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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 peninsula that houses the stainless steel stove-top oven. There is also a couple of charming glass pendant lights over the wood-top island.
Kitchens with Light and Honey Wood Floors
The light hardwood flooring of this charming kitchen matches and blends with the wooden L-shaped kitchen island with a black countertop to complement brown hue and serve as a breakfast island 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 kitchen peninsula with a beige lit backsplash for a unique aesthetic.
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 peninsulas 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 kitchen peninsula 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 L-shaped peninsula. This setup is complemented by the earthy Industrial-style flooring and bright white ceiling.
The wooden cabinetry of this Craftsman-style kitchen 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 peninsulas 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 large L-shaped kitchen peninsula 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 peninsula.
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 L-shaped peninsula that is counterbalanced by a gray backsplash.
Kitchens with Skylights
This is a bright and brilliant 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 peninsula.
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.
Kitchen 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 contrasted by the white modern stools.
This beautiful Scandinavian-style kitchen has a beauty to its simplicity. It has a charming bare wooden kitchen island 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.
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: