Probably the most popular and common kitchen layout these days is the L-shaped kitchen. It is ideal for entertaining and works well for multiple cooks in the kitchen. In most homes people want to keep the kitchen open, but also maximize the space they have. It is often seen with some variation of an island in the center of the kitchen. However, it will also work well if the kitchen is a separate room. It is one of the more flexible kitchen layouts with a variety of different variations.