30 Open Concept Kitchens (Pictures of Designs & Layouts)

Welcome to our open concept kitchens design gallery. An open style kitchen is ideal for those who desire a fluid living space between the kitchen and living room or dining areas. An open layout that flows from multiple rooms, such as the dining area to the living room, can be ideal for families or those who like to entertain.

Amazing open concept kitchen with stained ceiling beams

In the photo above is a very spacious traditional style kitchen with a contemporary update brings together both contemporary and classic styles. The traditional style cabinets in light cream comprises the main cabinetry, while the massive kitchen island adapts a bold cobalt blue finish.

All counters are topped with a slab of marble for an elegant touch, while the walls are clad with marble subway tiles. The ceiling with exposed wooden beams is also interesting as it uses a textured wallpaper instead of a plain paint finish.

Open Concept Kitchen Ideas

Many homeowners these days are looking for open concept kitchens that can bring the entire family together and allow for easy entertaining and conversation. One of the great things about an open concept design is that even small kitchens can feel larger with an open layout.

Here are some of the best benefits of an open kitchen layout.

  • Eliminates walls that can reduce natural sunlight
  • Creates the illusion of a larger space for gathering and eating together
  • Encourages conversations by making it easy for friends and family to talk with the cook
  • Brings the family together to help with meal prep, social occasions, and helps keep small children within eye-shot
  • Allows for eat-in dining and a more casual lifestyle

Kitchen with large eat-in island and swimming pool view.

A mixture of contemporary and classic, this kitchen is sure to bring that classic beauty to any modern space.

Ash oak engineered wood floors and off-white painted walls set a soft neutral mood to the entire interior, while the flat white of the kitchen cabinets definitely pops out.

The main cabinets uses black soapstone & white subway tiles for its countertop and backsplash respectively, while the large kitchen island uses white soapstone instead.

Open Layout

Single wall design with green cabinets and rectangular island

What’s more trendy and functional all at the same time is to have an open style kitchen that ease accessibility and merge the whole space dramatically.

There are a variety of trends that an open style can be adopted accordingly to suit your desire, maintaining the functionality to match the existing aesthetic of the home.

Single wall open kitchens usually bears a set of cabinetry on one side allowing ease of circulation and space serving. The storing and food preparing happens on the side of the single wall creating an expansive view of the open space overall.

Single wall cabinetry including a sink addresses a more compact layout of the work triangle which is between the refrigerator, store and the sink.

Open-plan living first appeared with the Case Study house designs of Charles Eames and Pierre Koenig in California in the 1940s and ’50s. Their intention was to bring modern open space to average American homes. – The Kitchen, John Ota

A kitchen island on the other hand functions as a storage space, food preparation area and a dining space while minimizing furniture, yet creating a collaborative view of the whole interior.

If an island doesn’t seem like the ideal solution for your space, there is always an option to shape the open layout with furniture, such as an additional table or peninsula, that serves the purpose.

The idea of having an open floor plan is another reason that guests feel comfortable not leaving the living or the dining room. This is especially useful for those wanting to keep an eye on young children, spending more time with family members or for entertaining guests.

Some open kitchen spaces are divided considering the wet and dry areas. As a solution to the emerging problem, many homeowners extend the tabletop to the living room or the dining room to prevent the problem.

The extended tabletops or the kitchen islands could be easily converted into a mini bar area with an addition of few bar stools to fit your need. Installing open ledges instead of closed cabinetry are a modern approach that many of the homeowners adopt.

Open concept layouts and the rest of the home areas can be designed to be easily merged, when in doubt separating the areas with an object such as a couch or a rug or in terms of lighting, placing a large chandelier or an existing interior feature such as an attached wall are options at hand.

The open concept kitchen’s aesthetic are of vital importance. The lighting, color palette, flooring are some aspects that needs to be addressed sensitively.

The most interesting feature of open spaces is the unobstructed view that is visible from one end to the other. This helps to maintain a regular aesthetic throughout the home by merging the open concept floor plan within the entire household.

Considering certain situations, designs range from two island kitchens that comprise a work triangle for both islands.

Even though open spaces lack privacy, the world where gender roles are neutralized demands an open layout. The interaction-provoking layout is a wise strategy to be used in modern-day household. 

The smell of the open space kitchen can be a real practical problem. The problem can be solved by installing a half wall with a glass partitioning on top that functions as an open design all at the same time.

Open concept kitchens have their own pros and cons. For instance, ease of accessibility and circulation are positive attributes of having an open space layout. Encouraging communication and an expanded view of the whole house are the advantages that is a result of minimalist walls.

The ease of storage and space management is of vital importance to any household. The aesthetic that it carries with a modern, sleek appearance are interesting elements that adds up to the design of the house.

Even though the open kitchen was designed in a particular way that lacked privacy, the pros are definitely at an advantage.

Industrial style room with engineered hardwood floor

An industrial kitchen with an excellent combination of dark and light colors. Beige walls provide a nice neutral background for the wengue-stained cabinets.

This is paired with turquoise countertops for that bold pop of color and a stainless-steel finish kitchen island. The combination is unique and brings out a polished industrial-style vibe.

Open to Dining Room

Tundra gray marble

An open transitional style kitchen, this time using oatmeal painted kitchen cabinets to match with the pale yellow/cream walls. These colors, along with the ash wood floors and the light yellow glass subway tiles make a nice and soft color scheme, creating a feminine and elegant look.

Large central island with sink

This lovely open design kitchen features a floor plan that includes a designated living room area that shares space with a living room area. Hardwood flooring is carried throughout the space along with a wood plank ceiling with exposed beams.

Bright kitchen with two types of cabinets

Another contemporary take on classic style kitchen, using simple paneled cabinets in a combination of white and gray, making a timeless, gender-neutral space.

The open layout directly connects it to the dining and living area, but because of the excellent choice of finishes, it can easily match whatever style the other areas of the house adapts.

Classy kitchen with seamless flow and two islands

This elegant neo-classic style kitchen space matches with the rest of the contemporary neo-classic furniture pieces in the home.

The layout of this open plan is unique, in which it occupies 2 parallel walls for the main cabinets, while the dining area is placed right in between the two cabinets, as there is a large floor space available.

The main kitchen cabinets use a cream paint finish with marble top, while the kitchen islands goes for a darker wengue finish with the same marble top.

Kitchen with Calacatta Colorado marble

Open concept kitchens are highly sought after for those who enjoy entertaining and casual family living. The interiors of this space is composed of mostly white Calacatta Colorado marble countertop, making it look crisp and clean.

The cabinets also uses the same flat white color and matching white subway tiles for the backsplash to match with the general look of the interiors.

To add little bit more variety and contrast, the kitchen island uses Mahogany finish, making it stand out from the rest of the other white surfaces, but without upstaging other elements of the design.

The large breakfast bar is an inviting place to eat or help prepare food, while the bright window seat bench is another little touch that adds a lot of personality and charm to the room.

Kkitchen with carrara marble

This rustic style kitchen has a very strategic location, having excellent vantage point while cooking to both the dining and the living areas as it is placed in the corner.

This allows you to work in the cooking area and the same time, accommodate/entertain guests whether they are in the dining or in the living room, or both.

Since the architecture has a rustic country appeal, the coloring and decor also follow, adapting a weathered beige paint finish for the base cabinets with a solid wood slab bar counter top and granite counter top for the corner island.

Kitchen with unenclosed layout and dining nook

A contemporary French style interior with a nice open layout adapts an all-white scheme for its small open kitchen. Contemporary panel detailing and leg turning details are applied in the cabinets and island, giving it that authentic classic French country vibe.

A cozy breakfast nook with colorful cushions is tucked into a corner of the room which offers a great place to sit, eat and socialize. The connected sitting room is basically unfurnished and is a blank canvas, except for the patterned two armchairs.

Kitchen open to dining area

A transitional style open kitchen with classic design inspiration adapts a combination of two toned wengue and white finish for its cabinets. The main cabinets uses wengue finish with beige granite top, while the 2-level  island uses white base with the same beige granite top.

The combination of finishes gives this small kitchen a modern update, along with the use of metal bar stools and modern lighting fixtures.

Rustic wood kitchen with amarelo ornamental granite

Some traditional kitchen island designs such as this example, can be on the “heavier” side, using large and thick solid materials and shaped details.

The open layout of this gourmet kitchen helps tone down this “heavy” look, so despite of its use of large blocks and slabs of  stones and dark oak wood cabinets and furniture, it still manages to look bright and light.

Kitchen with cambria preston quartz

This modern transitional style kitchen uses classic solid mahogany cabinets and combines it with the more modern gray granite counters, for a more interesting look.

This floor plan is directly connected to the dining area, and has large windows, allowing much natural light into the space.

Transitional dark cabinet kitchen l shape

Open floor plans are usually applied on houses with more limited spaces such as this one. You can see how it efficiently divides the limited space between the kitchen, dining and living areas, without sacrificing comfort and ease of movement.

This design also exhibits excellent contrast, using a good balance of light and dark colors, such as the dark ebony cabinets combined with a white paneled island and solid wood ebony finish bar stools.

Open to Living Room

Design layouts with the kitchen and living area in the same room have become very popular for those who like to entertain, spend more time with family, or just keep an eye on small children.

An open floor plan is great for someone who doesn’t want to cook alone or feel isolated during meal preparation. For even more ideas visit our page showcasing open kitchen designs with living room here.

Craftsman kitchen with vaulted ceiling

Another contemporary kitchen space adapting an open layout, making it look really spacious and airy. The cabinets are all matching, using solid teak wood for the cabinets and black granite for the counter top and backsplash.

The bar stools used also matches the general color scheme of the room, using black iron framing with upholstered seats.

Kitchen with quartz counter and chandelier

The use of stone cladding and classic silhouettes really gives this kitchen that authentic classic vibe. This luxury kitchen design is only semi-open, having direct access to the dining and living area via a large archway.

The kitchen itself is composed of 3 parallel counters, 2 wall counters in weathered ash finish and one island in aged white finish. The main counters were topped with a thick slab of white quartz, while the other island, uses beige quartz.

Kitchen with golden crystal granite

A lovely open layout kitchen which directly connects the space to the living and dining areas. The style is a contemporary take on classic cabinet silhouettes, using traditional style with a more modern finishing.

Main cabinets were painted in white and topped with flat-nosed marble for a more modern profile, and the large island goes for a solid teak wood finish with marble to to contrast with the white main cabinets.

Right above it are 3 classic metal pendant lamps, and for the barstools, upholstered camelback was the chair of choice.

Kitchen with betularie granite

This massive open kitchen is unique as it is able to effectively delineate itself from the rest of the house, without resorting to partitions and walls, creating a big, open space.

The only thing dividing the layout from the rest of the house is the corner bar island. Style-wise, it uses classic walnut finished cabinets with beige sandstone counter top polished to perfection.

Open kitchen with silvestre gray granite counters

Another transitional style kitchen adapting an open layout to help make it look more spacious and appealing. The cabinets adapt a contemporary take of classic paneled cabinets, topped with dark gray granite, creating a classic but effective combination of finishes. This also matches with the overall gray and white color scheme of the house.

Kitchen with wood pillars and large dining island

Not only does this house have high ceiling, it also adapts an open layout, creating a airy and spacious-looking interiors, perfect for those who love good open spaces.

The space itself is of a traditional kitchen design, with a combination of white cabinets and grey countertop and stone backsplash for the main cabinets and dark mahogany finish of the island and breakfast table area.

Kitchen with exposed beams and two level island

This country-inspired kitchen adapts a semi-open layout. It is separated from the living area via a very large archway, creating an unobstructed view and path to and from the cooking and dining area. The cabinets used are golden teak, topped with round-nosed beige granite counters.

Kitchen with spacious and expansive views

As this space already has bold yellow gold walls, the kitchen cabinets goes for a more neutral & toned down feel, using modern panel cabinets in white topped with brown granite counters.

The all-white cabinets helps balance out the bold yellows of the walls and the subtle orange of the floors, but at the same time, it doesn’t completely stand out as its countertops still blend in with the yellows and oranges of the basic interior finishes.

Kitchen with breakfast bar island and farmhouse sink

The smooth, dark walnut floors of this space set a sleek and elegant background perfect for this transitional style kitchen.

The dark floors allow the cool all-white cabinets to really pop-out, creating a bright-looking space with a combination of white cabinets, white soapstone counters and white backsplash tiles.

Kitchen with stone floors and off white cabinetry

This is another all-white, neo-classic inspired kitchen design with an open layout, creating a bright and spacious look.

All cabinets uses white finish with carrara marble countertop for an elegant finish, while the light cream marble flooring gives a soft warm color reflection to the cabinets and walls, softening the stark white finish to a softer, warmer white.

Open concept kitchens that open to the dining room such as the picture shown here can be ideal for entertaining. White cabinets and marble cooking counters

This expansive home features dark ebony wood floors that really sets an excellent base that makes the all-white raised panel kitchen cabinets pop out. The space has an open layout with high ceiling, creating a bright and airy space.

The traditional style white kitchen with marble countertop is a high-end classic beauty, making it look perfect whatever other style of furniture pieces you put into the space.

Kitchen with porcelain tile floors

Open concept kitchens with islands equipped with large breakfast bars are great for families on the go, and for those who enjoy being part of the conversation while in the room.

This small space has a unique dynamic layout which effectively separates the foor prep area from the other areas of the house without totally blacking it out/separating it.

The bar counter serves as the divider between the kitchen and the living area, providing a low and non-obstructive division between the two areas.

Kitchen with bianco venatino marble

Simplicity and elegance definitely stands out with this traditional open kitchen concept. The paneled cabinets are all finished in an off-white color for a clean and light look, white the counter top is a classic combination of white marble and white subway tiles.

The timeless look of this kitchen can match any design style, be it modern or the more traditional looks, making an excellent design choice.

Modern kitchen with large island with chrome bar stools

This modern open concept kitchen is alluring with its large veneer cabinetry contrasting against beige granite countertops and tile flooring. The cabinetry features all of the appliances within a short distance maximizing the steps needed for cooking.

The transitional space opens up to a large dining table with plenty of natural light from an array of windows.

Large globe pendant lights are a contemporary touch while an elegant chandelier brings a touch of traditional to this otherwise modern space. The large island with chrome bar stools provides further opportunity for eat-in dining or entertaining.

Kitchen with limestone counter dark cabinets

The open layout of this kitchen helps make it look more spacious. Due to the layout, the design intends to stay well-coordinated with the rest of the space, using dark wengue finished cabinets to match with the other wood finishes in other parts of the house.

To help tone it down, white counter tops were used, along with matching marble subway back splash tiles.

Are you planning an open concept kitchen remodel in the future? Let us know what you’re planning in the comments. Visit this page for more kitchen island ideas.

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  1. I really liked your example of an open-concept kitchen that utilizes kitchen islands as a way to determine the space and divide between areas. This seems like a great way to design a kitchen for a family as busy as mine since we regularly have guests over that we entertain by feeding them meals we cook ourselves. If I can find a custom home designer that can help me build my kitchen area this way, I’m sure we’ll enjoy it.

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