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15 Charming Kitchen Design Ideas

We are passionate about a well thought out kitchen that is functional and especially elevated in design. At the end of a kitchen renovation you get a beautiful new space. Adding charming details into a kitchen renovation is important to add cozy character, interest, and individuality that differentiates your space from all the others.


We're sharing our favorite charming kitchen design ideas we hope you consider in your upcoming kitchen renovation for both large modern kitchens and cozy cottages alike.


1. Scullery/Butler's Pantry

Charming butler's pantry with custom hutch-looking cabinetry, wallpaper and beautiful archways that connect kitchen to formal dining room

A scullery and butler's pantry are synonymous, a small kitchen within a kitchen. A scullery is a space for cleaning dishes, food preparation, and additional storage out of the main kitchen. These spaces are so charming, adorned with furniture-like cabinetry and wallpaper that definitely beats out a walk-in closet pantry with wire shelves.


2. Panel Ready Appliances

Charming galley kitchen with Farrow & Ball Railings cabinetry, marble countertops and shelf, and beautiful vintage French-inspired style range

Panel ready appliances that hide the refrigerator and dishwasher is one of the most elevated design selections you can make. This turns your working kitchen into an impressive entertainment space, even in the smallest of kitchen footprints.


3. Two+ Tone

Two-tone kitchen cabinetry with dark blue lower cabinets, island and white uppers with charming wallpaper pantry and reclaimed white oak beams and posts

Contrast is a major design element that needs to be considered in every space. This can be accomplished by interchanging different paint colors and wood cabinetry, differing countertops between perimeter and island, and mixing finishes.


4. Mixed Backsplash

Charming kitchen renovation mixing square  tile with horizontal shiplap backsplash with walnut corner floating shelves

Backsplashes are a big design element of itself. They can be subtle using monochromatic colors and standard shapes or make a statement with colors, patterns and shapes. This mix of simple 4x4 white tile and horizontal shiplap from the Whitegate Lane phase one renovation is so charming and will stand the test of trends.


5. Range Feature

Range alcove with white oak mantel, niches within the walls, and a solid quartz backsplash, opposite beautiful black windows above the sink

An alcove range is so charming and definitely a design element to consider in your kitchen renovation. This feature does take away storage space but it sure is a beautiful feature when space allows.


6. Glass Doors

Charming white glass cabinet doors and blue island in kitchen renovation with modern lighting
Design by Construction2Style | Cabinetry by Jkath Design Build + Reinvent

Glass cabinet doors stand the test of time and bring a lot of old school charm to modern day kitchen design. Display your beautiful dishes and treat it as a piece of art.


7. Large Windows

Charming city kitchen with a wall of beautiful windows over a farmhouse sink and artisan backsplash tile

Controversial as it may be, large windows are worth the sacrifice of storage. Natural light is one of the most important design elements and a wall of windows is quite the feature. It's the perfect backdrop while washing dishes and food prepping.


8. Craftsman Island

Charming city tudor style kitchen with archways and a beautifully crafted baker's table island
Tudor style kitchen renovation with custom craftsman baker's table and beautiful wood window trim

A kitchen island doesn't always have to be a large square of storage. This specialty custom crafted island is so charming for this modern Tudor kitchen renovation.


9. Backsplash to the Ceiling

Industrial city inspired kitchen with porcelain brick backsplash to the ceiling and modern flat front cabinets with a large black window

Commit to the backsplash selection by bringing it all the way to the ceiling, even if it's a bold pattern. This shows intention and is anything but builder grade.


10. Furniture-Like Cabinetry

Charming custom hutch cabinetry in a modern Tudor kitchen renovation that looks like an heirloom piece of furniture

We are incredibly proud of our custom cabinet shop, a major benefit that sets our firm apart. With this offering we're able to design and build custom cabinetry that look like heirloom furniture pieces, like this charming hutch at the modern Goodrich Tudor project.


11. Solid Surface Backsplash

Some tile patterns and colors go out of style after time. A solid surface material feels elegant and timeless.


12. Wood Elements

We believe in incorporating wood features in every design. We love to use reclaimed wood in floating shelves, beams, etc. to bring natural charm element to a kitchen design, especially in contrast to painted cabinetry.


13. Built-In Casual Dining

Custom U-shaped built in dining nook breakfast banquette with reclaimed wood ceiling surrounded by beautiful black windows

Built-in dining benches are a major space saver as it doesn't require as much space to push chairs in and out. A built in dining bench is especially useful in smaller kitchen/dining spaces. Pushing the dining area tight up against the wall instead of in the center of a room allows for utilizing space better elsewhere, particularly expanding a kitchen.


14. Minimal Upper Cabinets

White upper cabinets grounded by custom white oak base cabinets with playful fish scale tile backsplash and floating shelves

Minimizing the amount of upper cabinets makes a space feel larger, especially in a large space. Utilizing lower cabinet is more ergonomically better for storage.


15. Cozy Corners

Beautiful turquoise blue barn dark leading to step-in pantry which used to be a hall closet

One of the most charming elements of a kitchen design is featuring and utilizing every nook. Modifying an adjacent hall closet into a beautiful pantry, hanging pots/pans on a shallow wall, or adding open shelves next to a window. Creating special small vignettes throughout will definitely spark joy.


Even in the smallest of kitchen footprints these charming kitchen design ideas will provide modern livability for cozy living. Create special moments with unique elements such as wood features, material application and space planning.


Need help planning your upcoming kitchen renovation? Check out our design services to begin planning.


Cheers,

Katie Wick and Jkath Team

Take a look at a few recent projects that we've completed.

11th Avenue - Kitchen Renovation

Country Club - Whole House Renovation

Josephine Place - Whole House Renovation


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