70 Kitchen Ideas You'll Want On Your Vision Board

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Courtesy of Erin Williamson Design

Is it just us, or is the kitchen the cornerstone of any home? It's where your family cooks new recipes together, where guests gather for appetizers, and where you enjoy casual dishes. Such an undeniably important part of your dwelling requires you to pull out all the stops. Give it the attention it deserves and see how much quicker you and your guests flock to this fan-favorite area. Whether you have the budget to completely renovate or just some spare time this weekend to refresh your existing design, there's something in here for you. From paint ideas and cabinet treatments to island inspiration and appliance envy, here are 70 kitchen ideas to recreate. 

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    Splurge On An Industrial Stove

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

    Contrary to popular belief, not all kitchen stoves are created equally. A large industrial stove is a showpiece in any kitchen and justifies the investment whether you're cooking for large parties or just yourself.

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    Try a Waterfall-Style Island

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    Design: Sarah Fultz, Photo: Matti Gresham

    While countertops once served a strictly utilitarian purpose, these days, they're more of a design element. When you choose a material as gorgeous as this white marble, why restrict it to only your countertops? This waterfall style extends your counters down the sides to the floor making for a stunning showpiece.

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    Don't Cut Your Backsplash Short

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    Courtesy of Michelle Berwick Design

    While most backsplash designs only make it to the first shelf or upper cabinet, this kitchen proves that the right tile can reach new heights. Rather than install a backsplash halfway up your walls, maximize its potential and run it all the way up to the ceiling.

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    Choose Your Appliances Wisely

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    Tyler Karu Design

    When you've decorated your kitchen to a T, why would you settle for basic-looking appliances? The matte black dutch oven sitting atop the stove looks like a décor piece with its curved sides and slight sheen that matches that of the tile backsplash.

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    Pull Up A Stool

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Christy Kosnic

    For most, kitchen square footage is limited and requires smart solutions for maximizing space. This kitchen island boasts a recessed bottom which house a trio of stools perfectly. In other words: They're there when you need them and out of the way when you don't.

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    Keep The Open Concept

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    Courtesy of Vipp

    The truth is even open concept designs have a way of making kitchens feel claustrophobic with overhead cabinets, stove ranges and U-shaped layouts. This modern setup feels truly open, confining everything to a single island design. However, with seating on one side, a built-in gas stovetop, sink, and storage below, you won't feel like you're missing anything.

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    Incorporate Vintage Décor

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    Courtesy of Dazey Den

    Straight out of your vintage dreams, this kitchen incorporates vintage pieces, like the tile and midcentury pendant, with influences of yesteryear, like the avocado-green cabinets. The final look is a blast from the past in the best way possible.

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    Be Mindful Of Cookware Colors

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    Courtesy of Vipp

    It's time to get rid of those hand-me-down pots and mismatched pans for a more streamlined look. We love how this all-black kitchen design incorporates matte-black cookware to match, giving this entire space a cohesive feel.

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    Stick To A Theme

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    Design: Charlotte Safavi for Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

    This kitchen unapologetically boasts French country charm courtesy of the stone veneer, candelabra-style chandelier, antique-inspired stove hood, and cabinetry details. If you have a theme in mind, stick to it from the wall treatments to the appliances.

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    Try a Sunny Color Palette

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    Courtesy of Dazey Den

    Even if you're not a morning person, how could you not wake up in a good mood when you enjoy your morning coffee in this sunny setting. A few cans of orange and yellow paint can transform any kitchen, but we love the retro take on this nook.

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    Install a Farmhouse Sink

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

    The porcelain farmhouse sink with an exposed basin is a stylish choice to coordinate with a range of interior décor styles from rustic to traditional and contemporary kitchens.

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    Be Mindful Of Texture

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    Courtesy of Michelle Berwick Design

    It's possible to design an entire kitchen in a single color (or in this case the lack of color altogether) and still have a space that boasts dimension and visual interest. This design looks sleek, without being boring, thanks to the many textures from the backsplash to the stools, and caning on the upper cabinet doors.

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    Mount a Pot Filler Above Your Stove

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    Design: Kate + Co Design, Photo: Lauren Miller

    While this is certainly not a necessity, the charm and convenience it brings to your kitchen may be worth the extra investment for you. Pot filler faucets have an articulated arm that swings over your burners to fill pots of water directly on the stove. It makes for an ergonomic kitchen, but also looks so expensive in any kitchen.

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    Contrast Your Upper And Lower Cabinets

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    Design: Kate + Co Design, Photo: Lauren Miller

    Traditionally kitchen cabinets matched in color from top to bottom, but this new wave of contrasting built-ins feels too good to pass up. In this space, the black lower cabinets match the black island base, while the upper white cabinets match the countertops and backsplash, making the space feel larger.

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    It's All In The Details

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    Design: Kate + Co Design, Photo: Lauren Miller

    You can't evoke a feeling by styling your space halfheartedly. The tiny details are equally as important as the larger details like the backsplash and countertop. This kitchen uses smaller items like wooden bowls, marble fruit displays, and modern cups to further set the contemporary scene.

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    Give Your Kitchen Old-World Charm

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    Design: LAVA Interiors, Photo: William Lavalette

    Having a wood-burning brick oven installed in your kitchen is both expensive and labor intensive, not to mention impractical. This space boasts the old-world charm, with contemporary luxuries, thanks to this brick alcove.

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    Make It Monochromatic

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    Courtesy of Margaret Wright Interiors

    Believe it or not, a single can of paint can completely overhaul your existing kitchen design. Paint your kitchen a single hue from top to bottom (including the ceiling) for a bold monochromatic look.

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    Repurpose a Wooden Table

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    Design: LAVA Interiors, Photo: Ariel Camilo

    This space feels charming via the antique wooden table that now serves as the kitchen island. Baskets of baguettes also help paint the picture of a French countryside setting.

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    Make It Meal Friendly

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    Courtesy of Michelle Berwick Design

    The kitchen island is a great place to grab a bite, but an added table and additional chairs makes for a casual dining experience for friendly gatherings.

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    Camouflage Your Fridge

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    Courtesy of Charlie Interior Design

    Even the top-of-the-line fridge can feel out of place in certain kitchen designs. The best way to make your kitchen feel cohesive is to have a cabinet custom built to camouflage your fridge. The final look is sleek and uniform.

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    Make It Cozy With a Rug

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    Courtesy of Whittney Parkinson Design

    Since kitchens feature tile and wood floors, a runner-style rug works wonders at bringing warmth and texture to this high-traffic area. If you worry about getting it dirty, try a traditional look that's machine washable.

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    Build a Housing For Your Stove Hood

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    Courtesy of Charlie Interior Design

    While there are some gorgeous stove hoods on the market, creating a housing for it to make it look built into your design creates a custom and more-expensive look.

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    Stick With Sleek Appliances

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    Courtesy of Charlie Interior Design

    It doesn't get more sleek than this electric cooktop and glass and stainless steel hood. If you appreciate clean lines and prefer the sleek look, this combo is sure to update the look of any kitchen.

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    Opt For Double Wall Ovens

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    Courtesy of Charlie Interior Design

    With such a beautiful kitchen, your home is bound to be the gathering place for friends and family. Be prepared for guests with a double wall oven, where you can bake everything from appetizers to desserts.

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    Chevron Your Tile

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    Courtesy of Michelle Berwick Design

    We've always been big fans of the subway tile trend, but something as simple as the tile placement can make your entire design feel fresh and new. Rather than line them up horizontally, install them in a chevron pattern for a contemporary update.

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    Go With Glass-Front Cabinets

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    Courtesy of Cathie Hong Interiors

    Show off your best china with glass-front cabinets. The only thing is you have to be sure all is organized at all times.

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    Opt For Open Shelving

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    Courtesy of Calimia Home

    Rather than pack away your kitchen essentials in upper cabinetry, opt for open shelving to store everything from plates, bowls, cups, and mugs. The final look is more open and airy than bulky cabinets.

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    Bring In The Dining Table

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    Courtesy of Calimia Home

    If you constantly find yourself eating at the kitchen counter, do the inevitable and move in the dining table. You'll enjoy the convenience of eating in your kitchen, but you'll finally have a place to sit.

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    Mind Your Window Dressing

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    Courtesy of Calimia Home

    When it comes to kitchen window dressings, a curtain and valance combo can feel outdated. Instead, opt for a rattan roman shade for a coverage that feels light and airy.

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    Go For a Graphic Marble

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    Design: Diana Rose, Photo: Mike Chajecki

    Stone countertops are special in the sense that no two slabs are alike. If you're considering installing marble countertops, be sure to hand pick the slab that fits your style best. Consider elements like line weights, colors, and density. We love this one with a deep contrast of dark, graphic veins running throughout.

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    Install a Wine Chiller

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    Design: Michelle Boudreau Design, Photo: Lance Gerber

    A wine fridge does more than just keep your pinots and rosés chilled, it actually looks like a million bucks in your kitchen.

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    Get Creative With Lighting

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    Design: Michelle Boudreau Design, Photo: Lance Gerber

    Lighting is essential, sure, but that doesn't mean it can't also look beautiful. This kitchen and breakfast nook incorporates a variety of pendants, sconces, and chandeliers to create a stunning layout.

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    Try an All-Black Kitchen

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    Courtesy of Vipp

    This all-black kitchen is the stuff of home décor dreams. The matte black walls, paired with matte black cabinetry and black appliances looks stealth, but thanks to the large windows, this kitchen still looks open and bright.

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    Try an Achromatic Color Palette

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    Courtesy of Michelle Berwick Design

    A black and white kitchen is about as classic as it gets. This setup with white cabinets, white tile backsplash and marble countertops, contrasted with black hardware and stove hood, is sure to look stylish for years to come.

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    Accent Your Strengths

    Becca interiors kitchen with small island

    Becca Interiors

    They call it a kitchen island but that doesn't mean it has to stay isolated in one spot. This small kitchen island sits on wheels for maximum flexibility. It works as a prep station, a counter to eat at, or even a temporary bar cart (rolled to the side) during a social evening at home.

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    Get Creative With Tile Placement

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Christy Kosnic

    Who said you only get one tile and placement composition when designing your kitchen backsplash? This design incorporates a white subway tile backsplash with a blue tile installed in a chevron pattern behind the stove. The design element adds an unexpected pop of color that looks fresh in this traditional kitchen.

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    Mix Old and New

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Christy Kosnic

    Mixing new construction with old décor pieces is recipe for a stunning design. This contemporary kitchen looks charming with the help of these aged stools. Rummage through flea markets, thrift stores and antique shops for one-of-a-kind finds.

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    Pack a Punch With A Sculptural Pendant

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    Design: Leah Alexander of Beauty Is Abundant, Photo: Sandy Saintilus

    A simple lighting swap can make the difference between a basic kitchen and one that looks Insta-worthy. This starburst style instantly elevates the look and feel of this space.

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    Maximize Your Storage Options

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    Design: Sarah Fultz, Photo: Matti Gresham

    While all kitchen islands give you additional counter space, only some give you additional storage options. Add cabinets under your island to store extra pots, pans, and seasonal décor.

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    Go For Something Blue

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    Design: Hibou Design & Co., Photo: Drew Hadley

    A bright shade of powder blue on your cabinets and kitchen island looks like a breath of fresh air. Warm wood tones, like on the stove hood, chairs, and floor, bring balance to this cool tone of paint.

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    Keep Your Walls Clear

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    Courtesy of Ashley Montgomery Design

    Regardless of your design style or layout, kitchen walls are almost always reserved for cabinetry or open shelves. Rarely do we see a kitchen with open wall space, like this space, but we're loving how open it looks.

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    Match Your Island With Your Floor

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    Courtesy of Ashley Montgomery Design

    We're used to seeing kitchen islands decorated with stools, cabinets, or an extended countertop, but this is the first time we've seen hardwood floors running up the front side. We think this is a look that should be recreated over and over.

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    Get Creative With Storage Placement

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    Courtesy of Ashley Montgomery Design

    This kitchen utilizes every inch of space for storage and we're already thinking of all the items we can tuck away in these drawers and cabinets.

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    Pick a Statement Paint Color

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    Courtesy of Ashley Montgomery Design

    A bold color selection makes a huge difference in the final look and feel of your kitchen design. This moody green hue is so good, a minimal backsplash is all you need to tie the space together.

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    Use It To Divide a Room

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    Courtesy of Vipp

    If you're working with a very open concept loft-style space, you might crave separation from the rest of your space. A modular kitchen setup like this one looks modern and creates the illusion of a separate room.

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    Skip The Stark White

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    Design: Grey Hunt Interiors, Photo: Christy Kosnic

    Depending on your lighting, a stark white kitchen can feel jarring. This super soft gray shade is a nice alternative because it gives you the light, airy feeling without feeling clinical.

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    Mix and Match Design Styles

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    Courtesy of Britt Design Studio

    While some stick to a specific design style throughout their entire space, we love when a single room boasts a variety of décor elements. This traditional kitchen in a modern color, looks unique with contemporary clear stools and rustic wooden touches.

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    Hang Your Microwave

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    Courtesy of AE Designs

    Keep your counter space as free of clutter as possible—that includes keeping appliances hidden or off your surface areas. Hanging your microwave above your stove keeps things streamlined and also doubles as a stove hood.

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    Embrace Woodgrain

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    Courtesy of Laura Brophy Interiors

    While most kitchens utilize paint to dress their cabinets, we love that this space embraces the beauty of this woodgrain.

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    Create a Built-In Hutch

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    Courtesy of West of Main Design

    Why take up valuable space in your dining room with an oversized hutch? Instead, create one with tall glass-front cabinets right in your kitchen.

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    Hang Fruity Art

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    Courtesy of West of Main Design

    You know you have food-themed art lying around the house. What better place to display it than the kitchen? This fruity frame looks right at home above the stove in this kitchen. Just be aware that you might want to pick a print you can get another of, since it will be exposed to steam and grease splashes!

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    Try A Checkered Floor

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    Courtesy of Erin Williamson Design

    While black and white checkered floors once felt most appropriate for '50s-era diners, this kitchen is proof it can feel more charming than retro.

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    Create a Built-In Cutting Block

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    Courtesy of Erin Williamson Design

    If you're big on cooking, a tiny cutting board may not be suitable for your chopping needs. This built-in gives you plenty of space to work with and makes your kitchen look professional.

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    Ditch The Basic Sink For a Black One

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    Courtesy of Laura Brophy Interiors

    Stainless steel sinks are standard, but this black, scratch-resistant sink looks elevated and different.

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    Fit In a Mini Island

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    Courtesy of Laura Brophy Interiors

    You don't need endless square footage to enjoy a kitchen island. This small setup fits in a mini island with two stools, making the space more functional, without taking up too much space.

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    Make Essentials Look Decorative

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    Courtesy of AE Designs

    Why tuck your most-used items away? Instead, decant your kitchen staples, like oils, vinegar, and sauces, into pretty bottles that double as decorative items.

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    Include a Wet Bar

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    Having a separate area in your kitchen for making mixed drinks will make entertaining look and feel more streamlined. If the budget allows, a separate sink and specific drinking glasses in one place will make serving your guests faster and more enjoyable.

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    Mix Metals

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    Design: Hibou Design & Co, Photo: Mike Chajecki

    When creating a cohesive design, it's common to want all your hardware, faucets, and pendant lights to match. However, this kitchen design proves you don't need to get everything in the same finish. Mixing metals, like the gold pendants, silver faucet, iron stools, and nickel stove hood, work well together in this space.

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    Mix Up Wood Finishes

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    If we're being honest, we've never thought to mix wood finishes within a single project. This kitchen boasts three different tones and even includes a chevron application on the single cabinet that houses the refrigerator.

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    Swap Tile For Antique Mirrors

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    Tile is the standard in kitchen backsplashes, but that doesn't mean you can't search for alternative materials. This antique mirror looks 1920s glam in this modern kitchen.

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    Hang Your Pots and Pans

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    Truthfully, we don't know why everyone doesn't hang their pots and pans overhead? They stay within reach, without taking up valuable cabinet space.

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    Light It Up

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    We admit it, this is absolutely impractical and we can only imagine, quite the splurge. The marble on these kitchen islands is lit from underneath to create a glowing effect.

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    Be Resourceful

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    Courtesy of Devon Grace Interiors

    Your local hardware store isn't the only place to source materials for your remodel. Instead, get creative with your sourcing to create a truly unique look. This breakfast bar features a reclaimed wood with unfinished edges, making for a stunning showpiece.

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    Add a Pop Of Color

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    Courtesy of Pulp Design Studios

    One of our favorite tricks for updating a kitchen in a flash is adding a bright pop of color to a neutral space. These orange stools add a whimsical touch to this traditional design with no effort at all.

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    Open It Up

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    Courtesy of Maite Granda

    Although we love a stunning island right in the middle of a kitchen, opening it up to your living space makes for a better flow and a larger-looking space.

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    Try a Copper Backsplash

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    Courtesy of Mary Patton Design

    This copper backsplash is the perfect pairing for this orange and black kitchen. The warm tones make this space feel unique and cool, while still feeling inviting and homey.

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    Stick With a Neutral Color Palette

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    Courtesy of Leah O'Connell Design

    Trendy colors are great, but neutral, earth tones stand the test of time. This kitchen incorporates natural woods, olive green, white, black and stone to create a zen feel and a timeless design.

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    Swap Cabinets For Alcove Shelving

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    Courtesy of Light & Dwell

    If you prefer to show off your curated collection of bowls, vases, and décor, than to tuck them away behind a cabinet door, alcove shelving provides tons of storage, while showing off your favorite pieces.

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    Install Black Fixtures

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    Courtesy of Leclair Decor

    We've all seen the silver and gold kitchen fixtures, from cabinet door handles to faucets, but a matte black finish is boasts a modern, sleek quality. Swapping out your fixtures is an easy update that can be done on a weekend at home.

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    Add a Second Kitchen Island

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    Courtesy of Leclair Decor

    We're not saying you need a second island, but if square footage and the budget permits, we say go for it. It doubles your space for entertaining and is it just us, or is this the perfect place to host a friend's night cooking class?