Whether you cook, bake or just like to entertain, many hours are whiled away in the kitchen, especially during the holidays (which are right around the corner, by the way — we hear your collective gasp!). With so much time spent gathering in these communal spaces, make it a beautiful and functional setting. We have gathered some stunning kitchens to inspire your next home makeover. We think you’ll agree that these are swoon-worthy, indeed!

Elegant and beautiful + practical

“This kitchen is elegant and beautiful, but completely practical,” Julie Couch of Julie Couch Interiors tells us. Those three things are everything we could want in a kitchen! The standout features are the mixed metals, industrial hardware and fabulous lighting (note the accent lighting over the open shelves and the pendant lighting over the island). Unique, yet timeless, this kitchen is rich in design details. In addition to the kitchen itself, the room boasts areas for dining and working.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

We adore the addition of different light fixtures in the space. Image: Caroline Allison

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

The kitchen opens up to a dining area on one side and office on the other. Image: Caroline Allison

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

The thoughtful design of the kitchen carries over into this work space. Image: Caroline Allison

Western contemporary + industrial

Described by Roger Higgins of R. Higgins Interiors as western contemporary with a little bit of industrial, this kitchen marries different textures and trends. “The soapstone countertops and finished wood cabinets are a pleasant change from the current all-white, all-the-time trend,” Roger tells us. Design-wise, it is the bookshelves above the cabinets that caught our eye. Perfect for storing a cookbook collection, these shelves frame the hood beautifully, and the custom backsplash brings subtle color to the space.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

This kitchen is full of different textures and trends, which come together to create a harmonious design. Image: Reid Rolls Photography

Neutrals + texture

The neutrals in this space are soothing to the soul — we can’t even imagine meal prep going awry in this kitchen. “The room is bright and cheery with a nice combinations of textures and subtle colors,” Brad Ramsey of Brad Ramsey Interiors says. “The kitchen is the hub of the home, and this space is both gorgeous and cozy.” The design is modern, with touches that make it comfortable and approachable — not sterile. The most comfortable spot in the kitchen is the custom leather banquette. “It’s the perfect addition to make lounging in the space more enjoyable. And the leather makes it highly durable,” Brad tells us.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

Who said neutrals are boring? Image: Jack Gardner

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

This kitchen is convincing us that cream is the new white. Image: Jack Gardner

Elegant + French country 

This is a kitchen worth coming home to! With elegant touches of French country design and décor, The Wills Company created a kitchen that abandons the contemporary design that currently rules the design world. “The open kitchen space was designed for family dining, relaxing and entertaining in the heart of this beautiful home,” Ridley Wills explains. He is quick to point out the most spectacular features of the space: “the custom sink and unlacquered brass range hood with luscious, slab marble backsplash.”

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

Opening up to the living space, this kitchen is the heart of the home. Image: Quinn Ballard

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

How stunning is this hood? Image: Quinn Ballard

Relaxed + open 

A dream team came together to create this kitchen. Ashley Rohe of Ashley Rohe Home, Jennifer Whisenant with Willam Johnson Architect and Michael Fay with Griffith and Fay Construction, LLC worked together to bring this gathering space to life. “The family loves to gather and spend time together, and the kitchen is an integral place where they can do so,” Ashley shares. The open, friendly feel of this kitchen is enhanced by the adjacent dining and living areas. Within the kitchen itself, the board and batten and hand-painted backsplash details are eye-catching design features.

The kitchen opens into living and dining spaces.

The kitchen opens into living and dining spaces. Image: Garett Buell with studiObuell

This backsplash is a welcomed design detail in the space.

This backsplash is a welcomed design detail in the space.

With a living space and bar, the open space is ideal for entertaining.

With a living space and bar, the open space is ideal for entertaining.

Current + organic 

“This kitchen stands out because it feels current, yet timeless with the organic finishes incorporated throughout,” Blair Parkes of Parkes & Lamb Interiors shares. “Our clients wanted the kitchen to feel warm and inviting, and we felt that pairing the painted white upper cabinetry with the fumed oak, brass pulls and verdigris light fixtures gave them just the look they desired.” We love to picture this kitchen designed with the rich oranges, reds and greens that are typical of the holiday season.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

Our eyes goes directly to the marble backsplash. Do yours? Image: Mary Craven Photography

Classic + casual 

In the kitchen itself, the plaster hood commands the attention of all who enter. This prominent design element is understated, yet refined. “This space is classically informed, but enjoyed casually. It invites a relaxed everyday use but has the great bones any good architectural space needs to have,” Peter Fleming with Pfeffer Torode Architecture tells us. His favorite feature? The adjacent breakfast room, which is anchored by a custom breakfront bookcase. Peter opted for the bookcase instead of built-ins for a fully furnished look.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

An all-white kitchen is upgraded with rich textures in the floors, backsplash and furniture. Image: High 5 Productions

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

The bookshelf displays the family’s art. Image: High 5 Productions

Thoughtful design + details

“What stands out most about this kitchen is its welcoming presence featuring a large Carrera marble island and complementing backsplash,” Joanna Goodman, Director of Interiors at Christopher Architecture & Interiors, says. The layout was as thoughtfully considered as the design. “The layout of this kitchen is unique in that it has two parts: an entertaining side and a working side. We decided to keep the functional space in the back and design a beautiful entertaining area in front of the wall. By creating this division, it allowed us to feature a fun and unique focal point in the room. The elegant curved marble backsplash and gentle sloping Venetian plaster range hood is a nice juxtaposition to the home’s original angular architecture.” The mid-century modern character of the home was kept in the kitchen but design elements modernize the space. “This kitchen is now bright, open and oozing with personality,” Joanna tells us.

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

The marble slab backsplash is the focal point of the space. Image: Jean Allsopp

7 Kitchens That Inspire Holiday Cooking

Modern and bright, this kitchen is an entertainer’s dream. Image: Jean Allsopp

Take a page from these beautiful spaces to inspire your own design, and cooking will never again feel like a chore!

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