20 Great Design Ideas for Your Kitchen

With the huge waves of new year’s resolutions that everyone will be swearing to, why not make one of them to improve your kitchen?

Here are 20 ways you can take your kitchen to a whole new level.

Paint your cabinets

While polished wooden finishes can give a great look, in certain situations they ca look a little out of place. Giving them a fresh lick of paint can not only make them match your walls and appliances a lot better, but they choosing the right color can help inject a whole lot of personality in them.

Our Pick: Nuvo have a range of cabinet makeover kits that are easy to use. Take a look.


Make a statement with a range hood

Cooking produces a whole lot unwanted of grease, smoke and heat in your kitchen which over time these can degrade your cabinets and walls. Range hoods are are a great and effective way to remove nasty fumes and odors from your kitchen area.

Our Pick: Z-Line are one of the most reputable brands out there for range hoods. Check out their most popular model.


Kitchen Island

A lot of you might think that kitchen islands are too big for most kitchens and dominate space. Not true. They are now available in a whole range of sizes and help offer useful storage. Very handy when space is often at a premium in the cooking space.

Our Pick: This beautiful kitchen island from Home Styles offers spaces of storage and is more than solid enough to become a permanent fixture in your home for years to come.


Consider Open Shelving

Consider Open Shelving

The norm across most kitchens is to have close-away storage for crockery, but installing open shelving can help give your kitchen a real rustic feel. Some people enjoy a busy and quirky feel to their kitchen, and this can help provide just this.

Our Pick: For a dark and subtle unit that won’t dominate space, try this unit from Winsome Wood.


Slide-Out Storage

These kind of cabinets and organizers are a great way to make your kitchen even neater and cleaner, and will go a long way to helping you with your de-clutter effort.

Our Pick: Glideware are one of the strongest brands for pull-out cabinets. This model for pots and pans is one of our favorites.


Chalk it on a Blackboard

Chalk it on a Blackboard

Blackboards give a great look to your kitchen, and give you room to have a little room for fun and expression. As well as this, they also serve a practical purpose, giving you a convenient place to jot down reminders to stock up on essential products as and when you run out of them.

Our Pick: This chalkboard wall sticker can be applied to any wall surface and easily removable.


iPad Mount Stand

Reaching over to read recipes off your iPad or iPhone screen is… inconvenient at best, shall we say. This easily attach and detachable stand makes it a whole lot easier for you.

Our Pick: Probably the sturdiest stand out there is is this one from CTA Digital.


Indoor Herb Garden

Indoor Herb Garden

Green things up with an indoor herb garden. Not only will you be growing your own herbs for your cooking, but the splash of green will make a wonderful addition to your kitchen.

Our Pick: This Miracle-Gro growing kit is great value-for-money and very easy to use.

We all have grand designs for our kitchen. It’s the heart of the home, and the machine behind our cooking. The reality however is that often our kitchen space is at a premium.

So we need to get inventive! Here are 12 design ideas to help you stop letting lack of space hinder your cooking.


Sleek and Small

Sleek and Small
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This luxurious-looking kitchen contains high shine accents and textures that practically scream living large despite the room’s modest size. It’s been dressed in glossy finishes and modern materials, giving the kitchen space a contemporary vibe.


Sculptured Island

Sculptured Island
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The small scale island here sets the tone for this modest home, which has been designed by Brooklyn home company’s Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol. The island is made from fallen oak and a hand-carved white painted log. Its unimposing size helps bring out the rest of the kitchen’s features.



Hidden folding kitchen doors
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Camouflaged with folding doors from the living area. designer Bill Brockschmidt’s kitchen is actually part of just one big room in a New York apartment.

Due to just being one large space, the folding doors are integral to transforming the room as the situation requires. Really effective at taking you from an entertainment area to a cooking space with just a few pivots of the door, this is an ingenious use of rationed space.



Mirrors have long been known for creating the illusion of space, and nowhere is this more true than for small kitchen.

mirrored kitchen cabinets
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Antique mirrored glass placed on the cabinet doors of this kitchen do just that in this kitchen designed by Jonathan Berger. The countertops in the cabinets together with imperial white backslash are from E. Stone.


Bold Black

bold black kitchen cabinets
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The use of black can look alluring, but it’s important to contrast it with the right colors. Blending it with white countertops and walls as well as bright lighting, like this Benjamin Moore Aura kitchen, can make sure that you still have plenty of light on offer.


Charming Cottage Kitchen

Charming cottage kitchen
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A common problem: A space that is too small to place a dining table yet too big to have nothing.

Consider fitting a adler bar table, with beautifully crafted legs like this one pictured. These tables are ideal for serving breakfasts and buffet-style meals. In the summer they’re even great for outside dining if you have outdoor space, or even lucky enough to have a balcony!


Saturated Color

Saturated Color
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These kitchen cabinets by the designer Miles Redd in the Newyork apartment are properly lacquered in bamboo leaf, as was the roller shade by Manhattan Shade. The color has been pumped to give the kitchen much needed life – even the refrigerator has been painted green!

These heavily saturated color tones are definitely not for everyone, but help inject energy into dull and small spaces.


Large Windows

large kitchen windows
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If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space just outside your kitchen then you can pull off an amazing – yet often overlooked – trick here.

Extend your kitchen’s wooden floors to the decking area outside, using large glass windows to separate the two spaces. This coordinated design will create the illusion of a much bigger space.



colorful kitchen interior
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In contrast to our saturated color kitchen above, this more modest take on color manages to balance bright colors with wooden cabinets and clean surfaces. This helps create a much more balanced feel which most people will be more comfortable with. Despite its bright aesthetic, it has a calming effect.


Smart Storage

Space might be limited, but the ways that you can be inventive with storage are not! You can try an étagère for height, a pull-out pantry for ease or a crockery drawer to maximize space.


Small and Elegant

small and elegant design
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Designer Sheila Bridges added an elegant blue wallpaper to add excitement to her small kitchen in her home. The right choice of wallpaper can do wonders to create the illusion of space in a small kitchen.


The Open and Airy Kitchen

The Open and Airy Kitchen
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Focusing your kitchen in the corner opens up the room significantly. A spacious center can then provide an additional surface needed for food preparation and storage. The white and blue colors keep the environment light and appealing.