The kitchen is the heart of the home. It's where you come together with family and friends to prepare meals (and in many cases eat them too), entertain, and hang out. Which brings us to the layout. When the goal is to maximize flexibility and functionality, the L-shape is the way to go. This ever-popular design works in an open floor plan and also lends itself to small-space living. We've gathered a collection of 12 modern and versatile L-shaped kitchens to inspire the most important room in the house.
1. Infuse a homey, farmhouse feel.
Dreaming of a country kitchen? Pair white cabinets with a patterned tile backsplash and earthy wood accents to create a modern rustic vibe. Add a couple candelabra-style pendants to infuse a little extra charm.
2. Inject some color.
3. Say "yes" to sea foam green.
4. Make a splash.
5. Marry modern and industrial.
6. Embrace eclecticism.
There are so many beautiful design ingredients that went into making this Beacon Hill abode. We love the way Heidi Caillier blends rich-blue cabinets, patterned tile, and rustic wood elements into a kitchen that epitomizes eclectic-farmhouse.
7. Keep it cool.
A cool gray and white color palette, and lots of natural light make this traditional L-shaped kitchen feel au currant. And the center island — with hidden compartments to store cookbooks and the like — is beyond clever!
8. Give black and white a try.
This sleek black and white kitchen is a lesson in the right way to execute this popular trend. Featuring all of the essentials and complemented by brass hardware and white subway tile, the black cabinetry really stands out.
9. Channel year-round summer style.
This light and airy ambiance screams upscale beach house. The counter seating at the kitchen island is a laid-back alternative to a formal dining room, and takes advantage of the enviable natural light pouring in.
10. Create a casual dining area.
This swanky kitchen is redefining the phrase "casual dining area" with these gorgeous gold counter stools, and we are taking notes.
11. Mix old and new.
Rustic meets refined in this Leaside, Toronto kitchen. The warm wood paneling beautifully contrasts with the stunning white marble, all complemented by striking, glass ceiling lighting above the dining table and kitchen island.