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8 Simple Kitchen Design Ideas

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/12/2021

Daniela Gisin-Krumsick

The kitchen is kind of like the heart of the home. It’s where you get all of your food from, after all. Because of all the moving parts — AKA appliances — that go into a kitchen, you have to have a pretty nice and functional space in there, or else you’ll never want to pay it a visit.

If you’re in the market for a new kitchen, or you just love to look at different designs, then check out these fantastic simple kitchen ideas. They may be simple, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t full of character and charm.


Simple Two-Toned Kitchen Design

No one ever said simple had to mean boring. While you really can’t go wrong with shaker style cabinets, you can also elevate the look of your simple kitchen by using two-tone cabinetry.

The darker cabinets on the bottom give the kitchen body, while the lighter ones on top keep the room looking bright and spacious. The contrast between the two is truly out of this world. The simple white backsplash and countertops give the space even more airiness without being too distracting.

The coolest part of this kitchen, though, is its brass-colored hardware. That color really pairs well with both the top and bottom cabinets, making the whole thing look super cohesive with a modern touch. 


Kitchen With Modern Wooden Cabinetry

The design of this kitchen takes a bit of inspiration from minimalism and employs it in a rather spacious area. The natural wooden island and accents give the whole thing a modern feel, all while looking clean and inviting.

Contrasting that with both light- and dark-colored cabinets means that this space is anything but ordinary. The black hardware and light countertops stand out, but not in a way that would distract from the rest of the room.

It all comes together so cohesively, showing how different design elements won’t make a room look busy or like it has too much going on. Though the concept is quite simple in nature, that just adds to this room’s abundance of charm.


Easy-Breezy Small Simple Kitchen

This is a kitchen that really knows how to make use of limited space. Though there isn’t much room, the amount of cabinets that were fit into this space is quite impressive.

Using all white cabinets and a white backsplash keeps the entire space feeling a lot more spacious than it actually is, which really works to this kitchen’s favor. The black hardware helps keep the kitchen grounded and stop it from looking too one-tone.

And of course, who could forget the butcher block countertops? Not only do they help give the space a bit more contrast, but they’re functional, too, meaning that every single part of this kitchen is taking its limited space into consideration and making it work.

This is a great design idea for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of room to work with.


Simple Rustic Kitchen With Turquoise Cabinets

A bit more on the rustic side, this simple yet gorgeous kitchen keeps things interesting with some uniquely colored cabinets. Seriously, these turquoise cabinets look absolutely perfect in this space.

They’re so subtle and clean, all while acting as the main focus of the kitchen. Paired with a white sink and countertops as well as a contrasting kitchen island, the whole thing feels so light and fresh.

Additionally, the use of shelves on the walls, rather than adding more cabinets, gives the entire kitchen a more simplistic feel, but also provides a bit more space for decorating.


Simple Modern Kitchen Design

This ultra modern kitchen looks so cool, with its sleek lines and minimalist atmosphere. The flat-paneled cabinets and lack of hardware give the entire kitchen this seamless, monochromatic feel which works well in the room’s limited space.

The copper accents along the light and the stools help to give the space a little bit more contrast, and the marble backsplash and floor tiles provide just enough texture to keep the space from losing any visual appeal.

This is the perfect kind of kitchen for anyone who loves clean lines and seamless finishes, as well as for anyone who can’t help but love that ultra modern style. 


Small Simple Country Kitchen

There’s something about this kitchen that feels so inviting. It could be its cozy size and layout, or perhaps it’s the warm, country feel employed throughout. But whatever it is, it’s really working for this room.

This space proves that all-white kitchens can work really well if you know what you’re doing with them. The white walls, counters, cabinets, and backsplash tiles all fit in well with each other, both without clashing or looking like too much of the same.

Of course, all of the earthy accents help to contrast all of the white.


Simple Kitchen With An Island Centerpiece

This kitchen is a little bit country, a little bit modern, and entirely fresh and unique. Rather than have a two-toned look throughout, it has white cabinets all along the walls, and a natural wooden island in the middle.

Though this contrast isn’t as dramatic as white paired with a darker color, it’s still visually really interesting and cohesive. And the gray countertops that run throughout the kitchen bring everything together.


Farmhouse Kitchen Design

This farmhouse-style kitchen is so charming and timeless. It uses classic elements, like shaker cabinets and a stainless steel stove.

Then it combines those with elements that feel a bit more rustic and vintage, like the white dishwasher and oven, and the exposed ceiling joists. Yet, it doesn’t feel incomplete, nor does it look like a mishmash of different styles. 

The kitchen, in fact, feels like its own unique space in the way it brings a bunch of different elements together to create one cohesive style.