It is equipped with top-of-the-line appliances and luxury materials like marble on the countertops and the island.

From: Kathleen Perkins

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Brown Traditional Kitchen

This traditional kitchen has white cabinets with a dark brown island and a patterned tile back splash that adds style to this space. The large island provides extra counter space, storage and an additional prep area.

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

What was a dark cramped part of the kitchen, is now a bright open airy place. The kitchen wall is gone and the bright colors of the cabinets help light up the room, as well as the additional light from the dining room area. As seen on HGTV's "Cousins Undercover."

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Bathed in sunlight from a wall of windows and a skylight, this modern open-plan kitchen and dining room are tied together by a stained concrete floor. Pendant lighting in copper and a wood dining room table add welcome color and a contrast of finish.

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

A seamless marriage of architecture and millwork is revealed in this Mediterranean kitchen. The stone arch highlights the copper hood, wooden beams and warm cabinetry, which blend with granite countertops throughout.

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

The galley kitchen was updated with new appliances, teak cabinets and aggregate puce colored countertops.

From: Barry Dixon

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

White Traditional Kitchen

This kitchen takes inspiration from the past with inset doors, a butcher block countertop and a tin ceiling. White subway tile and a stainless steel stove give a contemporary touch to a classic feel.

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

This transitional kitchen boasts cabinetry in contrasting shades of white and red. The cabinetry is offset by porcelain tiled floors that mimic the look of wood, but feature a metallic sparkle that ties in the stainless appliances.

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Designer Sarah Richardson used farmhouse details -- like a large sink, tin lamps and beadboard cabinets -- to make this a cozy kitchen perfect for cooking and gathering.

Green and White Modern Kitchen

A semicircular breakfast bar illuminated by pendant lights maximizes island space in this contemporary kitchen. Green barstools and a coordinating backsplash add color to the space.

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

This large traditional kitchen features two islands with granite countertops and a custom hutch for displaying dishware.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Glass tiles in brown and cream tones are set vertically for a statement-making backsplash. Pro-quality stainless steel appliances modernize the kitchen.

White Country Kitchen

This well-crafted transitional kitchen does its part with a center island for prep work, a beverage center to keep the kids out of the cooking area and lots of counter space. Blue subway tiles add a dash of color that complements the dark countertops.

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

This high-end, custom kitchen features rich, dark-stained wood cabinets, a wall of leaded windows and gorgeous Calacatta Gold marble countertops below a slab-style backsplash.

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Wide windows with Craftsman styling shed a lot of light on this transitional kitchen. The designer's top goal was to brighten the space. The windows not only bring in loads of natural light, but they also offer a great view of the garden outside.

Beige Old-World Kitchen

A light, bright Old World kitchen is the perfect spot for cooking and entertaining. The natural stone gives the room a rich and timeless feel.

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

This lengthy kitchen has an island with a vent hood and bar stools to create an area perfect for cooking and entertaining. The textured brown wall gives the space a unique feel as the the kitchen leads into a built-in desk and dining room.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Orange chairs and lime-green pillows infuse a white breakfast nook with color. The nook is adjacent to a contemporary kitchen featuring polished gray concrete countertops, a large island and a white subway tile backsplash.

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen features blonde cabinetry, green-hued granite countertops and a unique-shaped eat-in island. Green accents like the playful pendant lights keep this kitchen feeling fun and easygoing.

Transitional White Kitchen

Traditional ivory kitchen cabinetry is combined with glossy and metallic countertops in this lovely space. Soft lighting and pendant lights add an almost dreamy feel to this fantasy kitchen that is sure to please.

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

This Mediterranean kitchen has wood cabinetry, granite countertops, and dark wooden ceiling beams. The distressed finish on the island gives the work space an antique look. The different neutral hues used throughout the kitchen keep the area feeling warm and inviting.

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

Form meets function with beautiful results in this sleek contemporary kitchen featuring state-of-the-art appliances. The white cabinets are complemented by gray countertops, while a yellow accent wall helps to elongate the space.

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

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

This light, elegant kitchen puts stunning marble countertops on display. Two islands provide space for cooking, cleaning and even eating. The black upholstered bar chairs allow a family of four to sit comfortably and stylishly in this beautiful room.

White Contemporary Kitchen

Not only does this kitchen island add extra counter space for meal preparation, it also serves as a dining spot for two. The kitchen's streamlined cabinetry keeps the contemporary space feeling bright and fresh.

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

This sleek and modern kitchen has frosted glass cabinet doors, white marble countertops and marble tile floors. The metallic backsplash and stainless steel range hood add a glint to the neutral design.

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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

Yellow Transitional Kitchen

The sleek, modern kitchen cabinetry and stainless steel hood provide contrast to the traditional carrera marble countertops and damask valance.

White Transitional Kitchen

A contrasting gray island with wood countertop adds a punch of color to this white traditional kitchen. The ornate built-in surround for the refrigerator adds visual interest while the pendant light above brings a modern element to the space.

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

The traditional cabinetry and lighting in this space is complemented by an eclectic dining area featuring mismatched chairs and a diamond-tufted leather banquette. Neutral paint and modern stainless steel appliances encourage a feeling of modernity without being minimalistic.

White Traditional Kitchen

A wall of windows offers this traditional kitchen plenty of light with a beautiful backyard view. A matching island offers additional seating and ample work space. Gray and white counters and stainless steel hardware add visual interest while a simple purple flower arrangement adds a pop of color.

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary white kitchen is accented by a micro-mosaic tile backsplash and industrial barstools at the breakfast bar.

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

This traditional kitchen has white cabinets and Carrara marble countertops, which contrast with the more modern stainless steel farmhouse sink.

White Transitional Kitchen

This spacious traditional kitchen is fully surrounded with white cabinets, providing ample storage. The long island seats four bar chairs opposite a small sink. Pendant lights, recessed lighting and a long wall of windows bounce light off of the hardwood floor.

White Traditional Kitchen

To refine a kitchen and its occasional disorder, tall cabinets in crisp white provide necessary storage for optimum functionality. Choose pops of color for delicious intrigue, like this vibrant carpet runner.

White Traditional Kitchen

This beautiful and simple traditional kitchen features a large kitchen island with pillar legs. A paneled white range hood sits above a white and cream marble accent wall. In the foreground, a gray patterned chair looks toward the room. The white kitchen gives a bright contrast against the dark wood flooring.

From: Deena Castello

White Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen has bright white cabinets and a large island that has seating for four.

From: Jennifer Gilmer and Lauren Levant

Photo By: Photography by Bob Narod for Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath

White Contemporary Kitchen

Designer Judith Taylor outfitted this modern kitchen with white cabinetry and pops of cheery color to provide a fresh overall look as well as an easy flow between rooms.

From: Judith Taylor

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

This open-plan kitchen features a soft blue-grey color palette for a fresh, bright feel. Two stainless steel pendants hang over the quartz breakfast bar, creating a modern dining spot. Grey-stained maple cabinets give the room a modern twist.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

This open, contemporary kitchen has high white ceilings and light wooden cabinets. The large island features a dark countertop and wooden bar dining area. Red pendant lighting adds a touch of color to the light kitchen.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

This traditional kitchen with inset wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances is decked from counter to ceiling with a brown mosaic tile backsplash and recessed lighting that gracefully illuminates the space.

From: Dorothy Willetts

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

It's not wide, but this remodeled kitchen features everything you need and then some with its sparkling chef's grade appliances! Dark gray rugs help lead the eye down the space.

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

This large space benefits from contrasting cabinets, with the dark brown acting as an anchor to the main working area of the kitchen.

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

A spacious farmhouse table is the focal point of this dreamy cottage kitchen. Gray cabinets stretch across each side of the kitchen, providing plenty of storage space. The white vaulted ceiling and globe pendant lights add to the elegance.

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

Mushroom-colored walls and cabinets, combined with golden granite countertops and custom wood moldings, complete this Old-World kitchen remodel. A large dark-finished island complements the neutral tones in the space.

From: Karen Kettler

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Mary Beth Hartgrove of Metropolitan Kitchen & Bath transformed a cramped kitchen with little aesthetic appeal into a transitional masterpiece. Mindful of the home's more traditional architecture, Hartgrove blended contemporary elements to complement the homeowners' taste.

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Check out a contemporary kitchen with natural wood cabinet.

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Upper and lower brown cabinets provide storage in this mid-century modern kitchen from designer Randall Waddell. The island matches the brown cabinetry with white countertop. Two silver bar stools mirror the reflective quality of the small gold, black and silver mosaic tile circling the kitchen above the countertops.

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Traditional, white cabinets with black countertops line both walls of this open kitchen. A long island, the length of the room, provides tons of extra counter space and storage.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

This contemporary kitchen features a double kitchen island, one used as a workspace and one as a breakfast bar.

From: Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Contrasting white and light wood cabinets create visual interest in this streamlined kitchen. Open shelving blends with the wood cabinets and provides a display area for kitchen decor. A white tile backsplash and light countertops create a seamless white space for a crisp, clean design.

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

Matching wood fronts for the refrigerator in this contemporary kitchen make for a clean, sleek look.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Sleek, cabinetry in a light wood is creates a warm feeling in this kitchen. A neutral color palette causes warm wood floors to pop in this modern kitchen.

From: Mary Broerman

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

Maple cabinetry in a charcoal finish counterbalances maple pre-finished hardwood flooring in this upscale kitchen.

White Traditional Kitchen

Honed Calacutta Gold marble, polished nickel hardware and a walnut island are traditional elements that make this white kitchen timeless. The light hardwood flooring paired with classic white cabinetry creates a fresh, airy space for preparing meals.

From: Tracy Dunn

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

A beautiful walnut floor was the inspiration for this warm earth-tone kitchen. Their wooded setting led to creating a look that would join the outdoors with the kitchen. The hanging cabinet design opened up wall space from a previous top-heavy cabinet design.

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Exposed ductwork and a brick wall add a touch of industrial flair to this contemporary kitchen. The pale green walls are complemented by the rich cabinetry, while three barstools line the peninsula and a glass-tile backsplash covers the back wall.

Photo By: Andrew Bruah

White Transitional Kitchen

This white transitional kitchen mixes the use of luxury materials, like stainless steel and marble, with traditional furnishings, like inset cabinetry, to create a transitionally modern style.

White Contemporary Kitchen

The tray ceiling with recessed lighting illuminates the white shaker cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen. Gray and white marble countertops accentuate the sleek stainless steel appliances.

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

The island in this transitional kitchen showcases a large single bowl stainless sink, hot/cold water filter, spacious prep and seating area. Large voluminous drawers are a favorite of busy cooks for easy access and unbeatable storage.

From: Drury Design

White Townhome Kitchen

Designer Ben Herzog remodels a classic Brooklyn brownstone with the hopes of keeping all the traditional charm while giving it a more modern spin and a better lighting scheme. The owners wanted to increase the light and maximize the small space. In the newly remodeled traditional kitchen, white cabinets with recessed panel and glass-front doors are dominant features. The range and hood are backed by a white subway tile backsplash, while the kitchen island is topped by natural wood. Natural light and a bowl of fruit add welcoming touches to this comfortable and familiar space.

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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