There’s really nothing like getting away in the winter. For some people, getting away means shipping off to the tropics like a snowbird and only coming back when the ground thaws, but for others that means getting away where winter really feels like a wonderland.
I had the great fortune of dating a person whose family spent Christmas in Aspen, Colorado every year. While taking to the hills wasn’t exactly my forte, what I really appreciated was coming back to the amazing lodges they would rent at the end of the day. Jumping in the hot tub straight after the hills, then heading into the kitchen to make a giant feast is what I remember most fondly.
There’s something rather specific about a mountain lodge kitchen. They’re often equipped with tons of space as people generally come together to hit the slopes. These huge homes need huge kitchens, and I fondly remember a pot of borscht I made in a chalet kitchen for 12 people! I’d never cooked for that many people in my life!
So whether you are planning on designing your own ski lodge, or if you’d like to bring that look to your own home, we’ve prepared a fantastic collection of kitchens with mountain lodge inspiration. Hopefully you’ll snag some ideas from these incredible designers for your own home improvement projects.
1. The Elegant Lodge Kitchen
Layout: Here we have a lovely open kitchen layout with a classic primary wall and huge kitchen island set off of it. It’s an open kitchen that opens to the rest of the living area, making it a really great space for hosting. One important aspect of a kitchen is allowing enough space for at least 2 people to do prep comfortably, and I think that’s more than possible here!
Furniture & Appliances: With kitchens needing to feed many guests, it’s important that they have state of the art appliances, and that’s what we see here with a stainless steel fridge, double oven, and gas stove top. Wicker bar stools work great to warm up an otherwise cooler-toned room.
Lighting: This kitchen does a great job in terms of lighting with hidden rail lights set up underneath the upper shelves, and a couple of fun bulb pendant lights hanging over the generously sized kitchen island.
Flooring: We have a more modern type of flooring here with wood panelling that has a gray stain to it rather than keeping it with the traditional warmer stains. This contributes well to the cooler-toned space.
Wall Decor: I adore the addition of personal affects in this space. Another aspect that really contributes positively is the lovely stone work backsplash. This is adding a warmer tone as well as some texture to the room making it dynamic and interesting.
2. The Chocolate Wooden Chalet Kitchen
Layout: Now this is what I call a generously sized kitchen. Though it isn’t enormous in size, every aspect of the space is used to incorporate some type of appliance, counter, or cabinet. We have a classic L shaped kitchen with a huge T shaped kitchen island in the centre.
Furniture & Appliances: We have such a gorgeous combination going on here with off-white marble countertops and chocolate stained cabinetry. It looks rich and elegant, while still being cozy. Gorgeous stainless steel appliances give you all the utility you could need, while the kitchen island gives you prep space, an extra sink, storage areas, and a great opportunity for some bar seating as well.
Lighting: While we have hidden rail lighting set underneath all of the upper cabinets, the room is really elevated by this dramatic globe light fixture with candle lights in the middle. The rustic quality of the bronze pairs excellently with the wood type of the cabinets.
Flooring: I think it was very smart on behalf of the designer to pick a darker cabinet color, and going lighter for the flooring. The hardwood stain is closer to sand and it’s a great way to keep things lighter in the room, especially with the light refracting off of the floor and counters.
Wall Decor: While at the moment there isn’t much in way of wall decor, but there is a lovely addition of a marble backsplash to add some texture and utility.
3. The Modernized Winter Lodge
Layout: I really adore how spacious this room is. Someone could have the dishwasher door open and you could walk by no problem, you know what I mean? This home was clearly made for hosting, and this L shaped kitchen with a HUGE kitchen island in the centre has done it in style.
Furniture & Appliances: There is so much good stuff going on here. It’s so smart to use black cabinetry on the bottom as is doesn’t show wear nearly as much as something light would, and light colored countertops still make the room feel bright.
I have to admit that a double black fridge is rather sexy, especially when it’s contrasted against those sleek white upper cabinets. Simple bar stools in front of the breakfast bar is a great way to keep this already extravagant room feel understated.
Lighting: Here is some very clever lighting. While we almost always only think of having upper lighting, we see a genius incorporation of lighting hidden underneath the cabinets. Though not completely functional, there’s never anything wrong with having a bright room, especially when it accentuates those beautiful hardwood floors so nicely.
We also see a very elegant light fixture set above the kitchen island that is bringing some dappled light throughout the room, almost resembling the twinkling light of stars.
Flooring: While so much of this room is really modern, I really love how a more antique style of hardwood flooring was used. It really warms up the room and makes it feel inviting, while a cement floor would have been way too cold and sterile paired with the other features.
Wall Decor: A framed photograph is a telltale sign that this home is likely in the woods, while beautiful vertical tiling used as backsplash is a great way to incorporate texture.
4. The Bright Country Chalet Kitchen
Layout: This a beautiful, bright, open, and airy layout which always works exceptionally well with kitchen designs. Kitchens are no longer just places where the prep work is hidden away, it’s a great place to bring the family together and to host.
Furniture & Appliances: State of the art stainless steel appliances look wonderful against some darker gray cabinets and classically white and proper bar stools. There’s a bit of a gray and white theme going on here which makes any color absolutely pop. This room is classic, fresh, and inviting.
Lighting: While we can’t see the recessed lighting in this room, you can assume that it’s going to have all of the preparatory light that you could need. We get a decorative lighting piece with the caged candle pendant lights hanging over the kitchen island.
Wall Decor: While there isn’t much in lieu of wall decor, we do get some interest in the shining white brick lay backsplash and tiling above the lovely gas stove.
5. The Modest Mountain Cottage Kitchen
Layout: Here we have a lovely L shaped kitchen that is very generously sized, and a corresponding kitchen island that is also very generously sized. This country kitchen opens out to the living area, making it a great cohesive room for cooking and hosting!
Furniture & Appliances: We have a very sleek kitchen design here with a white kitchen island countertop and black countertops, stainless steel appliances, simple black bar stools, and classic white cabinetry to tie everything together. This room is understated but effective.
Lighting: While we have all of the standard recessed lighting in the ceiling, we also have some more fun and decorative light fixtures hanging over the kitchen island. The specific aesthetic gives a vintage feel to the room.
Flooring: A cooler tone of wood stain goes very nicely with the stone backsplash in this room, and the contrast works wonderfully with the white cabinets and the sleek stainless steel appliances.
6. The Lakeside Chalet Kitchen
Layout: A lovely example of a U shaped kitchen with nicely spaced out appliances, ensuring that you never feel too cramped if there’s more than one cook in the kitchen. A modest size, but just perfect with a smaller kitchen island all set up with a breakfast bar for two. Lovely!
Furniture & Appliances: Appliances are perfectly nestled away in this kitchen layout. Though modern appliances are always necessary, there is more of a rustic and vintage feel thanks to the particular wood grain used for the cabinets. Exposed shelving at the top of the room adds an opportunity for some personality in the room, and marble countertops bring that little bit of class we always look for.
Lighting: You have all of the lighting that you could ever need in this room, from recessed lighting in the ceiling, lighting set under the upper shelving, and some decorative pendant lights to tie it all together.
Flooring: Truly gorgeous wood flooring has been used in this kitchen that is so similar to that of the cabinetry that it almost feels like a waterfall effect. A great choice for a kitchen space!
Wall Decor: I love a tiled backsplash, and we see a beautiful one here. Bricklay with a shine on it in a very subtle sea foam color is fresh and also provides a great contrast to the warmer wood cabinet.
7. The Gorgeous Mountain Lodge Kitchen
Layout: Here’s an example of an expansive kitchen. I really love an open concept kitchen, and this one feels particularly bright and airy thanks to those huge corner windows. The back wall hosts all of the appliances and primary storage and counter space, while the long kitchen island encourages collaborative cooking and some extra seating space.
Furniture & Appliances: Class and comfort seem to be the themes of this room. While nothing is exactly a statement piece, each feature of the kitchen works together to create something great. An inviting wood dining table is encompassed by classic wooden chairs and comfortable bar stools sit below a breakfast bar.
Distressed wood cabinets hold all of your dishes and snacks while white countertops give you the perfect surface for your prep work, and perfect stainless steel appliances enable everything to all come together.
Lighting: There is lighting everywhere that you need it in this room, from pot lights on the ceiling, rail lights set underneath the upper shelving, and some kitschy pendant lights hanging over the kitchen island.
Flooring: We have some classic wood flooring here in a very classic stain. This particular type of flooring reminds me of the type you’d see at a cabin getaway, bringing such a specific type of comfort.
Wall Decor: Very simple wall decor here with white walls and a white brick backsplash. But honestly, the view beyond those huge windows kind of make it that you don’t need any decor.
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8. The Sandy Chalet Kitchen
Layout: Truly a gorgeous back wall kitchen set up with a generously sized kitchen island set off of it. Though a simple layout, it feels wonderfully open and airy, and you can be sure that you’d have all of the space you’d need both with storage and counter space.
Furniture & Appliances: We’re getting into the more modern designs with this kitchen. While regularly we see purely stainless steel appliances, I am so attracted to the gold brush hood vent and fridge vent. You can also sneak a little peak of what looks like a gold gas stove.
The warmth of those appliances pairs so beautifully with the lighter wood stain that is present in every portion of the room. A white marble waterfall countertop truly elevates everything to the next level. This is a gorgeous color scheme.
Lighting: This room has very standard pot lights in the ceiling, but with plenty of opportunity to add some more decorative lighting if that fits your fancy!
Flooring: Simply beautiful wood flooring here with tons of decoration thanks to that pronounced wood grain, and a very charming, sandy wood stain.
9. The Chic Log Cabin Kitchen
Layout: We’ve got a quaint little U shaped kitchen here which really reminds me of those places I used to stay in Aspen. This is a nicely sized kitchen with everything in arm’s reach. Just off of the right hand counter we have a perfect little breakfast bar with room for 3 stools.
Furniture & Appliances: We’re heading back into the rustic, cabin type of theme with wood ceilings, wood cabinets, wood flooring, and even wood walls! I personally love how this looks, and darker tones in the slate back splash and marble countertops make everything feel very cozy and tucked in.
Lighting: All of the necessary lighting is present here, found in the pot lights in the ceiling and a line of pendant lights hanging over the breakfast bar.
Flooring: Standard but beautiful hardwood flooring here to compliment all of the other wood in the room. I think I personally would have gone with a lighter stain for a bit of contrast, but that’s just me!
Wall Decor: Why use wall decor when your entire house can just be made of wood!
10. The Tiny Home Dream Kitchen
Layout: This is a dream kitchen to me. A rather different layout than most of the others that we’ve seen, this is truly the epitome of dream-home-tiny-kitchens. This is a tiny kitchen lining a single wall with minimal appliances, but it feels very open since the entire wall is a sliding door that leads out to an outdoor patio. This is perfection to me.
Furniture & Appliances: Again, this kitchen isn’t for everyone, but if you can handle minimal space, than you might love it. We have a tiny fridge, a tiny under mount sink, a bunsen burner, and some open shelving. While it is minimal, I have full confidence I could prepare a quality meal in this beautiful kitchen.
Lighting: Since this is a tiny home we aren’t getting too fancy dancy with the lighting. You can tell a lot of the light is coming from the fact that an entire wall is made purely of windows.
Flooring: Very simple wood panelling for the flooring here, which becomes a little bit more interesting due to the fact that the same wood is used for both the wall panels and for the exposed shelving.
11. The Extravagant Chalet Kitchen
Layout: Out of the entire collection, I would say that this one reminds me the most of a true chalet-style kitchen. This is a huge U shaped kitchen with tons of counter space and a wrap around breakfast bar to seat all of those snowboard bros. This is an expansive layout that was designed purely to host a bunch of hungry folks!
Furniture & Appliances: We have a very rustic design here with craftsman style carpentry, beautiful brown marble countertops, wood facades everywhere, and a beautiful vaulted ceiling with exposed wooden beams. And did you see that wild hood vent?
Something especially impressive about this room is the appliances. We have a double gas stove, a beautiful farmhouse style sink, another extra sink in the centre kitchen island, and a double fridge (in an area where we can’t see in this photo). We have wood, brick, stone, and all the ingredients necessary to make a stunning room.
Lighting: We have tons of lighting in this room coming from recessed lighting in the ceiling, pendant lights over the kitchen island, and rail lighting under the upper cabinets as well.
Flooring: Gorgeous antique wood flooring highly compliments the overall rustic design of this space and is also the lightest wood stain in the room, bringing warmth.
12. The Elevated Log Cabin Getaway Kitchen
Layout: I think that this is one of my favorite rooms in the collection. This is a really elevated kitchen with a beautiful, open U shape. We see a gorgeous L shaped breakfast bar and kitchen island that is set off of a corresponding L shape lining the wall. This gives so much room for prepping, storage, and of course, hosting.
Furniture & Appliances: I think the reason why this log cabin style feels elevated is the choice of wood and wood stain that was used. The lightness of the wood feels slightly more modern and bright. Beautiful wicker bar stools are kitschy and fun, while a stone fireplace feels extravagant and bold. We get that classic mountain lodge rustic aspect thanks to all of the fun wall decor.
Lighting: Though this is technically a log cabin, we get all of the modern lighting that we need with recessed lighting in the ceiling, rail lights under the upper cabinets, and a couple of spot lights in the centre of the room.
Flooring: Much in similar fashion with the rest of the home, we have the same style of wood used for the flooring as the rest of the space.
Wall Decor: Where this home starts to feel like a true mountain lodge is with all of the fun wall decor. Old toboggans, animal figurines, and snow shoes bring some wonderful personal flare.
Layout: This Scandinavian style kitchen is super standard in layout, but feels wonderfully open and airy despite all of the dark colors used. We have a classic hallway style kitchen with a back wall, a large kitchen island, and the room is set off of a nice and big breakfast table.
Furniture & Appliances: Simplicity is key here with black countertops and cabinets, black seating chairs, an accent wood table, and great stainless steel appliances to modernize things up.
Lighting: Fun lighting here with black pendant style lights hanging over the centre kitchen island.
Flooring: More modern than most mountain lodges would allow, this kitchen has a lovely cement floor. While these can sometimes seem cold, the wooden table and open windows help warm them up. And you can also assume that they have heated floors built right in!
14. The Kitschy Cabin Kitchen
Layout: Here we have a wonderfully modernized chalet kitchen that comes in an L shape with a wonderfully unique corresponding kitchen island that has counter space, a breakfast bar, and an additional little pullout area for seating or prepping.
Furniture & Appliances: This room is so special because of the way that it’s decorated. There are so many different things going on but it feels fun and eclectic instead of scattered. Wicker bar chairs, golden var stools, black cabinets, wood cabinets, floating shelves, and tons of personal effects all come together to create something inviting and fun.
Lighting: Lovely golden hanging lights are bright and fun while really accentuating the brass dishes and yellow accents throughout the room. A pop of metallic to bring some life!
Flooring: Very classic wood flooring is understated and classy, ensuring that the other more lively parts of the room can really shine!
Wall Decor: I really enjoy how instead of using wall decor, the designer here used floating shelves on top of a white brick backsplash that are filled with personal effects for splashes of color and texture.
15. The Dainty and Dreamy Lodge Kitchen
Layout: We’re finishing off this collection very strong with this elevated chalet style kitchen that comes in an L shape with a corresponding kitchen island. There is ample cabinet space and counter space here, ensuring that all of your cooking and hosting needs are met.
Furniture & Appliances: This is a beautifully classic design with a modern execution. White cabinets match a shining white countertop, while accent wooden cabinets bring a bit of warmth. Stainless steel appliances are divided widely throughout the room to make sure that nothing feels cramped.
Lighting: While we have standard rail lighting underneath the upper cabinets to execute your finest prep work, we also have a truly gorgeous light fixture hanging over the kitchen island with feathery features to bring some lightness to the space.
Flooring: Beautiful antique looking wood flooring pairs very well with the wooden cabinets and carries on with the classic themes.
You can see more of this beautiful home here, with the design from Architectural Designs.