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.
Vibrant beachy-blue hues abound in this coastal kitchen, giving the space a casual, relaxed feel. The kitchen's 6-foot island, capped in quartz, serves as both a workspace and casual-chic dining area. Bamboo leaf counter stools were selected for their weathered driftwood gray finish and beachy feel.
To refine a kitchen and its occasional disorder, tall cabinets in crisp white provide necessary storage for optimum functionality. Choose pops of color for delicious intrigue, like this vibrant carpet runner.
Get the most from your kitchen island with tri-level functionality. This charming gray wainscot island offers a eating area, prep sink, wine fridge, and serving space providing the ultimate in function and remains picturesque with southern charm and elegant details.
Together with the dining room, the kitchen comprises an expansive space. The marble island helps divide the space while providing room for the sink and additional storage. The backsplash continues the feel of water in the space which is accented by a few well-placed pieces of art, including the designer's initials: MB.
When creating a space that will really transport you, always remember that it’s the little details that count the most. The colors, textures and aesthetics of these little vases and statues help to complete the story that the space is telling. Many of the pieces have been collected during the designer’s travels.
A sleek stainless steel subway tile backsplash is a nice complement to the stainless steel cooktop and range hood in this transitional kitchen. Traditional dark wood cabinets add contrast to the stylish design.
Inspired by the classic gourmet styling of the prestigious French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, Calif., this kitchen features classic traditional elements such as the patterned tin ceiling, crown moldings and island column details. The hardwood floors and green granite countertops provide contrast against the beautiful white cabinetry.
Sharp lines envelope the design in this light and airy kitchen. Thick wood window frames compliment the Teak cabinetry, skylight beams and hardwood flooring for an encompassing warm wood color scheme. A gray marble island countertop compliments the sharp geometrical lines of the room. Simple bar chairs add the finishing touch.
This bright, white open-concept chef's kitchen boasts a beautiful Carrara marble island in the center of the space. Natural wood barstools and an upholstered bench allow for island-side eating and geometric pendants add an eclectic, stylish touch.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.