Kitchen Design Ideas

Creative Design Ideas for Your Outdoor Kitchen

When you reach the planning stage for your new kitchen, there are several important considerations to keep in mind. Considering how you'll use the space, where it's located, what outdoor appliances you'll need and how it will all hold up to the elements can all help you design a functional and long-lasting kitchen. To decide what you would like to include in your setup, pick and choose from our extensive range of brands to create the perfect combination of components for your cooking and living style.

1. Extend Your Living Space

One of the great benefits of an outdoor kitchen is that it extends your living and entertaining space. Make the most of this additional space by planning for shade, shelter, and warmth so you can enjoy your Outdoor Kitchen whatever the season. In the hot summer months, a shaded kitchen means that cooking and entertaining are more pleasant. To provide shade and shelter, plant some nearby trees or incorporate an awning or pergola in the design. You'll also want to plan for cooler temperatures. One popular option is to build your own firepit that you can gather around as a cosy retreat from the weather.

2. Consider Your Surroundings

It's true that an outdoor kitchen is an extension of your indoor living space. However, it also needs to fit in to the garden and area surrounding it. As you brainstorm your design, think about your home's exterior. Choose colours and textures that compliment or extend that style.

3. Plan your Layout

Layout is just as important in an outdoor kitchen as an indoor one. In addition, there are some extra considerations for an outdoor kitchen. Whereas an indoor kitchen's layout is defined by the walls, doors and windows that surround it, the outdoor kitchen often defines the space on its own.

Visualise your ideal outdoor kitchen with our example models, designed by our team of outdoor kitchen experts. Employ our designs for your very own outdoor kitchen, or use them as inspiration to create a fully bespoke design.

Another key layout decision concerns appliance placement. Consider the best locations for your cold and hot zones. Avoid placing a gas grill directly next to a refrigerator unit that already needs to work hard during the heat of summer. Don't forget to allow enough space for food prep and serve as well.

4. Consider What Appliances You Want

Continuing on from the layout design, this is a good time to consider what types of appliances you'd like built into your outdoor kitchen area. There are a wide variety of appliances you can go with, so consider what you believe you will get the most use out of. Click here for our overview on the main outdoor kitchen components and appliances.

5. Choose Your Materials, Worktops and Finishes

An outdoor kitchen needs to be even more hardworking than its interior counterpart as it needs to hold up to whatever the weather may bring, such as high winds, heavy rains, heat as well as frost and snow. As you design your outdoor kitchen, select materials that are tough enough to withstand the elements while still being low maintenance for easy care. Because of its durability and toughness, stainless steel is the preferred option for appliances - they look sleek, they hold up to the elements and they're easy to clean.

Choosing a worktop can be a difficult decision as there is such a vast array of options available, so it is very much up to your own individual style and requirements. To make your life a little easier we suggest that you first start with your preferred material and then pick your colour, not forgetting the surface feel. Do you prefer a rustic textured finish, or something smooth like an internal kitchen surface? All our suggested materials are weatherproof, heat and frost stable, UV resistant and non-porous (if sealed) so that your outdoor kitchen will last for years to come.

  • Granite: The classic material of indoor kitchens looks great in an outdoor setting too and comes in a huge variety of colours and textures.
  • Natural Slate Slabs: With its stellar good looks and great durability, slate is very versatile and lends itself to both rustic and contemporary style kitchens.
  • Porcelain Tiles: Incredibly versatile, these tiles are available in an infinite range of colours, sizes and textured finishes.
  • Glass: Choose a thick, quality back painted glass to add vibrancy and colour for a contemporary or retro look.
  • Dekton®: This is a compacted composite blend of raw materials. Incredibly durable it is available in a variety of colours and patterns.

It is important to make sure that your kitchen blends in with both your garden and the style of your house and the base construction of your outdoor kitchen is key. With that in mind, we can recommend an extensive range of facing materials and finishes from which to choose the perfect look for your outdoor kitchen. There is a huge variety of tiles, stone, brick and different coloured render from which to pick the perfect look for you.

6. Outfit in Style!

Once you have the bones of your kitchen – the layout, appliances, and materials – it's time to give some attention to the details. Adding in garden decorations, potted plants, cushioned seating, lighting and heating (click to view our range of outdoor heaters from Bromic and Herschel) can create an inviting and comfortable outdoor space.

In the meantime, though, browse our selection of design ideas to gain inspiration or talk to us about how we can layout a design to suit you.

- See your kitchen in your garden with our online 3D visualisation software