A kitchen remodel is by far one of the smartest and most popular updates you can make to your home. Not only is the kitchen the heart of the home and a place where you can host friends and family, a kitchen upgrade pays for itself by adding to your home or apartment’s overall resale value.
Before you even think about finding a kitchen designer to work with however, you’ll need a solid idea of what you actually want before you get started, especially when there are so many stylish and functional options to choose from.
Here are our favorite sources of kitchen design inspiration to get you started:
The best part of the Elle Decor website is that it while it incorporates the finest of the magazine, it also goes so much further, showcasing gorgeous interiors and furnishings for every stylish sensibility. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a family-friendly kitchen, design ideas for small kitchens, or want to drool over celebrity kitchens guaranteed to make you jealous, you’ll find it all on this elegant design site. Plus, it’s easy to search for the inspiration you need, whether you’re focused on your kitchen cabinets or can’t figure out which color to paint your kitchen walls.
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Victoria Smith, editor of SFGIRLBYBAY, is known for her bohemian modern style and keen eye for interior design. She also adds a lovely personal touch to everything, like sharing how she wants her dream kitchen to have a picture window that floods the space with light. Even better, she uses lots of photos to show just what she means. Smith also showcases makeovers, like this kitchen cabinet makeover, and has ideas for shelving, accessories, storage, and more. Just search “kitchen” for all of the unconventional inspiration you could ever want.
House Beautiful wants to help readers learn how to make their homes beautiful and isn’t afraid to get very specific with articles like “23 Kitchen Backsplash Ideas,” “4 Designer Secrets That Make Open Kitchens Feel Cozy,” and “15 Ways to Rethink Kitchen Islands.” They also have plenty of photos of dream kitchens with step-by-step directions on how to achieve your vision.
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Design*Sponge has everything from home tours to ideas and projects, so you can use the site as a resource for inspiration or a resource to actually make things happen. The site often features photos showing people’s actual real life homes, like this antique-made-modern Connecticut farmhouse and this L.A. loft. Don’t worry: the photos nearly always show the kitchen; you just get a little extra design inspiration while you’re clicking to get to them. And, if you’re ever feeling like your personal remodel is a disaster, check out “Before and After” renovations to remind yourself it’s all worth it.
CocoCozy is an interior design blog where you can cut straight to the chase and search by room. In the “Kitchen” section, you’ll find design ideas (with plenty of photos), the top 5 must haves for a well designed kitchen, and tons of photos of dream kitchens.
Dwell is all about great spaces that are actually livable. It’s also one of the most popular online design magazines, for good reason. Take a look inside gorgeous homes or click through to every kind of kitchen you could ever imagine. From “8 Modern Eat-In Kitchens” to “7 Light Filled Kitchens” to, yes, even “5 All-Black Kitchens,” there really is a kitchen that will match your design sensibility. Dwell also has handy tips like “6 Kitchen Storage Ideas” and “7 Shining Solutions for Hanging Pendants” for when you need help bringing your vision to life.
Photo: Dwell/Trevor Tondro
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This Pinterest board does all of the heavy lifting for you with gorgeous kitchens carefully categorized so you can find just what you’re looking for. French Country Kitchens, Open Plan Kitchens, Kitchen Desks, Walk-In Pantries, Vintage Kitchens, and, yes, even Purple Kitchens for that very, very specific person.
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Design Milk is all about what’s new in interior design, décor, and furniture, so this is the place to go if you want a kitchen with a modern design. Whether you’re looking for tips for choosing kitchen colors or to see what an IKEA kitchen looks like after it’s been redesigned by an architect, you’ll find plenty of functional, unusual, and stylish design ideas.
Photo: Design Milk/Melissa Kaseman
Cut straight to the chase and filter Apartment Therapy’s numerous style and DIY articles by “kitchen” to find posts like “Space Savers: 6 DIYS to Make the Most of Your Cramped Kitchen Counters,” gorgeous “Before and Afters,” “12 Kitchens Off the Beaten (Design) Path,” and so much more. Best of all? Even though this site focuses on apartments, much of the design inspiration and advice very much translates to larger homes.
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Remodelista is perfect for anyone who is actually doing a remodel or just needs a good design fix. Search for inspiration by room with kitchen ideas that show you the latest trends (copper is having a moment), “10 Easy Pieces” like modern kitchen faucets and classic teakettles, or the “Kitchen of the Week” showcasing well-edited interiors and gorgeous home products.
Nothing inspires people to remodel more than a couple of hours in front of HGTV’s home makeover shows, so it makes since that their website would be chock full of great ideas and how-tos. There are loads of colorful pictures and articles about everything from “20 Dreamy Island Kitchens” to “A Kitchen Designed with Real Life in Mind.” Videos include topics like how to declutter your kitchen before a remodel and popular kitchen layouts.
This New York-based interior designer loves mid-century modern furnishings and clean, sexy lines and shares it all on Instagram. Of course, not all of her photos are of kitchens, but there’s really inspiration to be found in everything she posts. Just try not to be jealous of her fabulous lifestyle.
No kitchen inspiration list would be complete without the must-read authority on everything design. Architectural Digest is a go-to for design porn, but there’s no reason you can’t turn their dream spaces into a reality, especially if you focus on some of their more practical articles like “How to Choose the Best Countertop for Your Kitchen” and… oh, who are we kidding. Go there for slide shoes of kitchens that all have farmhouse sinks, charming rustic kitchens, and a close look at so many celebrity homes.
Feeling inspired? Here’s how to find a kitchen designer in your area.