Every homeowner dreams of having an impressive kitchen, and overhauling yours will give you a reliable bump in home value. Jan Goldman, owner of renovation and design firm Kitchen Elements, has some advice on where to spend your budget: splurge on great backsplash materials, beautiful hardwood floors and top-notch cooking equipment. “Do I love a wonderful built-in refrigerator? Yes, but cold is cold,” Goldman says. “If you can’t afford all the higher-end equipment, nothing beats well-designed, well-calibrated ovens and cook surfaces, whether it’s gas or induction.”
This small kitchen makes the most of its space with plenty of storage behind glass-front cabinets. The light wood cabinets and sunny yellow backsplash brightens up the small space for an airy and open feel.
This light and bright kitchen features white wood and glass front cabinets paired with black cabinets. Metallic pendant lights hang above the peninsula, while black grout provides an edgy contrast in the white subway tile backsplash. Stainless steel appliances and red accents add finishing touches.
The "U"-shaped kitchen cabinets provide plenty of counter space while giving definition to the kitchen space, separating it from the rest of the first floor. The barstools give the space a casual dining option but are also in close proximity to the dining space, so they could also serve as an extension of the home's dining area.
Designer Nancy Blandford calls this kitchen "party central." Designed around two support columns, the massive U-shaped island can be approached from six sides. One side is for seating, another acts as the bar and the other four sides are for meal prep and serving.
This U-shaped kitchen features medium grain cabinets and an exposed beam ceiling. Concrete countertops add an industrial feel, while a peninsula provides extra room for food preparation and cabinet storage.
Light countertops and a blue mosaic tile backsplash brighten this U-shaped kitchen, which features sleek, dark cabinetry. Stainless steel appliances and linear cabinet pulls complement the contemporary design.
Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath removed a wall to turn the U-shaped kitchen into a far more functional L-shaped room. The transformation created space for a large island and continuous traffic flow. A required structural column was incorporated into the corner of the island, wrapped in Peruvian walnut to forge a unique architectural detail.
A small, custom round island provides a handy space for prepping meals, without taking up a large footprint in their U-shaped kitchen. A mantel above the stove offers a place to rotate in artwork for display.
This U-shaped kitchen features light brown wood slab doors with a painted and distressed finish that adds texture. A lively mosaic tile onyx backsplash and neutral countertops finish off the look of the space, while simple wooden stools provide space for casual seating along the countertop.