We all want to achieve the perfect cooking space, and the possibility of an outdoor kitchen takes things to another level. Although they may not be among the first changes you wish to implement in a new space, the addition of an outdoor kitchen—whether that's a grill and table or full blown built-in countertops and dining area—is an instant mood booster.
Not only does an outdoor kitchen give you never-ending opportunities to eat outside under the sun or stars, it also opens doors for entertaining and socializing. Just because you live in a place that seems to be endlessly rainy or always too chilly doesn't mean you're barred from creating the cooking space of your dreams out on your patio. Covered kitchens, movable cooktops, and means of staying warm can all ensure that an outdoor kitchen is possible.
Even small spaces can implement a pint-size outdoor kitchen from the comfort of their fenced-in decks, rooftops, and balconies with small appliances and storage.
From built-in refrigerators and pizza ovens to dining areas and fireplaces, the options for creating a beautiful outdoor kitchen are as plentiful as the options inside your home. To kickstart some ideas, the following nine outdoor kitchens provide prime inspiration for your dream space—and can help you get one step closer to the al fresco dining experience you've always wanted.
Chic Black and White
A black, white, and gray color palette really make this outdoor kitchen a well-established space. The cool wrap-around concrete countertops not only serve as cooking and prep stations, but as a second place to dine, thanks to a handful of barstool chairs. Save for the grill and nonexistent roof, it's difficult to tell the difference between this room and the one inside that holds your favorite pan and spatula.
Cozy But Refined
There are so many reasons why this outdoor kitchen is unbelievably charming. With fairy lights gracing the perimeter, the brick storage space, farmhouse sink, and simple rack for cooking utensils create a warm and inviting atmosphere. It's also impossible to not fawn over that oven. You most likely won't want to cook inside anymore knowing that a stone pizza oven awaits you outside.
Appliances that don't exactly fit inside your home can become of great use in an outdoor kitchen. Wine refrigerators, smokers, and, of course, pizza ovens are all prime examples of this.
By the Fireside
To prolong the amount of time you can use your outdoor kitchen, a covered area and a source of warmth are two must-haves. Eldorado Stone used TundraBrick in Chalk Dust to build out an impressive and ultra cozy fireplace (hello s'mores).
An elegant orb light fixture and the rustic, outdoorsy chairs and coffee table add to the kitchen's appeal and will keep you cooking outside even when the temperatures dip. Just grab a warming cocktail and cozy blanket, you'll be set.
Bright and Airy
This outdoor kitchen is likely to convince anyone to pack up and move to a location that's warm year-round. The wood-concrete combo island with a built-in refrigerator is made for days of lounging by the pool. And even if trouble strikes in paradise (in the form of a storm), your al fresco dining friends and your meal will all be safe and sound under the covered area, or you all can slip away through a door that's connected to your house.
Simplicity at Its Finest
While streamlined, refined outdoor kitchens are the norm, they're most certainly not your only option. For instance, this wooden and white outdoor kitchen is an absolute dream with its gorgeous wooden hardware, open shelving, and beadboard structure. It just goes to show that you don't necessarily need a high-tech oven and built-in wine cooler to craft a gorgeous, useable cooking space.
White and Wooden
This space from Umevagen is the perfect embodiment of an outdoor kitchen that sees a lot of sun and warm weather. Its all-white everything keeps it cool, and the built-in shelves and wrap-around countertops practically made for firing up the grill and hosting potlucks, BBQs, and close-knit celebrations.
The back wall also gives you some privacy from prying eyes as well as extra storage space and a platform for hanging fairy lights, cooking utensils, and recipes.
All Tiled Up
Statement tiling isn't confined to indoor spaces—it deserves to star outside too, especially in an outdoor kitchen. While you may not have something like a backsplash in your exterior cooking space, you can incorporate them into countertops, walls, or islands, as seen here.
Tiling is an easy way to add a pop of color or pattern without whipping out all your paint supplies or sourcing pre-colored materials, or to help you differentiate spaces like the dining area, bar, and cooking space without implementing temporary walls or fences.
Poppy and Petite
Outdoor kitchens needn't be large and overbearing. If you'd rather use precious space for socializing, a designated corner or wall will do just fine, such as seen here in this rooftop outdoor kitchen/dining area. The grill is separated from the sociable spaces and "dining room," but it all flows together and gives guests more choices.
For locations with eternal sunshine, a pergola may serve as a better cover than anything. It allows for almost all light to get in so you can soak up vitamin D while sharing a bite to eat with loved ones.
If you're opting for an exposed outdoor kitchen, it's important to choose high-quality, heavy duty cooking equipment, dining furniture, and prep spaces so it can handle what the elements throw its way.