In many homes the kitchen is the center of the household, so the design and layout can be a very personal thing. Certified Kitchen Designer Susan Serra says “The kitchen is where all five senses reside.” Therefore, if one of those senses is thrown off by bad design, or frustrating layout, the results can be hard to live with. Below you’ll see some of my favorite kitchens. They are each spectacular in their own way and appeal to a variety of tastes and purposes.
This white kitchen is not only elegant and relaxing, it is very family friendly. It is a bright and airy gathering spot. The huge center island provides a great work space as well as extra storage, and the back island creates enough of a divider so that the table is in a separate space for mealtime. The combination of recessed and drop lighting ensures the space has personality as well as adequate light.
This kitchen is also bright and interesting, however, it is less of a family gathering space and more of an entertaining space. The contrast of the center island with the white cabinets really creates a focal point that is perfect for laying out hors d’oeuvres or buffet platters. The wine rack not only provides great storage, but it creates the perfect spot for a mini-bar or drink station.
The long and narrow layout of this kitchen keeps the stove and sink in close proximity and separates your work space from the rest of the house. It is more of a working kitchen, keeping the appliances, work spaces and storage all within a few steps of each other. The cool colors have a calming effect and the location of the oven distributes the heat so the space does not become overly warm when cooking a large meal. Simple lighting and white cabinets keeps the focus on the counters and fun back splash.
This kitchen keeps dining and cooking close but makes them feel completely separate. The cushioned bench is unusual but very inviting and makes excellent use of otherwise wasted space on a the hi-lo curved island. The corner location and curved island give an almost hidden feeling to the kitchen itself while focusing on the dining area.
This kitchen is warm and bright. The color works well with the floors and counter tops and coordinates with the living space. The central work space keeps the cook in the eye line of the other rooms in the house and works against the separated feeling this kitchen could have had. There is abundant storage, but the glass doors which mimic the windows, keep the room from feeling overly closed in.
How does your kitchen layout affect your senses? What do you love or hate about it? Tell us in the comments below!