Lovely Kitchen Design Ideas provides smart design details from kitchens featured in stories on Hello Lovely. While I’m no kitchen designer, I have tackled my share and am in the throes of a renovation now. If you’re also remodeling, upgrading, or building a home, it’s always wise to call upon a kitchen expert. I hope these ideas inspire and help you gather your thoughts about your must haves. Pin liberally to save the ideas for future reference!
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Design Idea No. 1: Romantic Shaded Sconces
I love this so much, and I know it’s not the easiest thing to wire your walls or cabinets for sconces in an existing kitchen! But if you are starting from scratch, isn’t this charming?
Butcher Block Counters
Look. If this fantasy kitchen (it’s an architect’s own home!) with its own authentic pizza oven can sport butcher block on a work island, we can too!
Whether you choose to add butcher block to a countertop or add an actual block, it truly makes a warm rustic statement.
Vintage ones are everywhere – don’t forget FB Marketplace!
Tone on Tone Palette
If you’re the type of person who thinks rooms always need “a pop” of color, than this color story may not be for you.
But if you love low contrast, understated sophistication, playing up textures, and mixing the spectrum of whites and neutrals, than a tonal palette could be just the ticket.
Even if you decide on a tone on tone kitchen, there are a vast amount of iterations as you can see!
Lovely Design Idea No. 3: Built-ins & Banquettes
Such a wonderful architectural element to add if it makes sense!
Here is a fantasy example that feels like its own private dining room:
Kitchen banquette seating often involves a window or a bank of them…
so what if you don’t have a window in your corner?
There may still be potential:
Were I building a dream house, here’s an idea that would be incredible in a tucked away little nook:
If you decide to add shelves to your kitchen design (bracketed, floating, glass, wood…), they may as well be sexy.
They can be custom with brass and glass:
or minimal yet chunky:
chunky was maybe not the right term to use when discussing sexy shelves, but with a range like the one above – everything looks sexier!
Like the idea of the clear glass shelves above? I also found THESE with antique brass.
Skirted Farm Sink
I have always wanted to add a linen skirt to a farm sink, and I finally did! See it here. While my kitchen will not be as dreamy as Brooke Giannetti’s:
it will reflect my sensibilities and include a few of my favorite things.
Black Window Trim
I love this feature in so many white kitchens with brass hardware, and while it might seem scary – it’s only paint!
I think what makes the black trim so dramatic and desirable is how it is suggestive of iron. I mean if you can somehow work steel doors and windows into your design…
Kitchen Design Idea: Wood Trimmed Vent Hood
If you are planning a custom range hood for your kitchen, there is a wide array of housing for those venting systems!
You can paint the wood, stain it, or include both:
Warm Gold Toned Hardware
It doesn’t have to be strictly brass since there are all sorts of gold toned metallic finishes these days…
Gilded iron, burnished brass, unlaquered brass…
they can be beautiful with cool tones.
We have to have a fantasy moment or five:
Highly Reflective & Polished Countertops
In recent years, honed surfaces and matte countertops have increased in popularity. I’m still a girl who likes a highly reflective surface:
Quartz is still the best choice for my own kitchen…
but whether it is quartz or marble, a reflective finish means the light gets bounced around and keeps things feeling airy and bright.
Grey & White Color Schemes
Someone told you grey is over for interiors? Nope.
Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets
They work beautifully in so many kitchens across a range of design genres.
Notice how different the kitchens are above and below:
A classic Shaker style will always be relevant.
Lovely Design Idea: Library Style Sconces
Aren’t they far more interesting than recessed or track lighting!?!
The more I think about it, you almost can’t do too much lighting in a kitchen! So many different lighting needs from day to night!
Old World Style Lantern Lighting
I’m still crazy for ’em!
They are beautiful over islands, dining tables, and in pantries.
Need ideas for beautiful lantern pendant lights? Also See options HERE.
Kitchen Floor Idea: Herringbone Hardwood
It can be so chic to install hardwood in a herringbone pattern:
It reminds me of Paris and traditional French style.
Wood on the Ceiling
While it’s quite a lofty prospect, using wood (reclaimed barn wood, beams, or new planks) on the fifth wall can create a vibe!
Doesn’t it add instant age?
Blue Grey for Cabinets or Trim
While the color is called Light Blue (Farrow & Ball), the effect here in the photo is a beautiful grey:
Notice that although the window trim is grey, the door trim is white:
French Ironstone Accents in the Kitchen
Reduced Cabinet & Counter Depth
This last kitchen is a wee one in an apartment we rented through Haven In, near Notre Dame in Paris. A whole lot of function was packed into a sleek, modern kitchen design with the essentials, including washer and dryer tucked beneath the cooktop!
Who says base cabinets need to be 24″ deep?
Tour a Favorite Kitchen of Mine!
Hope you found a bright idea or 10 for your own kitchen project or tweak!
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Finally a peek into your new kitchen! It’s going to be gorgeous!
Ha! I think the photo in this post is from our prior renovation, but I just peeks at the new one here: https://www.hellolovelystudio.com/2022/08/nantucket-sinks-farm-sink.html