30+ Really Awesome Kitchen Design Ideas

KITCHEN DESIGN IDEAS — All the inspiration you need to make the kitchen everyone’s favorite room. From bold design choices to affordable appliances, our kitchen decorating ideas and inspiration pictures will help make this everyone’s favorite room in the house.

Checked Ceiling

Green Kitchen design ideas
Photo by Eric Piasecki

All-white cabinetry? Indulge in a pattern overhead. Green gingham wallpaper will be a color you’ll never get tired of seeing. Unique green-look kitchen that really eye catching to staring at will make your day.

Black and White Flooring

Black and white flooring kitchen ideas
Donna Griffith

When hardwoods won’t do, this foolproof combo foots the bill. It looks very obvious but also looks very cool. Best place for you to spend time to try lots of recipes that you found out.

Patterned Tiles

Kitchen reinvention pattern tiles ideas
Thomas Kuoh

Rugs, however durable, aren’t practical for a heavy-use kitchen. Enter statement floor tile—it’s a more subtle way to add impact to your white kitchen design than, say, a bold eye-level backsplash.

Milk Glass Lighting

amazing kitchen design ideas
Annie Schlechter

The salvaged fixtures in this space hang above the sink, island, and breakfast areas and enhance other neutral features like the white apron sink (a steal at $90!) and kitchen cabinets.

Black Appliances

kitchen reinvention black appliance
Emily Gilbert

Plain old stainless steel has its merits, but in a small kitchen, a giant swath of silvery metal can quickly dominate the room. Appliance manufacturers such as GE, Samsung, and Whirlpool have wised up to this dilemma, and have introduced refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves in sophisticated shades of black and slate.

Upgraded Cabinets

David Land

The owners of this 18th-century farmhouse added a vintage porcelain double farm sink and re-faced all of the cabinets to renovate the space.

“Window” to the World

Awesome kitchen sink decor ideas
Brian Woodcock

No above-the-sink view? No problem! An arched antique mirror maximizes the light that pours in nearby.

Scalloped Hood

Mark Lohman

How smart is this? A scalloped hood adds sweet flavor to this kitchen.

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Roger Davies

The owners of this Texas farmhouse painted the cabinets black in order for them to blend in with the walls. Butcher-block countertops add extra country charm.

Neutral Palette

countryliving.com

The owner of this rural Connecticut farmhouse switches around her kitchen accessories on a whim, so a neutral palette is essential. Almost every wall in the house, including those covered with barn-inspired board-and-batten paneling, is painted the same shade of white, and most of the furniture is covered in white or neutral linen.

Vintage Treasures

David Tsay

A wood and metal military desk-turned-prep island is the centerpiece of this Arizona ranch home’s kitchen. The weathered wood top and rusty green base give the kitchen more personality. Barnwood shelves pick up the warmth of the island’s counter, while brass pendants (from an old ice-cream parlor) echo the towel bar’s shine.

Hardworking Kitchen Island

Paul Costello

An abundance of moody gray cabinetry, limestone countertops, and stainless steel appliances add luxe elements to the rough-hewn kitchen. To maximize storage, one half of the kitchen island contains a series of baskets and bins; the other half has an additional work surface mounted with coasters to roll away when not in use.

Nostalgic Accents

Paul Costello

A pine ceiling gives the kitchen a country vibe, while its inky black paint job ups the space’s cool factor. Soda shop stools from the 1940s, found at an antiques mall, create a nostalgic spot to gather.

Retro Style

David Tsay

The kitchen in this California home was enlarged by combining it with the formal dining room and updating it with fresh takes on vintage country style—all while maintaining the space’s original yellow-and-red color scheme.

Simple and Inviting

Victoria Pearson

Despite its neutral palette, this California kitchen feels cozy thanks to a rustic fireplace, thoughtful collections, and inviting accents.

Bright Accents

Victoria Pearson

Add some whimsy to your workspace with a retro refrigerator like Smeg 50’s Retro Design.

Statement Stove

Buff Strickland

This owner of thisTexas home decided to splurge on a colorful range, then worked on reviving the rest of the space.

Bright Space Saver

Small space kitchen ideas
West Elm

Generally speaking, vintage (and vintage-inspired) appliances have a smaller footprint than modern-day behemoths. They can also add decorative charm—and a welcome pop of color!—in a small space.

Colorful and Cheery

Max Kim-Bee

Glass-front upper cabinets allow the owner of this New York home to flaunt her prized plates without eating up precious floor space, while closed ones below hide supplies. Beadboard panels add subtle texture.

Light and Bright

Stacy Brandford

The owner of thisAlberta farmhouse skipped curtains to lighten up the room’s look and maximize views of the scenic property. Minimalist iron-and-glass pendant fixtures cast plenty of light on the work spaces without blocking sight lines, while wooden shelves, countertops, and stool seats add warmth.

Space Saver

Creamy white-painted walls and whitewashed plywood floors make the small kitchen of this Florida cottage feel more expansive. Bonus: The floors were thousands of dollars cheaper than stained hardwood flooring.

Heavy Metal

Copper sheeting with coordinating straps and rivets dresses up a hood with age-old warmth.

Modern Historical Charm

From its exposed joists to uneven, wide-plank floors, the bright, updated kitchen in this Connecticut farmhouse still retains much of its historic charm.

Crafty Lighting

Designer Kevin Scanlon crafted the pendant lamps in this South Carolina kitchen out of crab baskets, rope, and burlap. When it comes to handsome trash cans, nothing tops an antique butter churn.

Minneapolis Farmhouse Chic

The owner of this Minneapolis farmhouse-style loft made a kitchen island from an old cabinet, which she topped with wooden packing crate slats. The stools are from Uline and the pendants are from The Foundry Home Goods.

Colorful Accents

A local carpenter built the pine island, and the owner fashioned the pot rack by mounting a two-by-two—painted the same color as the beam—overhead.

Salvaged Finds

A salvaged worktable provides this kitchen’s prep surface. The owner collects pig-shaped cutting boards and snagged this little guy along with the two round ones at a local antiques shop. The breadbox houses the silverware.

Antique Stove

The owners of this New York home snapped up their 1932 Magic Chef—with six burners and two ovens—at Moon River Chattel in Brooklyn on a quixotic whim.

Pine Butcher’s Block

English ironstone, Picardie glassware, and an antique pharmacy scale line the kitchen shelves in this New York garden estate. The pine butcher’s block came with the house. A gingham paper tablecloth from West Elm, affixed with magnets, peps up a plain fridge.

Antique Oven Awning

A metal awning from Houston’s August Antiques conceals an unattractive oven vent in the kitchen of this renovated Texas cottage.

Vintage Stove

A Craigslist search for vintage stoves turned up this 1970s industrial Wolf range for the vintage California cottage; bought new, the model would have cost thousands.