Kitchen Design Ideas

Swansea Residence
Swansea Residence
Rainsford Architecture & Design
Tracey Beveridge Photography
This is an example of a contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Newcastle - Maitland with flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white splashback, subway tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and grey benchtop.
Minogue Crescent Forest Lodge
Minogue Crescent Forest Lodge
QUANTUM BUILT
Contemporary galley kitchen with super white marble bench, under counter lights, tiled splash back, integrated appliances with fluted island joinery and a modern take on the shaker door.
Willoughby House
Willoughby House
Advantage Interior Design
Design ideas for a contemporary kitchen in Sydney.
The Canberra Project
The Canberra Project
Minosa | Design Life Better
Large kitchens with a large family that all get involved with cooking on regular occasions means there needs to be a large focus on zones, active vs passive over the very old and traditional thinking of the working triangle. By separating the zones and providing large preparation space between appliances the homes regular cooks could do so without interference or hindrance.
The Park House
The Park House
Element Property Group
Peter Taylor
Large contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, light wood cabinets, limestone benchtops, black appliances, marble floors, with island, white floor, grey benchtop and flat-panel cabinets.
Churchlands - Private Residence
Churchlands - Private Residence
European Ceramics
Contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Perth with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, with island, beige floor and white benchtop.
South Coogee
South Coogee
GSP Designer Kitchens and Bathrooms
Photo of a beach style kitchen in Sydney.
Sorrento 24 - Display Home
Sorrento 24 - Display Home
Zac Homes
Kitchen with Island Bench
Contemporary kitchen in Sydney.
peregian beach 2 residence
peregian beach 2 residence
zooi design
Inspiration for a beach style galley kitchen in Sunshine Coast with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, panelled appliances, with island, grey floor and white benchtop.
Bondi Project
Bondi Project
Blue Tea Kitchens and Bathrooms
Putting cabinetry along the back wall of our Condo project would have looked clumsy butted up against the window. Instead we made this otherwise awkward corner shine with a striking marble splash back to the ceiling. Keeping the upper cabinets white (which keeps the space open and spacious) adding a splash of colour below and hint of timber and brass means that this small kitchen is not small on style.
Clarence St, Glenbrook
Clarence St, Glenbrook
Glenstone
Design ideas for a contemporary kitchen in Sydney.
Longueville
Longueville
Henry and Co Interiors
Photographer: Mitch Fong
Inspiration for a large contemporary u-shaped eat-in kitchen in Wollongong with grey cabinets, marble benchtops, marble splashback, stainless steel appliances, with island, flat-panel cabinets, white splashback, medium hardwood floors, brown floor, white benchtop and a double-bowl sink.
Dunedoo
Dunedoo
Spencer Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, green splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Hill House
Hill House
Reece Keil Design
This is an example of a modern galley open plan kitchen in Gold Coast - Tweed with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, white splashback, black appliances, concrete floors, with island, grey floor and white benchtop.
Grand Victorian Home
Grand Victorian Home
Degabriele Kitchens
Nothing less than this ornate, handpainted kitchen with solid timber doors and framed construction would suit this luxury, circa 1892 residence. Featuring dentil capping and a combination of fluted and cotton reel pilasters, the kitchen is a clever use of a narrow and unusual space with a separate scullery
Tamarama - Full renovation
Tamarama - Full renovation
Aranac (Contracting) Pty Ltd
Tropical galley kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood floors, with island, brown floor, grey benchtop and recessed.
California Dreaming
California Dreaming
Westmade Homes
This is an example of a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Perth with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Toorak Rd South Yarra - Apartment Renovation
Toorak Rd South Yarra - Apartment Renovation
e+mc2
#DreamKitchen
This is an example of a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Melbourne with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, black splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, a peninsula, brown floor and black benchtop.
Doonan Residence
Doonan Residence
Seachange Builders
This is an example of a mid-sized beach style galley kitchen in Sunshine Coast with white splashback and white benchtop.
O'Shea House
O'Shea House
JMc Architects
Narrow site two-story house with open plan living blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Photo of an expansive contemporary kitchen in Cairns with white cabinets, solid surface benchtops, stainless steel appliances, porcelain floors, with island, grey floor, white benchtop, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets and window splashback.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to planning your kitchen design. Where do you even start? Gathering some inspiration in a photo gallery is always a good starting point, as looking at different kitchen designs often brings up ideas you haven’t even thought of yet.

Browse Photos of Kitchen Designs for Inspiration and Collect Your Ideas


You can browse through photos of all kinds of kitchen styles, layouts and sizes on Houzz to get started before jumping into any design software or contacting a local professional for help. Here’s a few considerations to keep in mind when planning your kitchen.

1. What Makes a Good Kitchen Design, and Why is it Important?


For starters, you want to find a balance between aesthetics and function. You may have heard of the ‘kitchen work triangle’, which refers to the space between your fridge, sink and stove. You want everything within easy reach when you’re working in the kitchen and look beautiful at the same time. It’s a good idea to take note of both when browsing our photo gallery.

2. Consider Your Space to Determine Your Kitchen Layout


Firstly, consider the space you have, and the limitations that come with it. Do you have a small kitchen and need to maximise your workspace and storage? Can you allow yourself some more space and a big island with seating? Are you designing your kitchen from scratch or renovating an existing design? Which appliances do you already own and what are their measurements? Are there windows you need to take into consideration when planning cabinets? How do kitchen, living and dining areas connect?

Depending on your space and needs, you want to use a shape that suits you. U, G, or L-shaped kitchen, with or without island or peninsula? Know your dimensions, plan cabinetry carefully and consider the placement of your appliances. You don’t want to end up with a finished design, only for your significant other to question where the fridge is supposed to go. Consider from the start where your fridge, oven, microwave and sink goes to save yourself from starting again from scratch - remember the kitchen work triangle!

You also want to plan the layout of your cabinets. Maybe you’re planning for a pantry and can do with less storage space in your kitchen, so that your design can be one without upper or lower cabinets for a different look. A corner cabinet can be a smart storage solution if you want to keep the look clean and simple.

3. Decide on a Kitchen Style, But Don’t Forget Practicality


You want the style of your kitchen to reflect your personality and taste. We have curated a large array of kitchen styles here at Houzz, from traditional to contemporary to transitional and everything in between. Consider what your cooking style is for a start - Italy is known for its cuisine, so italian kitchen designs are generally popular. Also consider ergonomics - depending on how much time you spend in your kitchen, the height of your counters can make a big difference to your overall health.

You also want to consider colour and finishes of cabinets, countertops and splashbacks. Which colour do you want your cupboards to be? Simple, timeless white or rather making a statement in black? Maybe rather a rustic wood? Also consider the colour of your floor - if you have dark floors, you may want to keep cabinets lighter. You could also go for an all-white look and choose black appliances for contrast.

Once you know which style you fancy, don’t forget how you will be using the space. You want to keep cooking in mind, as well as how easy to clean and maintain the space will be. How many cooks do you need to accommodate? Do you have kids around? How much storage do you need? Maybe you want to go for open shelves rather than cabinets and allow for easy reach of key items you use when cooking. Again - remember the triangle!

Lastly, choose lighting that both enhances the look of your kitchen as well as your cooking performance, providing light in all the right places.

4. Be Conscious of Your Budget


No matter what you plan for your kitchen design, cost is always a big factor. Be sure to plan with your budget in mind. It may make more sense to go for a modular kitchen design rather than custom build. You can save a lot of money if you get at least 3 estimates from professionals before locking in the job. And don’t forget to allow a 20% buffer for emergencies.

Once you are ready to hire a pro, our directory will help you find one, no matter where you are. So whether you're looking for an Interior Designer in Melbourne or an Architect in Sydney, you can be sure to find a qualified expert for the job!

Whether you want inspiration for planning a kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 3,201,423 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Henry and Co Interiors and Blue Tea Kitchens and Bathrooms. Look through kitchen photos in different colours and styles and when you find a kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful kitchen ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.