Dining al fresco is only half the fun. Whether you're designing your own outdoor kitchen or just want to get inspired for the future, we've got ideas to suit any decor style. Now add them to your dream house board, or call the contractor. And don't forget to invite us to those epic summer dinner parties you'll definitely be throwing with these outdoor kitchens on deck.
A black outdoor kitchen feels sleek, sexy, and modern. To keep it from looking too formal and to let the sunshine peek through, give it a thatched roof, like this one at the Atlantic Byron Bay. Then strike design gold with an adjacent dining nook with a built-in banquet and leather butterfly chairs.
These outdoor kitchen cabinets are made from old cypress shutters. It's a look that works well for coastal or farmhouse-style spaces. Incorporate tropical plants and florals to really get in the vacation mindset.
When designer Laurie Blumenfeld Russo craved an outdoor space, kitchen and dining space, she had to scout out alternate locations. Think beyond (or above) the backyard and turn your rooftop into a scenic cooking spot. You won't mind working over a hot grill when you've got a view like this one,
Instead of viewing an outdoor kitchen as adjunct, make it complete with a grill, fridge, sink, and pizza oven. A u-shaped layout helps you move from hot to cold, with the grill on the left to two refrigerator drawers and an ice maker on the right. Oh, and of course our future dream house will absolutely have a —preferably one as striking as this one designed by Nathan Turner.
Optimize your outdoor kitchen for entertaining by making the counter feel like a real bar. Modern barstools, an eye-catching tile design, and a hidden prep counter beyond the island will do the trick. When you're entertaining, style your countertops with oversized florals, as done here for this Studio Lifestyle design.
A stained oak ceiling warms up stainless-steel cabinets in this outdoor kitchen designed by Bonnie Edelman. The best part? A drop-down metal gate protects appliances from rain. Then, for a more sophisticated aesthetic, add a marble island and backsplash.
If you've avoided copper for fear it'll turn green, we hear you, but there's a solution. Treat it with lacquer first and you'll stave off weathering. Then, add a runner for warmth, color, and pattern, as done in entertaining guru Lulu Powers's outdoor kitchen designed by Anna Warmoth.
Shiplap adds a coastal feel to this beach house kitchen. A hanging straw lantern boosts the vibe even more. Sleek black bar stools and a glossy dining table introduce a more modern touch for an interesting contrast.
To blend in with the natural landscape in your backyard, create a rustic kitchen oasis with wood counters and found items. Take note from this outdoor kitchen designed by Nathan Turner and instead of a modern ice chest, use a tin one like this retro-looking piece and a wooden box as a side table.
If you live outdoors during the summer, you want your space to be as inviting as possible. Blue hues tend to be calming, and they're also perfect for a nautical theme if you're by the beach.
Cooking outside is even better when there's a pool nearby. And even better if there's a sophisticated dining room setup to host a swath of guests for an al fresco dinner party. And, as always, say yes to Bougainvillea. We like how this outdoor kitchen designed by Studio Lifestyle blends into the background while the florals earn the spotlight.
If you can't splurge on a second kitchen, an extra-wide window might do the trick. As seen in this beach house bar, Kim Dempster and Erin Martin designers extended the counter from thekitchen outside. It'll make passing food easier and make your house seem airier. Ahhh, that's better.