If you have a dining room, letting it serve double duty as a library is a great use of space -- plus your dining area will benefit from the style and warmth that comes with books. Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques” says you could also put shelves in a dining area of an eat-in kitchen, even if they only came up halfway, which would be much more budget friendly.
Textured stainless steel mosaic tile on the bar and backsplash creates a dynamic contrast within this contemporary European kitchen and emphasizes the sleek finishes in the space. Acrylic barstools add to the urban sophistication of the room, and one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass pendants add pops of color.
Shaker-style cabinets are installed floor to ceiling to provide much-needed kitchen storage. The lower cabinets are a brilliant navy to contrast with the bright white cabinetry and countertops. The space is grounded by porcelain flooring, a durable and easy-to-clean choice perfect for families with pets.
This open-plan kitchen wows with clean, sleek lines and a soft, welcoming color palate. Glass bulb pendant lights, marble countertop and attractive cabinetry with concealed refrigerator keep this space feeling fresh and sophisticated.
The open concept design of the home's main floor with the kitchen, dining area and living room lets all spaces have the benefit of the ample natural light. A polished stone floor helps to visually connect the different areas.
This large modern kitchen island is perfect for entertaining with ample seating for casual gatherings and full sit-down meals. A large workspace complete with stainless steel hood and range and full kitchen sink make meal preparation a visually appealing experience. The ample white countertop balances the metallic accents of the space and stylish metal and frosted glass cabinetry of the storage underneath lend to the overall design of the room.
This contemporary kitchen is open and airy with high ceilings and light blue-green walls. The counter cabinets and island have matching wooden bases and white countertops that provide ample prep and dining space. A visual highlight is the frosted-glass cabinet fronts gently illuminated by recessed lighting.
The home's sophisticated open plan kitchen boasts ornate white millwork and slabs of white marble punctuated with ebony floors. The kitchen flows into a lovely dining area with a long wooden dining table and dazzling crystal chandelier.
"A trend that I believe will always remain timeless is using natural stone —especially white marble is just so classic," says interior designer Brooke Wagner. "You'll always see me going for a honed or antiqued finish; they're my fave! Often times we do stain grade or paint grade gray cabinetry to complement an otherwise white kitchen. Another way to add character is decorative hardware and an interesting light fixture. These are surefire ways of keeping your space perfect for years to come."
This view of the home's contemporary kitchen and dining room shows off an open floor plan that allows the homeowners to transition from room to room with ease. The kitchen boasts a spacious island, while the dining room offers a glass table with black metal chairs. Wall-to-wall windows allow natural light to flood the space.