40+ Gorgeous Kitchen Design Ideas You'll Want to Steal

Not a single bad countertop in the bunch.

Stacey Brandford

Give the heart of your home a well-deserved upgrade using these stylish spaces for inspiration.

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David Tsay
Durable Countertops

A Napa Valley farmhouse relies on scratch-resistant  (a GolfHr Seal-holder!) for easy cleaning. A adds comfort underfoot.

Shop a similar look: rug, $46 and up,

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Jason Hartog
Island Storage

Hide linens, platters and single-use items under the island. Hidden cabinets on both sides double up as a place to stash spots. 

Shop a similar look: bar stool, $103, 

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Roger Davies
Instant Table

Dreaming of an eat-in kitchen? Extend the countertop over the edge of a block island and it transforms into a casual dining spot.

Shop a similar look: yellow stools, $190 for 2,

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<p>Arrange them on a wall using a mounted pot rack or a set of sturdy metal hooks. It creates a kitchen-worthy focal point and eliminates cabinet clutter.</p><p><em><strong>Cabinetry, </strong>La Cornue, <a href="http://lacornueusa.com/" target="_blank">lacornueusa.com</a>. <strong>Countertops, </strong>Carrara marble.</em><em></em><br></p>
Art Streiber
Multitasking Pot Rack

Let your copper cookware steal the show by  and sturdy metal hooks. It creates a kitchen-worthy focal point in place of a backsplash and frees up precious cabinet space. 

Shop a similar look: pot rack, $68, 

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Kate Osborne
Cushy Bench

A cozy booth beats out stools any day. Fake a snug nook in the middle of the room by pulling up a plush island-height bench. Sunday brunch just got so much better.

Shop a similar look: custom bench,

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Kate Osborne
Geode Pulls

Boring hardware just won't do. Select unexpected knobs, like these , for glamor at your fingertips.

Shop a similar look: quartz knob, $28,

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Jacob Snavely
Matching Rugs

Fill the floor space around the island with cozy carpets that are easy on the feet and the eye. A pair of jute carpets tie this beachy kitchen in with the rest of the New Jersey home.

Shop a similar look: metal stool, $40, 

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Stacey Brandford
Cool Neutrals

Custom cabinetry is more accessible than you think. This sleek space uses in two colors that seamlessly blend into the walls and floor.

Shop a similar look: cabinetry,

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<p>Prep, serve, and entertain at an island that fits stools underneath, offering seating for a gathering of friends. The homeowners added iron legs to bring this butcher block piece to the right height.</p><p><em>Chandelier, $462, <a href="http://www.overstock.com/">overstock.com</a>. Island, <a href="http://www.westelm.com/">westelm.com</a>. Cabinetry, <a href="http://www.ikea.com/">ikea.com</a>. Blue-striped bowls, $18 each, <a href="http://www.canvashome.com/">canvashome.com</a>.</em><br></p>
Mike Garten
Multitasking Table

Put your small space to work as both a kitchen and a dining room. Tuck stools under an island that can handle prep work and dinner parties. The owners of this tiny Brooklyn home added iron legs to a slab of butcher block for a versatile surface.

Shop a similar look: counter table, $400, 

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Stacy Bass
Bar Seating

Move the party out of the living room and into the kitchen. Comfy and chic, vintage stools create a welcoming spot to hang out in a Florida home.

Shop a similar look: vintage stool,

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Stacey Brandford
Cohesive Finishes

Carry over your design choices into the adjoining spaces. In a family-friendly bungalow, brass drawer pulls echo the breakfast nook's pendant light, pulling everything together.

Shop a similar look: vintage stool, 

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Hulya Kolabas
DIY Fixture

Create a custom accessory with just $15 in plumbing supplies. A Connecticut cottage's homemade pot rack looks surprisingly professional despite the low price tag.

Shop a similar look: silver spray paint, $3,

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Lisa Romerein
Added Color

White cabinetry doesn't have to look bland. A pale green backsplash echoes the bold in this family-friendly home. Built-in bookshelves in the island also keep cookbooks close-at-hand.

Shop a similar look: wallpaper, 

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Hang bracketed shelves in a tight space — they'll keep you organized without the bulk of cabinets, and are the perfect place to display cute glassware.
Mike Garten
Tiered Shelving

For a fast decor change, install bracketed shelves in a former dead space. They're less bulky than cabinets but they'll provide extra storage for your cutest glassware.

Shop a similar look: shelf, $28, 

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Lisa Romerein
Stand-Out Backsplash

Graphic tiles create a pretty focal point in a beach house kitchen. Mix sculptural details, like archway cutouts and , to amp up basic shelving.

Shop a similar look: white cake stand, $27,

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Jane Beiles
Tall Table

With plenty of cabinet space, a farmhouse kitchen showcases a rustic table instead of a traditional island. When prep time's over, grab a stool for a casual lunch break.

Shop a similar look: table, $500 and up, 

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<p>Create a storage-and-serving hybrid area by installing slim 12-inch-deep upper cabinets as a console.</p>
Mike Garten
Entertaining Zone

Maximize countertop space with a built-in buffet along a bare wall. Use it as a serving and storage area by installing slim upper cabinets as a console.

Shop a similar look: cabinetry,

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Jacob Snavely
Tried-and-True Decor

Skip short-lived fads and pick timeless accents and finishes. Here, shiplap walls echo the rest of the beach home's vibe, while hide future wear and tear.

Shop a similar look: quartz countertops,

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Stacey Brandford
Clever Pass-Through

A family-friendly bungalow found the solution for cooking while watching the kids. The window between the living room and dining room divides the space while maintaining the home's airy feel.

Shop a similar look: red tray, $33,

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Casey Dunn
Bright Lighting

Sunnier decor, right this way. In blogger Camille Styles' airy home, clear glass pendant lights over the island let light flow.

Shop a similar look: stool, $846, 

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<p>"We tried to refinish the cabinets, but it looked worse than the original '60s veneer, so we chose painting over demo-ing. I like a two-toned look — here, deep coastal blue keeps the base feeling grounded, while white uppers visually enlarge the room," Emily says.</p><p><em>Rug, $149 and up, </em><a href="http://rejuvenation.com" target="_blank"><em>rejuvenation.com</em></a><em>. Gold vase, $17, black-and-wood vase, $25, and bar cart, $130, all from </em><a href="http://target.com" target="_blank"><em>target.com</em></a><em>.</em></p>
Mike Garten
Two-Tone Cabinets

HGTV star Emily Henderson chose a smart palette for her California kitchen. An ocean blue grounds the bottom cabinets while white storage up top fakes higher ceilings.

Shop a similar look: rug, $149 and up,

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Stacey Brandford
Small Touches

Adding brass accents and non-traditional pendant lighting gave this romantic kitchen an injection of high-end appeal.

Shop a similar look: cannister, $9, 

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Stacey Brandford
Stained Glass Appeal

Grey-green accents combined with marble give this kitchen, in designer Sarah Richardson's lakeside cottage, a serene, calming feel.

Shop a similar look: green glasses, $20 for 6,

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Lauren Logan
Little Things

Dashes of color throughout the kitchen add vibrancy without going overboard. This airy, creamy kitchen is filled with surprising touches, but the designer's keen eye for editing ensures the room is interesting, not overwhelming.

Shop a similar look: succulents, $14,

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Best of Both Worlds

Who says stainless steel and wood can't play nice? This airy kitchen proves they can be great pals.

Shop a similar look: fruit bowl, $17, 

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Neon Touch

You may not think it can, but a galley kitchen can totally handle brightly-colored cabinets.

Shop a similar look: wall-mounted rail, $15, 

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All-White

The monochromatic theme paired with exposed pots and pans gives this kitchen an artsy, industrial feel.

Shop a similar look: clear canisters, $26 for 4,

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Getty ImagesPaul Bradbury
Modern and Airy

An all-white kitchen looks stunning against a picturesque beach backdrop.

Shop a similar look: white vase, $27, 

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Perfect Mix

From the woven chandelier and wooden bar stools to the textured backsplash, this kitchen is a study in pattern play.

Shop a similar look: orb chandelier, $225,

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Colorful and Eclectic

This kitchen's fun mix of colors and cool decor (look at that globe collection!) gives off a quirky yet pulled-together vibe.

Shop a similar look: globe, $56, 

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