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30 Top Kitchen Design Trends

November 25, 2014
By: Karin Beuerlein, H. Camille Smith, and Ellie Sanders
Two-Toned: Dressed to Impress

Windermere Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Two-Toned: Dressed to Impress

The gourmet kitchen is dressed to impress with charcoal gray cabinets, honey-colored wood floors, clean white countertops and a subway tile backsplash. The contrast of the dark and light brings stylish drama to this trend-setting space.

Two-Toned: Modern Warmth

Abran Rubiner

Two-Toned: Modern Warmth

The various hues in this kitchen blend together perfectly, giving the space a slightly industrial, but ethereal feel. The orange Bertazzoni range is certainly the focal point, balanced by the warmth of the walnut end grain island and the honed marble countertops.

Two-Toned: Complimenting Hues

Gilles Mingasson/Verbatim Photo Agency

Two-Toned: Complimenting Hues

Featuring predominately black and white finishes, this kitchen looks clean and elegant. Simple gold details delicately accent the space, creating a pretty yet practical kitchen.

Two-Toned: Bright + Bold

Todd Douglas/ Getty Images

Two-Toned: Bright + Bold

This kitchen takes things to a bold new level. With bright white walls, a matching island and a distinct blue wall, this space is bright and inviting, while maintaining a highly stylistic appeal.

Herringbone: Tile With a Twist

Jenn Feldman Designs

Herringbone: Tile With a Twist

A blue, herringbone tile backsplash adds a much-welcomed trendy touch to this kitchen. Rustic elements like open wood shelving makes the space feel casual and friendly, while the dark blue cabinets are a pretty way to add depth and richness.

Herringbone: Fancy Flooring

Tim Street-Porter

Herringbone: Fancy Flooring

Herringbone hardwood floors bring an element of warmth to this kitchen's bright look. A plank board vaulted ceiling accentuates the open and spacious design. A large island topped with marble is lined with red-brown leather bar chairs, while a stainless steel cabinet brings a unique element to the room.

Herringbone: Gray Hues

Julie Soefer Photography

Herringbone: Gray Hues

The gray, herringbone tile backsplash is the star of this kitchen. Blue cabinetry, delicate pendants and roman shades with a subtle graphic print compliment the backsplash perfectly.

Herringbone: Understated

Chris Luker; Luker Photography

Herringbone: Understated

This kitchen features gorgeous herringbone wood flooring. Modern pendant lighting, exposed beams and soapstone countertops create an understated cottage feeling.

Statement Stools: Take a Seat

Merrick Ales Photography

Statement Stools: Take a Seat

This neutral-hued space is brought to life with the green, velvet stools. To create an open feeling, a peninsula was added on the third "wall" of the kitchen, separating it from the hallway without making either space feel too closed off.

Statement Stools: Simple + Modern

Kris Tamburello

Statement Stools: Simple + Modern

This modern blue condominium kitchen has all the contemporary elements one could want — sleek cabinets, custom lighting and a stunning waterfall-edge work island. Simple, modern barstools complete the look.

Statement Stools: Pack a Punch

Mali Azima

Statement Stools: Pack a Punch

Blue upholstered barstools are the focal point of this luxe kitchen. Gold accents add to the elegance, while the modern lines keep the seats from looking dated.

Statement Stools: Swivel Seating

Rachel Whyte

Statement Stools: Swivel Seating

Wood swivel barstools give this kitchen a laid-back, farmhouse feel. Custom cabintery and an ink backsplash make the space feel casual, yet incredibly stylish.

Bold Backsplash: Marble Everything

Hilton & Hyland, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Bold Backsplash: Marble Everything

The star of the kitchen: the marble backsplash and island. Dark walls and luxe touches add a dramatic flair to this space, making it one that would stand out in a crowd. Meanwhile, the delicate pendant lights overhead keep the space bright and well-lit.

Bold Backsplash: Black + White

Lane Dittoe Photography

Bold Backsplash: Black + White

The eye-catching backsplash adds loads of texture to this simple farmhouse kitchen. A stainless steel range and oven blend smoothly into the clean, white cabinetry that's accented with gold hardware.

Bold Backsplash: Silvery + Timeless

Anna-Marie Claassen; Builder: MCM Construction

Bold Backsplash: Silvery + Timeless

White works beautifully with gray, as evidenced by the silvery backsplash encased in this all-white kitchen.

Bold Backsplash: Noteworthy Tile

Cati Teague Photography

Bold Backsplash: Noteworthy Tile

There's no question what the showstopping feature is of this kitchen: the green scalloped-tile backsplash absolutely steals the show. White cabinets and simple flooring enhance the look without distracting from the gorgeous statement wall.

From: Gina Sims
Bold Backsplash: Focal Point

Pinnacle Estate Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Bold Backsplash: Focal Point

White cabinetry and white walls are interrupted by a bold tile backsplash that extends to the ceiling, creating a focal point in a neutral space. The color is echoed on the base of the second island, emphasizing the room's spacious footprint.

Eye-Catching Pendants: Mix + Match

First Team Estates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Eye-Catching Pendants: Mix + Match

Various pendants hang from the kitchen's beautiful, beam-clad ceilings, ensuring the space is well-lit and on-trend.

Eye-Catching Pendants: Wide Open Spaces

Eye-Catching Pendants: Wide Open Spaces

Geometric gold pendants make this midcentury modern kitchen feel bright and airy. The open-concept kichen sports a spacious island, hardwood floors and open shelving on a stunning glass feature wall.

Eye-Catching Pendants: Ample Lighting

Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo Agency

Eye-Catching Pendants: Ample Lighting

Low-profile light fixtures, skyscraping ceilings and a wall of windows ensure that no matter how small this apartment may be, it will never feel that way.

Eye-Catching Pendants: Simple, Yet Stylish

Ryan Garvin

Eye-Catching Pendants: Simple, Yet Stylish

Two black, woven pendant lights ground this bright, airy kitchen. Because the kitchen is so open, designer Brooke Wagner used light wood accents to tie the space together.

Eye-Catching Pendants: Laid-Back Cottage

Jared Kuzia Photography

Eye-Catching Pendants: Laid-Back Cottage

A trio of oversized pendant lights make a statement without taking up any visual space in this cottage-inspired kitchen. The expansive island is designed for the whole family to gather around with industrial-style barstools. Blue trimwork and cabinets reflect the surrounding lake views.

Nod to the Past: Modern Hues

Amy Bartlam

Nod to the Past: Modern Hues

The vintage color pallette enhances this midcentury modern kitchen. The epoxy floors weren't easy to get right, but their glossy brightness adds hugely to the overall fresh-faced, cheerful mood.

Nod to the Past: Old World Elegance

Nod to the Past: Old World Elegance

Rustic lower cabinets provide Old World charm while lush, green upper cabinets make this kitchen feel fresh and on-trend.

Nod to the Past: Charming Details

taryn emerson

Nod to the Past: Charming Details

This charming kitchen seems to go on forever and is filled with antique details, like the weathered gray china cabinet and an island with carved wood legs. Exposed wood beams criss-cross the ceiling drawing the eye to the expansive space.

Metallic Accents: Statement Hood

Jonathan Rachman

Metallic Accents: Statement Hood

The copper vent hood in this kitchen is just the stylish touch this bright space needed. A marble backsplash, modern island countertop and contemporary fixtures set this kitchen apart from the typical all-white kitchen.

Metallic Accents: Golden Magic

Paige Rumore Photography

Metallic Accents: Golden Magic

Throughout the room, golden accents bring some welcomed warmth and glow to the otherwise two-toned space. A single bank of black cabinets is a striking visual detail, tying in with the same-colored island and range hood.

Metallic Accents: Shining Light

Spacecrafting Photography

Metallic Accents: Shining Light

It's all in the gold details. A print in a gold frame completes the far corner while complimenting the pretty pendants situated over the island.

Metallic Accents: Lantern Lighting

Courtney Apple

Metallic Accents: Lantern Lighting

Gray marble tile creates a full-wall backsplash over the black marble countertops while a white marble island counters the black and keeps the kitchen light. Midcentury modern barstools sit beneath a pair of metallic lantern pendant lights — the perfect complement to this space.

Metallic Accents: All in the Details

Rachel Whyte

Metallic Accents: All in the Details

Tiny gold details sprinkled throughout the newly renovated kitchen give it a polished look.