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Designer-Look Kitchen Ideas

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Update your kitchen with designer touches—whether you work with a pro or do the job yourself. From appliances, cabinets and countertops to storage, lighting and flooring, this inspiring kitchen remodel is full of ideas for making your own space fit your style vision and function needs.

White kitchen with white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, subway tile backsplash, farmhouse sink, granite countertops, pendant lights and island-look peninsula.

Classic white cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, elegant granite countertops and striking wall and floor tile fill this kitchen with designer style. A Lowe’s in-store professional transformed the room’s look and layout to create a bright and open gathering space.

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Before floor plan and kitchen with crowded layout, white appliances and mismatched finishes.

Before: Closed-Off & Blah

Before the renovation, a peninsula hampered flow between the kitchen and an adjacent eating nook. At the other end of the kitchen, a narrow doorway—blocked when the refrigerator was open—led to the dining room.

Style-wise, the kitchen lacked warmth and personality. White appliances and white cabinets (with white knobs) came off as bland and sterile. The mix of colors, patterns and finishes was more of a hodge-podge than a coordinated palette.

 

After floor plan and kitchen with open layout, stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, island-look peninsula and porcelain-tile flooring.

After: Open & Eye-Catching

The old peninsula is gone, creating a more open layout and a better spot for the refrigerator. A new island-like peninsula bridges the now much-wider opening between the kitchen and dining room.

The new style is more personalized and polished. Warm white cabinetry provides a gentle contrast to stainless-steel appliances, while sophisticated grays and tans form intricate patterns in the granite countertops, subway tile backsplash and porcelain tile flooring.

 

Cooking area with gas range, cabinetry-matching hood, pot-filler faucet, subway tile and accent tile.

Cooking Convenience & Character

While a gas range (#631985) and a pot-filler faucet (#793903) provide convenience in the cooking area, a cabinet-matching hood and a creative backsplash treatment provide character and color. Get the designer look by sprinkling custom accent tiles into a pattern of affordable field tiles—in this case, two different sizes of subway tile (#625589, #625587).

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Sink area with farmhouse sink, pull-down faucet, granite countertops and stainless-steel dishwasher.

Charming & Capable Cleanup Zone

Create a designer-look cleanup zone by pairing a charming farmhouse sink (#435095, model #WH3018WHITE) and a shapely pull-down faucet (#297431). Surround the spacious sink with the practical beauty of granite countertops (Sensa Juparana Fantasy). Complete the cleanup crew by choosing a sleek and quiet stainless-steel dishwasher (#612562).

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Island-look peninsula with granite countertop, drawer-style microwave oven and storage drawers.

Pretty and Powerful Peninsula

Though the new cabinetry-matching peninsula is attached to a wall, it looks and functions more like a detached island. There’s plenty of counter space on top, room for seating on the dining room side and valuable storage on the kitchen side––including a deep drawer for pots and pans. The peninsula also holds a drawer-style microwave oven (#472477).

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Pendant lights with vintage-look glass bells, bases and bulbs.

Pendants with Personality

Installing pendant lights is a quick way to bring designer style to your kitchen. The hanging fixtures come in a variety of shapes and finishes, making it easy to personalize your kitchen lighting. These brushed-nickel mini pendants (586864) with bell-shaped glass shades convey a vintage look.

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White kitchen cabinetry with recessed door panels and crown moulding.

Designer Cabinet Details

Whether you plan to buy new cabinets or update the ones you have, rely on  detailing to convey a designer look. These cabinets (Diamond Reflections in Peyton Maple) feature recessed door panels with beaded edging, as well as crown moulding on the uppers and fluted panels around the refrigerator. Adding crown moulding and other embellishments to existing cabinetry is a great way to get a designer look for less.

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Sitting area off kitchen with upholstered furniture, built-in display cabinets and area rug.

Keeping-Room Comfort

Extend the designer kitchen look into adjacent space by creating a modern version of the old-fashioned “keeping room”—a cozy furnished space off the kitchen where family or friends can hang out. This one features comfortable seating, abundant natural light and display cabinets that match the kitchen cabinetry.

Glass-front display cabinets with glass shelves in sitting room adjacent to kitchen.

Treasures Behind Glass

Use glass-front display cabinets to add another designer touch to your kitchen. These units, located in the keeping room, include glass shelves and interior lights that help show off prized kitchenware and collectibles.

Colorful area rug over wood-look porcelain floor tile.

Flooring with Flourishes

Apply the designer touch to your kitchen floor by layering a colorfully patterned rug over the primary flooring. In this kitchen, a handcrafted wool rug (#756580) helps define the sitting area while complementing the striking Brazilian pecan white porcelain floor tile (#591544) that extends out from the main kitchen.

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White curtain panels with dark-finish rod.

Well-Chosen Window Treatments

Well-dressed windows are the mark of a designer space. Simple allen + roth™ cotton curtain panels (#19673) in a warm white color frame views and filter light with natural softness. A dark-finish rod (#274061) adds a bit of dramatic contrast.

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Designer-Look Storage Features

Smart, stylish storage solutions help create that designer look you crave. Check out the examples in this kitchen.

 

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