share post

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

by | Jun 29, 2016 | Best of the Best Kitchen Ideas, Decorating Inspiration, Kitchens

This Post May Contain Affiliate Links. Please Read Our Disclosure Policy here

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
House & Home by Allison Willson

Even if you have the most humble of kitchens, you can incorporate a variety of special details to turn it into a space you’ll love. Whether you add just a few or even all of these featured kitchen ideas, each one can contribute something unique to any kitchen remodel.

There are so many ways to bring style and personality to a kitchen. No wonder each post in this kitchen remodel series has been so fun for me! It might have to be the series that will never end! :) Kitchen ideas forever!

Today in our Best of the Best series, here are eight elements for a showstopping kitchen remodel.

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
House Beautiful

1. Patterns
accent rugs
unique backsplash
patterned or shaped tile
shades or curtains

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsBungalow Magazine / Photo by Jared Tseng

2. Statement Lighting

Oversized (but appropriately scaled) pendants
Stylish sconces
Under cabinet lighting

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsSouthern Living

3. Metal accents

metal barstools
pots and pans on display
a vintage fan or accessories

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
Design Sponge

4. Wood accents
cutting boards
light fixture with wood beads
woven baskets
trim pieces

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsMy Domaine / Elle Decoration

5. Custom details
a wall niche
decorative tile
glass cabinet doors
special hardware
crown molding

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements
Brooke Wagner Designs

6. Comfort layers
barstools & chairs
dining table
roman shade
accent lighting
freestanding cabinets

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsThe Inspired Room

7. Charming accessories

 framed art
pitchers and vases

open shelves for books or dish collections

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping ElementsJessica Helgerson Interior Design

 8. Architectural detail

arched doors
wood beams
paneling on walls or ceilings
trim work 
wood, stone or tile
special countertops
covered hood

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

*Update* Come see my small kitchen remodel, including all the sources, right HERE!

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

My Galley Kitchen Reveal

Kitchen Ideas: 8 Showstopping Elements

Find more kitchen design inspiration HERE.




  1. Cathy

    Thank you so much for sharing these great ideas with us! I’ve pinned a few of them. It really is fun planning a decorating/renovation project, isn’t it!

  2. Ginny

    I have learned so much from your blog and books. I really connect with your decorating style and overall philosophy on things. In some ways you are like a mentor to me! Thank you!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Ginny! I appreciate your comment. I’m so glad you are enjoying the blog posts and books, that means a lot to me so thank you for sharing.

  3. Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

    Great ideas for our kitchen, Melissa. It’s coming together … will be done soon! Have loved your kitchen series …


    Melissa, this is a great list of ideas to think outside the box a little bit!!

  5. Amy

    I love the oversized pendants above the islands!!

  6. Becca

    Wow, all of these kitchens are unbelievable!

  7. Inalco

    Really nice result!

browse categories:

browse archives:

let’s stay connected!

Follow for daily
Home Inspiration:

get my free decorating guide

home decor inspiration, free downloads,
and more, straight to your inbox