10 Best Kitchen Design Ideas

Collating your favorite kitchen ideas is a priority – and always the fun bit – when rethinking your new-look kitchen. These ideas – whether kitchen looks you like, surface materials or cabinetry styles – can then be worked into your ideal layout, the practical key to getting your kitchen right. A kitchen can, after all, look fantastic but if it fails to function as a workspace, it can be hugely disappointing.

These kitchen ideas are our very favorites – you can save the images you love, then start the hard work.

1. CREATE A KITCHEN DECOR SCHEME WITH CHARACTER

Wooden kitchen by Cortney Bishop

If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, it’s that the kitchen idea that promotes a feeling of homeliness and makes us happy. ‘Homeliness’ means different things to all of us – some like minimalism, others a more decorative feel.

For layering with, for example, rugs, choosing characterful cabinet fronts and keeping countertops clear, to give cherished personal belongings space to be displayed: ‘Showcase your personal style – whether it’s displaying pottery, a vase of beautiful florals, or a unique basket or tray.

2. REINVENT RUSTIC KITCHENS WITH MOODY SHADES

rustic style kitchen burgundy cabinetry and farmhouse table

In tune with general kitchen trends toward creating homely spaces, rustic kitchen ideas are more popular than ever. And while white or cream color schemes are still predominant, with blue and green following close behind, deeper, moodier, earthier cabinet colors are gaining popularity – especially when combined with warm wooden tones and freestanding pieces.

3. ADD PATTERN TO A KITCHEN WITH WALLPAPER

Little Greene Pomegranate Bazaar Paisley wallpaper

Kitchen wallpaper ideas include modern designs, of course, but those with the most impact have a heritage appeal – playing to that desire to make kitchens feel just as decorated as living rooms.

Kitchen wall decor ideas are admittedly tricky – it’s vital to ensure that the design you choose is moisture-resistant – or that your decorator has come up with a solution for giving the wallpaper you have set your heart on some moisture-resistance.

4. RETHINK FABRICS FOR A KITCHEN, TOO

Kitchen curtain

If the kitchen ideas you are putting in your scrapbook – virtual or otherwise – are bursting with pattern and color, then your next option might be kitchen curtain ideas. Just as with wallpaper, the fabrics you choose must be able to withstand moisture from cooking, and splashes and sticky fingers, too if you have young children.

And it may be that you want to limit curtain fabrics to a doorway, as in the kitchen above, choosing blinds for more practical window treatment ideas. One simple curtain treatment can make a kitchen feel cozier, more welcoming and more colorful.

5. DESIGN A CHEF’S KITCHEN

Chef's kitchen ideas with pantry storage

If you truly love cooking it makes sense that your kitchen ideas should be centered around functionality first. The growing interest in home cooking during the pandemic – and entertaining as we begin to emerge from it – has led to the rise in interest in chef’s kitchens – how they are laid out, the appliances they include and their practicality-first design approach.

To make the cooking process seamless, every item should have a purpose and a place – you should be able to reach whatever you need almost without thinking about it so that you can focus on guests as well as cooking.

6. COLOR SCHEME AND COMBINE MATERIALS WITH RESTRAINT

Black cabinets as an accent next to stained wood cabinetry and bright turquoise bar stools

When designing a kitchen, use a combination of colors, materials and finishes to create a characterful look – but just as you would in a living room, limit your palette to one main color and two accents. In this kitchen.

7. EMBRACE SHAKER STYLE

cream shaker kitchen with built in cabientry and marble worktops

Classic simplicity’ is a phrase that sums up Shaker kitchen ideas. What we love about this look is that it is quietly characterful, will complement both modern and traditional homes, and can be as rustic or streamlined and elegant as you’d like.

White, cream, grey – or neutral-colored – Shaker kitchens are so easy to redecorate around, and if you are installing a kitchen to please future home buyers, you really can’t go wrong with this most recognizable of American kitchen styles.

8. MAKE A KITCHEN FEEL HOMEY WITH CASUAL SEATING

white Shaker kitchen with windowseat in Edinburgh Georgian townhouse designed by Jessica Buckley

The kitchen styling ideas are testament to this, with open shelving displaying pretty pieces, and art on the walls. But our favorite detail is the window seat idea, which makes a functional space look stylish.

9. LOVE CONTEMPORARY? BLACK IS BACK

A black kitchen idea with black cabinets, blue walls, and orange dining chairs

Black kitchen ideas are back on trend – and while they do really suit traditional homes, they are most striking in contemporary settings.

Unlike green or blue, black is a neutral shade, which means you can use other colors paired with it with ease – but we think black as a backdrop is best complemented by textures found in natural materials, such as wood and brick, which will add contrast to matte cabinetry, but warmth, too.

10. WORK YOUR LAYOUT AROUND YOUR WINDOWS

The Butler Collection in Lithodora

The most important thing to consider is how you use your space. If your kitchen is near your garden or has a nice view, make sure the furniture layout makes the best of this by orienting towards the view. Your sink doesn’t always have to be positioned looking out to the garden; consider locating your dining area with the best view in the kitchen. Creating an indoor-outdoor living space will mean that dinner parties can extend outside into the garden, with all the essentials to hand in the kitchen.

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