If you're tired of seeing play-it-safe, all-white kitchens with white marble countertops, we've got your number. Here's a collection of a dozen kitchens that set their own standards, that go boldly where no kitchen has gone before. If an out of the ordinary kitchen is what you want, you'll find plenty of inspiration here.
Above: what could be bolder than an all-black kitchen with a giant gold island? It may not be for everyone, but it's definitely unforgettable. From a Parisian loft (of course it's in Paris) spotted on Trendland
If you want your kitchen to be unique, there's no better way than adding a HOT PINK backsplash. That stainless steel sink/stove peninsula is pretty great, too. From Domino.
This kitchen design, from Inside Out, may not be quite as ballsy as the two above, but it's definitely unique. Some favorite elements: the mix of wood and stainless steel cabinets, the stainless open shelves, the antique mirror leaning on the backsplash, the walls painted a beautiful blue.
I love the idea of turning the divider between your kitchen and the other spaces in your home into a giant glass-walled shelving unit. Probably only a good idea if you have very attractive dishware, but if you do, this could be especially striking. From Residence Magazine.
For those who prefer to tuck things away in cabinets, there are still plenty of options. The different fronts in this kitchen from Casa Vogue are beautiful medley of colors, making for a happy, color-soaked room.
The detailing on the cabinets in this Hawaiian home from Domaine Home is beautiful, but it's the brass and glass open shelving that really steals the show.
Wood cabinets may not be particularly popular right now, but they can still be quite lovely. The wood cabinets in this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home lend richness and warmth and a bit of a retro feel, and the graphic black and white tile is the perfect counterpart.
Why not go bold with color? This kitchen from AD Russia doesn't stop with bright blue cabinets — there's also a bright green accent wall. And those backsplash windows are to die for.
Although you can just barely see it in this photo, this kitchen from Yatzer pairs blue cabinets with wood doors. That's a bold move, and so is the metallic mosaic tile countertop on the island, but somehow it all works.
There's more interesting cabinetry in this kitchen from Fredrik Paulsen, but the real star of the show is that beautiful jade green backsplash tile.
Of course the kitchen of Orla Kiely (spotted on Dwell) is adorable and appealingly colorful. I love the supports for the upper cabinets, and the way the lower cabinets are lifted slightly above the floor (although I would not want to sweep under them).
Fornasetti designs do not mess around. Although the other elements in this kitchen, from The D Pages, are elegant but unremarkable, the bold wallpaper makes this a space that's hard to forget.