These House Plans Have the Dreamiest Kitchen Designs We've Ever Seen

Style and storage space? Check out some kitchen plans that are packed with charm.

When it comes to designing a home, the kitchen is typically the most important room to get right. A well-designed kitchen will encourage your family to hang out, make hosting easier, and can even speed up daily meal prep. When done well, a kitchen design has the power to make your home happier and your family more connected.

Unfortunately, coming up with a functional kitchen layout usually involves a long list of options and materials to research, from countertops to flooring and everything in between. To pare down the decisions and eliminate the guesswork, consider a house plan that already has an envy-inducing kitchen included. Find the one that matches your style—whether that's a modern farmhouse or a seaside getaway—then let your contractor handle the rest. We're sharing our favorite Southern Living kitchen designs to help get those creative juices flowing.

Top Southern Living Kitchen Plans

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Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Southern Living modern farmhouse style kitchen with a grey kitchen island, white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances
J. Savage Gibson

If you've ever described your personal home decor style as "modern farmhouse," you binge-watch old episodes of Fixer Upper, and you can't resist an apron-front sink, welcome to your kitchen match made in house plan heaven.

A winning combination of classic white cabinets, a farmhouse sink, and a spacious island join forces in this fail-proof kitchen design.

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Rustic Charm Kitchen

Southern Living rustic style kitchen with a herringbone backsplash, beige cabinets, and a wood kitchen island
Southern Living

This cozy, rustic kitchen is the ultimate entertaining space. The giant kitchen island is the central hub with plenty of room for family and friends to gather. Cabinets extend from floor to ceiling, offering tons of closed storage space.

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Semi-Open Kitchen

Southern Living semi open layout kitchen that has an eat in area, black kitchen island, and white cabinets
Southern Living / Photography by Laurey W Glenn

If you still love the concept of an open layout kitchen, but you also want a clear separation of spaces, this kitchen is a happy medium. Centrally located, this room is visually open to the dining room and living room, yet the half walls topped with glass cabinets carve out a distinct space.

For those who have beautiful dishware, the glass-front cabinets are the ideal way to display them. Don't worry, the closed cabinets below hide less attractive pots, pans, and baking supplies.

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Indoor-Outdoor Kitchen

Southern Living indoor outdoor kitchen design that leads to an outdoor patio space and includes a teal backsplash, grey kitchen island, and white cabinets
Southern Living / Photography by Laurey W. Glenn

Think about your entertaining style. Do friends and family float back and forth from the kitchen to the patio? This design plan makes casual indoor-outdoor entertaining easy, with the door on the left leading directly out to the screened-in porch.

And the party's not over in the winter! The dining room will serve as the backdrop for cozy dinner parties, and it even has storage for dishes and serveware built right in.

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Coastal Kitchen

Southern Living Kitchen with seafoam green cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and a peach wall color
Southern Living

This entire house plan, called Captain's Watch, was designed for those who live near the shore (or, at least wish they did!). Subtle nods to the nautical continue in the kitchen, with shiplap walls and knotted drawer and cabinet pulls. The finishing touch: Paint the cabinets a misty shade of seafoam green.

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