Kitchen Theme Ideas

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