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Get your dream kitchen

Updated on August 23, 2017

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.

Kitchen planning

The floor plan of your kitchen

There are several basic layouts available to plan your kitchen space.

The U-kitchen

Devices and closets are arranged in a U shape. Have at least 1m20 between the legs of the U.

Island shape

Best suited for houses where the living room and kitchen are contained into 1 single area.

G-kitchen

Make sure the entrance to the kitchen is wide enough. This design is very compact and offers a lot of storage.

Double wall

Suited for kitchens with a window and the door on opposite sides.

L-kitchen

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 tubes

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.

Halogen lighting

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.

Colors

Don't just paint ... Paint after thinking!

Primary colors

The colors blue, red and yellow are primary colors. This means the exist on there own and are not made of other colors.

Secondary colors

These colors are based on a combination of the primary colors. Examples are orange, green, purple, pink, ...

White

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

Black will significally reduce the size of a room.

Only use black in combination with other colors and as a design accent.

Green

Green, the color of nature, give peace and quite in a room.

Blue

Another color of nature. However, blue is cool and best used on a southern wall. Northern walls will make the color harder and cooler.

Yellow

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

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.

Innovations

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.

Clever ideas

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 ?

Retro

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!

Outdoor kitchens

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.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like the retro and the lime-colored kitchens that you featured in this lens. Really cool!

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      These are really dream kitchens. I love the one with the rounded kitchen cabinet.

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      Scriber1 LM 5 years ago

      Nice range of kitchen ideas. I especially love the orange and black kitchen.

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      KANEsUgAr 6 years ago

      Very interesting kitchen ideas I like the outdoor grills.

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      Wow - you really deserve your angel blessings and purple star. I really like your photographs - you should enter our contest at http://www.squidoo.com/are-you-a-photographer - the photos don't have to be flowers but nature would be good. I can see you know how to use a camera.

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      ClearwaterCPA 6 years ago

      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.

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      surfingtheweb 6 years ago

      Hi! This lens has been blessed by an angel. Some great tips her on designing your dream kitchen. Love the futuristic pictures.

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      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.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      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.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Some excellent information. Thank you.

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      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.

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      Afzall 6 years ago

      I love the outdoor kitchens !! Great pics !!

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      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.

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      the outdoor kitchens are awesome

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very stunning designs of kitchen, I loved the circular ones. So many contemporary modern designs are listed here.

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      SuperZoe LM 6 years ago

      These kitchen layouts are amazing! I like the red and white retro kitchen but adore the outside one overlooking that mountain as well...

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      Sami4u LM 6 years ago

      Hi,

      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.

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      jsimpson121 6 years ago

      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!

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      rmstouffer 6 years ago

      I have to say, I install kitchen cabinets for a living and have never seen anything like the pictures you have on this lens.

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Love the future kitchen - I want one!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      oh, I want that outdoor kitchen a the view of the mountains.

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      Simple and very functional with a built in dishwasher and a breakfast counter, in addition to everything else we already have.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow you got a lot of kitchen design and ideas here!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, starting from the practical stuffs down to the most stylish and at the same time functional ideas...

      Love this lens - truly informative. :)

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      These all sound so good,I really like your lens. It gives me a lot of kitchen idea.

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      matthew1968 7 years ago

      Great lens full of useful information and some excellent photos of kitchen designs

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      KitchenMaster 7 years ago

      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

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      Kevin Wilson 2 7 years ago

      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.

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      journey103 7 years ago from USA

      Really great! Innovative and colorful!! 5 Stars!!

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      Themiscorkscrew 7 years ago

      very cool 5 stars

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens. I think the stone cladded outside kitchen

      is super confortable. Nice one!!

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      partyjulie 8 years ago

      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!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Congrats on your Purple Star! Great lens, too!!

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Congratulations on the purple star!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Tom, Congratulations on your Purple Star! - Kathy

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      shaynee 8 years ago

      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.

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      carmike4 8 years ago

      Sorry my mistake not the rounded one however the green/blac

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      carmike4 8 years ago

      Can anyone please let me know the brand name of the Exclusive italian design kitchen picture with rounded cabinets. PLEASE!!! Much Appreciated. thanks

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      I love a large gourmet kitchen with dark cherry cabinets. Great lens. 5*

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      wayfarer lm 8 years ago

      What an interesting lens! I'd love to have an outdoor kitchen.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      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!

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      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.

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      poutine 8 years ago

      I like a bright, clean an uncluttered kitchen and not

      a modern style.

      Poutine

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      nlwest21 8 years ago

      Awesome! Now I can make my dream kitchen!

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      mdvaldosta lm 8 years ago

      Some absolutely stunning photos of kitches, very modern and awe inspiring.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i like those kitchen with wide open spaces. These books are great !

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i want to have a good, clean and organize kitchen but i just want a small space for it.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i want to have a good, clean and organize kitchen but i just want a small space for it.

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      Brainplug 8 years ago

      I like the outdoor kitchens the best...those modern designs don't turn me on too much. Nice lens!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Wish I had this great lens when I was doing my kitchen over.

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      jill_butler 9 years ago

      Great lens! Those are some really colorful kitchens. Please feel free to drop by my lens and say hi when you have the chance.

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      BradChamp 9 years ago

      5 Stars for your lens : Fat loss 4 Idiots

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      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 9 years ago

      Very informative.

      Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.

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      Kevin Wilson 2 9 years ago

      Great kitchen pictures, lots of inspiration. Stars! You might enjoy my related Kitchen Layouts and Custom Kitchen Islands lenses.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi, you have great and very informative lens. 5 stars of course.

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      Cowy 9 years ago

      Cool lens! The kitchen picture is really really great! I think I can use it as the idea for decorating..

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      minky 9 years ago

      Great lens and interesting content.

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      lizthefair 10 years ago

      cool lens. I've been thinking about updating my kitchen, and will keep your lens in mind for reference!

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      Aika 10 years ago

      cool interior and equipment. Great post Tom. 5* and best of luck from me!

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      mn3guy 10 years ago

      Providing all of the pictures, and the change history of the lens, is great. I have enjoyed your lens. 5*

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      Karen5657 10 years ago

      I love your lens. Beautiful job. I have a lens that is about themiracle blade knives. I just rated you five stars. Please stop by my lens and rate it when you get a chance. https://hubpages.com/food/buymiracleblade

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      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

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      tv-infomercials 10 years ago

      I love this lense. Great job! I like the pictures of the futuristic pictures.

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      ILoveObento 10 years ago

      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.

      blessings,

      Sheri

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      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.

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      AngelaHarms 10 years ago

      I kept wanting to know more. What's TL lighting? I've never heard of it. And in that kitchen, where are the dishes?

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      flaminglacer 10 years ago

      Squid Angel Star

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      Margaret Schaut 10 years ago from Detroit

      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!

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      I like a kitchen that LOOKS old-fashioned but functions high-tech. Nice lens.