Designing a kitchen can be fun, or it can be a headache. If you're a little way into the process yourself, chances are you've already encountered your fair share of headaches.
Don't let frustration get the better of you. The last thing you need is to make a mistake in the planning phases, because that can get expensive, and potentially leave you with a brand new kitchen that you don't even like.
Instead, let's look for inspiration from the pros. We've gathered 98 different kitchen design ideas to help you find inspiration. In this list, you'll come across things you definitely want to include, and things you definitely want to avoid.
So let's take a look and get your plans sorted before the contractors show up.
Sleek, modern, eye-catching, and cool, this bold and organized kitchen offers tons of contrast and personality. Stainless steel appliances, mixed with black, white, and red surfaces make this room stand out.
This kitchen shows a fantastic example of how to work with an open floor plan. The kitchen, dining area, and living room are all in the same footprint, but clearly defined thanks to a smart, modern layout.
Gray subway tile, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, natural light, and comfortable chairs come together to create a kitchen which would look equally at home in a city loft, or on a modern organic farm.
The over-sized back-splash acts both as a focal point, and as a means for bringing in a bit of color to this predominantly white kitchen. Dark grays and slate blues paired with rattan chairs and modern lighting give this kitchen a comfortable and updated look.
This kitchen has loads of counter space, perfect for baking or other large-scale kitchen projects. The island works as a contrast piece to the main counter top, and both are tied together by a clever use of chalkboard paint.
This predominantly white kitchen is broken up by a warm wooden table, with accented black seating. Another large seating area sits just outside the room, making the space perfect for big families or entertaining.
Sleek, clean lines help define this ultra-modern kitchen design. An open concept keeps good flow between the food prep area and the dining area. Shades of gray, silver, and white form the backdrop, while bold black forms the accents.
This kitchen done in dark browns and neutrals, slips right into a split level home design, maximizing available space, without impeding foot traffic. The glass top table and vaulted ceiling give this kitchen a wonderfully modern look.
A dark blue accent wall, yellow rimmed chairs, and live plants give this modern kitchen some interesting colorful contrast without overcrowding the space. The centerpiece is undoubtedly the concrete top island.
This no-fuss kitchen slides right into this brilliant open floor plan without interrupting the flow, or doing too much to draw the eye. Wide flat counter tops, and tone-on-tone fixtures give it a wonderfully minimalist style.
This tasteful and simple design features a long table with seating, open shelving, and one or two accent pieces. A nice example of a minimalist design using shades of brown rather than white or stainless steel.
Designed to fit with a tranquil beach house, this single wall kitchen is enhanced with a large island, which then flows through to a separate dining area. Clean, and uncluttered, with unique translucent cabinet doors.
Another great example of a home with a breathtaking view, this kitchen is designed so that no visual obstructions stand between you and the large sliding doors. Clean lines, simple design and an uncluttered look.
A large, multipurpose island combined with rustic wood, and cornflower blue make this country style kitchen look like an inviting place to roll out homemade biscuits, or come together for a family meal.
With beautiful copper pans hanging above a sturdy marble top island, and exposed brick peeking through stucco you can almost taste the delicious home cooking that must come from this kitchen every day.
If the best part of your kitchen is the beauty of nature surrounding it, why not show it off from every possible angle? This innovative design allows for natural light streaming through walls and the ceiling. It's all complemented by white fixtures and furniture.
From the arched entryway to the over-sized center island, this kitchen looks like it was lifted straight out of the country cottage. A few modern elements such as subway tile backsplash and round lighting fixtures give it a classic yet updated look.
Designed for a country estate, this kitchen has an abundance of room to work on baking, canning, or other large-scale kitchen projects. Beautiful off white cabinets are complimented by a dark hardwood floor.
Bright white keeps this kitchen looking open and airy. The glass front cabinets and subway tile backsplash keep this kitchen looking brand-new and updated, while simple touches like a floral carpet runner keep it classic.
An L-shaped kitchen gets a whole lot of personality thanks to solid blue cabinets, a large decorative tile backsplash, and lots of bright light. This is a great use of color without overwhelming a space.
Working with an unusual layout – and octagonal, open concept space – this home expertly blends rustic designs such as exposed wood beams and cobblestone floor accents, with ultra-modern stainless steel fixtures, and wide windows.
Warmly colored wood floors and a butcher block island nicely offset the cream-colored cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Modern task lighting helps finish off the contemporary look for this familiar and classic design.
A classic an inviting look for the smaller, multipurpose space. This open floor kitchen plan allows the kitchen, dining area, and living room to coexist in the same relative footprint. Deliberate furniture placement helps create “borders.”
A white marble countertop and oversized white marble backsplash come together to create a striking combination in this contemporary kitchen. A plush curved bench in front of large windows creates a unique seating area.
Subway tile, open shelving, rattan chairs, and a marble countertop are a few of the modern updates to this familiar and classic kitchen design layout. Brass lighting fixtures and stainless steel appliances complement each other wonderfully.
Can't you just see the family gathering in this room to share meals? The unique tile backsplash adds color, character, and focal point to this otherwise neutral room. Add a few plants and fun lighting fixtures, and you have a very contemporary kitchen.
White cabinets and a white marble countertop help make an already large kitchen seem expansive. A custom arched opening creates flow between the kitchen and surrounding rooms, preventing a closed off feeling
With upper cabinets done in whites, and lower cabinets done in a blue-gray, this room instantly gains dimension and personality. Stainless steel appliances and dark hardwood flooring give the room a very up-to-date look.
This unique kitchen uses an open wood-burning stove as a clever separation between the professional level food preparation area, and the large dining area. Right angles, metal accents, and wood flooring give this room a sleek, industrial look.
This uniquely designed kitchen features a U-shaped island. Stainless steel cabinets, open shelving, and panoramic windows give this space an industrial, modern, and minimalist feel. Perfect for an urban space.
An extended breakfast bar island with extra seating, placed across from a large food preparation area gives this kitchen the look of a professional restaurant. Clean, organized, industrial, and attractive, this ultramodern design makes a statement.
The large stainless steel vent hood is the centerpiece of this industrial style kitchen. Offbeat electric yellow seating along the breakfast bar, and a reclaimed wood accents all give this space lots of character.
Color doesn't always have to be relegated only to accent walls, as seen here in this playful design filled with shades of blue, purple, and orange. Hand-painted chairs help tie all the different color elements together, for a bright and cheery room.
A predominantly white kitchen is broken up with pops of royal blue and vibrant yellow accent pieces. This is a great example of how color can be put to great use even in smaller spaces. Yes, neutrals make a space look bigger, but colors add depth and character.
While this kitchen sticks with neutrals such as white and gray, they have chosen to use bold shades like red, blue, and yellow as accent colors, and statement pieces. It brings a lot of life into the room.
This kitchen was designed as part of a Nantucket inspired remodel. Shades of blue, yellow, and green come into play throughout the kitchen. Take note of the custom center island with built-in dining benches. Very innovative use of space.
This classic design uses white cabinets and walls as a backdrop, but softens it with rattan furniture and lighting fixtures. Throw in a few stainless steel elements for depth and texture, and you have a beautiful kitchen.
Looking like something straight out of a fairytale, this kitchen includes dark woods, a vaulted ceiling, tree patterns, and ornate lighting. A beautiful, whimsical, inviting, and also functional heart of the home.
Dark wood flooring and exposed ceiling beams set the tone for a stately, spacious, and classic kitchen. White cabinetry, mixed countertops, and comfortable chairs on casters make this wide open kitchen an ideal spot for gathering and entertaining.
An eye-catching chandelier stands as an oversized centerpiece to this charming kitchen decorated predominantly in whites, with dark wood and wrought iron accents. Wide windows help bring natural light, and glass front cabinets keep the room feeling open and airy.
This is a really beautiful example of a 1920's kitchen which was updated, without sacrificing some of the beautiful historic and Art Deco properties which made it so special to begin with. Tile flooring, and decorative woodwork take center stage.
Here's a really beautiful example of what can be done with a galley kitchen. Sometimes considered a challenging layout, this kitchen shows you just how much you can do in that footprint, and how beautiful the finished product can be.
Open, airy, and bright, this kitchen is designed from the bottom up to allow light into the room. Large windows are positioned over the sink, and shelving is left open to allow light from the dining area to spill through.
Dark wood cabinets are brightened up by an exquisite marble topped custom island with built in seating area. Elegant details such as upholstered chairs in the unique chandelier make this kitchen stand out.
This galley kitchen renovation was done in a classic, Edwardian style home in San Francisco. By keeping some original design elements, they honor the history of the home, while also bringing it up to date.
This fun and quirky design makes great use of a vaulted ceiling by adding built-in storage shelves which can also become design elements. There is desk space in this kitchen for homework, paying bills, etc.
This kitchen features unique accent walls and glass shelving. Also, note the multiple sinks available in the center island. This is a good example of how you can create the kitchen “work triangle" in different layouts.
This kitchen features warm wood tones in its cabinets and shelving, but the eye is immediately drawn to the offbeat tile pattern along the base of the center island. Mid-century style stools and lots of live plants finish off this fun eclectic lock.
From the mismatched seating, to the hunting trophies, to the exposed wood beams, there's a lot of eclectic style going on in this kitchen. This is a great example of how to bring your personality out when decorating.
We hope these gorgeous array of kitchens has given you some points of inspiration to take with you as you design your own layout. Which trends did you like or dislike? Anything important you're taking away from this list? Let us know in the comments!
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