They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to kitchen design, it certainly applies. There is no longer a “standard” kitchen design. Everyone wants a custom look that suits their personality and the personal preferences of their own family.
Today new kitchen design offers a wide range of styles and amenities for those who create a whole new space. While a complete remodel of the kitchen may not be in the cards for everyone, there are many elements that can be incorporated into one existing kitchen to get a new look. Here is a selection of some coveted kitchen designs that further your imagination.
20 ideas for kitchen decor
Matching tabletop and backsplash
Traditionally, countertops and backsplashes were made of two different types of complementary materials. The table top can be marble, but the backsplash will e.g. Be tiles. And although mixing materials in the kitchen is now more common than ever, many homeowners choose to unite the two surfaces in the same material.
Black marble is used for the table top as well as the backsplash, creating a coordinated area in the kitchen. It also makes sense, because now the wall behind the sink is just as durable as the countertop.
Kitchen with golden drama
Definitely out of the ordinary, this kitchen has table tops in brass paired with black cabinetry, giving a great combination. Metal is an unexpected tabletop material for the home, and black cabinetry is not the most common choice either.
That said, together they create a stylish kitchen that extends beyond the traditional and modern design worlds. The style of the creators and their wooden details are a nod to the past, while the island with waterfall style is completely modern
Large kitchen set-up Several islands
Sometimes the layout of a room will define the look of your kitchen as it did here. Instead of counters and cabinets around several sides of the room, new concepts instead include more islands. This example contains only a single wall of built-in elements, while the center of the room is filled with two separate islands.
The remote island includes another sink and plenty of work area, while the other has a hob and a dining area extension, ideal for family breakfasts, a quick snack or a place for friends to hang out while whipping up dinner. The whole room is slim thanks to the lack of handles and hardware.
Black kitchen decor
Occasionally, your kitchen space may have to serve more functions in addition to just cooking. Here sits a compact hob under modern, black shelving that mixes open shelving with glass front components.
To the side, matching bookshelves and storage shelves hold books, accessories and other necessities. By using the same color palette – here a dramatic black paired with a pale wooden floor – the space moves smoothly from one functional area to another.
Small compact kitchen space
When the space is for a premium, the design often has to correspond to a more traditional layout. This kitchen combines a compact stove and row combination that still offers the chef’s level function. Slim, modern cabinet flanks range as well as the professional vented hood.
The entire set-up is finished with a stainless steel table top and trimmer on the cabinets. This is a really inspiring idea for cooking enthusiasts who have an apartment or a place where space is tight.
A dominant concrete island
Without a doubt, the scattered concrete island is the main feature of this modern kitchen. Angled around a central point, the island has both a hob and a sink as well as a ledge that goes all the way around the outer edge.
This is a convenient place for family or friends to put a glass or cup while keeping you company in the kitchen. The large island is paired with sleek cabinetry and appliances hidden behind the modern façade. Overall, it is definitely a modern look that combines concrete with shiny, dramatic elements.
Eclectic but modern kitchen layout
This kitchen is certainly modern, but this is where the simple definition ends. The straight lines of the island, mixed materials and sleek cabinet are matched with dining chairs that have an old-fashioned café silhouette and it is all set on a classic Trompe l’oeil wallpaper scene.
The white-topped island is clad in a mirrored finish around the sides, while the section that includes the hob is made of different materials. Combination lighting and ventilation pendant hangs over the hob and a matching light is over the dining table. Together, it is a very unexpected, yet very cool kitchen that definitely stands out.
Low profile kitchen
Many kitchen designs fill the walls from floor to ceiling in an attempt to pack as much function and storage into the space as possible, but there are other stylish options as well. This very spacious and functional kitchen island arrangement has a low profile and feels pretty Zen.
Yes, there is a closet unit higher on the wall, but the rest of the room is open on the sides and defined by the wide peninsula that extends out. Both the sink and the hob are incorporated in the table that sits on top of all cabinets. The whole room feels unlimited and very open – an ideal scenario if you have windows with a killer view outside.
A Mini Island or a breakfast table
If you do not think that a small kitchen precludes having any kind of island, this example shows that it is really possible with the right design. Yes, it is not a full island, but it is a small one that can serve as a dining area for two or even three people or as a central work area when there is a lot of food preparation to be done.
It is even anchored in a closet that adds extra storage space. Along the wall, a traditional but compact kitchen setup has all the necessary appliances and cabinets that provide good storage.
White and bright yellow cabinets
Some trendsters say that white kitchens are declining in popularity, but we would risk guessing that this one will not soon fall out of favor. The bright, white and clean lined cabinet is raised with a light pop of sun yellow to a section of the cabinets.
If yellow is not your color, almost any light shade will work the same magic in the room. At the same time, the tile’s backsplash, which looks like riveted steel, adds just enough edge to the kitchen to be really interesting.
Square Kitchen Island
While islands have traditionally been rectangular, a square is also a good option, especially for a modern farmhouse-style kitchen.
The shape tends to evoke a large, traditional farm kitchen, which is highlighted here through a number of details. A large porcelain sink and cup cover for the cabinet highlight the style genre, as do the open shelves above the sink. Farmhouse style is still very popular with families, although many designers call it exaggerated.
Really minimalist design
Real minimalists will love this kitchen because it is really sleek and clean. A modern finish on the island and the cabinet are paired with a wooden cornice accent on the wall unit and the inserted island screen shelf. Other than that, the only kitchen elements that are visible are the hob and the sink. Devoid of hardware and with all the other great elements hidden, this design is extra and very stylish.
Kitchen design with clean lines with more details
This modern kitchen is not minimalist, but it does have clean, angular lines. The off-white cabinet is accentuated with large handles, and the top wall cabinets are all fronted with textured glass that lives up to the design.
A central island includes the sink and a raised breakfast bar on the opposite side. Granite countertops are used throughout the kitchen as well as on the wall as a backsplash. This is a pure kitchen design that would be a versatile starting point for any custom design.
All mixed kitchen decor
Gone are the days of all matching cabinets and a single countertop material used in a kitchen. Mixing materials have been hot for several years now and this super functional kitchen is a great example of how this can be done.
Gray cabinets and wall units are paired with a stone countertop and backsplash, while the island extension is done in a brown finish with a multi-level wooden top. Textured glass cabinets are trimmed in yet another finish, while the lighting fixture repeats the dark accent. All in all, it works amazingly well and flows from surface to surface without appearing separate.
Kitchen with wood-focused design
So far, most of the kitchen designs have not shown much natural wood, but it is still a very popular and stylish material. This modern kitchen combines a cabinet of natural wood and sections of table top with a modern central island of stone.
The two natural materials work well together and create a very modern kitchen. Modern appliances are made of stainless steel, and the island contains a slim hob and a clear sink with a pull-out faucet. The table top along the wall has the main sink and more work area. This is a good, family-friendly kitchen, especially with the long breakfast bar that runs along the entire island.
A small country theme
It may have some farmhouse elements, but this kitchen is a little more rural than that. The lightweight, natural wood cabinet has traditional hardware, and all elements of the kitchen coordinate with it. Blackboard surfaces on a few cabinets as well as the kitchen hood are practical and attractive. Lots of pegs and racks offer storage along the wall, and a hanging pot rack makes the island a real focal point.
Traditional style still has its place and many prefer it. This kitchen has dark natural wood and is focused on a fantastic selection in mixed metals.
The straight table top is a good match and the whole room is effortless and functional. This is a great option for those who are not into modern or minimalist designs and still love to cook at the top of the line. The overall design is very versatile and works with many kitchen layouts.
Fully equipped kitchen layout
A wonderfully neutral space, this kitchen has literally everything you might want or need. Storage options abound in the form of trash cans, drawers and cabinets, while there are plenty of spaces for all different kitchen tasks.
Several lighted cabinets highlight specific items, while the rest hide all kitchen needs. The cooking area has a unique backsplash that injects a fun personality into the kitchen. The overall layout is ideal for a large family with all the different areas.
Casual modern kitchen
A modern flair blends with a relaxed feel in this wood-focused kitchen. Of course, the light wood cabinet is combined with green-painted sections that add a splash of earth color.
A dark green wood panel under the cabinet acts as a backsplash and carries the color through the room. Above the counter, illuminated cupboards and display shelves illuminate the entire area and offer a stylish place to highlight favorite crockery and serving pieces. Dark countertops tie the sections together and add extra modern edge.
Adding architectural details to a room has gained popularity, especially in bathrooms, but it is also a good idea in kitchens. Super functional and distinctively stylish, this kitchen has some distinctive architectural details such as the long custom exhaust fan and the black-framed French doors.
A mix of black and white cabinets works well with the marble countertops, and the minimalist bar stools complete the look. Backsplash is a nice structured stone that reaches all the way to the ceiling and includes a rod to keep cups and jugs handy.
Each of these kitchens is full of inspiration and ideas for your own home. If you are completely renovating or building a new kitchen, you can create your dream kitchen from scratch. If you are just refreshing your kitchen, there are many options here for a new backsplash, countertops or kitchen details. Choose the elements that appeal to you and suit your budget – and enjoy the kitchen!