What you wish to know about kitchens
So many brands, styles, kitchen devices and a pile of information.
There is an abundance of information about kitchens and kitchen design. You really need to take the time to look at all the kitchen options, because you'll cook, eat and live in a kitchen for many hours per day.
This lens shows some great examples of kitchen designs, innovations and kitchen appliances.
The floor plan of your kitchen
There are several basic layouts available to plan your kitchen space.
Devices and closets are arranged in a U shape. Have at least 1m20 between the legs of the U.
Best suited for houses where the living room and kitchen are contained into 1 single area.
Make sure the entrance to the kitchen is wide enough. This design is very compact and offers a lot of storage.
Suited for kitchens with a window and the door on opposite sides.
Offers a lot of storage and/or space and allows for high furniture on both sides.
Single line kitchen
This shape is not optimal and will require the user to walk a lot between devices or storage space.
Lime, if you dare
Exclusive kitchens make use of colors in every way possible. What seems bright or ugly at first, might be great in combination of other colors or materials.
And then there was light
Light in a kitchen is important, think about it for a moment
Fluorescent or TL tubes emit white and clear light. The light is very good to work with and the electricity consumption is usually smaller than regular light.
Disadvantages are the coziness of the kitchen with TL light, it's good to work with, but not pleasant to be in. A second disadvantage is the inability to dim TL light.
This is currently the most used form of lighting in kitchens. The spots emit a plesant light that's a little less suitable to work with. Another advantage is the ability to connect a dimmer to the spots, allowing for even further customization of the light. A possible disadvantage is the heat emitted from the lights. Make sure, if you use spots, that enough ventilation is possible around the lights.
Energy saving lamp
A specially designed light that will reduce energy consumption compared to regular lights. The lifetime of the lamps also far exceeds that of regular lamps. The only possible downside is the slightly higher price. The light emitted is comparable to regular lights. Currently, LED lights are the most popular.
How to not be dull
Make your kitchen eyecatching, with colors.
Don't just paint ... Paint after thinking!
The colors blue, red and yellow are primary colors. This means the exist on there own and are not made of other colors.
These colors are based on a combination of the primary colors. Examples are orange, green, purple, pink, ...
White reflects natural light. Use white in an area that has little or no natural light. Light colors like white enlarge a room. Making the ceiling pure white will create the illusion of a bigger room.
Pure white is cool and hard, therefor use a combination like ivory or beige.
Black will significally reduce the size of a room.
Only use black in combination with other colors and as a design accent.
Green, the color of nature, give peace and quite in a room.
Another color of nature. However, blue is cool and best used on a southern wall. Northern walls will make the color harder and cooler.
The color of the sun. Brightens up any room.
Red and orange
Red and/or orange are strong, vivid colors, bringing life into the room.
Brown in itself is a mix of a lot of different colors, making it suitable to combine with about anything.
Black & red, a bold statement
The color red in a kitchen is more popular than ever these days, however, if you combine it with black, you get a really powerful statement.
There is no dream kitchen without high-tech innovation, unless you are a retro fan of course.
Here's an example of an ultra modern kitchen, recently designed to promote brands featuring high-tech materials and products.
It might look too futuristic, or clean. But the point is showing some of the many differences in future kitchens.
The kitchen features touch screens to control every device. On top of that, there are sound activated programs and functionality.
The walls are fitted to be used as lighting, with possibilities to cycle through colors to change the mood of the kitchen.
To my taste, this is a rather small sink, but I'm sure if you get a kitchen like this you have plenty of options to change it to what you want.
The controls have a futuristic look and are made with LED technology and Corian.
Exclusive italian designs
Here are some examples of exclusive kitchens designed by Italian brands
Noticeable here are the rounded cabinets. They give your kitchen a smooth and unique design.
This kitchen features a unique view on the kitchen island. The unit is completely isolated and giving it a floating appearance.
Corners are usually a waste in a kitchen. You either just leave the sapce, or you find clever tricks to make everything reachable.
The circular kitchen is another idea to redesign the kitchen to accommodate more devices into a smaller space.
Retro or modern
What would be your pick ?
The modern vision of the past
Retro cannot be labeled as old. Retro is the modern vision of a past development.
A retro looking sink has the looks of the past, but the ease of use of the present. Or an entire kitchen redesigned to look retro. Just make sure you don't exaggerate.
Disco is back in town!
It's a new trend. Instead of just having a barbeque in the backyard, you can get a full and functional kitchen.
It's great to cook outdoors.
The kitchens are usually stylish and integrated with the surroundings. They need to be functional (like any kitchen) but also water and windproof.
Orange like the fruit
Modern kitchens often resort to bright colors combined with neutral black or white.
You've seen lime kitchens earlier, do you dare to go orange?
With only some basic accents, a sober kitchen can be transformed into an eye-catcher.
Going all-out orange might be a bit to much for most people. But sometimes, in some houses, this might look awesome.
What is your dream kitchen ?
arctec on April 16, 2020:
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Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on April 25, 2014:
I like the retro and the lime-colored kitchens that you featured in this lens. Really cool!
GeekGirl1 on September 23, 2012:
These are really dream kitchens. I love the one with the rounded kitchen cabinet.
Scriber1 LM on February 20, 2012:
Nice range of kitchen ideas. I especially love the orange and black kitchen.
KANEsUgAr on June 30, 2011:
Very interesting kitchen ideas I like the outdoor grills.
RinchenChodron on May 16, 2011:
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ClearwaterCPA on March 21, 2011:
Great ideas here! The pictures are so inspiring. Makes me want to build my own new custom built home. Maybe one day. Thanks for sharing.
surfingtheweb on March 11, 2011:
Hi! This lens has been blessed by an angel. Some great tips her on designing your dream kitchen. Love the futuristic pictures.
oztoo lm on February 08, 2011:
Wow, some amazing pictures to drool over and useful information to think about before starting out. Blessed by this Squid Angel and featured on An Angel In The Kitchen.
tssfacts on January 22, 2011:
Outdoor kitchen is my next goal. You have given me a lot to think about. Great article and review. Blessed by a SquidAngel. Featured on Home and Garden SquidAngel.
jackieb99 on January 09, 2011:
Some excellent information. Thank you.
dahlia369 on January 06, 2011:
I enjoy different kinds of kitchens, including the outdoor ones - as long as they have enough storage and working space. Thumbs up and lensrolled to my dream house on the lake lens.
Afzall on December 19, 2010:
I love the outdoor kitchens !! Great pics !!
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on October 26, 2010:
We went induction last year. The last to do is new cabinets. Big job. We did get our outdoor kitchen complete. I enjoy it immensely. I like modern. Good examples here.
ZablonMukuba on October 25, 2010:
the outdoor kitchens are awesome
anonymous on October 23, 2010:
Very stunning designs of kitchen, I loved the circular ones. So many contemporary modern designs are listed here.
SuperZoe LM on October 15, 2010:
These kitchen layouts are amazing! I like the red and white retro kitchen but adore the outside one overlooking that mountain as well...
Sami4u LM on October 06, 2010:
I am torn between the ultra modern kitchen and the retro kitchen. I like them both for different reasons. What is really bad is I don't know how to cook. :( I could have just a microwave.
jsimpson121 on October 05, 2010:
This is a beautiful kitchen. I am in the process of remodeling mine, and I decided to go use ready to assemble cabinets. They made my job a lot easier and they look great!
rmstouffer on October 04, 2010:
I have to say, I install kitchen cabinets for a living and have never seen anything like the pictures you have on this lens.
SandyPeaks on October 02, 2010:
Love the future kitchen - I want one!
Ruth Coffee from Zionsville, Indiana on October 01, 2010:
oh, I want that outdoor kitchen a the view of the mountains.
CherylsArt on September 22, 2010:
Simple and very functional with a built in dishwasher and a breakfast counter, in addition to everything else we already have.
anonymous on September 22, 2010:
Wow you got a lot of kitchen design and ideas here!
julieannbrady on September 21, 2010:
OMG gracious! I am NOW suffering with Kitchen Envy -- It is a treatable condition, but it will cost a boatload of cash! oh my ... where to begin? You have SO many lovely examples.
anonymous on September 15, 2010:
Wow, starting from the practical stuffs down to the most stylish and at the same time functional ideas...
Love this lens - truly informative. :)
Obscure_Treasures on August 23, 2010:
These all sound so good,I really like your lens. It gives me a lot of kitchen idea.
matthew1968 on August 22, 2010:
Great lens full of useful information and some excellent photos of kitchen designs
KitchenMaster on July 30, 2010:
Hi I love your lense. It's so full of interesting information. I specialize in
Kitchen cupboards designs and
built in cupboards as well. Thanks again. Brad
Kevin Wilson 2 on May 17, 2010:
I love farmhouse style kitchens, but the most important aspect of any kitchen is that it works for cooking. Many of the super-trendy kitchens focus more on style than function, but for me function comes first.
journey103 from USA on March 14, 2010:
Really great! Innovative and colorful!! 5 Stars!!
Themiscorkscrew on December 05, 2009:
very cool 5 stars
anonymous on October 19, 2009:
Really enjoyed your lens. I think the stone cladded outside kitchen
is super confortable. Nice one!!
partyjulie on August 28, 2009:
Oh my goodness - what a BEAUTIFUL lens! I particularly love the outdoor kitchens! My husband will not thank you - but I will :) You've given me such wonderful ideas for our remodel!
Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on June 30, 2009:
Congrats on your Purple Star! Great lens, too!!
Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on May 29, 2009:
Congratulations on the purple star!
anonymous on May 29, 2009:
Tom, Congratulations on your Purple Star! - Kathy
shaynee on May 26, 2009:
My dream kitchen is a mixture of styles old world, french country, southwestern, with nature ideas blended all together. Knotty pine cabinetry, mostly the bottom cabinetry decept one wall ,which would be like a built in china cabinet. Double islands,one for prep work,large size, butcher block style countertop.The other is made up of a sink on one side, dishwasher, cabinetry-drawers for everyday dishes, silverware,etc. The other side of this will have 6 stools with cowhide printed upholstery. Countertops are made of 2 different materials. The sink sided one will be Formica styled material, blue marbled look, the upper countertop will be knotty pine with woodburned nature scenes.
The rest of the kitchen countertops are made of the Formica styled blue marbled look-blue with white marble run through it. Floors are terra cotta tiles. Stone will be around the range area. The appliances are black,along with range hood. Old world style. Painted mural on walls of pixies,wildflower.
carmike4 on May 05, 2009:
Sorry my mistake not the rounded one however the green/blac
carmike4 on May 05, 2009:
Can anyone please let me know the brand name of the Exclusive italian design kitchen picture with rounded cabinets. PLEASE!!! Much Appreciated. thanks
eclecticeducati1 on April 29, 2009:
I love a large gourmet kitchen with dark cherry cabinets. Great lens. 5*
wayfarer lm on April 04, 2009:
What an interesting lens! I'd love to have an outdoor kitchen.
TopStyleTravel on March 11, 2009:
I love an old world Tuscan kitchen with chef appliances and warm colors. Your kitchens in this lens are a work of art. Great outdoor kitchens too. Congrats on the Top 100!
heehaw lm on January 30, 2009:
well i prefer a kitchen which is comfortable to do all type of cooking's. Thanks for sharing the shape, colors, hi-tech and others with us. full stars for you.
poutine on November 20, 2008:
I like a bright, clean an uncluttered kitchen and not
a modern style.
nlwest21 on November 12, 2008:
Awesome! Now I can make my dream kitchen!
mdvaldosta lm on November 01, 2008:
Some absolutely stunning photos of kitches, very modern and awe inspiring.
anonymous on October 29, 2008:
i like those kitchen with wide open spaces. These books are great !
anonymous on October 27, 2008:
i want to have a good, clean and organize kitchen but i just want a small space for it.
anonymous on October 27, 2008:
i want to have a good, clean and organize kitchen but i just want a small space for it.
Brainplug on October 22, 2008:
I like the outdoor kitchens the best...those modern designs don't turn me on too much. Nice lens!
Robin S from USA on October 21, 2008:
Wish I had this great lens when I was doing my kitchen over.
jill_butler on September 07, 2008:
Great lens! Those are some really colorful kitchens. Please feel free to drop by my lens and say hi when you have the chance.
BradChamp on August 30, 2008:
5 Stars for your lens : Fat loss 4 Idiots
alicesy on August 01, 2008:
Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Get your dream kitchen. Keep up the good work.
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chef_filipina on June 18, 2008:
Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.
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Kevin Wilson 2 on June 18, 2008:
Great kitchen pictures, lots of inspiration. Stars! You might enjoy my related Kitchen Layouts and Custom Kitchen Islands lenses.
anonymous on May 21, 2008:
Hi, you have great and very informative lens. 5 stars of course.
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Cowy on May 08, 2008:
Cool lens! The kitchen picture is really really great! I think I can use it as the idea for decorating..
minky on October 09, 2007:
Great lens and interesting content.
lizthefair on September 18, 2007:
cool lens. I've been thinking about updating my kitchen, and will keep your lens in mind for reference!
Aika on August 30, 2007:
cool interior and equipment. Great post Tom. 5* and best of luck from me!
mn3guy on August 07, 2007:
Providing all of the pictures, and the change history of the lens, is great. I have enjoyed your lens. 5*
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Karendelac on July 22, 2007:
I gave you 5 stars. This is an extrodinary lens, full of great tips and very well organized. I will pass this on to my friends. All the Best, Karen at Karen's Kinkade Art Store
tv-infomercials on June 04, 2007:
I love this lense. Great job! I like the pictures of the futuristic pictures.
ILoveObento on June 03, 2007:
I am too verbose to describe it in so short a space, but I'll try. I love the SINKS you have on here!!! I like the U with an island. Living in sunny California, I always choose 'available light' since my kitchen is also my photo studio! Very good job.
Jack Lee from Yorktown NY on May 21, 2007:
I've been thinking along the same line about how to describe changes to a lens. Your change history idea is a good start. Keep up the good work.
AngelaHarms on May 13, 2007:
I kept wanting to know more. What's TL lighting? I've never heard of it. And in that kitchen, where are the dishes?
flaminglacer on May 07, 2007:
Squid Angel Star
Margaret Schaut from Detroit on May 07, 2007:
I like the old, HUGE farm kitchens. Something where you expect to smell apple pie, or cinnamon bread, something where you might see home canned food...
Informative lens, though! Lots of people will like it!
groovyoldlady on May 07, 2007:
I like a kitchen that LOOKS old-fashioned but functions high-tech. Nice lens.