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13 L Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/11/2021

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The L-shaped kitchen often gets forgotten, but this efficient kitchen layout provides plenty of design opportunities. With the right layout and design elements, there’s ample room for counter space, storage, and extras like an island or eat-in dining table.

Plus, there are the usual design elements to play with like color, cabinet style, and backsplash to add personality. Take a look at these L-shaped kitchen design ideas to get the creativity flowing. 

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Eat-In L-Shaped Kitchen Ideas

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L-shaped kitchens leave all kinds of space in the room's middle. This little kitchen could hold more than a table for two, but as is, it creates a quiet area for morning coffee.

If you’re looking for unique design inspiration, take in the faux wood plank backsplash that ties in with the yummy leather kitchen chairs. The white and warm wood color palette feels fresh and natural all at once. 

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Dark L-Shaped Kitchen Ideas

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Don’t underestimate the drama of dark (in this case black) kitchen cabinets. Dark cabinets up the drama factor while looking good, too.

This L-shaped kitchen features a black and white color palette that’s warmed with wood floors. The combo feels modern without being cold. We also like the cabinet fronts that create a continuous visual line from one end of the kitchen to the other. 

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L-Shaped Kitchen Ideas With Mobile Island

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This beautiful kitchen features a black and white color palette with red accents. Classic white subway tile extends to the ceiling, giving the room height.

As far as L-shaped kitchens go, it’s the addition of the mobile island that we love. Mobile islands provide extra food prep space wherever you need it. In a small kitchen, these little islands extend your counter and storage space without gobbling up the whole kitchen. 

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White L-Shaped Kitchen Ideas

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A clean white kitchen stays cheery no matter the weather. This kitchen’s classic shaker cabinets add to the timeless appeal. To fill the open space in this L-shaped kitchen, a gorgeous chevron rug brings color and pattern.

This kitchen's designer used the rug for much needed visual interest, depth, and movement. Kitchen rugs are an excellent way to brighten an otherwise neutral color palette. You can change out the rug for the season or when you’re ready for a new accent color. 

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Blue And White L-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

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This L-shaped kitchen laughs in the face of tradition with royal blue lowers. The white uppers blend into the subway tile backsplash, reflecting light as they disappear into the background.

The effect accentuates the bright blue and overall shape of the kitchen. Mixing and matching colors in an L-shaped kitchen adds visual interest to the wall-hugging cabinets. When white is paired with a dark lower color, it creates the illusion of opening the wall space without sacrificing cabinet space.

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Bright And Bold L-Shaped Kitchen Design

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L-shaped kitchens easily become boring due to their traditional shape. You can change the kitchen from boring to brilliant with bright colors and glossy fronts. It transforms this kitchen from a functional workspace into a work of art.

If you go bright, consider balance. This kitchen doesn’t get overwhelmed by the bright yellow cabinets because they’re mixed with the neutral gray. It’s bright and inviting without falling on the garish side. 

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Patterned Backsplash In The L-shaped Kitchen

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Here’s another L-shaped kitchen with unusual cabinet colors and simple modern fronts. However, it’s not the cabinet color (though gorgeous) that caught our eye. It’s the patterned backsplash, with its vintage pattern, that stands out.

Subtly beautiful, it pulls together the surprising black wall with the dusty blue fronts. Somehow, it feels like grandma’s house stepped into the modern era and remains cozy and inviting. 

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Dual Color L-Shaped Kitchen With Island

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Modern color palettes mix colors in the kitchen uppers and lowers to add drama, flair, and visual interest. The deep eggplant lowers ground this kitchen, giving it a mellow mood not often found in the kitchen. It almost makes it feel like a high-end restaurant where you get to make the food yourself.

Once again, bright white uppers balance the look as they glow with their under cabinet lighting. Add in the island, and this L-shaped kitchen is the perfect spot to relax with friends and family. 

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Modern L-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

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Put a modern twist on a popular classic. This kitchen’s off-white cabinets with a subtle grain play off of the traditional white, a kitchen favorite.

The backsplash takes center stage with a patchwork collection of patterns, bringing the only color or pattern into the room. It lets this L-shaped kitchen blend into the corner yet remain unforgettable. 

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Gray L-shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

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L-shaped kitchens enjoy popularity due in large part to their efficient use of space. This kitchen tucks away into a corner but subtly demands attention.

The gray-on-gray color palette adds a freshness to the open floor plan but allows the kitchen to sink into the corner. Delicate shades of alternating grays in the hexagon backsplash define the kitchen space and add the right combination shape and linear movement. 

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L-Shaped Kitchen Design With Modern Woods

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The flat fronts of modern cabinet doors aren’t limited to colors. They include traditional materials like faux or real wood with a simple, sleek front. Wood’s natural warmth welcomes you into this kitchen.

The tiles in the backsplash add texture and dimension, creating another level to the design. 

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Glass Backsplash For L-Shaped Kitchen Design

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Spice up the L-shaped kitchen with a glass backsplash. These beautiful backsplashes reflect light, add gloss, and come in a wide range of colors, including large-scale patterns.

In this kitchen, the blue backsplash breaks up the monochromatic color palette. It leads the eye through the kitchen, while the sleek cabinet fronts melt into the background.

The other eye catching feature — the chevron wood floors. Warm in color and unusual in layout, they’re stunning yet fun. 

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The Long L-Shaped Kitchen

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The long L-shaped kitchen provides a serious amount of counter space. This same space could function as a galley kitchen. However, the L-shape keeps the room open and spacious, large enough for an eat-in kitchen where friends and family can gather while you cook.