Former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn at his home kitchen in the Atlas District. Mendelsohn owns Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza in Capitol Hill. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Creating the right set-up makes cooking an enjoyable, and sometimes fun, experience. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to decorate and design your own kitchen, look no further.

View Photo Gallery: Over the years and more recently, the Home section and Local Living have featured a variety of kitchens in their respective pages. We hope you’ll use them for inspiration, whether you’re planning a complete renovation or just wish to change a thing or two about your kitchen.

We’ve put together a gallery of home kitchens from Top Chef contestants (such as Spike Mendelsohn, pictured above), White House staffers and local designers. Get tips on space-saving techniques for storing appliances and learn how to make a kitchen one of the most attractive rooms at your house.

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