The Ultimate House & Home Kitchen Gallery
If you’re in need of inspiration for your next kitchen renovation, look no further. We’re shining a light on 50 beautiful kitchens that have graced the pages of House & Home. From country kitchens to sleek and modern entertaining hubs, click through to get standout kitchen design ideas sure to spark a makeover.
A modern black and white kitchen could look austere, and while this is streamlined, the materials feel rich and warm. Light and airy legs give the stools a graphic quality.
The two chandeliers hanging above this kitchen’s island — an indulgence at $1,500 apiece — and bentwood stools give the space a bistro-style romance. Using the same trim as the cabinets for the range hood softens the overall look.
An oversized island acts as a prep, storage and dining area and woven-leather stools by Mark Albrecht add an extra touch of craftsmanship.
A black, restaurant-inspired lighting system punctuates this kitchen. For subtle contrast, the ceiling was painted in Benjamin Moore’s Sea Froth (2107-60), reduced in color by 25 per cent. The breakfast room occupies a sunny corner just beyond the kitchen.
Designer Cindy Bleeks designed this kitchen so she can easily change the look of the neutral space by swapping in new accessories on the display shelves and counters, and a new rug underfoot.
To simplify the look of this kitchen, designer Virginie Martocq installed cabinets with Shaker-style doors, as well as delicate brass pendants over the island, letting the focus be on the lake view.
A hammered-copper apron-front sink, an industrial pendant, glass uppers and wood shelves add period-appropriate personality to this kitchen. The counter was extended into a peninsula to create a spot for casual dining.
In this spacious kitchen, traditional design moves — like marble counters, glass-fronted cabinets and checkerboard floors — get a contemporary update with the addition of gold-toned hardware and pendants.
Deep lower cabinets make this kitchen highly functional, while the upper doors flip up to allow easy access to dishes and stemware.
Bright red bar stools at the end of the large kitchen island complement the navy color palette in this spacious kitchen.
A striped runner adds color and life to the floor, so this all-white kitchen feels like it belongs to the rest of the bright, family-friendly house beyond.
Given the sloped ceilings, designer Anne Hepfer knew long pendants over the kitchen island would look awkward. Instead, she designed a pair of polished-nickel gooseneck task lights — a nod to outdoor dock lighting — and had them mounted on either end of the island.
An inviting blend of white and walnut cabinetry perfectly suits this sunny family kitchen.
“The dock and kitchen are the heart and hub of this cottage,” says homeowner Dawn Beswick, adding that the whole family loves to cook and congregate around the 12-foot-long island. Opening the kitchen ceiling to the second floor floods the space with natural light and “lets the kids poke their heads over to join the conversation or check on the status of a meal,” she says.
A metal shelf suspended from the ceiling provides extra storage and defines this kitchen area without blocking the natural light that pours in through a skylight. Details such as velvet-covered barstools and unexpectedly delicate light fixtures inject glamor.
Designer Patricia Larsen played up the Cantera stone floors with floating concrete shelves. She replaced a bulky island with an old table, and hung a copper light fixture, made locally, overhead.
Despite the small footprint, designer James Davie managed to fit a full-size farmhouse sink, under-counter fridge and plenty of storage into this kitchenette. Mint-green enamel shades give the light fixtures a vintage look.
The home’s existing windows were left unchanged. “We didn’t want to lose the character,” says designer Sophie Burke, who also kept the skylights. An enclosed porch was transformed into a dining nook, and Sophie retained the panelling to give the space a casual vibe.
Large floor tiles, hardware-free cabinetry and unobtrusive recessed lighting create a streamlined space with a soothing effect. “I like it to be peaceful when I cook,” says homeowner Catriona Smart. “To me, a clean, white kitchen is as peaceful as it gets.” A chevron-tiled backsplash provides a hint of texture amidst otherwise sleek surfaces.
Homeowner Alison Gordon wanted an industrial component in the handsome kitchen, and designer Shirley Meisels tailored the length
of the kitchen island to accommodate the light fixture they loved. The curb backsplash was kept low to emphasize the room’s horizontal lines and focus attention on the vent hood sheathed in matte black metal.
In this galley kitchen, a Martha Sturdy table doubles as a dining surface and desk. Dry goods are stored in the condo’s converted den (not shown), which designer Jonathan Litchfield turned into a pantry and closet.
Painting the island and lower cabinets in a darker tone injects color into the light and airy room. Designers Natalie Hodgins and Shannon Morrison tried many samples to attain the perfect cool grey before settling on Benjamin Moore’s Steel Wool (2121-20).
To update the kitchen, Jennifer Scott painted it white and hung an Art Deco-era pendant.
This kitchen was enlarged by two feet into the adjoining dining space to accommodate an expansive island with seating for three.
This kitchen underwent a few impactful cosmetic changes during the fast-paced reno. The old countertop and dated backsplash were replaced with Carrara marble for a serene new design. Painting the cabinetry white gave the space a fresh, clean feel.
Designer Lindsay Konior updated the pendant with an oversized frosted bulb for an industrial touch in her sleek kitchen.
Warm gold-toned pulls keep the white cabinetry from skewing too cold for the cozy kitchen. Bianco Carrara marble sets the island apart from the cabinetry around the kitchen’s perimeter.
Try turning a broom closet or nook into a bespoke pantry to showcase your favorite preserves, specialty oils and everyday essentials, as done here in this kitchen. Its clean design, complete with double glass pocket doors, makes a powerful impression.
Homeowner Jan Lette fell in love with the idea of using brass accents and a blue-and-white palette for the kitchen. She had custom brass edging made for the vent hood, along with brass toekicks that pick up on the warmth of the floor color.
An antique kilim rug from designer J Gibson’s family’s former cottage introduces warm tones, soft texture and a touch of pattern to the kitchen. J used an old library ladder that once belonged to his great-uncle as makeshift wall art in the adjacent breakfast area. It’s a clever counterpoint to the otherwise-bare, soft grey walls.
The honed bluestone floors and black Caesarstone counter on the island make a strong statement, so designer Tiffany Leigh brought in glossy white perimeter cabinets and counters for balance. Warm wood accents and round fixtures soften the look.
The backsplash’s navy tiles echo the island’s blue-painted millwork for a layered look. An articulated faucet and wood-backed stools with leather seats emphasize the kitchen’s industrial vibe.
Natural light pours through the skylight into this functional galley kitchen. Open storage and white walls keep the look bright and airy.
Checkerboard floors, flat-front cabinets and a Dualit toaster give this kitchen a mid-century mood.
In this kitchen, designer Margot Austin opted for humble butcherblock counters, but designed them with mod waterfall edges — a treatment typically used with marble or quartz.
Faux Statuario marble makes a durable backsplash and injects dramatic pattern into this kitchen, while a metal ledge below puts oils and a cutting board on display. In the place of floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets, negative wall space creates visual breathing room and makes the floating uppers look lighter.
“The hood fan is the focal point of kitchens these days,” says designer Nam Dang-Mitchell. “We decided to hide all the seams with polished nickel and a riveted detail,” balancing classic craftsmanship and clean-lined design. A mix of dark-stained walnut and white cabinetry is crisp and tailored.
The lack of hardware on the upper cabinets offers a streamlined look while dark grey counter tops and backsplash adds warmth to this white kitchen.
The island table was a vintage piece that was elevated to match the countertop height in Sloane Klevin’s country kitchen.
This kitchen’s simple sensibility, from the Shaker-style cabinets to the classic black and white palette, make it timeless. On the wood table, clamped into an easel, is a tile scene of the Niagara River and marina by local early 20th-century artisans.
The kitchen cabinets extend to the ceiling to maximize storage space. The black-backed peninsula helps to create a defined dining area, balancing the frames and upholstery.
For a showhome, this kitchen has a relatively modest footprint, but the ceiling detail makes it feel special. French doors to the garden let in lots of light; framing them with interior black shutters injects European flair.
A hand-worked patina gives the metal on the waterfall island and vent hood an artisanal quality. Special-occasion dishes and glassware are stored in a freestanding armoire (far right).
Soft grey-green cabinets set this kitchen apart from the crowd, but are a very livable choice.
The Caesarstone island was designed without a sink so the dining and prep surface is uninterrupted.
Black mod bar stools add a graphic note in this all-white kitchen, while a rug injects warmth.
A wall of marble behind the stove in this open-concept space makes a modern statement. “I love its gold-brown seam,” designer Scott Yetman says of the darting idiosyncrasy in the cut. “It adds character to the black, grey and white, and brings in the tone of wood and warm metals.”
This home’s classic white kitchen feels of-the-moment with exotic tile, warm metal finishes and lantern lighting.
Spraying the wood cabinets white gave CTV news anchor Tamara Taggart the bright kitchen she was coveting at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
As tempting as it is to pack a small kitchen with mess-concealing closed storage, a pair of open shelves is a smart way to combine display with useful storage, and show off the wallpaper behind.