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30 gorgeous kitchens to inspire you right now

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For many households, the kitchen is where all the action is. It’s the heart of the home where everyone comes together to eat, talk, work, relax, and just be in the presence of each other. It’s no surprise then that of the numerous charming homes we’ve toured across the country, so many have delightful, distinct kitchens that seem to have been designed exactly as the homeowners wanted.

So go ahead, take a closer look at some of the best kitchens unearthed in our House Calls and Renovation Diary columns. They come in all styles, shapes, and sizes, and offer plenty of ideas to steal.

How’s this sixteen-foot-high wood-heavy kitchen for a statement? This Seattle “cabin in the city” by Olson Kundig makes a strong case for it.
Photo by Kyle Johnson
Contrasting brick adds a cool touch to the kitchen of an architect’s home in Philadephia.
Photo by Gieves Anderson
Bright kitchen with a marble-topped island, brass fixtures, and wooden countertops and shelves.
In this San Francisco home, the remodeled kitchen spruces up Ikea boxes with drawers and doors from Semihandmade.
Carlos Chavarria
dining room with black cabinetry
This Atlanta home shows how to embrace black in the kitchen, brightened up by white marble, golden accents, and pops of blue.
Sarah Dorio
Fun tile alert: The kitchen backsplash in this Pennsylvania midcentury gem includes a row of handcrafted, dip-dyed tile with an eye-catching blue pattern.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge
A small kitchen with wooden island and six seats. There are white cabinets with black countertops.
This Brooklyn rental apartment kitchen keeps it interesting with two styles of cabinet fronts and personality-filled decor overhead.
Chris Mottalini
The kitchen of a revamped midcentury ranch in Portland, Oregon, is an ode to plywood—first in the dramatic floor-to-ceiling shelf system and then again on the sides of the metal-and-wood island.
Photo by David Papazian
The emerald green kitchen with brass fixtures and detailing.
A bachelor’s Hollywood Hills home goes bold with emerald cabinetry, black and white backsplash, and brass accents in the open kitchen.
Photo by Sam Frost
A white cabinet with very minimal bowls on top and some black and white art on the wall above.
The white kitchen cabinets in this San Francisco home are the perfect backdrop for minimal bowls and graphic wall art.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria
Eichler, Unedited, Gallery
Simplicity and efficiency are the key to this kitchen in the ultimate Eichler time capsule in Palo Alto, California.
Photo by Daniel Dent
Concrete countertops and open shelving add some flair to this kitchen in a bright 600-square-foot studio in Philadelphia.
Photo by Heidi’s Bridge

Talk about a pop of color: This bright-orange enameled sink jazzes up an all-white kitchen, a “daily joy” to homeowners, John and Linda Meyers, the creative duo behind the soap and candle company Wary Meyers.
Photo by Tony Luong

In the kitchen of this wine country ranch retreat, an elevated counter offers a spot for people to gather.
Photo by Jake Stangel
A supersize island makes entertaining a crowd comfortable in this modern Nashville home.
Photo by Gieves Anderson
A vintage range takes center stage in the kitchen of a musician’s gorgeous, vintage-filled apartment.
Photo by Carlos Chavarria
The kitchen in this midcentury L.A. home is almost entirely original—and looks great as is.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

A wild ridged ceiling is no problem for this remodeled kitchen in a very special midcentury abode.
Photo by Patricia Chang
An all-white, modern, and perfectly soothing kitchen in a Brooklyn townhouse? It can be done.
Photo by Devon Banks
Peak time-capsule-kitchen status can be given to this vintage-tastic bachelor pad in Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo by Mark Lipczynski

A Daring Concrete Home Rises on, and In, a Los Angeles Cliff, Gallery
Housing a kitchen in a glass pavilion is not a bad idea, as evidenced in this daring concrete modern home in L.A.
Photo by Sam Frost
How about a wall of cabinetry to add some extra storage? This Brooklyn rowhouse belonging to an architect does it well.
Photo by Gieves Anderson
This renovated Craftsman home shows how to design a huge kitchen around a huge stove.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels

This Manhattan apartment hides plenty of storage in the minimalist, seemingly monolithic kitchen.
Photo by Hallie Burton