Kitchen Theme Ideas

Browse kitchen theme ideas, and prepare to decorate your kitchen in the style and theme that best fits your design aesthetic.
Classic Red Kitchen

Classic Red Kitchen

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're contemplating a kitchen remodel or preparing to install a brand new kitchen, you may want to explore the wide range of kitchen theme ideas available to pair with your kitchen design style.

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

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

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

From: Jennifer Gilmer and Lauren Levant

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

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 bold colors to unique, visually interesting patterns to themes inspired by global cultural traditions, your choices will be extensive and plenty of fun to research.

Your first decision when considering a theme for your kitchen design will be how extensively you want the theme to integrate with your overall design. If your theme is color-based — for example, black and white — you'll need to decide if you want the theme to be reflected in a few elements of your design, in a slightly larger selection, or in almost the entirety of the design elements in the space. A good example here might be a contemporary or vintage kitchen design with black-and-white subway or mosaic tile used for a backsplash. The backsplash grounds the black-and-white theme, and then it's up to the homeowner to determine how extensive she or he wants it to be — incorporating a few subtle elements like cookware or utensils, or extending to major fixtures like appliances, cabinets and counter surfaces.

Bold colors are often used thematically in this way to express a bit of design personality and unite disparate elements of the kitchen space. While tile, countertops and appliances are candidates for this approach, in fact you may only need a gallon of paint to add a splash of thematic color to a wall surface or two, and you can then selectively repeat the hue throughout your space via accessories and other minor elements.

Kitchen themes can also reflect the interests and lifestyle of homeowners, help to create a warm and welcoming space for guests and family members alike, and reflect an overall aesthetic or cultural interior design. For example, many Southwestern homes feature thematic elements of the old west throughout their design, including in kitchens. These may include small touches like artwork or antiques, thematic color choices that reflect the earth and clay tones common to the region, and accessories like jars other containers in similarly themed colors or materials.

Kitchen themes can also build on an existing design style. For example, a kitchen that features vintage elements like penny tile for flooring or a backsplash might extend the vintage or retro theme by featuring movie posters from Hollywood's glamorous Golden Age, vintage advertisements for pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, or, for the history buff, propaganda posters from WWI or WWII.

Whether your kitchen design is a subtle hue that runs throughout the space or bolder thematic elements that reflect a cultural or historical period, adding a distinct theme to your kitchen design can be an efficient, economical and attractive way to enliven the cooking and eating space in your home.

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