Published on November 12, 2018

You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again: The kitchen is the heart of the home. Think of this fundamental room as your final pulse point; the place that sets the tone for the way you decorate your entire home.

Gracing a spectrum of shapes, sizes, and styles, we will be the first to acknowledge that there is no one way to design a kitchen. While bespoke English kitchens, salvaged wood, open shelving, marble countertops, and globe pendant lighting are a number of movements leading the trends, there are a few essential ingredients that will never go out of style—like storage, texture, color, and light.  

Whether you are knee deep in a taxing kitchen remodel or looking for potential backsplash ideas, we have got you covered. From tiny galley kitchens with colored cabinetry to minimal industrial kitchens with spacious eat-in islands, the gorgeous kitchen design ideas ahead will fuel your inspiration.

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Photo by Laure Joliet

The Minimal Organic Kitchen

With all the chatter, cooking, and commotion that goes on in a kitchen, sometimes you need design to take a quiet back seat. Stocked only with things that are both beautiful and functional, Rachel Craven’s peaceful white and wood kitchen is the kind of place you want to linger with a cup of tea. Earth-toned baskets and shapely wooden bowls complete the laid-back aesthetic.  

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Photo by Jason Frank Rothenberg

Plywood Cabinetry  

The kitchen is not simply a reflection of how we cook, but rather a grounding force for who we are. And this white and wood Topanga Canyon, CA kitchen is all about understated elegance. Crafted with budget-friendly plywood, the cabinets extend rustic texture to the small cooking nook, while still channeling the homeowner’s minimalist leanings. Fundamental, yet warm, this bare minimum approach is especially fitting for cozy cabin kitchens or other remote homes geared toward getting back to nature.

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Globally-Inspired Kitchen

Sometimes, the best kitchen design ideas come from overseas. Pulling inspiration from the Mediterranean, Sybil Domond and Dan Lessin, the creative duo behind People of 2Morrow, wanted to make texture a critical part of their space. Between the painted brick walls, woven light fixtures, salvaged wood cabinetry, and reclaimed tiling, their Brooklyn kitchen is a tactile lesson in global design. Morocco and France were the primary destinations that inspired their kitchen remodel. 

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Photo by Nick Glimenakis

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Warm neutrals, reclaimed wood, and brass accents are just three elements we love to see in a incredibly modern house. The juxtaposition between the whitewashed shiplap walls and raw wood ceiling beams in this rustic Upstate retreat make this space feel extra bright and airy.

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Photo by Mia Baxter

Modern Blue Kitchen

Blue kitchens appear to be having a major design moment right now, but this statement space really brings the drama. Maintaining a simple palette of white soapstone counters and deep blue cabinets, Sarah Wittenbraker’s elegant kitchen is grounded by the large island with 3D detail. Note how the globe-like statement fixture above adds further dimension and visual intrigue to the breezy space.

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Photo by Brittany Ambridge

Family-Friendly Kitchen Island

When you can happily sit six people around your kitchen island, you know you have finally made it. The addition of a nearby banquet means that this spacious eat-in kitchen by Dekar Design can house everyone in your extended family, and then some.  

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Photo by Aaron Bengochea

Subtle Color

Want to avoid louder hues, but still want to play up color? Take a cue from Malene Barnett’s light mint kitchen. Her careful choice of color gives the room a spark of personality, without straying from the elegant simplicity of a white kitchen. Cool art also adds an extra dose of personality to the room.

See more kitchen design ideas that wow:
Small Kitchen Design Ideas Anyone Can Try
18 Kitchens That Have Perfected Minimalism 
10 Kitchens Where the Backsplash is the Main Event

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