Design your perfect casual kitchen with inspiration from our favorite spaces that exude comfort and relaxation. With the popularity of open floor plans, kitchens are no longer hiding behind walls and closed doors, making them the perfect family gathering spot. Not only does the kitchen need to be beautiful, but it also needs to be casual enough for everyday use: doing homework or eating breakfast as everyone rushes out the door. Seating is important in a casual kitchen, so we'll show you all kinds of configurations—attached breakfast nooks, islands with seating, or breakfast bars where the entire family can gather. Casual kitchens are all about comfort. Get inspired by family-friendly kitchens and those that have been renovated for empty nesters and entertaining. Soften all of the kitchen's hard edges and make the space more comfortable with playful fabrics and prints on stool cushions, window coverings, or rugs. Materials such as linen, jute, sisal, and cotton lend an air of ease and are perfect for casual spaces. With these ideas, we help you create a space with materials that will withstand the daily wear and tear and look good doing it.