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18 Stunning Kitchen Design Inspirations

Posted by Susanna Haynie on October 9, 2015
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18 lifestyle Kitchen designs

Design is in the eye of the beholder. Like or dislike the designs below – take them and make them your own.

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

1. Modern Farmhouse kitchen

The warm wooden beams, wooden counter tops, old brick, farmers sink and farmers gourmet stove/oven as a traditional touch give the modern cabinets this warm farmhouse-family feel. Lots of storage in the cabinets, which look very elegant and very up-to-date. (grey and muted turquoise are the trend colors of 2015)

Farmhouse Kitchen by East Midlands Kitchen Designers & Remodelers Hill Farm Furniture Ltd

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2. Remodel your 80’s kitchen

I see this kitchen layout a lot. Usually in a 80’s house: small kitchen, dining and family room outside the kitchen area, but close by. If you do not have the option to change your home to a [more] open floor plan overall, then updating your kitchen like this might be your best and most elegant option. Lots of cabinet space, with ceiling cabinets and beautiful crown molding to finish them off. No more dust gatherers, but also no displaying tchotchkes on top of your golden oak kitchen cabinets.

 3. Large Cottage (-y) Kitchen

When I see this kitchen I imagine taking a vacation at Wilmington Beach. A house directly at the shore line, where the family would spend summers. The large kitchen with a huge amount of cabinet space, plenty of space to seat everyone even in the extended family with lots of laughters and smiles around it.

4. Traditional Industrial Blend

This kitchen blends the traditional tall luxurious kitchen cabinets and a rustic almost industrial look. The industrial look has been up and coming for several years now. One of the first furniture retail stores of rustic and industrial furnishings was Restoration Hardware. I used to carefully save the catalogs that I received twice a year. Now, however, almost every furniture store carries some version of industrial furniture and accessories.
Not sure why all of a sudden this has become such a big trend but maybe just like shabby chic there is a bit of nostalgia for different times. Either way – I like reusing, recycling and I think it’s a great trend. Let’s see how long it will last.

5. Shabby Chic Farm Kitchen

If you like the more traditional meaning shabby Chic look of a farmhouse kitchen, then you will like this one. Rustic, cozy, traditional yet very comfortable and practical. What more do you want from a kitchen?

6. Traditional Modern

There are many ways to build a traditional modern kitchen. It depends partly on whether you decide you want more modern or traditional. Of course, this happens every time you blend trends.
Unique are certainly dark grey cabinets with heavy crown molding at the top and a heavy mantel above the stove/hood.
Wooden beams and the soft glow of the wooden floors bring this kitchen together.  Interesting to see that a lighter chocolate was used for the kitchen walls.

7.  Brownstone Style

 This kitchen channels a tudor style brownstone home. The windows with diamond lites give this room the typical tudor look. Quite traditional with a touch of  “different” with the blue cabinet island. Have you seen the sink? Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a Kohler hand painted sink and gives this so very traditional kitchen an additional kick.

8. Rustic Scandinavian

Ikea hacks made perfect. This Dutch cabinet company specializes in taking  Ikea cabinets cupboard doors and replaces them.

9. Modern Traditional

Modern looking Hampton Style cabinets, soft wood colors in floor and the phenomenal ceiling reclaimed wood beams. Elegant quartz counter tops.  The classic island chairs give this kitchen a very classic touch. Mixing styles is very popular -and why not?

10. Contemporary Kitchen Design

This kitchen is proof that an IKEA kitchen can very well be a customized kitchen with a high end look. This kitchen is young, practical, customized and yet affordable.

11. Rustic Contemporary

Gray is very popular this year and this kitchen design brings it all together. Modern Shaker design, whitewashed  cabinets. The shiplap walls bring a coastal feel to the room while the handhewn ceiling beams give the room a rustic yet cozy feel. What you can’t see in this picture is the fabulous porcelain white apron front farmhouse sink that is just to die for.


Why not a black kitchen? Would you dare? Black cabinets with sleek lines, black granite countertops and even the black subway tiles as a backsplash are definitely only for people that like to think and step outside the box. A punch of color provide the lovely yellow island chairs. It’s elegant, it’s urban and perfect for entertaining. Dare! Dare!

13. Traditional [English] Farmhouse Kitchen

Opposite the past Urban Contemporary design stands this farmhouse kitchen with many traditional elements such as the white washed brickwork and an antique transformed cooking appliance. Black countertops and black tile pull the design together. Not much information is available for this design besides that the project is located in England. Lovely inspiration though.

14. Contemporary Shaker Style Farmhouse

How many styles can we mix and [make] match? The contemporary clean, sharp lines of the range hood actually fits quite perfectly with the shaker-like simplicity of the cabinets. The blue cabinets bring interest to an otherwise white and brown kitchen. Seemingly bland, this kitchen offers everything a minimalist likes and a traditionalist needs in a kitchen design.

15. Classic Traditional

I am not easily impressed with classic design. While I am trying to debate the practicality of this double island with booth seating – it is definitely a place for family and friends to socialize. It is closed, not open to the rest of the kitchen reducing the actual size to a visually smaller one. The kitchen promotes togetherness. The focal point of the room makes your eyes go all the way around the room by following all the different curved lines. I am impressed. PS if you need cabinet space then this is the kitchen for you.

 16. Contemporary Asian Style

 A different approach to an island and breakfast bar with this movable butcher block peninsula. What a very unique idea! Have your island AND your table and move it to wherever you want it to be. It’s beautiful and impressive.
Hard to believe that this is actually a beach front property kitchen. Cabinets are frameless, full overlay, flat-cut walnut with an antique cherry finish. The range hood, which is veneered in matching wood, is flanked on the right and left with wall cabinets that have frosted glass inserts in the doors and puck lighting, to keep the area feeling light. The floating shelves are also manufactured by Premier in matching wood.

17. Modern Industrial Style

The design of this refined mountain home is rooted in its natural surroundings. Boasting a color palette of subtle earthy grays and browns, the home is filled with natural textures balanced with sophisticated finishes and fixtures. The open floorplan ensures visibility throughout the home, preserving the fantastic views from all angles. Furnishings are of clean lines with comfortable, textured fabrics. Contemporary accents are paired with vintage and rustic accessories. Chalet windows are stunning.

18. Rustic Modern Farmhouse Mix

What a beautiful mix of styles with so many special features: Concrete, stained floors; concrete pre-poured countertops; Corrugated rusted, tin ceilings. A rustic farmhouse kitchen with modern elements.

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