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Kitchen Island Ideas
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Small Kitchen Ideas
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White Kitchen Ideas
Our third most popular kitchen gallery is the white kitchen ideas page. White is a very popular color chosen for kitchen renovations and so it’s no surprise this is such a popular page.
This is a beautiful Traditional-style kitchen that is predominantly white with its classic shaker cabinets and drawers on the kitchen island and L-shaped cabinetry that houses the stainless steel stove-top oven. There is also a couple of charming glass pendant lights over the wood-top island matching the hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Light and Honey Wood Floors
The light hardwood flooring of this charming kitchen matches and blends with the two wooden kitchen islands that has a black countertop to complement the brown hue and serve as a breakfast bar for the matching dark wrought iron stools.
Kitchens with Chandelier Lighting
The simple yet elegant wrought iron chandelier of this kitchen stands out against the white ceiling and light beige walls. This goes well with the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the L-shaped cabinetry with a beige lit backsplash for a unique aesthetic complemented by the dark hardwood flooring.
Beige Kitchen Ideas
This lovely kitchen has beige walls and beige ceiling that has exposed wooden log beams. This matches well with the lighter shade of wood used on the L-shaped kitchen island and cabinetry complemented by the gray stone textured flooring and the redwood stools of the breakfast bar.
This is a brilliant and sleek Contemporary-style kitchen with a white waterfall kitchen island that blends with the white flooring and has a glowing frosted glass panel. This is paired with a chocolate brown modern structure lined with stainless steel details.
Kitchens with Vaulted Ceilings
The vaulted ceiling of this gorgeous kitchen is made of small earthy bricks that complement the black wrought iron chandelier hanging over the kitchen island that has a butcher block countertop. This chandelier also acts as a rack for the pans and pots with its hooks.
Silver Kitchen Ideas
This professional-looking kitchen is dominated by the stainless steel appliances that match with the gray and silver structures of the kitchen island and surrounding cabinetry. This setup is complemented by the earthy Industrial-style flooring and bright white ceiling.
The wooden cabinetry of this Craftsman-style kitchen that has two kitchen islands is at the front and center as the highlight. The three shades of classic shaker cabinets and drawers give this kitchen a certain degree of complexity that boasts of superb skills. This setup is adorned with a couple of charming lantern pendant lights hanging from the beige ceiling.
Kitchens with Fireplaces
This kitchen is part of a great room that also houses the informal dining area beside it under the same white ceiling and warmed by the same fireplace inlaid with white bricks. This matches well with the light beige cabinetry of the kitchen with brown tiles that look like wood.
Kitchen Ceilings with Exposed Wood Beams
The exposed wooden beams of the beige ceiling form a checkered pattern that serves as a complex background and contrast for the classic white shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen islands and surrounding cabinetry that seem to glow brighter complemented by the beige walls and ceiling.
Yellow Kitchen Ideas
This is a simple and homey kitchen with a sunny demeanor thanks to its yellow walls complemented by the yellow lights for additional warmth. This is then augmented by the wooden small kitchen island and the surrounding large structure of kitchen cabinets that follows the lay of the curved wall.
This is a gorgeous Tropical-style kitchen with a kitchen island made entirely of bamboo and given a glass top. This pairs perfectly with the bamboo stools with cushioned seats. This is given a nice tropical background of tropical trees outside the row of windows above the L-shaped cabinetry lining the walls.
Kitchens with Narrow Islands
The bright narrow kitchen island of this elegant kitchen stands out against the dark hardwood flooring. This flooring also contrasts the bright white shaker cabinets and drawers of the wooden structure dominating the walls that are counterbalanced by a gray backsplash.
Kitchens with Skylights
This is a bright and brilliant galley kitchen mostly due to its cove ceiling dominated by large skylights and augmented by recessed lights for a unique bright aesthetic to complement the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the large kitchen island and cabinetry lining the wall.
Green Kitchen Ideas
This is a lovely kitchen wherein the use of green cabinetry benefits the overall beauty of the kitchen. It offers an eye-pleasing aesthetic especially with the complement of the brown kitchen islands and the hardwood flooring as well as the brown ceiling panel and its brown chandelier.
Kitchens with Black Appliances
The black appliances of this modern kitchen gives it a special aesthetic of sophistication and luxury. This is augmented by the black pendant lights from the white ceiling hanging over the wooden breakfast bar of the U-shaped peninsula contrasted by the white modern stools.
This beautiful Scandinavian-style kitchen has a beauty to its simplicity. It has a charming bare wooden kitchen cabinetry that perfectly matches with the light hardwood flooring. This is then brightened by the white wooden kitchen island and its white wooden stools.
Kitchens with Coffered Ceilings
This spacious kitchen oozes with elegance due to the white coffered ceiling that is brightened by its recessed lights to pull focus on it. This is contrasted by the charcoal gray matte kitchen island with a dark wooden countertop matching the hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Hanging Pot Racks
The large white kitchen island is topped with a curved hanging pot rack from the white ceiling brightened by recessed lights. This rack matches well with the other dark wooden elements of the gorgeous kitchen like the wooden chairs and the hardwood flooring.
Blue Kitchen Ideas
Looking at this kitchen, you can immediately tell that it oozes with a professional flair as if it is owned by a chef. It has brilliant matte blue cabinetry with a modern aesthetic to it that goes perfectly well with the stainless steel elements and black countertops.
This gorgeous Transitional-style kitchen has the stainless-steel stove-top oven placed in the corner flanked by the kitchen cabinetry dominating the adjacent walls with shaker cabinets and drawers. This is matched with a white kitchen island that stands out in the middle of the dark hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Two Islands
This lovely kitchen that has two kitchen islands is dominated by two tones. One is the beige hue of the shaker cabinets and drawers as well as the flooring marble. This is then contrasted by the black countertops, backsplash as well as the black frames of the windows.
Kitchens with Double Wall Ovens
The double wall oven of this charming kitchen is housed in a tall wooden structure attached to the L-shaped cabinetry that follows the lay of the walls. It has a black countertop that matches with the kitchen island contrasted by the cushioned stools of the breakfast bar.
The beautifully patterned wall of this bright and airy Spanish kitchen is a nice contrast to the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the wooden structure housing the stainless steel appliances. This is across from the small white kitchen island in the middle of the hardwood flooring.
Kitchens without Windows
This simple and elegant kitchen has no windows but makes up for it with mirrored walls behind the L-shaped structure that has modern creme cabinets and drawers matching those of the narrow kitchen island paired with a single modern white stool.
Purple Kitchen Ideas
The lovely and cheerful purple walls of this small kitchen complement the white modern cabinetry against the wall paired with bare wooden floating cabinets above the sink area. This is paired with a small white kitchen island with a pair of white modern stools for the breakfast bar.
Kitchens with Shed Style Ceilings
This is a charming kitchen with a white shed ceiling further brightened by the skylights and the recessed lights. It complements the beige walls adorned with wooden shelves, and large wooden structures housing the appliances. These wooden structures pair well with the hardwood flooring.
This is a large and homey Mediterranean-style kitchen with matching wooden cabinets and drawers on its kitchen island and L-shaped cabinetry lining the walls. These match with the exposed wooden beams of the ceiling that hangs a trip of wrought iron chandelier lights over the island.
Kitchen Dining Nooks with Built-in Seating
This is a brilliant kitchen dining nook with an L-shaped wooden built-in bench that blends in with the white wooden wall below the row of windows. This brings in an abundance of natural lighting for the dark wood dining table and the redwood flooring.
Pink Kitchen Ideas
This is a small and charming kitchen with a coral pink tone on its L-shaped peninsula and small kitchen island. These are then complemented by the stainless steel elements of the appliances and the countertops as well as the large vent hood above the island.
This charming kitchen has a single-wall layout with a large alcove housing the cooking area with a stainless-steel stove-top oven topped with a beige vent hood that blends with the walls and ceiling. This hangs a couple of pendant lights over the large kitchen island with a breakfast bar.
This is a Beach-style kitchen with a gorgeous shiplap plank white ceiling blending with the bright white shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen island and the surrounding cabinetry lining the walls. These bright elements are complemented by the sea-green walls and hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Breakfast Bars
The bright white elements of this gorgeous kitchen are contrasted by the dark wood cabinetry of the L-shaped kitchen peninsula and kitchen island. This island has a breakfast bar that has a white countertop blending with its white modern stools.
This is a bright white Farmhouse-style kitchen mostly due to its white shaker cabinets and drawers augmented by the white ceiling and the natural light coming in from the windows above the sink area. These are then balanced by the earthy hardwood flooring that matches with the wooden chairs of the breakfast bar.
The L-shape layout of this elegant kitchen is paired with a beige countertop and backsplash that is augmented by the cabinet lighting. This goes quite well with the dark and classic cabinetry complimented by the stainless steel handles and appliances.
This is a Cottage-style kitchen that oozes with comfort and homey warmth with its hardwood flooring that balances the brightness of the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the small L-shaped peninsula with an attached breakfast island as well as the L-shaped structure lining the walls accented with minute details of the wallpaper.
This is a cozy outdoor kitchen with a dining nook of bare wooden dining table, built-in L-shaped bench and small stools that go quite well with the terracotta flooring. This also complements the textured stone structure that houses the stainless steel appliances.
Kitchens with Extensive Dark Wood
The extensive dark wood of this kitchen extends from the hardwood flooring to the wooden shaker cabinets of the beige walls and the large wooden structure housing the stainless steel fridge. It can also be seen on the large kitchen island paired with wrought iron stools to match the black countertop.
This is a Victorian-style dine-in kitchen with a single-wall layout. The elegant French-style chairs are paired with a matching dining table and topped with a majestic chandelier. This is paired with off white cabinetry that has cabinet lighting and a complex backsplash.
Brown Kitchen Ideas
This spacious and airy kitchen is dominated by the brown wooden elements of the shiplap plank ceiling with exposed wooden beams and the brown wooden shaker cabinets and drawers of the same hue. This is balanced by the light beige marble flooring that blends well with the wooden kitchen island under two small chandeliers.
Kitchens with Tray Ceilings
This charming and compact kitchen has a wooden tray ceiling with a shiplap finish that has recessed lights and hangs pendant lights over the kitchen island. The wooden tone of this ceiling matches with the L-shaped cabinetry of the walls and the hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Dining Tables
This is an elegant galley kitchen with a dining area beside it by the window. This dining set has a long dining table paired with dining chairs of the same dark wooden tone as the U-shaped peninsula of the kitchen with a built-in pair of wine storage.
This is a simple and compact Asian-style dine-in kitchen that has bare wooden cabinetry on its light gray wall adjacent to the bright and tall window with a bamboo shade. This matches well with the pendant light hanging over the small dining table.
Kitchens with High Ceilings
This is a bright galley kitchen with a bright and white high ceiling that is arched and filled with skylights and recessed lights. This brightness is carried over onto the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the large kitchen island and the cabinetry lining the wall.
Kitchens with White Appliances
This is a close-up view of this gorgeous kitchen with a white fridge housed within the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the single-wall layout. These are complemented by the cabinet lights that give a warm glow to the glass panels of the cabinets as well as the backsplash.
This Southwestern-style kitchen has a wooden ceiling with exposed wooden log beams that give it a rustic quality. This goes great with the L-shaped cabinetry on the walls that have wooden cabinets and drawers and matching brown tiles to its backsplash. A dash of color comes from the colorful patterned area rug in the middle of the hardwood flooring.
Gray Kitchen Ideas
This is a galley kitchen dominated by the gray tone. It is applied to the elegant tray ceiling that hangs a couple of crystal pendant lights over the U-shaped gray kitchen peninsula with gray cabinetry and a gray countertop on the breakfast bar.
Kitchens with Wine Storage
This homey kitchen that is dominated by its wooden structures has wine storage built into the large wooden kitchen island. This has the same shaker cabinets and drawers as the surrounding cabinetry lining the walls housing the stainless steel appliances.
Kitchens with Dark Wood Floors
The rich dark wood flooring of this elegant dine-in kitchen blends perfectly with the dark wooden dining set as well as the shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen structures on the walls. They complement the stainless steel appliances making them pop out.
The distressed white shaker cabinets and drawers of the large U-shaped peninsula gives this shabby-chic kitchen a unique aesthetic matched with the large light patterned area rug in place of a kitchen island in the middle of the hardwood flooring.
Walk-in Kitchen Pantries
This is a simple walk-in kitchen pantry with its walls filled with light gray shelves for food storage. There are also brightly-colored baskets within the shelves that stand out along with the decors at the top shelf serve as adornment to the small room.
Kitchens with White Cabinets and Dark Granite
The simplicity of the black and white aesthetic in this kitchen is the main source of its beauty. The stark white cabinetry has a classy design that is applied on the kitchen island and the single-wall layout. Both of these are contrasted by the black granite countertop and backsplash as well as the patterned black wallpaper.
This Industrial-style dine-in kitchen has matte gray walls and ceiling with recessed lights and a skylight over the cooking area at the L-shaped structure of the wall. This structure matches with the wooden kitchen island beside the dining table that matches well with the gray floor tiles.
Kitchens with Stainless Steel Appliances
The stainless-steel appliances of this spacious kitchen stand out especially against the dark cabinetry of the large kitchen island and those that are used to house the appliances. These are then brightened by the recessed lights and pendant lights of the light gray ceiling.
Kitchens with Hardwood Flooring
The hardwood flooring of this bright and white kitchen is a nice complement to the white shaker cabinets and drawers of the kitchen island and the surrounding cabinetry that blends well with the white shiplap ceiling. This flooring also pairs well with the modern stools of the breakfast bar.
Mid-Century Modern Kitchens
This is a Mid-Century Modern kitchen with white cabinetry and a built-in white desk next to the large three-door stainless-steel fridge. This is across from the dark wooden kitchen island next to the U-shaped peninsula with a glass countertop for the breakfast bar.
This is a charming galley kitchen with a narrow corridor in the middle flanked by dark brown modern cabinetry with stainless steel handles that match the grayish silver countertops as well as the stainless steel appliances and fixtures that are complemented by the gray walls and ceiling.
Large Kitchen Ideas
This is a large U-shaped kitchen with a large dark wooden kitchen island in the middle matching with the surrounding cabinetry that has a white countertop and light gray backsplash. This matches with the light gray walls and ceiling.
This is a dark kitchen with dark brown wooden cabinetry on its kitchen island and the wooden structure that houses the oven and fridge. These are matched by the dark wooden ceiling with exposed wooden beams and are all complemented by the textured stone fireplace.
This eclectic dine-in kitchen has a colorful rainbow variety of small backsplash tiles to complement the light wooden cabinetry and black countertop of the L-shape kitchen. This is paired with a small kitchen island of the same tone making it stand out against the dark hardwood flooring.
Kitchens with Peninsulas
This charming spacious kitchen has an L-shaped peninsula with white shaker cabinets paired with black countertops and a second tier to serve as a breakfast bar for the black cushioned stools. This is topped with a couple of small pendant lights hanging from the white ceiling.
Multi-Colored Kitchen Ideas
This charming kitchen has multiple tones that complement each other like the light wooden cabinetry that matches with the light hardwood flooring. This goes well with the dark red tone of the walls that complement the black countertops and backsplash.
U-Shaped Kitchen Ideas
This is a large U-shaped kitchen with a large dark wooden kitchen island in the middle topped with a trio of brilliant glass pendant lights hanging from the light gray ceiling brightened by the recessed lights. This goes well with the stainless steel appliances and gray flooring.
This is a delightful and cheerful Country-style kitchen with its bright green walls that complement the bare wooden tone of the L-shaped peninsula. This is paired with a small square kitchen island that has a white countertop to match the white ceiling.
Kitchens with Groin Vault Ceilings
The beautiful beige groin vault ceiling of this kitchen hangs a black wrought iron chandelier right above the large dark wood kitchen island with the same coffee-colored countertop as the U-shaped kitchen. The cooking area here has beautiful artwork above the cooking area.
Kitchens With Windows That Allow Plenty of Natural Light
This dine-in kitchen has an abundance of natural lighting that mostly comes from its row of tall windows right by the dining area with a dining table and wooden chairs. These match well with the hardwood flooring that is contrasted by the stark white cabinetry of the kitchen.
Rustic Kitchen Ideas
The rustic wooden ceiling of this charming and homey kitchen presents a nice wooden complement to the red matte cabinetry of the L-shaped kitchen cabinetry that has a wooden countertop as well as the built-in desk at the corner near the gray concrete breakfast bar.
Kitchen Designs with In-Kitchen Tables and Chairs
This bright and simple kitchen has a dining area beside it consisting of a round glass-top dining table surrounded by modern white chairs making it stand out against the dark hardwood flooring. This is also mirrored by the bright cabinetry of the kitchen that matches the white coffered ceiling.
This medium-sized kitchen is part of a great room that also houses the dining area and the living room area on the far side. The wide and tall white ceiling has recessed lights blending well with the white modern cabinetry that houses the stainless steel stove-top oven. This is contrasted by a dark waterfall kitchen island.
Kitchens with Dark Cabinets and Dark Granite
This is a simple two-toned L-shaped kitchen with charcoal black kitchen cabinets paired with black granite countertops. This matches well with the dark hardwood flooring and contrasted by the light gray walls and bright white ceiling.
Orange Kitchen Ideas
This is a delightful orange kitchen with an L-shaped peninsula and a small kitchen island that has the same bright orange hue to its cabinetry. This is matched by the earthy orange tone of the walls and the hardwood flooring that is contrasted by the white ceiling.
Kitchens with Both an Island and a Peninsula
This elegant and charming kitchen has both a kitchen island and a peninsula. The island stands out against the red wood flooring with its light beige hue matching with the rest of the cabinetry. The peninsula has a breakfast bar paired with dark wooden stools.
FAQ on How to Design a Kitchen
Designing a kitchen requires a lot of trial and error. While it’s not terribly difficult choosing a layout, you will go back and forth on cabinet/drawer configuration, colors, and materials. It’s a lot of variables to put together into a cohesive whole.
Below we set out some frequently asked questions on kitchen design.
What does “kitchen layout” mean?
The kitchen layout refers to one of several common layout configurations. Of course, you can come up with something unique, but most kitchens fall into one of the following basic layouts:
- Single wall: All cabinets, appliances and counters line one wall.
- Single wall with an island: Same as single wall, but includes an island as well. This is more and more popular and works great in an open concept with a large island.
- Galley: All cabinets, appliances, and counters line two parallel walls with a single aisle down the center. This is a less than ideal layout because it’s long and narrow.
- Galley with an island: If your galley style kitchen is wide, you can insert a long, narrow island down the center.
- L-shape: Cabinet and counters are placed along two adjoining walls forming an L-shape. Most include an island in the center.
- U-shape: Cabinet and counters line 3 walls forming a U. Some have islands while others don’t.
- G-shape: U-shape with a peninsula. Island optional – usually needs to be quite large to accommodate an island.
How do you layout a kitchen?
In many ways, your kitchen space dictates which kitchen layouts are available to you. With an open concept design, you can go with a single line with an island or L-shaped with an island. If you have three walls to contend with, you may be restricted to a U-shape or L-shape or G-shape.
Beyond that, it’s a personal choice. A G-shape or U-shape offers more cabinets and countertop space than a single line or L-shape. A galley kitchen can provide plenty of cabinets and countertop space, but it can be a tight and/or dark kitchen space.
What does a full kitchen include?
A full kitchen is one that’s fully stocked and ready to cook.
A full kitchen includes the following:
- Storage cabinets or shelves
- Oven and range
PLUS it’s fully stocked with cooking necessities – pots, utensils, dishware.
Now, if you rent a place that states “full kitchen” and it lacks a microwave, but has everything else, I wouldn’t consider that to not be a full kitchen. It’s a matter of degrees.
How big should your kitchen be?
I think a better question is “what are the basic kitchen sizes?”
- Small: less than 70 sq. ft.
- Midsized: 70 to 100 sq. ft.
- Large: greater than 100 sq. ft.
Knowing that it’s up to you. Larger is better, but only to a point. At a certain size, a kitchen is useless. Imagine running around a 1,000 sq. ft. kitchen – that would be a real nuisance.
How big should the island be in your kitchen?
It depends on how big your kitchen is. You must ensure sufficient distance between the island and other counters and/or walls. At a minimum, 36″ clearance, but more if you have more than one person often in the kitchen.
Also, even if you have a huge space for an island, at some point, they’re too large. My personal favorite is one large enough to accommodate 4 stools on one side and deep enough to provide ample working space from the kitchen side. That said, it is nice for the island to be narrow enough to serve people on stools from the kitchen side. If the island is 5 feet deep, you can’t really place dishes in front of diners on the stools. Accordingly, my favorite kitchen island size is 10 feet by 3 feet. See the kitchen illustration below:
Here’s a kitchen island dimensions diagram:
How deep is the average kitchen counter?
It’s from 25 to 26 inches.
How much distance should there be between a kitchen countertop and upper cabinets?
18″ at a minimum.
How tall should kitchen cabinets be?
How tall should a kitchen island be?
Here’s a kitchen counter and cabinet dimensions diagram: