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Kitchens for Every Style

Our 40 kitchens offer inspirational ideas for updating your kitchen with colorful accents, fresh styles, and a hardworking layout.

Unusual touches

This kitchen gets some of its personality from the homeowners' love of salvaged and unusual materials. Open storage shelves brighten gray vintage-reproduction subway tile, while a salvaged industrial light fixture spotlights the island. Teak countertops and leather drawer pulls add style.

Open spaces

The character in this Door County, Wisconsin, kitchen comes from a stone wall, soaring ceiling and hand-rubbed, stained cabinets.

Country decorating

Nothing says country like the barn look of flat-board paneling. Here, paneling adds texture to the island base and cabinet fronts and backs, while stained paneling puts subtle color on the walls. Dashes of barn red enliven the space.

Bright outlook

Hi-arc bridge faucets accommodate everything from veggie washing to pot filling in this bright kitchen. Bright blue walls and crisp white shutters highlight cherry cabinets.

Bring the outside in

Walls of windows let the outside in and keep the space bright and sunny. A pale color scheme continues the effect.

Entertaining in mind

The center island in this kitchen doubles as a buffet when the family entertains and also offers additional work space. Mellow wood tones and cheery gold and orange accents make the kitchen warm and inviting.

Cottage feel

Paneled cabinetry, open shelving, brightly colored accessories and pine plank floors combine to give this new Door County kitchen an old-fashioned cottage feel. 

Vintage mix

Mix salvaged pieces with modern stainless-steel upper shelves and appliances for a colorful, vintage vibe. In this Minnesota kitchen, a rusty metal sign propped against the countertop-to-ceiling tilework takes the place of a traditional backsplash behind the range. Instead of another cabinet door, vintage fabric hung on a tension rod creates a curtain to hide supplies. A red cup dispenser mounted on the window frame lets kids quickly grab drinks. A rusty 6-foot iron gate becomes unexpected decor on cabinet fronts.

Colonial tradition

Consider the style of your house when designing your kitchen. Here, painted cabinets, granite counters and crown molding are at home in a Colonial-style house. The red brick backsplash complements the warm wood counter on the island. Cabinet panels hide the appliances for a seamless look. The black counter stools and chandelier offer the finishing touches on the classic space.

Cottage cheer

A large window takes the place of upper wall cabinets and fills this Indiana kitchen with light. Painted green base cabinets wearing round white knobs pair with the natural wood flooring and island top for a casual feel. Boat paddles, vacation memorabilia and a yellow hutch with vintage dishware add cottage charm.

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Signature color

Energetic color works in the kitchen because it is such an active family space. Here, bright green upper cabinets pop above black base cabinets and white marble counters, creating a memorable palette. Stainless steel appliances and accents add the right amount of contemporary style.

Easygoing entertaining

The cottage-style kitchen in this Michigan home encourages guests to gather around the 9-foot-long island. Four barstools offer plenty of seating for socializing. Beaded-board cabinetry, a herringbone-pattern tile backsplash and open shelving highlight the casual design. 

Thrifty country style

Secondhand finds and low-cost materials—including an island of reclaimed wood—bring thrifty country style to this Indiana kitchen.

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Sensible style

Stock kitchen cabinetry is budget-friendly and smart in this Indiana beach house full of active kids and summer fun. If a door breaks or gets stained or scratched, the homeowner can simply take it off the hinges and get a new door front.

Sun-filled kitchen

Walls of windows fill this kitchen with natural light and connect the space to its beautiful surroundings. White trim on the windows emphasizes the crisp, clean aesthetic. Natural-grained cherry cabinets reflect the views of nature outside. A large island offers additional storage to make up for missing upper cabinetry.

Classic meets cottage

White-painted recessed-panel cabinetry in the kitchen, paired with stately crown moldings and traditional hardware, keeps a cottage look grounded. Deepen the warm, collected-over-time vibe with a weathered island in an earthy hue. Then let a bright accent wall or lively backsplash, along with sassy accessories, serve as a vivid reminder of your overall color scheme.

Contemporary convenience

Built for Baby Boomers who want accessibility but not an "old" look, this kitchen offers features such as easy-to-reach upper cabinets, drawer dishwashers and faucet foot pedal controls. Dark and light contrasts appeal to declining eyesight, but the dramatic dark cabinets, white counters and royal blue accents show this kitchen is anything but out-of-date!

Entertaining space

Ample counter space eases entertaining in a space with a subtle beach look. Beaded-board accents, pale aqua on the walls, buttery yellow on the cabinets puts people in the focus, not decor.

Classic white

This timeless white kitchen gets plenty of visual interest from a variety of textures -- a beaded-board backsplash, brown countertops, glass-front cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Carved island

A mix of cabinetry colors creates a built-over-time look in this traditional kitchen. Intricately carved and distresssed corbels on the kitchen island continue the European theme.

Small-space solutions

This narrow galley kitchen benefits from white cabinets and white carrara marble countertops that visually open the space. Glass-door upper cabinets also help the room feel larger. Classic gray subway tile adds a contrasting design element and leads the eye to the large window over the sink.

European roots

Exposed wood ceiling beams and weathered-look, mix and match materials -- such as the blue island -- set an old-world tone in this traditional kitchen. Formal-style natural wood cabinets anchor the space, while the large island with prep sink allows the cook to prepare the meal while visiting with family.

Go bold

Fire-engine red high-gloss cabinets set the tone in this contemporary kitchen. A plain white subway tile backsplash, gray countertops, and wood floors and island dial down the color factor just a bit. Counter-to-ceiling windows flood the space with light.

Nature meets modern

The outdoors provided inspiration for this kitchen. Stacked stone creates textured accent walls that juxtapose with contemporary lighting and other modern details. A deer head carved from wood emphasizes the fresh take on lodge decor. Exposed beams continue the rustic theme, but stainless steel makes them modern.

Storage and display

Storage and display options fill this European-style country kitchen. Perimeter cabinetry sports a pine finish, while a weathered-red island packs in display area, prep sink, dishwasher and refrigerator drawer.

Go green

This modern kitchen shows that ecofriendly choices can have style. Rich-color cabinets are made from sustainably harvested wood, formaldehyde-free particleboard and zero-VOC sealant. Counters are crafted of recycled glass, and appliances are Energy Star-rated.

Budget style

This retro cottage kitchen was cleverly pieced together on a budget.

A simple movable island stands in for a more expensive built-in cabinetry piece. Fabric skirts hide undercounter storage. Open shelving stores often-used dishware, and paint brightens inexpensive cabinets. Folded tea towels mounted on tension rods make an easy, budget window treatment.

Unusual touches

This kitchen gets some of its personality from the homeowners' love of salvaged and unusual materials. Open storage shelves brighten gray vintage-reproduction subway tile, while a salvaged industrial light fixture spotlights the island. Teak countertops and leather drawer pulls add style.

It's in the details

This soft-white kitchen gets its style from a variety of elements, including the apron-front sink, high arch faucet, cup pull hardware, upper-cabinet brackets, decorative sink cabinet legs and small glass-front display cabinets.

Tile showstopper

A striking wall-to-wall glass tile treatment, asymmetrical upper cabinet placement and a tall stainless steel backsplash/range hood combine to act as this kitchen's eye-catching centerpiece.

Wide-open spaces

This kitchen, completely open to the adjacent family room, has a comfortable country vibe. Vintage corbels and saddle-seat stools accent the island, and a country armoire holds extra dishes and accessories.

DIY style

This kitchen remodel was a do-it-yourself family affair. The compact room gets a facelift with blue-painted cabinetry, glass inserts in cabinet doors, a diamond-pattern backsplash, and a one-of-a-kind concrete countertop that includes bits of glass and other materials from the remodel.

Under the eaves

A tiny second-floor condo features a charming open galley kitchen that gets great personality from the homeowner's collections and vintage light fixtures. White walls and cabinetry combine with plenty of natural light for a bright, airy look.

Asian simplicity

Airy and soothing is the mantra of this modern kitchen. Big windows offer views and light. An uninterrupted sweep of light cabinets and dark countertops wraps the perimeter. A spare assortment of clean-lined accessories keeps the look uncluttered.

Details we love

Splurges on a high-arc faucet and streamlined cabinet hardware modernize the look of this classic white kitchen.

Utilitarian charm

In this Chicago-area kitchen, the homeowner uses a vintage library cart on wheels in place of a kitchen island. “I like that it can be moved around,” she says. She removed cabinet doors under the farm sink and hung a skirt of vintage fabric for old-fashioned charm.

Do-it-all kitchen

A 10-foot-long island and ceiling-high cabinets accommodate a lot of function and storage in this elegant kitchen. Amenities include a wine refrigerator, separate full-sized refrigerator and freezer units, a built-in coffeemaker, and pull-out pantries.

Accessible kitchen

Designing a fully wheelchair-accessible kitchen was a challenge for this Ohio homeowner, but clever modifications give access to the prep areas and appliances. In fact, many of the design decisions make cooking easier for everyone. Appliances, such as dishwasher drawers and a side-opening wall oven, are easy to reach. 

Family style

A big family inspired this kitchen with two islands. The one closest to the refrigerator accommodates after-school snacks and homework or craft projects. The one near the cooking area has a marble top and secondary sink to function as a prep area.

Upscale cottage

Classic beaded board, an apron sink and hardware give this kitchen its cottage style, but teak counters, a wrought-iron divider and glass transoms dress up the look. Separate cooking, cleanup and prep areas make it super functional.

All-white kitchen

This kitchen sparkles with its clean all-white color scheme. Subtle backsplash tile treatments and marble countertops contribute texture, while the angled refrigerator breaks up the room's linear arrangement. Black bamboo chairs with a see-through pattern add pop to the all-white landscape.

Serious cook's kitchen

Making it easy for the cook to see and find everything was the goal in this kitchen. Upper cabinets have no doors, but are outfitted with cubbies, shelves or slats to hold cooking necessities where needed. Appliance placement minimizes steps and maximizes convenience.

Read about 8 smart organizing ideas in this kitchen

Sparkling style

Bring glitz to a kitchen with mirrored tile, frosted-glass cabinets and high-gloss finishes. This kitchen also features an unusual dropped counter that wraps around two sides of the island.

Earthy country

Brick walls and two-tone cabinetry form the backdrops for country collections. A U-shape work zone holds the cooktop and sink. The cabinetry-encased oven and microwave sit outside the work triangle. Wood tones pull it all together.

Smooth style

Streamlined cabinetry sets a modern tone in this kitchen. Wine storage, a stainless steel pot rack, and basket space offer attractive storage options. Fun barstools and framed vintage magazine covers on the sink wall provide a slightly retro feel.

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