11 kitchen ideas that have never occurred to you

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If you're looking some novel and creative ways to make your kitchen stand out from the pack, then look no further, because today we're going to show you some of the most unique kitchen designs we've ever seen. While designing your own kitchen can be a lot of fun, sometimes it's a good idea to consult the professionals in order to get a sense of exactly what's possible and gain a fresh perspective.

The kitchens we're looking at today all feature innovative ideas that most people would never think of, whether they're practical solutions to make your life a whole lot easier, or design tricks to ensure your kitchen looks its best. So if you're designing a brand new kitchen, or simply want to give your current one a bit of an upgrade, you'll find all the little inspiration and motivation you need right here as we take a look at some of the most interesting and exciting kitchens here on homify!

1. Metal hangers

Pot cupboards are often an absolute nightmare, with everything awkwardly stacked and crammed in, making it difficult to reach exactly what you need. You can avoid all of this by using a metal rack to hang your pots from the wall so that they're always at hand.

2. Using shelves instead of cupboards

Richmond - A Kitchen in Three Movements Johnny Grey KitchenSinks & taps
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Richmond—A Kitchen in Three Movements

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One of the most important things to consider when designing a kitchen is storage, and as a general rule you can't have too much of it. While cupboards are great for reducing visual clutter and keeping food fresh, they can also get tiresome when it comes to those items you're reaching for everyday. Instead try using shelves to keep things convenient, we especially like this shelf that includes a rack to store plates and bowls.

3. Patterned floors

The kitchen calls for water resistant materials as there's always going to be a lot of spillage and moisture, so most people opt for tiles on the floor. What they don't consider though is how many decorative options that opens up, as tiles can be made in any design you like, so try getting creative like they have with this varied and dynamic kitchen floor.

4. Wallpaper in the kitchen

We know what you're thinking, and traditionally wallpaper has not been a great idea in the kitchen as the moisture causes it to bubble and rip, but those days are over! Advances in technology mean there's now plenty of options available for water resistant wallpaper, and its versatility in terms of colours and patterns makes it a wonderful addition to any decor.

5. Gallery wall

Kitchens are rarely tapped for their decorative potential, but there's really no reason for that. Try turning any free wall space into a private gallery; as long as you use frames to protect the images or photographs it's a fantastic way to introduce a little personal flair to the kitchen!

6. A stone wall

For a cosy and rustic aesthetic try using a stone feature wall in the kitchen to give your home the appearance of a country cottage. Your home cooked meal will be all the more comforting when you're cooking it an environment like this! It's always a good idea to combine natural materials, and here the timber looks fantastic against the stone, but talk to a kitchen planner to see what would work for you!

7. A black frame

Studio apartments are becoming a mainstay on the property market, meaning we're seeing a lot of open plan living spaces. If this applies to you try differentiating the functional spaces with colour, like they have here with this ultra modern design that features a sleek white kitchen framed by a border of pitch black that looks really impressive.

8. A chalkboard wall

Chalkboard walls are super simple to create, all you need is some chalkboard paint and you're away. The kitchen is a perfect place for chalkboards as you can use it to write down recipes or useful reminders, or alternately just let your creative side run wild like they have here!

9. A monochrome colour palette

No colour palette has quite the impact of simple black and white. It has a vintage appeal, and yet as we see here can also look super futuristic. Using white as a base will keep the room bright, and help the black features to have maximum impact, but what we love about this kitchen is the charred wood floor, a really unique feature that looks stunning.

10. Practical storage solutions

The most important thing for a kitchen is that it's a practical space that's easy to use, after all you're going to be using it at least twice a day. This kitchen is filled with practical solutions to make life easier such as the shelves on the wall, the space under the kitchen sink, and the rail along the back wall that's used to hang pots and utensils.

11. Bursts of colour

If you want a simple way to give your kitchen an injection of energy and fun why not introduce a little colour to the decor! This is especially effective if your kitchen has a neutral base, as any colour will work, but we love the idea of these different coloured pastel chairs, they're so whimsical and funky!

With so many fantastic ideas and different approaches there's sure to be something on this list that speaks to you personally, even if it had never occurred to you before! For more great home tips check out this article on space saving lessons we've learned from small apartments.

Which of these ideas do you want to try out in your kitchen? Let us know in the comments!

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