Best Kitchen Design Ideas

If you’re ready to design a kitchen but don’t know where to start, we’ve got just the thing to help. From the simple to the sublime, our collection of best kitchen design ideas that gathered from some sources — is sure to inspire.

Best Kitchen Design Ideas: Pictures Gallery

Picture One: A Truly Tiny Kitchen

A Truly Tiny KitchenA Truly Tiny Kitchen

This tiny New York City kitchen has a place for everything, says designer Stephanie Stokes. “After designing so many kitchens for other people, I knew exactly what I needed and what I wanted,” she says. A mirrored backsplash, an electric cooktop that doubles as countertop, and simple cabinetry help give the illusion of grandeur.

Picture Two: California Kitchen with a Dramatic Flair

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The owner of this Napa Valley house is very involved with the arts, according to designer Erin Martin. In the kitchen, architecture and applied ornament conspire to make the the room lighthearted and a touch theatrical. Artist Michael Dute’s blue and white design brings walls and even the barrel-vaulted ceiling to life.

Picture Three: Warm Kitchen

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The standout feature of this kitchen is the central island. Topped with joined planks of antique cypress, the island provides bar seating for informal meals. Because the homeowners couldn’t bear cutting into the planks for a sink or stove, they kept them intact as one large workspace, which is sealed for food prep wear and tear. The island’s sides are painted a vibrant red that works well with the rustic top.

Picture Four: Nautical White Kitchen

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Clean white floors complement the cabinetry and island in this kitchen. A minimal number of upper cabinets keeps the space open. In their place, cantilevered antique chestnut shelves, reminiscent of a ship’s deck, add an organic touch. The shelves display plain white dishware against a wall of deep royal blue tile. The stainless steel appliances and large hanging light fixtures over the island call to mind metal boat fittings.

Picture Five: Classic Kitchen Color

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Architect Ken Pursley converted an exterior porch in this home into a family-worthy kitchen. “[Kitchens] should have at least two doorways, so they’re part of the circular flow of the house. Plus there is room for the family. The color on the walls is sophisticated but doesn’t take away from the standout features of the room.

Picture Six: A Simple Yet Beautiful Kitchen

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The cleanup sink opposite the stove is a Shaws Original, made of fireclay, which is softer than porcelain and less likely to chip your dishes. To its right, one real drawer and, beneath it, three faux drawers that mask a trash pullout. Designer R. Roman Hudson also took down a wall to open the kitchen to the breakfast room.

Picture Seven: Salvage Kitchen

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The builder used aged cypress, salvaged from an old mill, to construct the kitchen cabinets and for facing some of the appliances, such as the icemaker and refrigerator. The reclaimed wood was cut, planed, and then made into cabinetry. A light finish lets the natural grain remain visible.

Picture Eight: Fresh, Colorful Kitchen

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White Shaker-style cabinet fronts are a bright foil for the vibrant glass-tile backsplash. Niches display cobalt bowls. A two-toned, two-tiered concrete counter — pale green above and charcoal gray below — adds sleek style to the work and serving spaces.

Picture Nine: Cottage Kitchen Style

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This homeowner insisted on finding an old piece of furniture for her kitchen island. Something too new would spoil the cottage effect. On the hunt for the perfect antique, she found a weathered white island with a solid wooden top. With two drawers and an open area below, it increases the room’s storage. To keep things warm and cozy, the cabinets are painted slate green and topped with a black glaze for an aged look. The black granite countertops feature a honed finish, a process that eliminates the sheen on the surface. Fabrics with a vintage appearance soften the space and contribute to the homey feel of the room.

Picture Ten: Open Kitchen

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The kitchen opens onto the living area so the chef can join in the fun. Open shelving, plentiful drawer space, and a cabinet over the range provide maximum storage in this efficient design. Paprika red barstools inject a punch of color.

Whether you’re planning a complete kitchen overhaul or you’re just looking for a few quick and easy updates, these creative and best kitchen design ideas are sure to inspire you.