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How to design a kitchen: inspiration and top tips

We know that choosing to renovate your kitchen is not an easy decision. That's why we're here to give you some inspiration and a few good tips to understand exactly how to design a kitchen.

Whether you just want to replace your tiles and flooring or you're planning a full refurbishment, including kitchen furniture and appliances, we want to help you to get it done.

Here at IKEA, you'll find kitchen designs for all tastes and budgets. And don't worry, with our kitchen planning and installation service, one of our kitchen planning specialists can help you in store, online or even in your own home! Just book an appointment.

First, check out our collection of stylish kitchens for some inspiration

Not sure what kind of kitchen you want? Why don't you let us give you some ideas? We know that designing a kitchen is an important decision, so there's no need to rush.

Relax and find the inspiration you need in different kitchen designs. Modern, small, large or narrow. Whatever it is, we have all the kitchen designs you could ever imagine.

Take a look!

Kitchens in dark colours

Even though they're not the norm, dark kitchen designs are very striking and flattering.

These kitchens can be modern, like in the first image, or on the contrary, somewhat more retro, like the design of this kitchen below. What do you think? As in this example, the black kitchen fronts offer completely different styles that are just as original. And, if you're feeling the dark tones, you can make your kitchen a key element in your home's decor.

Kitchens that combine light and dark colours

Not convinced of such a dark kitchen? Don't worry, this second option takes into account those little touches of light you want in your kitchen without sacrificing the unique design.

Let's go with contrasts!

The use of contrasting colours and shades is very popular in kitchen design. Design your kitchen cabinets or worktops so that they play up your chosen tiles.

A tip for small kitchens: if you choose light colours on the upper furniture, the kitchen will appear larger and more spacious.

In this case, we see just the opposite: a kitchen where the predominant colour is white, including one of our kitchen islands, which contrasts beautifully with the timber-coloured worktop. Pretty, right?

Kitchens in alternative colours

Life is not always black or white, so why should your kitchen be? Take a chance and incorporate the colour you like so much. You may be pleasantly surprised by the result.

In this example, we've opted for green for the cabinets and the wall tiles; the latter in a darker shade so that it contrasts without departing from the colour palette.

In addition, the designers have chosen to add cabinet handles in the same shade as the worktop's wood. The uniform colour of the kitchen furniture adds special, unique character.

Play up your kitchen appliances

Another way to achieve a harmonious kitchen design is to choose the same colour for your kitchen cabinets and a contrasting colour for your appliances. Black and white are always a great combination, as showcased in this kitchen.

Even if your kitchen is just a few square metres, we also have options for small kitchens — designs that take full advantage of every inch, without compromising on style.

Top tips for designing a kitchen

Now that you've seen some designs for small, modern kitchens and a range of different kitchen cabinet designs, it's time to get started. You have three options:

  1. Use our Kitchen Planning Service to help you with the process.
  2. Plan your kitchen design online using our kitchen planner tool.
  3. Do it all yourself. How? In just four steps, we explain how to take measurements, plan your kitchen and much more in our kitchen planning guide.

Now you've got no excuse. You know how to design a kitchen!

What did you think? If you need help designing your kitchen, remember that we at IKEA are here to help you plan your decoration solutions from the comfort of your own home via video-chat, in store (by appointment with no wait) or at our IKEA Planning Studios. The choice is yours!

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.