This beautiful kitchen has a white subway tile wall. Gray upper and lower cabinets add a contrast against the wooden ceiling beams and hardwood flooring. The wood and metallic baker's counter adds extra space to hold kitchen supplies and fresh flowers.
The large island in this kitchen is an all-in-one baking station with a single oven, prep sink and lowered counter. The final element of the baking station is this pop-up mixer stand that saves counter space and makes storing the appliance between uses a breeze.
Rather than leaving your standing mixer on your countertop, install a hidden shelf under the counter and store your mixer there. Leaving it in one easily accessible place makes baking easier and frees up counter space.
On either side of the gas stove, counter space makes chopping veggies and stashing ingredients much more convenient, while upper cabinets add storage space and provide easy access to mixing bowls and baking dishes.
Thoughtful design turns this small kitchen into an extremely user-friendly space. For baking projects, there's a lower countertop with a crema marfil marble top. The adjacent counter conceals a cutting board that slides out for easy access. Vertical cabinet accents continue into the backsplash.
A custom baking station is a keynote feature in the new kitchen design that incorporates a generous amount of open shelving in a ceruse finish. The prep counter is clad in butcher-block countertop and a continuous waterfall edge wrapping. Cabinet hardware and drawer pulls are polished nickel.
Not only does this large kitchen island help give the family more counter space, it also adds plenty of storage. Plenty of drawers and small cabinets make sure that frequently used items, like silverware and corkscrews, are easily accessible. The island also houses a convection oven, convenient for easy, even baking, and a deep prep sink for easy cleanup.
Pine that was stained a dark walnut creates the open storage shelves below the counter in the baking center. The shelves resemble a freestanding piece of furniture, with display storage for a bread box, dessert stands, mixing bowls, glass cannisters for flour and sugar and a marble rolling pin. A new window above peeks out to an alluring water view.
A multi-level island offers extra functionality in this sleek, contemporary kitchen designed for the home chef. The sink is at a level that's comfortable for washing up hands or dishes, while the lower counter is designed for baking-specific tasks. The of the higher level conceals electrical outlets at a convenient spot for using stand mixers and other small appliances. The white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and black countertops make bold, bright statement while maintaining this kitchen's purpose and pleasures.
After giving thought to the cabinets' exterior, turn some attention to their intended use and interior features. "It used to be that we would place cabinetry in the room and make it functional," says Al. "Now every cabinet has a purpose." There are pullout drawers for pots and pans, oversize drawers for baking sheets and even high-tech under-counter cooling drawers that keep beverages and snacks within easy reach. Accessories like lazy Susans, built-in spice racks, drawer organizers and other cabinet extras make the kitchen a much more efficient and enjoyable place. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram