Kitchen Design: 11 Great Floor Plans

You only have X amount of square footage in a kitchen and countless ways to use it. See examples of how to make every inch count.
By: Leslie Judson

Photo By: Scott Mayoral

Center of Attention

A shimmering chandelier tops off this welcoming kitchen designed by Gail Drury. "Traditional elements were combined with modern-day conveniences to give an updated look and feel to a large bungalow home," she says.

Hidden Agenda

"[This kitchen] features integrated appliances for a seamless look. The warmth of the glossy Makassar ebony is the perfect modern complement to the white upper cabinets and countertop," says designer Christopher J. Grubb.

Go With the Flow

Three rooms were combined to create this kitchen designed by Steve Appolloni. "A skylight was installed inside a unique vented soffit over the island to brighten the kitchen and create visual focus," Steve says.

Calculated Cabinets

Stainless-steel appliances and an undermount sink form the kitchen triangle in this modernized classic kitchen designed by Erinn Valencich.

Rounding the Corner

This kitchen's layout takes full advantage of the views. "The playful colors in this contemporary kitchen are repeated in the accent tiles, area rug and chairs around the breakfast table," says designer Linda Applewhite.

Lofty Layout

"A functional island in stainless steel and Carrara marble is the central work area of this kitchen. The use of cork as a flooring material helps to soften the feeling of a large, open space," says designer Philip Guarino.

All-Purpose Function

With a desk, a television, ample seating and food and drink, it's safe to say this warm kitchen is the hub of this home. (Design by Joseph Anthony)

Order up

"Riverfront views are maximized with wall-to-wall windows in this family-friendly kitchen," says designer Barb Ince. The kitchen is also fully equipped for preparing meals or entertaining. (Image by George Lambros of Lambros Photography)

Island Art

An island can be both functional and artistic. "This island creatively bridges the space between the kitchen and dining room. The bookshelves create a visual barrier to the stove and sink areas," says designer Steve Appolloni.

Updated Antique

Reworking an outdated space plan can be challenging in an older home but not impossible. "This pre-Civil War stone barn was moved to its final resting place, stone by stone, from its original location," says designer Dave Stimmel.

Room With a View

Repeating shapes is one way to visually unite adjoining rooms. "The giant curve of glass at the table wall connects the curve of the carpet in the great room with the tile transition in the kitchen," says designer Ann Grasso.