In many ways, the kitchen is the most important room in the home because it is in the kitchen where the soul of the house resides. This is the place where meals are shared, and that makes it a place that should always feel inviting, welcoming, and a showcase place.
There are many different design elements to consider in your kitchen. Most notable is the appliances – some kitchens are great for stainless steel while others look better with white appliances. Also important to consider is how much cooking you intend to do so you can find the right stove and accessories.
The 20 photos below show you different ways to create the kitchen of your dreams using some classical design ideas that never go out of style.
1. See Those Ceilings
A variety of ceiling types lend visual interest and open up the room for a light, airy feel.
2. Nice and Warm
Nothing says home like comfort and warmth. Bring that into the kitchen with brightly-hued rugs and a shiny copper stove hood paired with warm wooden accents.
3. Fix Your Eyes
Beautifully mysterious lighting fixtures turn a simple white kitchen island into a statement-making fixture.
4. Crown Molding
Magnificent crown molding lends an air of grand luxury to an otherwise modest space.
5. Texture and Tone
Add interest to a basic kitchen with textural elements such as wooden side panels, perfectly paired with a brightly-hued backsplash.
6. Smooth and Simple
No handles, no knobs – smooth simplicity is the impactful name of this game.
7. All About Those Shelves
Elongated open shelving makes a modern, rustic alternative to traditional cabinetry.
8. Tongue and Groove Ceiling
Wooden slats form a sleek tongue and groove ceiling in this flawless white kitchen, an artistic variation from drywall or tile.
9. Lights, Camera, Action!
Sparkling light fixturing and the unexpected luxury of under-counter lighting on the kitchen island adds an element of extravagance to this modern kitchen.
10. Stone Tile
Stone-look tile flooring is a beautiful and practical alternative to traditional tile or laminate flooring, perfect for this sleek modern kitchen decorated in neutral hues.
11. Farmhouse Sink
The recessed nature of this double-sectioned kitchen sink allows for easy cleanup and meal prep on the island.
12. Crowning Glory
Pristine stonework and crown molding lend an almost fireplace-like look to this luxury kitchen.
13. Blue Hues
Update an antiquated piece of furniture like this china cabinet with a coat of dramatic paint in a modern hue.
14. Multicolor Splash
Colorful and full of personality, this multicolored backsplash shines with happiness and everything wonderful about a family kitchen.
15. Picture This
A magnificent picture window not only permits natural lighting into this all-important space, it also serves as natural artwork – no additions needed.
16. Steel Stone
The cool hues of this kitchen’s stone flooring mirror its sharply-angled countertops, combining with the pure white cabinetry for a sleek, modern design.
17. A Study in Stripes
Contrasting black and white and accents of striking gold – this sleek little kitchen packs a punch with artistic flair.
A beautifully vaulted ceiling sports exposed wooden beams in this aqua-accented kitchen, peaceful and alluring.
19. Neutral Lovers
A lover of the neutral tones will be thrilled with the soft stone textures and gray shades of this gorgeously designed kitchen.
20. Futuristic Luxury
Surprise and delight that special chef in your life with a series of modern fixtures, offset with under-cabinet lighting and unusual cabinetry.