Southern Kitchen Design

In need of a little kitchen inspiration? We’ve gathered some of our favorite southern kitchen designs for you! Whether you are just sprucing up or doing a complete renovation, this article is sure to make you think, “Oooh I want that” at least a few times!

From clean lines to rustic finishes, family-style to a chef’s dream...there is much to consider (and much to love) when designing your ideal kitchen. If you are going for a southern-inspired style, we have lots of examples for you below.


Southern Kitchen Designs: Big Islands

The kitchen is often the center of your home, and that goes without saying in the south. Now more than ever, kitchens are designed to include enough room for the whole family. 

This means you see a lot of designs utilizing space for a large center island with seating vs. a breakfast nook and table. For galley-style kitchens, you often see an L-shape bar top off one side to create that added seating. These designs help everyone gather comfortably around the kitchen!

Southern Kitchen Designs by Coastal Signature Homes

Photo: Coastal Signature Homes |


Southern Kitchen Designs: Rustic Touches

We have all seen the barn door over the pantry upgrade, but there are many other ways to bring southern rustic finishes into a fresh kitchen design. 

Consider opting for a unique cabinet finish and/or color if you really want to include wow factor! For those of you who love natural wood cabinet hues, consider incorporating rustic decor like handcrafted bowls and worn leather barstools to achieve the look.

If you love the classic white cabinet and want to marry modern with southern, you can try wrapping your range hood in reclaimed wood or even going with a live edge butcher block island countertop.

Southern Kitchen Designs by Randy Jeffcoat Builders

Photo: Randy Jeffcoat Builders |


Southern Kitchen Designs: Trim Detail

If there is one thing every gorgeous southern kitchen has, it’s custom trim work. The style can vary widely, but it’s the finishing touch we just cannot live without.

From shiplap to cabinet crown moulding, corner trim and baseboard, there will not be a plain sheet of drywall to be found. The best part about trim is that you can customize it for any kitchen design. 

The assumption is that trim in a southern kitchen equates to the classic barn door X or the whitewash shiplap and that’s not true at all. You can work with a carpenter to preview a wide variety of custom trim designs and go with what you like. 

The best part is: trim is more affordable than swapping out counters or backsplash (and don’t get us started on cabinets), so it is a great choice if you are only interested in refreshing your kitchen.

Southern Kitchen Designs by H2 Builders

Photo: H2 Builders  |



Achieve the look you want with these tips for southern kitchen designs! Choose one, two or all three, and we are sure you’ll love the outcome!

  1. Create space for the whole family with a large island.

  2. Pop in a few rustic touches to warm up the space.

  3. Update or add trim in your own style to elevate the overall design.

What features would you include on a list of ideal southern kitchen designs?

Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

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