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Today I’m sharing 13 real-life beautiful and inspirational IKEA kitchens. If you are joining me from Instagram you know I post my kitchen frequently and it is always one of my most popular posts! We have a white and bright IKEA kitchen – if you would like more details about our kitchen renovation click here. When we were designing our last 2 IKEA kitchens we looked for inspiration and had some challenges finding kitchens beyond the examples from IKEA’s website and catalog.

Luckily, when I searched the internet for IKEA kitchen design inspiration I stumbled upon one of my favorite real-life IKEA kitchen’s from blogger Dana Miller from HouseTweaking. It was so helpful to see a real-life version and it provided inspiration for my very first IKEA kitchen design. So let’s go back in time for a moment to 2012 when I designed and installed our very first IKEA kitchen. I’ve included a picture of our very first IKEA kitchen below – this was pre-Instagram and pre-blog.

Our First IKEA kitchen, 2012

We weren’t able to update our kitchen flooring – it simply wasn’t in the budget. This was our first fixer upper, a townhome in La Jolla, California. I designed the kitchen using a modern, minimalist vibe. I chose white quartz countertops, modern hardware and a grey and white mosaic tile backsplash. The IKEA cabinets for our first kitchen were IKEA’s AKURUM in black/brown. The AKURUM line was the first IKEA kitchen cabinet line and has now been discontinued and replaced with the new SEKTION line of cabinets.

To give you more IKEA kitchen inspiration I’ve rounded up 13 real-life beautiful and inspirational IKEA kitchens. I found kitchens with white, grey and black cabinets. Kitchens that have a modern feel, farmhouse flair, boho chic, and a more traditional style! There is inspiration for every style and the best part about IKEA cabinets is that you don’t have to spend a fortune for a beautiful kitchen! Let’s get started!

13 Real-Life Beautiful and Inspirational IKEA Kitchens

First on my list is my sweet IG friend Alma. I absolutely adore her new gorgeous white and bright IKEA kitchen. So much inspiration here! I love all of her design choices. Her kitchen is so bright and airy! A perfect combo of all the right finishes to compliment her white kitchen. Head over to her blog for more inspiration and tell her I sent you!

Photo credit: @AlmaFied

#2 Chris Loves Julia

If you haven’t heard of the design powerhouse – Chris Loves Julia than you might be living under a rock! lol! Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia is one of my favorite bloggers and IG feeds to follow. Chris and Julia’s IKEA kitchen is so incredible and I’m in love with their black cabinetry. The spared no detail in their kitchen design. I love all the finishes and combination of their design choices. If you aren’t already following them head over and be prepared to get lost in their feed – you will get sucked in – guaranteed! Also make sure to listen to their podcast – it’s one of my absolute favorites!

Photo credit: @chrislovesjulia

#3 Dreaming of Homemaking

Sarah from Dreaming of Homemaking is my new favorite IKEA kitchen. She has a gorgeous white farmhouse style IKEA kitchen. Her open shelves are always styled to perfection and I love her faucet and farmhouse accessories. That pot-filler behind her range makes her kitchen look so professional and custom. Kuddos to Sarah for an amazing job. Head over to her blog for more inspiring pictures!

Photo credit: @dreamingofhomemaking

#4 My Mama’s Kitchen

I’m including my sweet mama in this kitchen roundup because we designed her gorgeous grey IKEA kitchen together and I love how it turned out! The grey BODBYN cabinets are such a great choice for anyone who may be over a white kitchen. We paired classic subway tile, wood flooring tiles to warm the space, and pretty chrome hardware for a traditional look. The pendant adds a modern and industrial flair and I love this space sooo much! Way to go mama!

Photo credit: @1111lightlane

#5 HouseTweaking

Dana Miller’s kitchen is THE kitchen that gave me inspiration when I was designing our first IKEA kitchen back in 2012. I love her classic, clean, modern lines. Her style never gets old for me – it’s so fresh, open, and airy. The black cabinets ground the space beautifully and all of her choices from adding glass upper cabinets and open shelving makes this IKEA kitchen one of my absolute favorites! Dana hosts a series of real-life IKEA kitchens on her blog – if you look for the San Diego post you will find mine!

Photo credit: @housetweaking

#6 Willow Street Interiors

Laura at Willow Street Interiors is the biggest sweetheart and I met her via IG. I recently found out that her kitchen is IKEA and have always admired how beautiful it is! The brass light fixtures are absolutely gorgeous paired with the white cabinets and grey subway. She always styles her kitchen so beautifully. Head over to her blog for more of this pretty kitchen.

Photo credit: @laura_willowstreetinteriors

#7 Life with Alita

Alita is another IG buddy – see how this amazing community works my friends?! So much inspiration! I’m sharing Alita’s gorgeous IKEA kitchen for major white kitchen inspiration. It has such an open, modern vibe. I love how she took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling for a custom and dramatic effect. It always is sparkling clean and styled so beautifully. Head over to her IG feed for more inspiration!

Photo credit: @life_with_alita

#8 Molly Sowinski

I stumbled upon Molly’s IKEA kitchen via Instagram a few weeks ago and fell in love with all her design choices! From the range hood, countertops, lighting and cabinet hardware – they all blend beautifully for a modern white kitchen look. Head over to Molly’s IG feed for more of this gorgeous kitchen!

Photo credit: @mollysowinski

#9 Christine Andrusiak

I found Christine’s kitchen via my blogging friend Kendra from Kendra Bester Design. Christine designed this gorgeous IKEA kitchen and I had all heart eyes when I found it! From the backsplash choice to that gorgeous roman shade – everything is stunning! What an amazing job Christine! Kendra – love your styling of the kitchen and the beautiful photos! Head over to both of these lovely ladies IG feeds for more inspiring pics of Christine’s gorgeous kitchen.

Photo credit: @mrsandrusiak & @kendrabesterdesign

#10 Tanis from Red Brick Mantle

Tanis has been one of my long time favorites for her beautiful IKEA grey kitchen. I love the interior cabinet lighting. I love the placement of her cabinets and the finishes she chose. There isn’t a single picture of her kitchen that isn’t gorgeous! Tanis is a super talented designer and you can head over to her feed for more of her beautiful kitchen.

Photo credit: @redbrickmantle

#11 Sarah Marguerita Schott

I found Sarah’s kitchen via Instagram and was instantly drawn to her modern boho elements – hanging plants, black hardware, and grey cabinets make for a beautiful combination. She did an incredible job designing her kitchen and if you want more inspiration head to her IG feed!

Photo credit: @sarah.marguerita.schott

#12 Simply the Nest

I found this beautiful kitchen via IG – she is a blogger in the UK and created a modern minimalistic style I just love! The butcher block countertops, brass hardware, and open shelves are my favs! Head to her IG feed for more inspiration.

Photo credit: @simplythenest

#13 1111 Light Lane

Last but not least I included a pic of mine. Because – why not?! This is how I accessorized my IKEA kitchen for the holidays, you can read the full post here. For a full kitchen tour head to my You Tube channel by clicking here.

Photo credit: @1111lightlane

Well that’s a wrap! Which ones are your favorites? I love all of them and I hope you have found inspiration from these 13 real-life beautiful IKEA kitchens! Head over to their blogs or IG feeds and tell them I sent you! We have been so pleased with the quality, maintenance and functionality of our IKEA kitchens. I’ve become a pro with the IKEA kitchen planner 🙂 Do you have an IKEA kitchen you would like to share? I would love to see it – let’s connect by contacting me here.


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For remodelers looking to design a kitchen on a budget, Sektion—Ikea’s latest kitchen cabinet system (before Sektion, or Metod as it’s called in the EU, there was Akurum and Värde)—is a savior. It’s frameless, meaning the cabinet doors cover the entire front face of the cabinet, which makes it easy to swap out the fronts for a custom-on-the-outside, Ikea-on-the-inside project. Architects, designers, and contractors like them for their modularity, standard sizing, and affordability (the most expensive base cabinet is $413), and new companies offering stylish cabinet fronts have made the process easier than ever. One thing’s for sure: The stealth Ikea kitchen is on the rise—and here are 20 ways it’s being done.

Above: Photography studio Rye London was built with Ikea’s kitchen cabinet system (“it has really good drawers,” the designers say), micro-concrete counters, and painted marine-grade MDF fronts. For more, see Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Ikea Hack Kitchen by Two London Foodies. Above: Laid-back California style meets French luxe in this Ikea kitchen, which has oak cabinet fronts and a brass backsplash. See more in Riverside House: A Normandy Guesthouse from an Upstart American Restaurateur. Above: Bangia Agostinho Architecture fitted photographer Pia Ulin’s Brooklyn kitchen with Ikea Sektion cabinets and custom fronts painted with Farrow & Ball Down Pipe for an unbroken, consistent look. See Light and Shadow: Photographer Pia Ulin at Home in Brooklyn for more. Above: Dana Miller of House Tweaking redesigned her Cincinnati ranch house with Ikea kitchen cabinets and appliances. Visit Rehab Diary: An Ikea Kitchen by House Tweaking for the full story. Above: A Brooklyn kitchen by Space Exploration has basic Ikea cabinetry with glossy white cabinet fronts and marble countertops. For more, see Kitchen of the Week: An Ikea Kitchen with an Elegant Upper Cabinet Solution. Above: Ikea’s Jarsta cabinets were fitted together “like Tetris” in the compact kitchen of a Park Slope apartment. See Before & After: A “Not Too Brooklyn” Bachelor Pad in Park Slope, Transformed with Paint for more. Above: Another Ikea kitchen in Park Slope, this one has Semihandmade fronts painted Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon. See more in Rehab Diary: Monochromatic Luxe in Park Slope. Above: Tikkie and Mads Elsøe designed their Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, kitchen with Ikea Metod cabinets (Sektion is the name for Ikea cabinets in the US and Metod for Ikea in Europe) finished with pale green linoleum fronts and oak counters from Reform. For more of the kitchen see Kitchen of the Week: A Copenhagen Stylist Reinvents Her Kitchen, Ikea Hack Included.

IKEA Kitchen Design Ideas


IKEA is usually the choice no. 1 when it comes to good quality and low-cost home furnishings.

If you are remodeling your kitchen, an IKEA kitchen design may be perfect choice. A complete kitchen remodels covers a price range starting from $19,000 to more than $113,000.

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home and needs to have appliances and a particular practical setup. The usual IKEA kitchens offer the chance to dodge out a big part of that cost.

Image source: Semihandmade

The furniture giant can provide you with a lot of the items you need, including cabinetry, appliances, countertops, and sinks. You can even find dinnerware and cookware at IKEA. It’s very easy to shop any IKEA kitchen designs on the company’s website, but the best is to go directly to their stores and take a look at their products.

Pictures and videos from the IKEA kitchen gallery may not do justice to the original colors or textures. It can also be difficult for the feel of an item’s size just from a picture.

IKEA kitchen ideas may seem overwhelming, even after using their trademark regularly. Here is a step-by-step list, as well as a few other considerations, to help you create your IKEA design kitchen.

Image source: IKAN Installations Inc.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The old phrase is true even with compact IKEA kitchen designs ideas. Careful measurement of your cabinets and appliances means that you will not have to worry about returning products or spending more money than originally planned. The first thing you should do is empty your kitchen. Crowded countertops and an army of chairs can bother the right measurements.

Make sure you take into account baseboard trim, door swings, outlets, window openings, and any other features that might affect measurements. Even the small kitchen cabinets may raise their specific problems so do not neglect them.
Remember, take your time with measurements. Mistakes can be an expensive hassle.

Plan the Kitchen Zones

Take inventory of everything you keep or want to keep in your kitchen. Get an idea of where you want it to be in the finished room. Efficiency should be a key consideration in your plans, long before you start browsing the IKEA kitchen catalog.

Image source: Semihandmade

Your IKEA kitchen remodels continues. Place the dishwasher next to the sink. Cooking utensils are best kept near the cooktop. If you have a particular appliance in mind for a specific function, get its dimensions and incorporate them into your kitchen design planning. You usually plan your cabinet layout around your larger appliances, so knowing where they will fit is vital.

This includes ovens, cooktops, ventilation hoods, refrigerators, and dishwashers. Yes, you can get all of these appliances from the IKEA kitchen storage!

During your planning, think about how you like to do your food prep and cooking, as well as where you prefer to put your dishware and dry goods. Even professional kitchen planners spend a lot of time making sure a kitchen will function in its smallest details. It can be a fun process and give you a chance to visualize new ideas and find creative solutions before having your IKEA pantry cabinet assembled.

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Design kitchen models that suit you and your family. You might want a very tall pantry, giving up some counter space, or you may find that pull-out drawers work better than adjustable shelves.

Remember, IKEA kitchens offer a wide range of designs, though you may not be able to customize everything. Take a look at their website IKEA com and visit their store to learn about the available options.

IKEA Cabinet Design: Good Quality on a Budget

The kitchen cabinets IKEA a great option for homeowners in process of remodeling their kitchen on a budget. Getting custom cabinets or solid plywood cabinets is much more expensive. Since the interior of cabinets rarely ever seen, many people choose not to spend money on them.

An IKEA kitchen cabinet is made of a white laminated particle board. Many people, particularly professional kitchen designers, like the stability of the IKEA particle board.

Image source: Rajni Alex Design

The kitchen pantry cabinet is only available in standard widths without the option of custom widths. You may have to use filler pieces to cover any leftover spaces. IKEA provides a 3D planning tool to guarantee you have the correct measurements and layout of your cabinets, allowing you to move cabinets and large appliances around like puzzle pieces. Genius idea ideas, isn’t it?

As in the case of the cabinets, you can good some very good IKEA drawer organizers, in addition to other options. An IKEA drawer organizer will help you make sense of what goes well in your IKEA kitchen pantry. You can find adjustable shelves, pull-out drawers, and many other elements. Drawer dampers are a great IKEA kitchen design idea, making sure drawers close softly, saving you from hearing their slamming every day.

You can also find interior lighting choices for your cabinets at IKEA. Take a look at their IKEA kitchens pictures online or in the store to get some ideas.

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What in particular should you consider for your cabinets?

Base Cabinets

IKEA base cabinets—the cabinets beneath the countertop— are available in two depths, 15 inches deep and 24 inches deep. The 2-inch deep design is perfect for a standard kitchen layout. The 15-inch depth works well for narrower areas, like the storage on either side of an island or pass-through areas in your kitchen. Most under-the-counter appliances, like ovens and dishwashers, are designed for 24 inch deep cabinets.

Once you decide on the depth of your cabinets, you can pick from a wide selection of widths, internal components, and fronts. Picking out the right base cabinets needs some careful thinking and planning.

The ikea cuisine planning can be a time-consuming process. Some quicker pick will be your sink cabinet, corner units, and cooktop cabinet. Choosing the right type of base cabinets means that you have a solid foundation to build the rest of your kitchen on the top further and around.

Image source: Lisa Lev Design

Wall Cabinets

Wall cabinets are the cabinets you hang on the wall above the countertops. They can also be hung below the countertops though. IKEA sells wall cabinets that are usually 15 inches deep, which is the standard size you will find in most places.

Wall cabinets do not feature as many interior options as base cabinets. Many have adjustable shelves. You can also find a vast number of different door fronts.

Wall cabinets have some varying designs, like corner cabinets, over-the-fridge cabinets, shelves, and wine racks. As in the case of base cabinets, take your time to think about what you want to store in your wall cabinets. You should also consider how they will functionally in coordination with your base cabinets and appliances.

Tall Cabinets

Tall cabinets make for great IKEA pantry cabinets. They offer a lot of storage space for the kitchen. They sit on the floor and can be between 80 and 90 inches tall. There are a lot of interior options available for tall cabinets like adjustable shelves, pull-out drawers, or compartments for specialty items like wall ovens or microwaves. Like with all your other cabinets, make sure you know what you will be stored in these cabinets before placing your order.

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Cabinet Legs and Toe Kicks

Another decision you need to make is whether your cabinets will have exposed legs or a traditional toe kick, which covers up those legs. Toe kicks make it easier to clean, as reaching the dirt and debris under a 24-inch deep base cabinet can be very difficult.

Exposed legs, however, make kitchen cabinets look lighter and more modern. This choice will affect the overall price, and the final choice is entirely dependent on your preferences style, and budget.

Cabinet Fronts and Pulls

Cabinet fronts and pulls do not affect the functionality of your drawers very much, but they are important parts of the look and feel of your kitchen. There are many variants of IKEA cabinet kitchens, with many different kinds of cabinet fronts and pulls. You can find cabinet fronts in a wide range of colors and materials, that can be easily swapped for others if you decide to update your kitchen later.

Bear in mind IKEA sometime retires certain colors and styles, so you may not be able to find a matching door or pull at a later date. The popular grey kitchen from today may completely disappear from the market in a year or two. If you still can’t find the right doors or pulls from IKEA’s selection, there are a number of custom options available for IKEA cutouts from other retailers, like Semi Handmade out of California.

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They use your design on the IKEA 3D planner to create a custom appearance for your IKEA box cabinets. This is a more expensive option, but it adds a unique and personal look to your pantry cabinet IKEA.

Backsplash and Countertops

Countertops are typically one of the most expensive parts of any kitchen remodeling process. Some of the trendiest materials are natural ones like marble, quartz, and granite, but they can run up a very large bill easily. IKEA offers countertops that can match even specific requirements as small white kitchens.

Go to your local store and take a look at their selection. This will make sure you know exactly what the colors look like, as well as the durability, performance, and edge detailing.

Many people decided recently to install one type of countertop material above the base cabinets while installing another type of material on the kitchen island. Many homeowners opt to take the money they have saved by purchasing IKEA cabinets, appliances, and other elements towards a more expensive countertop. While you may want an IKEA backsplash, currently IKEA does not sell tile for a backsplash. You can buy instead Ikea stainless steel backsplash

Image source: Monticello Custom Homes and Remodeling

An option it to take countertop material and install it in the place of a backsplash. Some homeowners simply choose to purchase backsplash tile elsewhere. As with countertops, the money you save by using IKEA for large portions of your kitchen remodeling can be used on the backsplash to make it one of the more stand-out, eye-catching elements of your modern kitchen remodel.

Use IKEA’s Online Kitchen Design Planning Tool

IKEA strives to make life easier for its customers, and one of the ways the company has done this is with their handy online planning tool. The 3D kitchen planning tool is very easy to use. Based on the dimensions of your kitchen, the tool will create a 3d model on your computer screen. From there, you can easily drag and drop elements of the IKEA kitchen designs with your mouse.

People really love that this online tool allows them to get a sense of what the remodeled kitchen looks like. This planner tool allows everyone to clearly envision what working, eating, and entertaining in the remodeled kitchen will be like. You can see how different cabinet choices will look while keeping track of both your costs and materials from the Ikea kitchen set available options.

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Take the time to plan out your kitchen on your home computer, then go to the local IKEA store to verify the look and feel of the pieces you have on the plan. Check the Ikea pantry, the drawers, the Ikea kitchen sink, the cabinet colors, heights, quality, and anything you can think of.

Make sure these are the best pieces for your kitchen and they function accordingly to your needs. IKEA displays many full kitchen designs, so you can take a look at how many elements come together as a finished kitchen, starting with such a small thing as the Ikea pot rack.

The kitchen departments are also staffed professionally, so you can get fast and easy answers to your questions. The best time of day to visit an IKEA USA kitchen planner department is during the week, as there are fewer crowds and you can be the surest of getting your questions answered.

Think About Hiring an Expert to Put the Kitchen Together

IKEA can deliver your chosen kitchen remodeling items to your home, so you don’t have to pile them all in your car. Even the modest, minimalistic IKEA small kitchen ideas redesign can end up coming in 100 or more boxes, so don’t be surprised.

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IKEA’s flat-pack packaging means everything is delivered in its own box. It can difficult and frustrating to locate everything and put it together on your own.

A good idea in this respect is to pay a recommended service company to put your IKEA cabinets together. Since they need to be assembled on site, the durability, serviceability, and stability of IKEA cabinets depend heavily on setting them correctly together. If you already had issues while putting together IKEA furniture in the past, you shouldn’t expect the assembly of your kitchen to be any easier. Sometimes, even the most sophisticated kitchen organization hacks can be beaten up by a failed pantry assembly.

Sometimes professionals even add blue and other fasteners to items to make them more durable and stable. Particular floors may require special pantry legs and even doors adjustments. Most IKEA locations can provide a recommendation of independent experts in the area know about putting the pieces together.

Image source: Chris Snook

What Makes IKEA Kitchen Designs Unique?

Just what are some of the distinctive features of an IKEA kitchen? It has been designed around a certain set of principles all focused on the user comfort and functionality. IKEA has sold their AKURUM kitchen design for 20 years, though they have recently decided to change things up in an effort to provide one of the best, most affordable kitchen designs on the market.

The newest IKEA kitchen design, introduced in 2016, enables conversion on a bigger scale. There are numerous customization options available, with more on the way. Elements can be easily removed or replaced by the owner with little hassle.

The new system is highly modular, making it a very flexible design that can be used in all kinds of different kitchens. Take a look at some of their floor models featured in the IKEA kitchen images to get an idea of what you might see in a regular IKEA kitchen plan.

All of IKEA’s designs are centered on functionality. The functionality you get for so little cost is one of the most appealing things about this brand.

Image source: Wanda Ely Architect Inc.

While it may not look obviously so, IKEA kitchen appliances and cabinets are very modern. All the modern functionality is tucked away behind an attractive and aesthetically pleasing package, one of the company’s special design hallmarks which made the kitchens rooms outstanding.

IKEA kitchens are heavily designed around sustainability, a particular focus of this updated design. They can save homeowners a lot of money on electricity and water bills while remaining completely functional and easy to use.

Many homeowners are looking to make their kitchen more ‘green’ and reduce their utility bills while remodeling their kitchen, making IKEA a great choice for your kitchen redesign.

Extra Options from IKEA

IKEA’s modular kitchen design means there are a lot of little touches to be added, both for appearance and functionality. Their kitchen designers have a lot of recommendations for getting the most out of your IKEA furnishings and customize your kitchen for your needs.

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From kitchen pantry cabinets IKEA to new uses for IKEA bookshelves, there are many available options. They also have all those interesting IKEA names, like IKEA body, for instance! Here are a few:

Add in Extra Drawers

On occasion, shelves just aren’t good enough for your needs. They can work very well for storing tall appliances and containers, but for clunky items like canned food, it can be much easier to have a storage space you just pull out to open. The drawer organizer IKEA leaves room for many customizations that suit your needs.

Organize Under-the-Counter Space

It’s easy to find at your local IKEA tin canisters for holding items. These are designed for holding serving spoons, spatulas, and other utensils for quick access, but they work just as well for tools you keep under your IKEA kitchen sink, like dish scrubbers.

Use adhesive tabs to hang them on the interior side of your cabinets for an easy access. This will help keep your kitchen organized and clean.

Image source: Carrara Marble Kitchen Grey/Gray And White

Storage for Extra Pantry Items

The RASKOG cart is a great tool for storing any overflowing pantry items, especially if you want to access them easily. Want to bring out the popcorn and soda for movie night? Just wheel out the cart that’s stocked with them for anyone to grab, and wheel it back away when the movie’s done. It’s a fun touch that can make storing food special.

Add in an Extra Kitchen Island

The IKEA BILLY bookcase works as an open shelving version of an island. The exposed back works well creating organized compartments for books, cooking supplies, or snacks. It’s a bit less expensive and more stable than a real kitchen island, recommended if you have a limited budget.

Use Cookbooks as Wall Art

Get some floating picture frame rails to display any interesting cookbooks you have. Make sure they are strong enough to hold the weight. This creates a cozy and comforting atmosphere for family members and guests alike.

Leave Room for Guests

For smaller, tight kitchens, use the BEKVAM stepstools that can be used as seats by any visitor without taking up any space not used. When not using them, just tuck them under the table.

Hang Up Herbs

The IKEA wine bottle holder can be used for more than just storing your wines. Fit pint glasses with your favorite herbs and your very own hanging garden right in your kitchen is ready.

Extend Your Island

For occasions where you need extra counter space, try using IKEA’s BEKVAN Cart. Just place a tray on top of it (also easily found at IKEA). You can move when needed, offering a mobile surface for entertaining.

Get Your Drinking Glasses in Order

An IKEA spice rack is a great way to keep your glasses next to the source of water in your kitchen.

Embrace Wheeling

Add wheels and a new countertop to any IKEA bookshelf. This new tabletop can fit snugly under a wooden L-shaped table. Add some stools for seating and a new seating for guests was created.

A Wall of Spices

IKEA picture ledges can make the perfect spice rack. It’s a great chance to add a creative touch to your kitchen, especially if you make your own labels.

Ending thoughts on these IKEA kitchen design ideas

If you choose to go the IKEA route, remember that IKEA furnishings have a 25-year warranty, therefore save receipts in case you have any issues.

IKEA can offer a great solution for your kitchen remodeling, saving money and space while looking great.

Go take a look and play with their online design tool. You won’t be disappointed by the IKEA kitchen hacks!

If you enjoyed reading this article about these Ikea Kitchen Design Ideas, you should read these as well:

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For the more funkier designs there’s Superfront.

For minimalists there’s Norse Interiors.

An inexpensive ‘stick on’ options is Frontly by Prettypegs who sell finishes you simply stick on to your kitchen cabinets.

Husk is a Bristol based company that customises everything from kitchen cabinet doors to worktops to sinks & handles.

But of course, most kitchen carpenters will be able to customise your IKEA kitchen.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 2 – A Very Clever Kitchen Especially If You Have SMALL KIDS

This IKEA kitchen has some interesting aspects that apply to every kitchen.

There are some really clever kitchen design tips here.

You’ll notice that there is lighting in all the IKEA kitchen cabinets & drawers which really brightens the place up not to mention makes it easier to find stuff!

They also have drawers pretty much everywhere instead of typical cabinet doors.

These are a great use of space and keep the place tidier as a result.

There’s also a ‘soft close’ on the drawers which means you just touch them and they bring themselves back into place.

They did need to raise the ceiling to fit everything in and the kitchen space really benefits from that.

They have an induction hob; a note here is that induction hobs don’t stain like an electrical hob and they heat water 53% faster than gas.

And finally, the cleverest thing about this IKEA Kitchen is that you’ll notice the microwave is down beside oven which does 2 things:

  1. Gets it out of the way and in your face on the worktops
  2. Is a good level for kids to use & nicely tucked away

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 3 – Bracketry As A Design Feature?

(photo © Tabitha Shakespeare for Tabitha Lane)

This IKEA kitchen cost $7000 to buy and construct.

The first thing that catches the eye is the blue-green storage units, they look just great.

And the colour works well with the pale timber floor and the dark grey kitchen panels.

The work space is very functional between the hobs and the sink.

One thing to note about this particular kitchen is that it uses the bracketry as a design feature.

The black shelf support brackets contrast nicely against the white tiles.

This could have been carried further throughout the kitchen, like having a black window frame up against the white jamb, head & sill which would make it look even better.

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Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 4 – A 2 Year Appraisal Of Their Kitchen

This is a nifty before/after video with a very modern kitchen design.

This IKEA kitchen has a really cool wine & beverage fridge with LED lights installed which looks fantastic.

The drawer doors are easy to clean and the whole kitchen is easily customisable.

It’s also got one of those corner sliding drawers to put pots & pans which is a great use of corner space.

The rubbish bins are nicely tucked away in a drawer too.

This IKEA kitchen looks really solid which is often a criticism of their kitchens but this clearly isn’t the case.

It could probably do with more lighting.

They have used more shelving because they have plenty of IKEA kitchen cabinets which looks good.

This video is a good case study on what someone thinks of their IKEA kitchen a couple of years after building it.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 5 – Dark Grout Lines To Show Off Tiling

(photo © Satori)

This kitchen has a quartz work top which a great alternative to marble and extremely durable too.

Here’s a tip for cleaning tough stains from worktops: mixing baking soda with water will sort it out!

The dark grout lines between the tiles also give a nice separation line between the tiles and they look great.

The pink rug in the middle makes a beautiful contrast with the white kitchen and is a nice feature, although not sure how often they need to clean it!

A gripe I have with this IKEA kitchen is that the fridge isn’t recessed and sticks out quite a bit.

The white kitchen cabinets are from the FÖRBÄTTRA range.

This kitchen certainly isn’t as sturdy as the previous one and might not make the best option is you have a bunch of delinquent children!

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 6 – Stainless Steel Beauty

This is an interesting kitchen in that it originally had tiled worktops which made it look like a bathroom!

Am not surprised they changed it!

The new kitchen design is completely different.

The new kitchen design has made the kitchen panels stainless steel which reflect a lot of light around the kitchen and give it a professional kitchen feel.

The kitchen cabinet doors are custom made and the thing to get from this is that IKEA kitchens are very customisable.

This is quite a big kitchen space and the island in the middle breaks it up nicely and there is a good but useable distance between it and the sinks & hobs.

And like a lot of the previous kitchens there are a lot of lights in the kitchen cabinets & drawers.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 7 – An Introduction to Semi Handmade On An IKEA Frame

(photo © A Vintage Splendour)

This IKEA kitchen is partial IKEA & partial Semi Handmade which is a company that makes custom finishes & doors for IKEA kitchens.

The kitchen cabinets here have an IKEA frame but have the Semi Handmade fronts which again makes the point that you can customise your IKEA kitchen anyway you want especially when it comes to the final look & style.

So you can get the best of both worlds, an IKEA frame but with custom finishes which saves you paying out for an entire custom kitchen.

Another good point this home owner makes is to draw up your kitchen.

Drawing your own plans is very easy and we cover how to do it in this blog post: How To Draw Your Own Plans

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 8 – DIY Kitchen With LOADS Of Personality

This IKEA kitchen is very much a DIY job and it highlights how personal kitchen design can be.

Again, this kitchen consists of a lot of drawers rather than doors.

It has a great spice rack drawer.

They went with open shelving on the top and the shelves have a nice rustic look which contrasts the rest of the kitchen.

The sink is a dual sink and the countertops are white concrete and I must say they don’t look like concrete at all, very nicely finished.

This kitchen does have a black window frame & it does look good against the white tiles, if they went with a dark grout between the tiles it would have looked even better.

I have to say I love the chandeliers and they look great and add a lot of personality to this kitchen.

How can you add personality to your kitchen?

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 9 – A Gold Kitchen?!

(photo © Reform)

Well I really don’t know about this one but again it shows how to make yourself a custom IKEA kitchen.

This kitchen has brass cupboards, side panels and handles and the caramel walls further highlight the gold cabinets.

The black worktop contrasts all this and sits well with the metallic finishes of the kitchen.

Not my cup of tea but it does highlight what is possible with a bit of imagination!

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Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 10 – The Kitchen Building Process

This is a good video that shows you the process of constructing an IKEA kitchen from start to finish.

Again, this one had a quartz countertop called ‘symphony grey’.

The kitchen design for this one goes for very straight and defined lines and it looks very symmetrical.

Everything is kept to a minimum and is very neat, the drawers keep everything nicely stored away.

There is a nice little nook beside the ovens for a coffee machine.

Altogether this is a nice kitchen but could do with more lighting and maybe a bolder definition & contrast of finishes which is something to keep in mind for your kitchen.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 11 – Simple But Elegant

(photo © Laura Muthesius)

This custom IKEA kitchen is in a garden flat in a farmhouse outside Berlin.

The owners wanted a modern look without taking away from the rural setting and I’ve got to say they succeeded.

The cabinets are from the IKEA Metod and Laxarby collections but have been painted for a different look.

The induction hob is a Nutid 4 Element Induction Cooktop.

The colour scheme works well with its setting as this room gets quite a lot of natural light so the black cabinets work well.

They also contrast the white plastered walls and fair faced concrete floors.

It’s a simple but elegant look.

A question to ask yourself is how much light does your kitchen area get and how can you choose a bespoke colour scheme to compliment that?

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 12 – Pet Friendly Kitchen

This video will give you a great insight on what to consider when you design your own kitchen.

You’ll find that kitchen design isn’t rocket science at all.

They have gone for lots of horizontal lines with the kitchen cabinets.

They also created storage over the appliances to store stuff they don’t use too often.

They have carousel corner units for storing pots and pans.

This is a gas stove with an electric oven.

The countertop is concrete and the stainless steel double sink and fridge contrasts the white kitchen.

The dishwasher is nicely hidden away near the sink, you wouldn’t even know it’s there!

They do make good use of hidden drawers and the bin storage in in the central island.

All the plates and bowls are in a lower drawer which the homeowner finds easier.

And for those of you that have pets, there’s even a portion of this kitchen reserved for them!

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 13 – The Power Of Colour

(photo © Modern Kitchens Pro)

This kitchen cost $36,000 and took 3 weeks to build.

The kitchen cabinets used here are Tingsryd & Jarsta High Gloss Orange and the colour scheme works brilliantly together.

You’ll notice that the dining table & chairs match this colour scheme.

The timber floor also works well with it.

All in all, this kitchen shows a great use of colour and as with most of these kitchens the owner prefered using drawers rather than doors & shelves.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 14 – Great Use Of Artwork & Mirrors

This video gives a few extra kitchen design tips here and mention a few things that haven’t come up before, and that’s the importance of artwork.

Choosing artwork that complements your kitchen is a great addition and can inject your personality into it.

What artwork can you put in your kitchen that says something about you?

Another good kitchen design addition is the use of mirrors.

Mirrors bounce a lot of light about the place and will make it brighter.

Another use of mirrors is to make your kitchen feel a lot bigger than it is.

They change the perception of size in your brain so make a great kitchen addition if you have a small kitchen.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 15 – Cook Book Writers Kitchen

(photo © Faith Durand)

This kitchen is another IKEA & Semi Handmade hybrid and is in fact made for a cookbook writer so is more or less a professional kitchen.

And this article does cover what to expect when putting together a kitchen like this.

The work tops are marble.

The kitchen cabinets have a nice wood finish that is complemented by the blue island colour.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 16 – Having Parts Of Your Kitchen Stand Out

This IKEA kitchen has to fit inside a weirdly shaped but big kitchen space.

It has a central island that is custom made from IKEA cabinets and it doubles up as a place to eat.

There is a coffee bar to the side which looks great against the black colour scheme of the wall behind it and really stands out against the rest of the kitchen which has a mixture of light blue plastered walls and white tiles.

So ask yourself, are there areas you would like to have in your kitchen that can stand out against the rest of it?

There’s a good example of that here.

There’s also a pantry with this kitchen that provides lots of food storage space.

Custom IKEA Kitchen No. 17 – How To Customise An IKEA Kitchen

(photo © Husk Kitchens)

So, to finish our list we can summarise what it takes to customise an IKEA kitchen:

1) Change your kitchen cabinet doors

2) Change your knobs, handles, taps, etc

3) Simply paint your cabinet doors

4) Go with an alternative worktop

5) Go for an inventive splashback

And the kitchen above incorporates most of these.

Incorporate these into your kitchen design so you can get that custom kitchen look without the price tag.

Bonus 01 – Why Buy An IKEA Kitchen?

As you might guess by now, we like to over deliver on our content!

Here’s a good video on what this guy found to be 10 big reasons to buy an IKEA kitchen for his home.

Always be well informed before splashing that cash!

Bonus 02 – IKEA Kitchen Impressions & Advice

This video gives you an appraisal on an IKEA kitchen 4 years after buying and using one.

There are a lot of nuggets of wisdom in this video you can take away and apply to your kitchen design.

Bonus 03 – 31 More Beautiful IKEA Kitchens

And if the 17 IKEA kitchen design ideas weren’t enough, here are another 31 to give you even more ideas for your home!

Bonus 04 – 50 Small IKEA Kitchens

Kitchen design is super super important for small kitchens simply because every square inch counts.

Here’s a video that will give you no less than 50 small IKEA kitchen design ideas!

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UPDATE: we’ve added using custom IKEA doors with IKEA’s hardware to create a high-end luxury kitchen without paying the ridiculous cost of custom kitchen cabinets, as Reason #11… but we didn’t want you to have to scroll all the way down to see these custom doors for IKEA’s cabinets…

If you’re planning on doing a kitchen remodel in the near future, (and you’re reading this) someone probably mentioned using IKEA kitchen cabinets for your project…

And you probably thought:

“Ummmmm… Kitchen cabinets from the place that sells cheap dorm room furniture? Yeah right!”

Now I’ve purchased a few things from IKEA and my satisfaction was always 50/50… But when it comes to their kitchen cabinets, it’s a completely different story…

And in this post you’ll learn the 10 reasons why more and more homeowners are using IKEA kitchen cabinets in their homes, condos and multi-million dollar estates…

We’ll discuss:

  1. IKEA Kitchen Remodel Before & After
  2. IKEA Cabinet Quality (Especially when adding custom Italian doors to your IKEA kitchen…)
  3. IKEA Kitchen Cost (Especially during the IKEA kitchen sale!)
  4. IKEA Kitchen Accessories
  5. IKEA Design Capabilities
  6. IKEA Kitchen Door Styles
  7. IKEA Kitchen Warranty (It’s Amazing!)
  8. Less Time Spent Under Construction
  9. Installation Pricing
  10. Consumer Reviews

(If you’re already sold on using IKEA kitchen cabinets for your kitchen remodel but just need help with creating a design for your kitchen, you can take advantage of this ridiculous offer to have us design your IKEA kitchen for free by clicking here!

And if you have any questions about IKEA’s products, the kitchen remodeling process in general, or just want to say hi, you can reach us in real time on Facebook messenger by clicking here…)

IKEA Kitchen Remodel Before & After

Here’s a few of our favorite IKEA kitchens that we’ve remodeled for our clients… (You can find a complete list of our favorite IKEA Kitchens here…)

Here’s another we just finished for our client Cassandra 🙂

IKEA Kitchen Cabinets Quality

One of the first questions asked is “are IKEA kitchen cabinets good quality?”

And we’d have to say that after years in the home improvement industry, and being introduced to IKEA’s cabinets, we’d have to say…


IKEA’s cabinets are made out of MDF (MDF stands for Medium Density Fiberboard) wrapped in a very durable melamine finish…

And no, MDF is not the same thing as particle board… It’s MUCH stronger and can be used for the same building applications as plywood…

In short, MDF is an affordable material without sacrificing on durability and strength…

And if you’re thinking “but what if it get’s wet?”

Let me break something down for you…

Water has the power to destroy anything after long exposure… But here’s the difference between water damage with real wood vs MDF…

Real wood will mold…

MDF will dissolve…

And to be honest, I’d rather have my cabinets dissolve with water damage than have a mold problem…

But at the end of the day, they’re both destroyed…

UPDATE: Want to increase the quality of your IKEA kitchen by adding custom doors and drawer front to your IKEA cabinets?

IKEA Kitchen Cost: Better Than Most Other Cabinet Manufacturers

IKEA is popularly known for being able to furnish a home for like, $20…

Kidding, but I’m not too far off 🙂

And that’s something that they’ve also included with their kitchen cabinet line…

The remodel cost of an IKEA kitchen remodel (I’m talking cabinets, appliances, countertops, labor, etc included) run on average from $15k-$40K…

I’ve seen JUST CABINETS for some manufactures come out to the same price… Which to be honest is NUTS…

A basic 10×10 kitchen cabinet order from IKEA starts at about $899 and can be as high as $2,999… But this is a small kitchen with basic cabinet layouts and includes nothing but cabinets…

We’ve worked with a few clients that had a little sticker shock when their cabinets came out to $6k for the mid-range finish that IKEA offers…

But this was due to every cabinet have drawers, pullouts, etc… It all adds up, but if you stick with the $15k-$40k price point for your entire kitchen, you’ll be perfect for an IKEA kitchen…

(There’s also an IKEA kitchen sale every 90 days or so… Here’s 13 ways you can prepare for the next IKEA kitchen cabinet sale…)

UPDATE: If you want your kitchen to have a luxury look, then check out our custom IKEA doors here…

IKEA Kitchen Cabinet Accessories: More Bells & Whistles Than You’d Get From Any Other Manufacturer

So let me qualify that statement…

Other cabinet manufacturers provide the same accessories that IKEA offers, but you’re going to pay an arm, leg, and your first born to have them…

You can get more bang for your buck when it comes to accessories, magic pullouts, drawer organizers, etc when you decide to go with IKEA’s cabinets… PERIOD.

Check out this review from Sillyputty over at ApartmentTherapy.com:

My partner used to work as a kitchen designer for a super high-end German cabinet company, and we bought Ikea cabinets for our kitchen remodel.

The boxes are built exactly the same way as the $100,000 kitchens he used to work with, and they use the same brand hinges and drawer slides!

The Euro cabinet system is SO MUCH EASIER to install than American style cabinets.

They have been in for 3 1/2 years, and we haven’t run into a single issue. The hardware is still soft-close, and the cabinets and doors/drawer fronts are holding up great.

I honestly can’t recommend them highly enough. – sillyputty

IKEA Kitchen Design: Creativity At It’s Finest

Most of our clients initially think that they’re kitchen will be limited in functionality when deciding to go with IKEA, but that couldn’t be further from the truth (especially if you’re as savvy as our designers & contractors are)…

If you don’t have any design experience (and you have a TON of patience for IKEA’s design software) you could easily design your own kitchen with their software…

IKEA uses a “light” version of 2020 design software that is web based and allows you to design your own kitchen in their stores or at home…

The only downside to their software IS that it’s web based and that there are thousands of people at any given time trying to design their kitchens with 3D rendering… And if you know anything about rendering, it can be painfully slow…

Now imagine that on a shared web server x thousands of users… Let’s just say it can be pretty frustrating with a lot of “wheel of death” spinning on your Mac or PC…

(And if you don’t feel comfortable designing your own kitchen, but still have your own ideas to contribute, no problem… we can help!)

IKEA Kitchen Door Styles

All of IKEA’s cabinets are Euro-styled, which already gives them more of a modern look to them, but for specific styles we’ve added pictures of finished kitchens in each style below…

Ringhult High Gloss White

Ringhult High Gloss Gray

Brokhult Walnut Effect Light Gray

Bodbyn Off White

Bodbyn Gray

Grimslov White

Ekestad Black-Brown

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Laxarby Black Brown

Grimslov Medium Brown

Tyngsryd Wood Effect Black

Edserum Wood Effect Brown


Bjorket Birch

Veddinge White

Haggeby White

Hittarp Off White

IKEA Kitchen Warranty: The Best 25 Years Of Your Life

One of the more attractive features of having an IKEA kitchen is that your cabinets are covered by a 25 year warranty…

This warranty covers wear and tare on the doors, drawer fronts, finish panels, molding, toe kicks, and all of the moving hardware…

The most common issue with IKEA cabinets is the damage that can occur during delivery… All you do is take your damaged piece to IKEA, and they’ll replace it, no questions asked…

We’ve done a lot of IKEA kitchens along with our contractors… And we’ve never had an issue where a real warranty issue came up…

And I highly doubt you will either… But just in case, you at least know you’re covered 🙂

How Long Does It Take To Do An IKEA Kitchen Remodel?

This is a bit of a tricky question… But the average time it takes to remodel an IKEA kitchen is about 7-14 days…

And that includes demo, cabinet installation, countertops and the whole 9…

This really depends on the size of your project and how much construction your kitchen remodel will require…

If you’re staying within the footprint (i.e. not changing the layout and just replacing your kitchen cabinet for cabinet) then you can expect to be don in as little as 3-5 days…

Now if you’re working with a contractor that understands the IKEA process, this is definitely possible… But if you’re working with a contractor that has little or even zero experience with IKEA, you can add a week…

We’ve worked hard with all of our contractors to create a system that completes kitchens as quick as possible, all with maintaining the highest quality of workmanship & quality…

Our Dallas team for example just knocked out a showroom with 3 full kitchens in 4 days… Granted they were long days and he had a larger crew, but the kitchens were 100% by the end of day 4…

IKEA Kitchen Installation Cost

Here’s the going rates for contractors that install IKEA kitchens:

  • $95-$125 per cabinet (depending upon how far you are from the store)
  • $25-$35/cabinet for installation of all of the crown, light rail & toe kick
  • Scribing $375-$600 depending on the size of your project
  • $35/panel or filler piece
  • $150-$250 for removal of the IKEA packaging (it’s A LOT of cardboard, plastic & foam…)
  • $199-$499 depending on your location (our guys normally charge $499 because the cabinets are assembled offsite and then delivered to your home… It allows for more control of your schedule in minimizing the amount of time you’re under construction.)
  • $250 to secure your island/peninsula to the foundation

Now keep in mind that these prices can vary from contractor to contractor, and from job to job… But it’s a pretty accurate ball park for you to gauge the budget of your project…

If you’re thinking of buying countertops from IKEA, think again… They sell really high quality quartz countertops, but you can find the same high quality materials for much less elsewhere…

For example, their Frosty Carina or London Gray sell for $89/sqft… We’ve seen it sold for as low as $79/sqft else where…

Now if you have major electrical, plumbing or framing work that needs to be done, then you can expect to pay a bot more for your project…

Below is a sample estimate from one of the contractors we use for our IKEA kitchen projects:

Sample IKEA Estimate

Also, below I’ve attached what we call the Reverse Estimate…

Essentially, it’s an excel spreadsheet with all of the pricing put in for you… This will allow you to create your own estimate and use it as a budgeting guide… You’re welcome 🙂

Download the reverse estimate here…

IKEA Kitchen Reviews: What Other Homeowners Are REALLY Saying

All in all, homeowners love their IKEA kitchens… But you don’t have to take our word for it…

“I have done 2 remodels both with Ikea cabinetry. Both turned out very well, the kitchen in particular was awesome. My partner put together all the units and did the levelling. We had the ikea people put in the bench top. All up the quality was 10/10 and with the money saved we splashed out on modern appliances. I should add, all the cabinetry is pull out so there is no awkward reaching. The cabinets were the best ikea ones available, solid wood fronts…” – Johanna in Perth

“Love ’em. Ikea cabinets were by far the least expensive option in our area, and the quality has been at least as good as any “traditional” manufactured cabinets that we saw. They have held up well and are a good value – which is particularly important in a neighborhood like ours where the property values do not support a very expensive kitchen remodel. I do recommend that you look into buying hardware from another source to avoid the “This Came From Ikea!!!” look.” – Learned Foot

“Ikea cabinets are surprisingly well built. My husband and I remodeled my parents’ kitchen 5 years ago and they are still in great condition. I def. recommend them for the quality…-megchicago

And there you have it… Everything you need to know about IKEA kitchen cabinets…

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Today I’m finally sharing with you the sources for our white IKEA modern farmhouse style kitchen. I’m also sharing some of the details of our kitchen remodel. I will be sharing the pros and cons of our decisions (like why we waited 2 years until we tackled this remodel) and the entire process in upcoming posts – so stay tuned for more! {Photo credit: Pixels & Pigment}

Updates & Changes We Made To Our Kitchen

White Cabinets & Classic Hardware

Our original kitchen was dark and it was not a selling feature when we purchased our home. White cabinets were necessary to brighten the space. Glass doors were a must to give an open airy feel. Our cabinets are from IKEA – the BODBYN line. Our decision was guided by our previous kitchen remodel in which we used IKEA cabinets. I will be dedicating an entire post to why we made this decision – so more to come! Our cabinet hardware is linked below. I love the upscale and classic look of these cabinets pulls. Don’t mind my “in progress” picture below 🙂

Quartz Countertops & Subway Tile Backsplash

Quartz was hands down the winner. Quartz is effortless, clean, and beautiful. While I love the look and feel of marble, I didn’t want the hassle, upkeep, and worry. It took awhile to find the right quartz for us but ultimately we found LG Viatera Quartz in Cirrus was our winner! Our decision for our backsplash was to keep it simple with the timeless look of white subway tile and a grey grout. I love the clean, modern, and classic look it adds to our kitchen, giving it that farmhouse style I love.

Modern Lighting

Our previous recessed lighting provided a more yellow hue to our kitchen and I knew this would need to go when we began our remodeling process. We installed new LED recessed lighting for a more fresh, warm white light for our kitchen. We also converted the recessed light above the sink to a pendant. Adding cabinet and under cabinet lighting gave our kitchen the “wow” factor. (Another “in progress” picture below)

Appliances, Sink, & Faucet with Farmhouse Style

We moved our microwave to add a range hood. We then updated our appliances (wall oven, gas cooktop, microwave & dishwasher) to professional grade appliances that will stand the test of time. This is was necessary since we love to cook and utilize our appliances daily. We researched the appliances that would provide the best bang for their buck, making sure we did not sacrifice style or function. The only appliance we kept is our refrigerator however it’s on its last leg so hopefully we can keep it functional for a few more years! I’ll be sharing the pros and cons of installing non-IKEA appliances in an IKEA kitchen in another post soon! P.S. If you have a refrigerator you love – send your recommendations my way!

Neutral Paint Color

The paint color our home came with wasn’t ideal or “us”. We waited 2 years until we painted the entire house and the kitchen was the first room we updated. What a difference the paint made to the space and our entire house. It is now lighter, brighter, and more airy.

{Photo credit: Pixels & Pigment}

What we didn’t change…


Hardwood flooring came with our home and so we kept it and integrated it with our design. We often get questions and compliments about our flooring and to be honest initially I felt it was too warm-toned, with red hues. However, after replacing the cabinets and updating with new paint the floors now look more brown and less red – it’s amazing what paint and color can do to a space!

Kitchen Layout

We kept our layout essentially the same except for moving the microwave and also the island to accommodate seating for 4 adults. Prior to moving our kitchen island and making these adjustments we were unable to sit around our island. We configured our new kitchen island and counter overhang to work for our kitchen needs. We love that we can now enjoy family time around our new kitchen island!

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about our white IKEA modern farmhouse style kitchen – comment below or email me if you are in the process of updating your kitchen – I’d love to hear about it!

Here is a little before & after…

White IKEA Modern Farmhouse Style Kitchen


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