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U-Shaped Kitchen Ideas

321 Almenar, Greenbrae
321 Almenar, Greenbrae
Beth Holland Design
Example of a trendy u-shaped light wood floor and beige floor kitchen design in San Francisco with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a peninsula and white countertops
Villa Coublay
Villa Coublay
Srote & Co Architects | Planners | Interiors
Interior Design by others. French country chateau, Villa Coublay, is set amid a beautiful wooded backdrop. Native stone veneer with red brick accents, stained cypress shutters, and timber-framed columns and brackets add to this estate's charm and authenticity. A twelve-foot tall family room ceiling allows for expansive glass at the southern wall taking advantage of the forest view and providing passive heating in the winter months. A largely open plan design puts a modern spin on the classic French country exterior creating an unexpected juxtaposition, inspiring awe upon entry.
Contemporary-Modern Property in Santa Monica!
Contemporary-Modern Property in Santa Monica!
ESTATE PHOTOS L.A
Example of a trendy u-shaped light wood floor and beige floor kitchen design in Los Angeles with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops
Tuxedo Kitchen Remodel
Tuxedo Kitchen Remodel
Kovalinskiy Design, LLC
Inspiration for a transitional u-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen remodel in Other with a farmhouse sink, recessed-panel cabinets, black cabinets, white backsplash, stainless steel appliances and white countertops
Beautiful Santa Barbara Residential Remodel
Beautiful Santa Barbara Residential Remodel
DesignArt Studios
Transitional u-shaped dark wood floor and brown floor kitchen photo in Santa Barbara with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, white backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops
Elegant White Kitchen for Family Gatherings and Baking
Elegant White Kitchen for Family Gatherings and Baking
Normandy Remodeling
A coffee bar with a small sink for guests and the upper glass front cabinets make it easy for guests to choose the correct cabinet to get their glasses. The beverage center also makes it easy for guests to take what they want while others are using the fridge.
Residential Overhaul
Residential Overhaul
STUDIO 89
Enclosed kitchen - transitional u-shaped dark wood floor enclosed kitchen idea in Other with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, metallic backsplash, metal backsplash, paneled appliances and an island
Colorful Midcentury Modern Kitchen
Colorful Midcentury Modern Kitchen
North Shore Kitchen & Bath
Mid-sized 1950s u-shaped gray floor and concrete floor eat-in kitchen photo in Milwaukee with an undermount sink, flat-panel cabinets, blue cabinets, quartz countertops, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a peninsula, white countertops and multicolored backsplash
Our Work
Our Work
Italian Tile Imports
Inspiration for a large transitional u-shaped marble floor eat-in kitchen remodel in New York with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, soapstone countertops, white backsplash, porcelain backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Modern Farmhouse Remodel
Modern Farmhouse Remodel
House of Brazier
A full, custom kitchen remodel turned a once-dated and awkward layout into a spacious modern farmhouse kitchen with crisp black and white contrast, double islands, a walk-in pantry and ample storage.
Village at Silverleaf
Village at Silverleaf
Cullum Homes
Trendy u-shaped light wood floor and beige floor kitchen photo in Phoenix with a farmhouse sink, recessed-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, white backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and white countertops
St. Jude Showplace Home
St. Jude Showplace Home
John Buchan Homes
Example of a large transitional u-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor kitchen design in Seattle with an undermount sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble countertops, gray backsplash, glass tile backsplash, paneled appliances, an island and white countertops
Gallery
Gallery
Future Vision Remodeling
Inspiration for a large craftsman u-shaped medium tone wood floor and brown floor eat-in kitchen remodel in San Francisco with raised-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, granite countertops, gray backsplash, ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and an undermount sink
Cape Cod Traditional
Cape Cod Traditional
BAR Design + Construction
Example of a large transitional u-shaped medium tone wood floor eat-in kitchen design in Los Angeles with a farmhouse sink, white cabinets, solid surface countertops, multicolored backsplash, porcelain backsplash, stainless steel appliances, an island and beaded inset cabinets
Devon Court
Devon Court
M.N. Reale
Large elegant u-shaped medium tone wood floor eat-in kitchen photo in Orange County with a double-bowl sink, raised-panel cabinets, medium tone wood cabinets, quartzite countertops, beige backsplash, ceramic backsplash and stainless steel appliances
Modern Slate Kitchen
Modern Slate Kitchen
Lisa & Leroy
Out with the white, in with the slate. Darker cabinets with light terracotta tile backsplash and grey veined quartz counters were an ideal combo for this open concept kitchen.
Custom Backsplash Niche in Wayne PA
Custom Backsplash Niche in Wayne PA
MacLaren Kitchen and Bath
Design, Fabrication, Install and Photography by MacLaren Kitchen and Bath Cabinetry: Centra/Mouser Square Inset style. Coventry Doors/Drawers and select Slab top drawers. Semi-Custom Cabinetry, mouldings and hardware installed by MacLaren and adjusted onsite. Decorative Hardware: Jeffrey Alexander/Florence Group Cups and Knobs Backsplash: Handmade Subway Tile in Crackled Ice with Custom ledge and frame installed in Sea Pearl Quartzite Countertops: Sea Pearl Quartzite with a Half-Round-Over Edge Sink: Blanco Large Single Bowl in Metallic Gray Extras: Modified wooden hood frame, Custom Doggie Niche feature for dog platters and treats drawer, embellished with a custom Corian dog-bone pull.
Luxury Kitchen
Luxury Kitchen
Garrison Hullinger Interior Design Inc.
Blackstone Edge
Large transitional u-shaped dark wood floor kitchen photo in New York with a farmhouse sink, shaker cabinets, white cabinets, marble countertops, white backsplash, porcelain backsplash, stainless steel appliances and an island
Alexandria Elegant Kitchen and Handsome Master Bath Addition
Alexandria Elegant Kitchen and Handsome Master Bath Addition
Braswell Design+Build
This 1930s home in the hills of Belle Haven had a kitchen that was compartmentalized from the rest of the first floor. Entering required walking through the dining room. Space at the right side of the kitchen near the back door was not being used. Relocating the kitchen's sink, dishwasher and range to the right and rear sides of the home not only opened up the kitchen to be more functional, but also allowed for better circulation. The foyer now connects to the kitchen, and the back door is now in line with the entrance. Elegant, double French doors that open out to the screen porch replaced a small door from the screen porch that opened in. (A corner cabinet with wine bar fits nicely in a corner that was once blocked by the range.) The entrance from the dining room to the kitchen was widened to double its size. In addition, a wrap around counter allows more natural light from the rear of the house into the dining room. Cotton white cabinets from Crystal Cabinet Works and a CaesarStone Noble Grey countertop make this handsome kitchen shine. Photography: Greg Hadley
North Greenwich Cottage Renovation
North Greenwich Cottage Renovation
Significant Homes LLC
Charles Hilton Architects, Robert Benson Photography From grand estates, to exquisite country homes, to whole house renovations, the quality and attention to detail of a "Significant Homes" custom home is immediately apparent. Full time on-site supervision, a dedicated office staff and hand picked professional craftsmen are the team that take you from groundbreaking to occupancy. Every "Significant Homes" project represents 45 years of luxury homebuilding experience, and a commitment to quality widely recognized by architects, the press and, most of all....thoroughly satisfied homeowners. Our projects have been published in Architectural Digest 6 times along with many other publications and books. Though the lion share of our work has been in Fairfield and Westchester counties, we have built homes in Palm Beach, Aspen, Maine, Nantucket and Long Island.

U-shaped kitchens are ideal for large homes or simply for home cooks who like lots of counter space. This type of kitchen layout consists of three adjacent segments that form a wrap-around shape, but can vary widely in shape and size. While you browse our extensive collection of photos below, consider the following U-shaped kitchen ideas and how you might incorporate them into your home.

U-Shaped Kitchen Layout Ideas

There are a number of ways you can approach a U-shaped kitchen layout, and the best solution will depend on the size of your home and how you’ll use the space. Typically, a U-shaped kitchen will have some sort of work triangle, in which your oven and stovetop are on one side, your sink and dishwasher on another side and your refrigerator on yet another side. If you’re taking on a remodel, think about the layout that will make the most sense while cooking. For example, you don’t want to have to walk a long ways from a prep zone to the stove.

In terms of dimensions, there are countless possible variations on the U-shape. You can have short tails and a long mid-section, and the tails needn’t be the same size. Especially if you’re looking for U-shaped kitchen ideas for a small space, you could install a short peninsula in an L-shaped kitchen for just a bit of extra counter space. If you have a galley kitchen that connects to a wall, you can turn it into a U-shape by installing an appliance or countertop on one side. Putting your oven or refrigerator between the two counters is a smart choice to optimize your prep space.

On the other hand, if you’ve got a large U-shaped kitchen, make use of the extra space by putting an island in the center of it. You may even be able to add bar stool seating around the island for casual eating and entertaining. If you’d like to keep the kitchen as a cooking-only zone, you can also add seating to a peninsula countertop that doesn’t back up to a wall.

U-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

In a U-shaped kitchen, lighting is important to keep the space feeling open and inviting. If you’re remodeling and you have the option, try to position a large window on the middle wall of the kitchen to let the light in. You can also install a bold pendant light in the middle of the space for a striking focal point. In general, U-shaped kitchens are prone to feeling cramped or overbearing, so you’ll want to find ways to lead the eye through the space. Open-shelving can actually work very well in a U-shaped kitchen to make the space feel lighter.

With all of the counter space in a U-shaped kitchen, you might also consider segmenting different sections for particular tasks. You could install butcher block on one side of the kitchen for a prep station, cool marble for a baking zone and granite or tile elsewhere. And you might even have room to install a wine fridge or a second oven within your wrap-around cabinet space.


Whether you want inspiration for planning an u-shaped kitchen renovation or are building a designer kitchen from scratch, Houzz has 352,512 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Lisa & Leroy and MacLaren Kitchen and Bath. Look through kitchen pictures in different colors and styles and when you find an u-shaped kitchen design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful u-shaped kitchen photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.