What’s your idea of the perfect kitchen? Mine is centered around a huge island with lots of stools — cherry-topped with large, visually interesting woven pendants. A space where family and friends can gather for impromptu sips and snacks. This entertaining fantasy spurred me to poke around for some fresh kitchen design inspiration. So, let’s grab a snack and get inspired.

There’s something magical about a kitchen full of family, music, tacos, and tequila.

Kitchen Design Inspiration

Kitchen Design with Brass Pendants, White Shiplap Island, and Wood and Metal Barstools
Bria Hammel Interiors
Three Black Pendants, White Waterfall Island, and Wood Barstools
Modern Nest
Kitchen Design with Two Brass Pendants, Island with Black Countertops and Hand Painted Tiles, and Wood and Metal Counter Stools
Melissa Marie Interiors
Three Woven Pendants, Kitchen Island with White Waterfall Countertop, and Blonde Wood Counter Stools
Kitchen Design with Two Vintage-Inspired Pendants, Island with Natural-Colored Countertop, and Four Woven Barstools
House of Jade

Discover more kitchen design inspiration on my Pinterest board – KITCHEN. And shop fresh kitchen decor over on the SHOP page.

Kitchen Design Tips and Tricks

“I typically suggest an island 5′ wide by 8′ long. You don’t want it to look like an aircraft carrier. And when cleaning up, you want to be able to reach across it effortlessly.” –Christopher Peacock

“It is my firm belief that upper cabinets are just not useful and actually impede the easy use of a kitchen. I therefore strongly advocate replacing them with simple open shelving. In one fell swoop, you have instantly enlarged the sense of the room and made the countertops below that much more comfortable for casual food preparation.” –Kathryn M. Ireland

“I love using an antique table as a kitchen island. It gives the room so much character.” –Chris Barrett

“Request unlacquered hardware whenever you can. Most of the big companies are offering it now, and the subtle bit of patina adds so much warmth to your house. Even if you never polish it, it will look just fine.” –Richard Bories + James Shearron

The Flow-Down

Like the old saying goes, “The kitchen is the heart of your home.” It’s important to put a lot of thought and focus into the logistics of storage and organization. Then, we can let the imaginative fun begin with appliances, lighting, and creative finishes.

*Featured Image | The Young Villas

I hope each of the feel-good nuggets I share nudges you to manifest a more casual, creative, and mindful life. Don’t forget to subscribe below as I add new inspiration often. Thanks for reading, y’all. I’m crazy-happy you’re here.

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