Kitchen Layout Options and Ideas

With a large range of design factors to consider, choosing a kitchen layout has never been more fun.

Dark modern kitchen

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Ralph Oswald

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

There are many options to consider when choosing a kitchen layout—so many, in fact, that the choices can feel overwhelming. By asking yourself a few simple questions, it can actually be quite easy to determine the best kitchen layout for you.

Kitchen Ideas: Design Styles and Layout Options

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Eat-In L-Shaped Kitchen Design

L-Shaped Kitchen With Overhead Storage

Photo By: Designer, Greta Goss

French Kitchen With Black Accents

Contemporary Kitchen With Open Design

Open Kitchen Design With Island

Enchanting French-Style Kitchen

Elegant Kitchen With Two Islands

Elegant Chef-Worthy Kitchen

Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Ilija Karlusic

One-Wall Kitchen With Sleek Design

Modern Urban Loft-Style Kitchen

Kitchen With Traditional Island

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Open Kitchen With Vibrant Blue Cabinets

Photo By: Designer, Alia Meyer View original photo.

Artistic Kitchen With Red Quartz Countertop

Photo By: unknown

Open, Asian-Style Kitchen

Sleek Kitchen With Dark Cabinets

L-Shaped Kitchen With White Cabinets

Kitchen/Dining Room With Island

Open, L-Shaped Kitchen Design

Craftsman-Inspired Kitchen With Island

Dramatic Modern Kitchen Design

Small, Efficient Galley Kitchen

Kitchen With French Inspiration

U-Shaped Kitchen With Open Storage

Whimsical Kitchen With an Aquarium

Photo By: John D Smoak III

U-Shaped Kitchen With Teak Cabinets

Artistic Kitchen With Natural Materials

Kitchen Integrated With Outdoor Space

White Kitchen With Wine Bar

Japanese Kitchen With Imported Hardware

Old-World Kitchen With Antique German Tile

Small Kitchen in Federal-Style Home

Efficient Pullman-Style Kitchen

Comfortable Kitchen With Beach View

Warm, Welcoming Rustic Kitchen

Space-Saving One-Wall Kitchen

Photo By: Sponsor, Pangaea

Rustic Kitchen Featuring Chicken Wire

One-Wall Kitchen With Island Addition

Arts-and-Crafts-Style One-Wall Kitchen


Mary Broerman

Luxurious One-Wall Kitchen Space

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Open Single-Wall Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Christopher J. Grubb

Dual-Purpose One-Wall Kitchen

High-End Kitchen for Entertaining

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Country-Style One-Wall Kitchen

Entertaining Kitchen With L-Shaped Island

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury View original photo.

High-Tech Kitchen Entertainment Experience

Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Gourmet Kitchen That's Great for Gatherings

Photo By: Designer, Van Tullis

Kitchen With European and Asian Elements

Photo By: Designer, Troy Adams

Fun Kitchen With Ample Seating

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Gourmet Kitchen Built for a Chef

Kitchen With Two Islands for Prep and Cooking

Photo By: Designer, Philip Guarino

Kitchen With Two Sinks, Two Ovens

Kitchen With Classy Oversized Fridge

Sleek, Modern Galley Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Andreas Charalambous

Professional-Grade Gourmet Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Galley Kitchen Great for Outdoor Entertaining

Galley Kitchen Keeps Things in Easy Reach

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Galley Kitchen With Dashes of Color

Galley Kitchen With Great Storage

Peninsula Kitchen That Works as a Room Divider

Kitchen Peninsula That Works Like an Island

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Large L-Shaped Island

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Kitchen With Island and Lots of Character

Kitchen With Chef-Quality Island

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Island Gathering Spot in U-Shaped Kitchen

Sleek, Fun Modern Kitchen

L-Shaped Kitchen Designed for Guests

Kitchen That Blends Retro With Modern

Modern Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Kitchen With Warm Accents

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Kitchen With Open, Modern Design

Photo By: Sponsor, Danenberg Design

Stylish Kitchen With Modern Conveniences

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Modern Kitchen With Stainless Steel Countertops

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Modern Eclectic Kitchen Design

Photo By: Designer, Randy Weinstein

Chef's Kitchen With High-End Appliances

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

Chef-Worthy Kitchen With Different Stations

Photo By: Designer, Barb Ince

Kitchen With Baker's Island

Photo By: Designer, Jackie Glisson

Kitchen Designed for Two Cooks


Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Gourmet Kitchen With Open Design

Photo By: Designer, Estelle Jaivin

Kitchen With Cooktop Island

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Kitchen Island Creates Better Work Triangle

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Elegant Kitchen With Display Shelves and Island

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Kitchen Designed for Convenient Cooking

Small Kitchen With Island

Gourmet Kitchen With Smart Surfaces

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Kitchen Designed for Heavy Use

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Multipurpose Sinks

French Kitche With Homespun Charm

French Kitchen With Classic Cabinetry

French Kitchen With Glazed Country Cabinetry

Horseshoe Kitchen Designed for Traffic

U-Shaped Kitchen With Island Wall

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Duneier

Small, Efficient Horseshoe Kitchen


Tanya Griffin

Rustic Kitchen With Log Accents

English Cottage Kitchen With Rustic Style

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Rustic White Country Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Flexible Modern L-Shaped Kitchen

Pink Retro L-Shaped Kitchen

Contemporary Asian-Style Kitchen Design

When you are deciding on your kitchen layout, it is important to consider a few factors, such as how much storage space you will need, how you plan to use the area, and how much is in your budget for the total kitchen remodel cost.

If you are seeking a family-centered kitchen, then you may want to include a kitchen island that allows for casual seating. This would provide space for entertaining friends and family while food is being prepared, or for chatting with the kids while they have an after-school snack. This kitchen style will also have to incorporate a large refrigerator, dishwasher and stove to accommodate family-style dining.

On the other hand, if entertaining is your top priority, then swanky features like a kitchen island cooktop and quick access to a sit-down dining area will give your home a kitchen space where everyone wants to gather.

Storage space is also important to kitchen layout. Determine whether or not you need a kitchen pantry, how deep your cabinets should be, and whether you will need extra cabinet storage under a large kitchen island.

There are, of course, a number of different kitchen layouts, including galley, one-wall, U-shaped and L-shaped designs. Galley and one-wall designs are much more suitable for smaller spaces, while U-shaped designs allow for a large amount of cabinet and storage space. L-shaped kitchen layouts are ideal for maximizing kitchens that have a corner.

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