Kitchen Ideas: Design Styles and Layout Options

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August 07, 2019

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For the Entertainer

Tall ceilings and crisp white walls make the kitchen feel larger than life. Adjacent to the long kitchen island, a dining area for eight allows the cook to prepare meals and entertain guests seamlessly.

Contrasting Colors

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.

Showstopper Kitchen in Black and Bronze

Etched marble walls, countertops and island are gorgeous in this chef's kitchen. Bronze fixtures and decor pop against the black range hood and stools.

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Modern Marvel

This spacious, modern kitchen features bright white walls, flooring and cabinetry to make it feel clean and airy. Brown accents found in the chairs, buffet and kitchen island offer much needed contrast to the design.

An Inviting Space

A spacious kitchen island with a waterfall countertop provides ample prep and eating space in this modern kitchen. Streamlined wood cabinets and chic gray barstools complete the stylish design.

From: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture

Prep Space for All

This large kitchen feels simple in style, with white countertops, clean-lined cabinets and bare walls. But the amenities are chef quality and the long island makes sure there's plenty of prep space to go around.

Filled With Warmth

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.

Oh-So-Chic Accents

All clean lines and open sightlines and a few bubble pendants floating up above: This beautiful kitchen is a happy place to hang out in. Bonus: pink barstools hiding under the countertop.

Open and Bright Family Kitchen

The vaulted ceiling expands the overall size of this all-white kitchen, which is designed to be a family-friendly heart of the home. A huge navy island accommodates the kids' baseball team and hides scuff marks, as well as adds color to the space. The barstools are chosen because they're easy to wipe clean. Tucked in the corner is a cozy banquette breakfast nook.

A Modern Take on Rustic

A rich mix of materials and textures adds interest and depth to this white, light-filled kitchen. Dark gray cabinetry is topped by wood around the perimeter of the room, while a large center island sports a countertop of sleek white quartz. Leather barstools and rough-hewn open shelves bring in an eclectic, homey vibe.

From: Heidi Richardson

Artistically Contemporary

Wood, steel and marble architectural elements come together to make an artistic masterpiece out of this gorgeous chef's kitchen. One of the islands, both of which use X motifs, is an ideal casual dining table. The other island features a sink.

A Nod to Neutrals

The breezy, all-white kitchen opens onto an adjacent dining area, handy for entertaining without making the chef feel closed off. A pot filler is installed over the stove.

Cozy Cottage Feel

Crisp, white cabinetry paired with black soapstone and Calcutta marble sets the tone for this elegant, multi-functional cottage 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

Gorgeous in White and Marble

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.

Transitional Chef Kitchen With Leather Stools

Instead of upper cabinets, which might make this kitchen feel cramped, designers went with a row of large windows. Reclaimed wood beams give focus to the high ceiling.

Pink Kitchen Island Complete With Chic Black Barstools

In addition to stainless appliances, plenty of cabinets and a breakfast nook, the kitchen comes with an eat-in island. Four barstools provide comfortable seating and complement the black-and-pink color scheme.

Contrasting Countertops

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.

Farmhouse Glam

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.

Modern White Kitchen with Marble Countertops & Backsplash

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.

U-Shaped Island in Chef's Kitchen

To give these professional chefs the maximum amount of counter space, designers installed a u-shaped island with a large, apron front sink directly in the center.

Black and White Chef Kitchen With Marble Backsplash

For fun, this gourmet kitchen has perimeter counters in white with black countertops and a kitchen island with black cabinets and white countertops. Opposites attract!

Midcentury Modern Kitchen With Stainless Steel Apron Sink

This attractive midcentury modern kitchen features a stainless steel apron sink as well as a white kitchen island that provides extra dining space. The contractor removed walls and flipped the kitchen layout but maintained existing plumbing lines to reduce costs. The colorful wallpaper between two cabinets in the dining area complements the orange range, and sleek white slab cabinets help modernize the space to prevent it from becoming "kitschy."

Wall of Windows

A huge wall of windows over the sink area brings lots of natural light into this central hub kitchen designed to be both attractive and functional.

Neutral Modern Eat-In Kitchen With White Chairs

This modern eat-in kitchen brightens its neutral palette with pops of white: cabinets, countertops and dining chairs. The striped backsplash adds another layer of graphic interest.

Chef's Kitchen Boasts Prep Sink With Built-In Cutting Board

This corner of the kitchen is easily Command Central, with a range and hood, large island, prep sink and even a built-in cutting board. Thanks to the room's open floor plan, the owners can cook and still converse with their friends.

Cottage Kitchen Features Tin Ceiling

Feed friends and family with this professional range, baking station and eat-in bar.

White Chef Kitchen With Artichokes

Extending the lip of the large kitchen island created a casual dining space. Airy metal-and-lucite barstools tuck easily underneath.

Warm, Inviting Kitchen

Natural materials, textures, color and art come together flawlessly in this family-friendly kitchen. With a bar and a large island at the center of the kitchen, there is no shortage of space for a snack or cooking prep.

Coastal Eat-In Kitchen With Porthole

In the makeover of this beach cottage, the designers worked hard to bring the outdoors in via new windows, including gorgeous skylights in the kitchen and a fun porthole-style window. A vibrant blue-and-green pattern lifts the look of the barstools.

Pink and White Eclectic Kitchen With Pink Rug

This kitchen has so much fun with colors and contrast. A pink Southwestern-style rug goes surprisingly well with the floor's geometric pattern. In the cabinetry, glass upper cabinets get a happy pink interior. Chefs will be delighted with the Wolf range.

Ultimate Trio -- Industrial Kitchen

Incorporate the ultimate trio - The three key materials for an industrial interior are brick, wood and metal. This industrial kitchen mixes all three and creates a dramatic effect, adding exposed duct work for extra impact.

Silver Coastal Kitchen With Portholes

This kitchen feels like a glamorous version of a ship's kitchen, with streamlined, silvery design elements and porthole windows. Mahogany floors are a welcome touch of warmth.

Custom Transitional Kitchen With Built-in Banquette Seating

Custom wood cabinets along with a large island with built-in storage make this transitional kitchen as functional as it is elegant. The kitchen island also features a built-in banquette, adding fun and unique seating to the classy, rustic space.

Versatile Island Helps to Create a Multi-Functional Kitchen

Creating a stylish, functional kitchen was the designers' goal for this space, and by adding a versatile kitchen island, they were able to do just that. This large island gives the homeowners a great deal more counter space, making food preparation and serving a much easier task. On one end of the island, gray paneled cabinets add stylish storage, while on the other end, a breakfast bar seats three and provides casual seating, creating a high-functioning kitchen space.

Luxe Gray Kitchen With Brass Kitchen Sink Faucet

Gold accents and marble countertops give this kitchen a chic, upscale look. Buttery, tufted leather makes up an intimate banquette in the breakfast nook. Glass tiles in shades of blue make up the simple backsplash for a subdued pop of color.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Stark White Island

This bright modern kitchen is the hub of the family home, stretching between the breakfast nook and open living room, and right around the corner from the dining room. A stark white island and nearby floating shelves and cabinet add stylish, functional storage to the neutral space.

Gray Transitional Chef Kitchen

A well-lit transitional kitchen with all the amenities is every cook's dream. This homeowner, who was a culinary student at the time of the remodel, couldn't be happier with the overall design.

Beautiful Contemporary Kitchen With White Quartzite Countertops

In order to accommodate homeowners who love to host guests, this kitchen was thoughtfully designed to be functional, yet contemporary and sleek. The large kitchen island can act as an informal dining area as well as the perfect area to serve food. The white quartzite used for the countertops functions similarly to granite in that it is sturdy and handles a wide range of temperatures--necessary for a client who spends a lot of time in the kitchen.

Brown and White Contemporary Chef's Kitchen With Range Hood

Beautiful wood finishes and stainless steel appliances and accents combine in this luxury kitchen to create a warm but contemporary feel. A tabletop extends off the back of the island for casual dining and entertaining.

Modern Kitchen With Shiplap Ceiling

Streamlined cabinetry and a sleek island ground this open kitchen with modern taste. In contrast, a framed beach print and shiplap ceiling are a nod to the cottage's coastal roots.

Rustic Ranch Kitchen With Hard-Wearing Materials

Rustic elegance comes together in the resort-style kitchen of this Arizona ranch home. Hard-wearing materials are mixed with luxury finishes to provide top of the line appliances with a ranch home feel.

White Modern Open Plan Kitchen With Eating Bar

Casual dining gets the luxurious benefit of incomparable views and a white marble eating bar in this open plan kitchen. The design is modern with the focus on the large windows and sleek, efficient feel.

White Transitional Open Plan Kitchen With Coffered Ceiling

All-white decor keeps this transitional open plan kitchen and living area feeling fresh and light, while dark wood elements like the hardwood floor help ground the space. The windows are one of the beautiful original details the designer kept.

Pop of Color

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 Transitional Kitchen With Industrial Pendant Lights

Industrial-style metal pendant lights charmingly go against the luxury grain of this white transitional kitchen. The island offers up casual barstool seating for easy entertaining and everyday use.

Open Floor Plan Kitchen is Feminine, Modern

The impressive backsplash combines the homeowner's love of pink and peonies. A climbing vine with vibrant pink peonies sits on a gray ombre background, which adds subtle drama that echoes the fabric of the window treatment. Bookmatched walnut cabinets feature clean lines, while a custom pink stove and island make a dramatic statement.

Double Islands in Transitional Gourmet Kitchen

A metallic paint treatment on the arched ceiling brings a touch of glam to the space, as well creating height. A pair of contemporary-meets-transitional chandeliers illuminate one of the islands that doubles as a dining spot. Warm hardwood floors ground the space.

Modern Kitchen With Straightaway Style

Obviously, designer Angelica Henry zeroed in on color and shape when streamlining the look of this modern kitchen. By using a black and white color palette with stainless steel accents, she created a simple cohesiveness in the room and amplified its linear structure. The slightly glossy finishes on the countertops, backsplash and stainless steel selections work with her lighting plan for a high-tech, polished presentation.

Open Plan, Modern Kitchen in Black, White and Gray Hues

This streamlined, open plan kitchen, designed by Angelica Henry, shows the dramatic side to modern design. The black laminate cabinetry and the stainless steel appliances and accents marry well with the linear elements in the room, such as the lighting arrangement and long, angular countertops, to give the space a lean, industrial and high-tech look.

White Modern Open Plan Kitchen With Eating Bar

Casual dining gets the luxurious benefit of incomparable views and a white marble eating bar in this open plan kitchen. The design is modern with the focus on the large windows and sleek, efficient feel.

White Modern Eat In Kitchen With Wood Floor

A white and gray palette, lots of sunlight and a vaulted ceiling make this open concept kitchen and dining room feel as light as air. The room's visual interest comes from its mix of materials: glass, stainless steel, marble and wood.

From: b+g design

A Timeless White Design

To play up the light and the home's traditional decor, architects Stuart Cohen and Julie Hacker pair classic white cabinets and crown molding with marble countertops and a rich wood floor.

Neutral Modern Kitchen With Wood Paneling

Exotic wood paneling and cabinets give major design pizzazz to this modern kitchen. The zigzag of the wood's grain brings a sense of movement to the space and the coffee color warms up the stainless steel accents.

White Open Plan Kitchen With Silver Shade

To give this gourmet, all-white kitchen a little unique flair, designers layered in metallic touches: a silvery shade, golden barstools and (necessary for a waterfront home!) an oyster full of oversized pearls.

White Modern Open Plan Kitchen With Pendants

Opposite the dining area sits the kitchen, clean and fresh with its stark white cabinets and island. Windows along the upper edge of the wall let in natural light.

Contemporary Kitchen With Teal Cabinets and Stainless Steel Sink

Teal cabinets add a pop of color to this otherwise neutral contemporary kitchen featured in a Martha Vineyard home. Stainless steel sinks top the wooden cabinets.

A Sophisticated, White Kitchen with Traditional Panache

This galley kitchen incorporates traditional, white cabinetry with dark, wooden flooring to create beautiful contrast. With their parallel counters and lack of island, galley-style kitchens are uniquely designed for efficiency and practicality. A subtle dark accent line edges the white cabinetry, giving the kitchen an eye-catching detail.

Modern Great Room With Sloped Ceiling

The lines and furnishing style of this great room are kept simple to shine the spotlight on the surroundings. Lots of windows let natural light pour into the space.

Modern Kitchen With Breakfast Bar

A futuristic aesthetic is prominent throughout this modern kitchen and breakfast bar. The lines created are sleek and minimalist.

Rustic Kitchen With Wood Cabinets and White Pendant Lights

This quaint kitchen is featured in an apartment and has wood cabinets. White Pendant Lights pair well with the upper white cabinets.

Blue and Gray Vintage Inspired Kitchen

This 1940s home needed a kitchen whose character matched the rest of the home but still had all of the modern conveniences new constructions enjoy. By mixing different textures, using recycled materials and cement tiles designers were able to achieve a vintage feel in the space. Then, modern, stainless steel appliances were added to add an additional element of glamour to the space.

Neutral Coastal Dining Room With White Chairs

Woven dining chairs painted white give an airy lift to this neutral dining area. Wine connoisseurs will love the tall wine refrigerator nearby.

Modern Dining and Kitchen Area

Blue dining chairs adorn the small area adjacent to the kitchen in this modern space. Stainless steel appliances give the kitchen a sleek look.

Artistic Features in Modern Kitchen Complement Beautiful Boston Views

The elegance of this modern kitchen is highlighted by the sculptural range hood, marble backsplash and waterfall countertops. These elegant features help to accentuate the beautiful views of the Boston cityscape that spreads out beneath the condo.

Eclectic Galley Kitchen With Mint Blue Cabinets

Lucie Ayres' client asked to have a pantry, laundry room AND a desk in a small nook of the kitchen. She made it happen mainly by opening the walls between the former laundry room and kitchen and by installing space-saving retractable doors.

1950s-Inspired Kitchen With Chambers Stove

Designer Regina Bilotta of Bilotta Kitchens found the perfect Chambers stove to fit the family's request of a 1950s-inspired kitchen. Adding to the vintage style, she incorporated a tin ceiling, reclaimed wood and distressed finishes.

Yellow Cottage 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.

Valley St. Contemporary Kitchen with Chalkboard Paint

A wall covered in chalkboard paint creates a place for the family to jot notes or doodle in this contemporary family-friendly kitchen. Gray quartz countertops, concrete floors and bar stools add to the industrial feel of the space, while white cabinets and pendant light fixtures add pops of color and texture.

Midcentury Modern Kitchen is Included in Updated Home's Open Floor Plan

By removing three of the kitchen's walls, designers opened up the kitchen to the rest of the home. Now, whoever is preparing a meal or enjoying one at the breakfast bar can be included in the action in the rest of the home.

Traditional White Kitchen With Stainless Steel Island

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

Transitional Eat-in Kitchen With Leather Banquette

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 Country Kitchen With Pendants

Soft textures, raw materials and earthy tones help create the organic feel that was the designers' goal for this country kitchen. The ceiling beams and floor are reclaimed wood from a local barn.

Rustic-Contemporary Kitchen in Ski Getaway

The kitchen in this mountain home features rustic-contemporary styling and high-end finishes, with natural materials like wood, steel and stone used in clean, contemporary lines. Energy-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, as well as LED lighting, radiant floor heating and solar shades, are among the home's eco-friendly details. Soaring ceilings feature rich, dark wood tones, bringing warmth to the space.

Organic Contemporary Kitchen

Stainless steel accents, onyx countertops and wooden fixtures give this contemporary kitchen a one of a kind look. Natural wooden elements help the home connect with nature and inspire an organic feel.

Neutral Kitchen with Chartreuse Touches

Touches of chartreuse add energy to this otherwise neutral open kitchen.

Timeless Eat-in Kitchen with White Cabinets

White works beautifully with gray, as evidenced by the silvery backsplash. Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless eat-in kitchen with white cabinets, stainless appliances with cooper accents, recessed-panel cabinets, marble countertops and island.

Farmhouse Kitchen

This kitchen sits at one end of a very large great room. A major focal wall with a black and white geometric tile from Tesselle balances out the many white walls around it and really works in this very modern farmhouse. The hints of brass create another visual pop to draw the eye toward the cozy island seating.

Modern White Kitchen With Orange Accent Wall Color and Custom Pot Hanging Rack

A bright orange color is paired with bright white accents and contrasted with reclaimed wood shelving and stainless steel appliances in this stylish kitchen. A custom pot rack creates texture and useful storage on the wall. A white subway tile backsplash and gray flooring give the space a modern finish.

Chef Kitchen With Stainless Steel Fridge

This sweeping expanse of kitchen makes even the most elaborate meals possible. There are multiple islands, tons of storage, a large stainless steel fridge and freezer.... And when the work is done, head outside for a dip in the nearby pool.

White Coastal Kitchen with Large Island

This white kitchen is a stunning feature of a beachfront home. The white marble and cabinetry gives it a relaxing ocean feel.

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Dual Islands

Two large kitchen islands provide plenty of meal prep space in this neutral contemporary kitchen. The rich dark wood cabinetry is lightened and complemented by the custom blue backsplash and stainless steel appliances throughout.

Organic Island in Modern-Industrial Kitchen

An angular island draws the eye in this custom kitchen. Black steel cabinets draw the eye to the unique walnut island and vent hood. Integrated appliances and quartz countertops complete the room’s sleek look.

French Provencal Kitchen is Heart of Home

Upholstered barstools sit on one end of the long, irregularly shaped island for casual dining in the kitchen. The core of the kitchen is a highly functional "U" with easy access from the kitchen sink to the commercial-quality range and a pair of wall ovens. Exposed wood beams bring a rustic quality to the space, while dark brown cabinets lend to the classic feel.

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Exposed Ceiling Beams

In this stunning transitional kitchen, distracting ceiling lines and awkward angles are no longer a concern. By incorporating gorgeous exposed ceiling beams and low-voltage lighting tracks with pin-spotting heads, designer Lauren Bland believes she was able to attract the eye to every inch of the spacious eat-in kitchen.

Sunny Yellow Kitchen with Island Seating

This cozy yellow kitchen has white quartz countertops and a large island with seating for three. The large bay window illuminates this sunny yellow kitchen.

Earth-Toned Kitchen Boasts Craftsman Appeal

Earth tones dominate this beautiful kitchen, retaining the Craftsman appeal of the home. Contemporary touches add pizzazz to the space.

From: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture

Open, Contemporary Kitchen With Twin Islands & Exposed Beams

This super spacious design provides plenty of counter and storage space for a well organized and functional kitchen. The twin islands keep the open feel while allowing for easy maneuvering through the space. Light from the pendant lights hanging between exposed wooden beams reflects off the polished, stainless steel appliances.

Transitional Kitchen With Blue Island

Custom elements in this mostly neutral kitchen, like the blue island and the exposed wood beams are what make this space special.

Modern Galley Kitchen With Wood Ceiling

To separate this kitchen from the living room, a low banquette wraps around a dining table. The sight line across the floor stays clear and there's even built-in shelving at one end for extra storage.

White Kitchen With Large Central Island and Breakfast Nook

This white kitchen features an adjacent breakfast nook with seating for four or more, as well as a large central island with a small bar.

Small, Open-Concept Kitchen with a Sunny Personality

What this space lacks in size, it makes up for in design sophistication. With stunning modern design, this kitchen marries cheerful countertops with sleek stainless steel accents and contrasts both against sturdy mahogany beams. The food-prep area opens to a casual dining space and offers the option of bar-dining as well.

Family Friendly Kitchen Features Reclaimed Wood Trim, Limestone Island Countertop

With a large limestone island with hidden USB ports and charging stations, this kitchen truly is the hub of the home for a large family. Beckwith Interiors opened the space up to make it feel larger and brighter and introduced reclaimed wood shelving and trim, a glass backsplash behind the stove and white shaker cabinetry to blend the modern and rustic styles the homeowners love.

Charming White Kitchen With Brass Hardware

Because this kitchen is part of a historic Tudor home, the designers used materials, like a hand-glazed backsplash and aged brass hardware, to make it feel true to the time period. A pretty curved hood rage and decorative X-detail over the pantry doors only enhance the space's charm.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Rustic, Modern Details

This modern farmhouse kitchen is the hub of the house, with ample seating in the form of a four-seater island breakfast bar and an eat-in area that's open to the main cooking space. Open shelving keeps the room from feeling boxed in by cabinetry and shows off the textured subway tile backsplash.

From: Heidi Richardson

Transitional Kitchen With Eat-In Island and White Cabinets

This neutral kitchen mixes classic, tailored pieces like upholstered barstools from Restoration Hardware with sleek, updated touches like pearly Ann Sacks subway tile. A large island with barstools creates a casual eating area beneath elegant glass pendant lighting.

Transitional White Kitchen With Black Countertops

Bright white cabinetry lends an open, airy feel to this beautiful transitional kitchen. Glossy black countertops line the perimeter of the kitchen, adding eye-cathcing contrast to the space.

Black and Yellow Contemporary Open Kitchen

In this sleek kitchen makeover, walls were knocked down to connect the kitchen, dining and living areas in an open plan layout. Pops of bright yellow add fun personality and color to the modern space. Cabinets: UltraCraft Cabinetry; Microwave: Thermador: Range: Jenn Air; Refrigerator and freezer: LG; Countertops: Cambria Quartz

From: Drury Design

Contemporary Eat-In Kitchen With Craftsman Appeal

This contemporary eat-in kitchen retains the home's Craftsman appeal with a stained glass window and warm wood floors.

From: Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture

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