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4 Trendy Ideas for Your Outdoor Kitchen

4 Trendy Ideas for Your Outdoor KitchenAn outdoor kitchen is a great place for friends and family to gather and enjoy a meal. Outdoor kitchens can range from simple and efficient barbecues to more elaborate setups with full appliances and culinary details. Of course, outdoor kitchens aren’t all about utility. Here are four trendy ideas to help your outdoor kitchen liven up your yard and give your guests something to talk about.

1. Eye-catching countertops

Given their importance in the cooking process, it’s no surprise that countertops continue to be a main design element in outdoor kitchens. Countertops are the perfect opportunity to experiment with color, texture, and building materials. Three of our favorite outdoor kitchen countertop options are granite, quartz, and poured concrete.

Granite

The enduring trend of granite countertops doesn’t seem to be letting up any time soon, and it’s easy to see why. Granite is a premium, hardy stone that’s second only to marble when it comes to luxury appeal. The versatile hues and tones of the various slabs available guarantee a perfect fit into any and all outdoor kitchen designs.

Quartz

Granite may still be what people think of when they hear “high-end countertops”, but quartz is continuing to make a strong name for itself in the world of countertops. Quartz is a great compromise for homeowners who love the look of granite, but want a lower maintenance stone. Quartz is non-porous, meaning liquids and bacteria cannot penetrate the surface. This makes cleaning a breeze, and removes the need for sealing the countertops—something that’s necessary to keep granite in good shape.

Poured concrete

Concrete isn’t just for driveways and sidewalks anymore. Poured concrete countertops are growing in popularity with homeowners who love how the material combines a modern and industrial aesthetic with rustic appeal. You can think of poured concrete countertops as a blank slate—because each countertop is individually made, the possibilities are endless when it comes to customization. You can add color with various dyes, stains, and coatings, or experiment with texture by embedded glass or tile in the countertops.

2. International inspiration

Your outdoor kitchen can be your passport and first-class ticket to traveling around the world through designs that span the furthest corners of the globe. Whether you’re a seasoned world traveler or prefer to remain close to home, you’ll enjoy the distinct international flair in each of the following designs.

Mediterranean vibes

Warm, rustic hues of reds, oranges, and browns and creative use of stones like travertine are two of the cornerstones of Mediterranean-inspired outdoor design. Incorporating them into your outdoor kitchen is sure to invoke the feeling of relaxing evenings spent on the European coast.

The centerpiece of his Mediterranean-inspired outdoor kitchen is a stone pizza oven. With plenty of counterspace and essential appliances, this kitchen is ready to host backyard gatherings with a distinctly Italian flair.

A touch of the tropics

Looking for a taste of the island life right in your backyard? Embrace design elements like tiki torches, dark stained wood, and wicker or rattan furniture to create the perfect tropical-inspired outdoor kitchen. Lush flowering plants and swooping palm trees can add a finishing touch to your kitchen for a true tropical look and feel.

This tropical outdoor kitchen is nestled beneath a tiki hut. Ample shade and seating makes this kitchen ideal for serving up delicious island delicacies and tropical cocktails.

Rustic mountain elegance

There’s no better way to embrace a love of the outdoors than with a rustic outdoor kitchen. Rugged natural stone, exposed brick, and wood design elements are all key in bringing out a rustic aesthetic that instantly transports you to a cozy mountain escape. You could also add a grand fireplace or firepit to encourage guests to spend their evenings outdoors even after the meal is over.

This outdoor kitchen would be right at home at a luxury cabin escape. The striking use of vibrant cedarwood contrasts the surrounding granite and helps to create visual interest in the space. In particular, the vast cedarwood picnic table serves as the center point of the space and provides ample space for eating, drinking, and socializing.

3. Sleek charm

Sleek contemporary design continues to make waves in both interior and exterior décor. Simply put, minimalism is in. Whether it’s through neutral shades or sleek stones like slate, it’s easy to add a touch of minimalist appeal to your yard with an outdoor kitchen.

Proving that you don’t always need all the bells and whistles, this outdoor kitchen is sleek, streamlined, and decidedly minimalist. Bright red bar stools add a pop of color and compliment the dark bar island.

4. Going tiny

With a growing number of homeowners looking to minimize their living space by downsizing their homes, and others looking to use their small yards to their advantage, compact outdoor kitchens are on the rise. These compact kitchens are perfect for maximizing a small space and prove that even small yards can pack big entertaining potential.

This compact outdoor kitchen features two counters with ample storage space for ingredients, dishes, silverware, and whatever else the homeowners need. The grill takes center stage in this design and provides an easy way to cook up food for guests.




This waterfront outdoor kitchen includes a cozy U-shaped island that allows for a maximum amount of counterspace without increasing the size of the kitchen as a whole. A large pergola protects the kitchen from inclement weather and helps make the space feel even cozier.

Bring your vision to life with Imperial Elite

The construction of your outdoor kitchen requires only the finest materials. After all, your kitchen will need to stand up to wind, rain, and other outdoor conditions all year round. When you need the best, trust the experts. Our Imperial Elite service begins with our team scouring the globe for the finest natural stones and materials. Then, we bring our treasures to you to incorporate an aspect of well-designed luxury into your next project.  The result is uniquely one of a kind creations for your home that you’ll be proud to show off for years to come. Contact us today to get started.