Topping the list of reasons we love IKEA? No, it's not their Swedish meatballs (delicious), or their selection of extremely affordable rattan lighting (so extensive! so chic!), but their kitchen systems. Equipped with a 25-year warranty and shockingly low price tags, IKEA kitchens are an affordable and long-lasting solution for homeowners who want to renovate but just aren't in a position to splurge on custom cabinetry. Designers, no surprise, are obsessed with them. The styles and sizes offered are abundant, but if you want to just shop for their basic cabinetry and customize it yourself, that's an option too (duh, it is IKEA, after all). There are a handful of brands that make cabinet and drawer fronts exclusively to fit IKEA systems, and you've got the ability to DIY your day away to make them special too. To make your future kitchen renovation a breeze, we've rounded up some of the most beautiful IKEA kitchens we could find and teased out the brilliant ideas that set them apart from the pack.
A wide blue border gives the main window in this San Francisco kitchen by a distinctive look. The IKEA cabinetry is paired with open shelving and cabinet fronts from the beloved brand .
To give one of the five kitchens in her Dallas home an otherworldly look, designer Michelle Nussbaumer added a pointed arched wall and then swathed the IKEA kitchen cabinetry in her own extra-bold ikat design, printed on custom vinyl. Even the range hood is wrapped!
福彩便民中心开机号By pairing IKEA's white gloss cabinet doors with an "unexpected hardware choice" (towel holders by the Japanese brand !), designer Kevin Greenberg of gave the kitchen of this Montauk, New York, beach house a distinct personality. For the counters, he used marine-grade plywood—but IKEA offers butcher-block options, too, if you don't feel like customizing your own.
When Lindsay Marcus of Resident LA decided to renovate her 1927 California Hills home, extra-large windows were added to accentuate the view, with IKEA cabinetry and Semihandmade fronts making up the new kitchen. By foregoing upper cabinetry and using a barely-there gray-green tint on the lowers, Marcus was able to give the room a wide-open feel that wouldn't obstruct the view.
Des Moines-based designer designed her sister's kitchen—this gleaming white space with glass pendants and ample bar seating—using IKEA cabinetry. The reflective surfaces and trio of light sources福彩便民中心开机号 (direct under the cabinets, allover from cans, and mood from the pendants) bounce light around the room even when it's not sunny outside.
Bespoke wood fronts on the IKEA cabinets and a slim brass backsplash elevate the kitchen at in Normandy to new heights. Thoughtful details—tiny metallic knobs, open shelves that match the cabinetry—give the whole room a custom look.
福彩便民中心开机号A warm gray cabinetry color, brass pendants, and multicolor tile on the backsplash of this IKEA kitchen by give it a feeling of timelessness.
福彩便民中心开机号Loads of bright light and fresh flowers enliven this IKEA kitchen by Rayman Boozer of . The crisp fronts and open design give it an expansive feel, despite it being tucked inside a Manhattan apartment.
"The mandate was a cool, clean composition," says Space Exploration's Kevin Greenberg of this Manhattan kitchen that his firm designed using IKEA cabinetry. "We commissioned custom millwork doors for the lower cabinets, lacquered in a bold green hue, and had custom pulls cast and plated in polished nickel."
When it came to creating a chic wet bar area under a skylight, HGTV star Alison Victoria福彩便民中心开机号 sprung for IKEA kitchen cabinetry and then topped it off with a black countertop and backsplash. The cabinet fronts were custom-designed from brass shim stock, a thin sheathing typically used for sealing joints and valves.