7 Holiday Kitchens to Inspire You While You Cook

When the holidays are on the horizon, we dream in lists and recipes. The kitchen becomes our temporary residence the few days leading up to any gathering, so it should be a place that is functional, beautiful, and—this time of year—festive! We’ve put together seven of our favorite holiday kitchens to inspire you as you whip, frost, baste, and taste your way through the festivities! So, put on some music, grab your apron, and enjoy these stunning spaces.

1Farmhouse with a Pop of Color

Rustic kitchen with blue island
Photography by Robert Radifera, Styling by Charlotte Safavi

Here, surfaces are deliberately kept clear of excessive holiday décor to allow for food prep as well as for plenty of room for folks to pop down their drinks.

2Quaint and Quintessentially Cottage

Quaint Christmas cottage kitchen with skylight and light gray cabinets
Photography by Marcy Black Simpson, Styling by Yukie McLean

A skylight and wall of windows illuminate this cozy kitchen! And with festive pops of color this space transforms into the cutest holiday dream kitchen!

3Minimal + Merry

White minimalist kitchen with Christmas decor
Photography by Robert Radifera, Styling by Charlotte Safavi

This family keeps a small tabletop tree in the kitchen, which holds DIY salt dough ornaments made by the kids. The holiday kitchen takes cues from the rest of the farmhouse—favoring a clean, natural palette.

4A Balance of Modern and Rustic

White kitchen with wooden range
Photography by William Dickey

The reclaimed wood hood was carefully chosen by the homeowners to contrast the Alabama marble and contemporary cabinetry.

5A Baker’s Dream

Low-light kitchen with Christmas decor
Photography by William Dickey

Counter space galore make this kitchen a dream for holiday baking! We can just imagine all of the frosting, rolling, piping and cookie decorating.

6The Perfect Island for Hosting

Christmas kitchen with blue island
Photography by Ralph Anderson, Styling by Yukie McLean

Each year an Advent wreath made from fresh greenery is hung from the kitchen rafters. With the addition of four candles and ribbon, the wreath becomes a seasonal highlight.

7DIY Antique Island

White kitchen with gray wooden island
Photography by William Dickey

For a kitchen island, the homeowner refinished an antique sideboard in a distressed finish. Not only does this piece reflect the rustic character of her kitchen but it provides additional counter space for holiday appetizers!