Family-Centered Kitchens

Durability, versatility and convenience are key features of family-friendly kitchens. Browse photos of kitchens designed to accommodate the whole family, from parents to kids to pets.

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November 24, 2014

Photo By: Sponsor, SPI Design

Photo By: Designer, Joel Snayd

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Photo By: Designer, Jessica Williamson

Photo By: Designer, Ken Kelly

Photo By: Randy Weinstein

Photo By: Designer, James Howard

Refrigerator Chalkboards

Black chalkboard inserts on the refrigerator provide a convenient place for busy families to keep track of messages, grocery lists and appointments. A central island with extra seating can serve as a snack or homework zone for the kids. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab

Low-Maintenance Materials

Ideal for everyday meals, this kitchen's built-in banquette was laminated to allow for easy clean up; it can be wiped clean with a wet sponge. Laminating fabric is a great option for families with children, pets or anyone that makes a mess.

Organized Pantry

Organization is key to a family-friendly kitchen. In this kitchen's pantry, labeled baskets keep things in place and add a playful touch that's fun for kids. Design by Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio

Kid-Sized Countertops

If your kids like to cook, consider scaling down your countertops to their size. Create a zone with a 30-inch baker's-height countertop where the little ones can cook, eat or do homework.

Open Kitchen Layout

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many families, so its connection to other rooms is an important consideration. This galley-style kitchen was remodeled to flow between the breakfast room and the family room, creating a convenient central gathering place. Photography by Curtice Merritt Photography. Design by Jessica Williamson of Kitchen Views Custom

Family Hangout

With a breakfast bar, a large table and an adjacent family room, there's plenty of space to gather in this open and functional kitchen. Design by Ken Kelly of Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc.

Creative Message Center

Grocery lists and family notes can be written right on the glass of this sliding pantry door. Design by Randy Weinstein

Multipurpose Island

This kitchen's granite countertops are a beautiful and durable work surface, while the wood countertops are a warmer option for family meals and large gatherings. Design by James Howard of Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths. Photo by Alise O’Brien

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