20 of the Most Popular Kitchens of All Time from Our Friends at Apartment Therapy

updated Jul 17, 2020
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Here’s a fun fact for you: Our sister website, Apartment Therapy, publishes a new House Tour every single day! That’s good news for us here at Kitchn, because that means there’s no shortage of kitchen inspiration to go around. Out of curiosity, we did a little digging through the archives to pull out the most popular AT House Tour kitchens of all time and, wouldn’t you know, these just happened to be our favorites, too.

And so without any further ado, here are 20 of the most popular kitchens, in no particular order.

1. A Retro, Colorful, Kitschy Kitchen

Bec, who owns The Sugar Shack, channels a “retro, gypsy, kitsch, flea market/junkyard style with a definite surf shack vibe.” This kitchen is so cute that she even rents it out for photoshoots! Her favorite DIY element is the vintage wallpaper in the kitchen on the wall above the sink.

See the full House Tour: Boho Maximalism in Western Australia

Credit: Anna Spaller

2. An Unrecognizable Rental Kitchen

You wouldn’t believe what this kitchen looked like $300 dollars ago. Thanks to a super-light reno, Tara Bellucci‘s kitchen looks brand new, proving that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to change your whole look.

See the full House Tour: $300 Later, This Rental Kitchen Is No Longer Recognizable

3. A Maximalist, Mural-Filled Home

This whimsical kitchen in Culver City, California, is a unanimous fave among Apartment Therapy editors. To no one’s surprise, Mila, the owner, is an artist and painter who has made her home her canvas.

See the full House Tour: A Maximalist on a Minimal Budget Fills Her Home with Murals

4. A Stunning, Modern Melbourne Home

“Australia has a really light, playful aesthetic and it’s a big inspiration for my interior style in the house,” says Alex, a founder of Kip&Co. To no one’s surprise, the kitchen is her favorite room. We are obsessed with the massive pink concrete island and the brass — yes, brass — cabinets.

See the full House Tour: A Kip&Co Founder’s Stunning, Modern Melbourne Home

Credit: Liz Calka

5. A Kitchen Inspired by Family, Photography, and Frida Kahlo

This orange fridge-and-stove duo from Big Chill is making us want to throw everything we ever thought we knew about kitchen design out the window. Stainless steel seems so boring now!

See the full House Tour: A D.C. Home Inspired by Family, Photography and Frida Kahlo

Credit: Annie Kim

6. A 1920s Bungalow with a Budget IKEA Kitchen

We love IKEA here at Kitchn and Apartment Therapy, so this budget IKEA kitchen renovation is right up our alley. But before you ogle this pic, you really have to see the before picture to appreciate the after.

See the full House Tour: A 1920s Bungalow’s Makeover Is Thanks to a Budget IKEA Kitchen

Credit: I Spy DIY

7. A Formerly Dilapidated Fixer-Upper

After being totally gutted, this airy and bright Milwaukee kitchen is an extreme makeover come to life. Kitchen dreams do come true, people.

See the full House Tour: How This DIY Blogger Transformed Her Dilapidated Fixer-Upper

8. A Cute Kitchen in a Converted School Bus

This fully refurbished Blue Bird school bus is home to the cutest, coziest kitchen on wheels. Check it out for small-space storage solutions and #minimalismgoals.

See the full House Tour: This Blue Bird School Bus is a Cute Couple’s Cozy Home

9. An Instagram-Famous Home in Buenos Aires

Carina, the owner of this kitchen, has more than 150,000 Instagram followers and she gives the credit to this very kitchen. The best part, we’d argue, is the dreamy rattan pendant lamps dangling above the rustic table. Oh, and that view.

See the full House Tour: A Journalist’s Instagram-Famous Home in Buenos Aires

Credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom

10. A Kitchen the Color of Its KitchenAid

Who knew that matching your kitchen to your KitchenAid stand mixer would be such a brilliant idea! If you think this minty fresh kitchen is charming, wait until you see the rest of the house. (P.S.: What color would yours be?)

See the full House Tour: A First-Time Homeowner Hits the Jackpot With This Craftsman Gem

11. A No-Reno Required, Plant-Filled Kitchen Makeover

The owner of this kitchen is a total genius for creating the illusion of open shelving simply by removing the cabinet doors. She added a rug and tons of plants and, BOOM, she created a Pinterest-worthy kitchen.

See the full House Tour: We Love This No-Reno-Required Rental Kitchen Makeover

12. A Beautiful, Livable Tiny House

If you struggle with storage in your own kitchen, just study this 160-square foot tiny house. It’s full of plenty of great ideas.

See the full House Tour: This Is One of the Most Beautiful, Livable Tiny Houses We’ve Ever Seen

13. A Small Studio Kitchen in Los Angeles

We love the simplicity of this California kitchen. You won’t find tons of bells or whistles, and that’s on purpose. “Our tastes are very old-world; I think they were formed in another century entirely — maybe 1890s. We tend to gravitate away from most modern objects, excepting those which I make/repurpose or those that are extremely simple/utilitarian,” says owner Meghan.

See the full House Tour: An Old World-Inspired Small Shared Studio in LA

Credit: Sandra Rojo

14. A Sunny, Soulful Barcelona Kitchen

The exposed beams! The natural light! The subway tile! The mismatched chairs! The wood table! We could seriously go on and on, but we’ll stop now.

See the full House Tour: A Sunny Soulful Renovated Apartment in Barcelona

Credit: Minette Hand

15. A Scandinavian-Inspired Loft Kitchen

This open kitchen is the heart of a Manhattan loft, designed with Stockholm and Istanbul as its two main sources of inspiration. The owner, Marika, has visited 55 countries and counting!

See the full House Tour: A Scandinavian-Inspired NYC Loft Was Designed for Connection and Community

16. A Perfect Pastel Kitchen

We’re officially moving into this colorful cottage in the Historic Cabbagetown neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia, solely to hang out in this kitchen. Or maybe we’ll just plan a weekend trip — it’s an Airbnb!

See the full House Tour: This House’s Pink Door Is Just the Start of Its Color Journey

17. A Blogger’s Sunny, Stylish, Inspiring Kitchen

Emily Schuman, creator of Cupcakes and Cashmere, says her style is “California casual.” We totally get that vibe in her chic-yet-inviting kitchen. Also, can we please take a moment to appreciate these high ceilings?

See the full House Tour: Cupcakes and Cashmere Founder Emily Schuman’s LA Home Is Sunny, Stylish, Inspiring

18. A Charming Row Home Kitchen

Obviously, the kitchen in this 100-year-old row home in Philly has gotten some updates in the past century, but it feels totally timeless.

See the full House Tour: A 100-Year-Old Row Home is Dripping With Charm

19. An Upgraded DIY Rental Kitchen

Once again, you’ll have to see the before to really appreciate this after. In a nutshell, though, this jazzy new kitchen should serve as an inspiration to apartment renters everywhere.

See the full House Tour: How One Renter Upgraded Her Basic Bungalow With Easy DIYs

Credit: Liz Calka

20. A Pink Kitchen with a Glitter Floor

The kitchen in this 1940s Art Deco-style studio apartment building somehow makes pink feel like a neutral. The vibe? Owner grace calls it “Nerd Grandma.”

See the full House Tour: A Small Studio Has a Pink Kitchen with a Glitter Floor

Which one is your favorite?

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