There are some common layout options to consider when it comes to kitchen design. There are pros and cons to all design possibilities, but it is universally acknowledged that U-shaped kitchens are one of the best solutions. They are highly efficient as they ensure a good workflow, and provide a great deal of storage space and worktop area. With a U-shaped kitchen you have cabinets surrounding you on three sides, so this type of layout requires sufficient room area to fit in.
U-shaped kitchens typically work best with larger interior spaces, but that does not mean you can’t have them in smaller rooms, as well. You just need to ensure that you get enough free area to move around and operate. Of course, having a larger than average room for your U-shaped kitchen is the best case scenario. There you may even be able to add an island counter for a more efficient cooking experience.
No matter how large or small, U-shaped kitchens can be beautifully designed in a classic, traditional or more modern way, depending on your personal preferences. They can be equipped with built-in or stand-alone appliances, and can be fitted with practical storage solutions, such as a Lazy Susan or a pull out basket for those hard to reach spaces in the corners.
Feel free to browse through our gallery of inspirational images with great design ideas for U-shaped kitchen layouts.
This U-shaped kitchen is also fitted with a peninsula counter with seating options. The eggshell cabinetry inspires a sense of luxury and high class, and it is complete with granite countertops and a glass tile backsplash.
Let’s continue with our picture gallery of inspirational images with a U-shaped kitchen featuring an island counter. All cabinets and counters are set in white, and are matched with dark wood, polished granite and terracotta backsplash tiles.
This charming little kitchen is packed with style. It is bright and feels cozy and inviting. It features white kitchen cabinets closing in on a kitchen island made of distressed wood. Stainless steel appliances, on the other hand, add a touch of modern to the mix.
This high-end kitchen design features dark wood cabinets with granite countertops and a tiled backsplash. It has a U-shaped layout with an island counter in the center. Stainless steel appliances add a fancy modern touch to this traditional design.
Have a look at one more traditional kitchen design. Its U-shaped layout is complete with a peninsula counter featuring a pair of wood and leather bar stools. The kitchen is also equipped with stainless steel appliances and a window sink.
Here is another transitional kitchen design set in white and wood. It features a large island counter with a granite countertop. The kitchen is equipped with modern built-in appliances – a French-door fridge, a double oven, a gas hob, and dishwashers.
White colors and clean lines are a perfect choice for a tiny contemporary kitchen such as this one. It’s got a cool sleek appeal, with a playful note to it introduced by the hopscotch carpet on the floor.
Here is a basic kitchen design with a traditional appeal. It may look pretty simple with its distressed wood fronts and plain laminate countertops, but it sure is neatly designed with plenty of cabinets and convenient storage solutions such as a Lazy Susan and pull-out shelves.
Here is a simple kitchen design in beech wood and speckled granite. It may not be flashy, but it sure is convenient with its U-shaped layout and just the right amount of storage space and worktop surface. The glass-tile backsplash adds a nice decorative touch to the design.
Here is another cool kitchen design with a transitional appeal. It has a U-shaped layout and features a striking island counter in black and wood that makes a great focal point right in the center of the room.
Have a look at a kitchen/dining room combo that makes it possible for you to cook and dine in style. Here we have eggshell-colored cabinetry with granite countertops, matched with a dining table and chairs in dark wood.
A modern home is just not complete without a striking up-to-date kitchen design such as this one. This U-shaped kitchen is set in dark wood and light granite, and is equipped with brand new stainless steel appliances.
Here is a clean and bright kitchen design that looks so elegant, you won’t be able to take your eyes off it. Don’t you just love how the white cabinetry blends with the white floor and ceiling, as the dark green tiled backsplash pops out?
This transitional design in white is matched with speckled granite countertops and light oak hardwood flooring. The kitchen is also equipped with a full range of stainless steel appliances, and accommodates a set of matching metal bar stools round the island counter.
If you are afraid that an all-white kitchen may look too sterile and unwelcoming, then you can always throw in a little bit of something else in the mix. For example, here is a kitchen design that is one half white, one half wood and a whole lot of awesome!
This perfectly balanced design in white and grey is sandwiched between a floor and ceiling, both set in wood. Stainless steel appliances and chrome bar stools add a cool metallic shine to the mix. Don’t you love how modern details blend with traditional design in this kitchen proposal?
Here is another U-shaped kitchen with an island counter. The cabinets along the walls are set in white, while the island counter is made of wood that matches the kitchen backsplashes. All cabinets are complete with granite countertops.
A heartwarming traditional design inspires a sense of comfort and cozy, and this is something that will never go out of style. This elegant proposal set in dark wood and white granite is no exception.
Here is a more modern approach to U-shaped kitchen design. Flat panel doors with aluminum profile handles are a perfect choice for a contemporary kitchen such as this one, and a full set of stainless steel appliances are the best finishing detail to it.
Black and white is a timeless color combination, that’s why a monochromatic kitchen design such as this one will never go out of style – especially if it’s made of high quality materials such as hardwood and granite.