A kitchen can come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter what it's still the one place in the house where everyone seems to gravitate. Not just a place for cooking or eating, the kitchen is also a gathering spot for entertaining guests, catching up with friends over coffee or spending quality time with the family. That's why it's so important to create a functional space that also feels comfortable and social.
From spacious rooms with shiny, state-of-the-art appliances to cozy nooks just large enough for a refrigerator and stove, we've culled together 14 kitchens that are just as lovely as they are practical. And, while there's no such thing as a perfect kitchen, we think these spaces come pretty close. Take a look through our slideshow below and, as always, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below.