Kitchen Design Ideas

Ecclestone Kitchen
Ecclestone Kitchen
Lydia Maskiell Interiors
This is an example of a large contemporary l-shaped eat-in kitchen in Hobart with a farmhouse sink, white cabinets, granite benchtops, cement tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, with island, white benchtop, flat-panel cabinets, green splashback and brown floor.
Simple, Elegant Kitchen
Simple, Elegant Kitchen
An Interior Thing
Inspiration for a contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Sydney with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, black cabinets, black appliances, with island, grey floor and white benchtop.
Blue Preston
Blue Preston
Kitchen Centre
This is an example of a country galley kitchen in Hobart with a drop-in sink, blue cabinets, wood benchtops, stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and brown benchtop.
Fitzroy North House
Fitzroy North House
Winter Architecture
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary l-shaped kitchen in Melbourne with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, travertine splashback, stainless steel appliances, grey floor and white benchtop.
Sorrento 24 - Display Home
Sorrento 24 - Display Home
Zac Homes
Kitchen with Island Bench
Contemporary kitchen in Sydney.
Branksome
Branksome
Weststyle
Expansive contemporary galley kitchen in Perth with a double-bowl sink, flat-panel cabinets, tile benchtops, concrete floors, with island, grey floor, grey cabinets, stainless steel appliances, white benchtop and exposed beam.
Stanhope House
Stanhope House
AD DESIGN DEVELOP
Julian Gries
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary galley open plan kitchen in Melbourne with black cabinets, quartz benchtops, light hardwood floors, with island, grey benchtop, an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets and beige floor.
Subiaco (DBSJ18)
Subiaco (DBSJ18)
Kitchen Capital
Notice the two colour benchtops; Caesarstone Statuario Maximus on the island and Raven against the walls. More info on main page.
This is an example of a transitional l-shaped kitchen in Perth with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, subway tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, with island, a double-bowl sink, medium hardwood floors, brown floor and black benchtop.
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.
Keilor East Home - Bathroom, Ensuite, Kitchen, and Laundry
Keilor East Home - Bathroom, Ensuite, Kitchen, and Laundry
smarterBATHROOMS+
Our Keilor East clients outgrew the style and functionality of their original home, which was purchased many years ago when their needs and preferences were very different from today. However, because they loved their home so much and didn’t want to leave, they decided that a complete renovation was the perfect solution to meet their present and future needs. Their original kitchen sat back further in the space, which left it disconnected from the rest of the living areas. By relocating the kitchen, our clients integrated those previously separated zones into an open plan living space. This arrangement truly suits their needs now, as the kitchen has become the heart of the home. We focused on delivering a high level of functionality for this modern kitchen via bespoke cabinetry. Because our clients love clean lines and bright spaces, we integrated the fridge, a full bar, and pantry into the cabinetry, which helped streamline this kitchen for a sleek, modern look. The entire first-floor space was created as a very white – almost gallery-like space – our clients envisioned it as the perfect canvas for their signature art pieces. The white is juxtaposed with black in a classic monochromatic sense which is very much our client’s style. The peninsula was designed to appear to flow off the wall across the main counter and seem to hover over, adding to the sought-after, contemporary look. An oversized mirrored kicker helps create that illusion of floating furniture. Another priority was integrating the kitchen area with the laundry area at the rear, which we achieved by blending a handle-less door seamlessly with the rest of the cabinetry. The ensuite was square-shaped and sat adjacent to an also square-shaped WIR. Square shapes tend to be active around the edges but a bit “vacant” in the middle. So we redesigned the spaces to be more linear. The result is an ensuite that is nicer to look at, functions better and is ultimately more efficient as they better use that “vacant” space. We used a similar palette and scheme for the main bathroom and the ensuite, with just an ever so slightly soft stroke in the ensuite – where mid greys softened the “black and white” concept. The house is on a sloping site and is over multiple levels, which provides some challenging angles to worked with. We utilised elements like curved mirrors, basins, light fittings, and bath tubes to soften some of the shapes.
Dot's House: Kitchen
Dot's House: Kitchen
Atlas Architects
This is an example of a small contemporary u-shaped open plan kitchen in Melbourne with a drop-in sink, recessed-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, concrete benchtops, white splashback, stone slab splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, no island, brown floor and grey benchtop.
Bifold Doors Open Up Entertaining Area
Bifold Doors Open Up Entertaining Area
Helen Baumann Design
Live by the Sea Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional single-wall kitchen in Sydney with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, granite benchtops, grey splashback, black appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, a single-bowl sink and grey benchtop.
Project Simpson | Kitchen Renovation
Project Simpson | Kitchen Renovation
Inhabitat Interiors
New Kitchen Layout, removed corner pantry, flipped fridge & bench to avoid fridge blocking flow, inbuilt microwave area, stainless steel appliances, shaker profile joinery, tiled splashback.
Munro St
Munro St
Sublime Spaces
DMF Images
Design ideas for a large transitional galley open plan kitchen in Brisbane with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, grey cabinets, quartz benchtops, multi-coloured splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, with island, white benchtop, stone slab splashback and beige floor.
Floreat Residence
Floreat Residence
Moda Interiors
Kitchen designed by Moda Interiors. D Max Photography
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary u-shaped eat-in kitchen in Perth with a double-bowl sink, white cabinets, quartz benchtops, white splashback, glass sheet splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor, white benchtop and flat-panel cabinets.
Light and Bright Kitchen Transformation
Light and Bright Kitchen Transformation
Transform-A-Space
This is an example of a contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Adelaide with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, panelled appliances, medium hardwood floors, a peninsula, brown floor and white benchtop.
Bronte Renovation
Bronte Renovation
Denby Dowling Interiors
Inspiration for a transitional galley open plan kitchen in Sydney with a double-bowl sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, green splashback, subway tile splashback, stainless steel appliances, medium hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Noosaville House
Noosaville House
Aboda Design Group
Lucas Muro
This is an example of a beach style galley kitchen in Sunshine Coast with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, white splashback, stainless steel appliances, light hardwood floors, a peninsula, beige floor and white benchtop.
Glossy White Keperra Kitchen
Glossy White Keperra Kitchen
Kitchens by Kathie
Photo of a contemporary u-shaped kitchen in Brisbane with a drop-in sink, flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, dark hardwood floors, with island, brown floor and white benchtop.
Small, Smart Canberra Renovation
Small, Smart Canberra Renovation
Architecture Republic
The kitchen performs double-duty with laundry functions under the breakfast bar bench as well as kitchen storage. Broom and pantry storage sit hidden behind minimalist cabinetry. Our goal was to maximise storage and bench space while keeping everything open and airy. The white cabinetry was a deliberate choice to reduce the bulk of so much storage in a smaller space. New insulation (to ceilings, walls and under the floors), European uPVC windows and energy efficient blinds hugely increased the sustainability of the house. A cold, draughty house became warm, inviting and cheaper to heat and cool.
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 3,198,780 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Kitchen Capital and Denby Dowling Interiors. 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.