This contemporary kitchen mixes multiple wood elements -- cabinets, island, chairs and shelves -- to bring a homey feel to the space. The island is a stand-out item, with modern stools standing near the breakfast bar. Stone floors and white walls work to brighten the room.
Subtle doors open to reveal a built-in bar in this modern, streamlined and minimalist dining room. Inside the mirrored bar, an eye-popping orange shelf stands out starkly against the white planes of the room. A glass-topped dining table surrounded by ten white leather chairs seems to float within the space.
When searching for the best seats to place at your kitchen island, there are two popular heights: counter height and bar height. If your kitchen island sits between 34 and 36 inches high, it's fit for counter-height seating. Islands standing between 40 and 42 inches tall will need seats that are categorized as bar height.
Gray cabinetry with a high gloss sheen is the star of this kitchen. A white marble backsplash and kitchen island with a waterfall countertop and sleek white bar chairs really stand out in contrast to the gray. Pendant lights hang over the island, adding a touch of black accent.
Inside the kitchen, this window offers another stunning vantage of the view below. On the sill, a combination of beautiful and functional pieces bring together the different ways this space is used. Meanwhile bright green bar stools create a pop of color that breaks up the neutral-heavy space while providing seating to what is usually a standing-room-only space.
With five boys, the homeowners wanted to make sure their home was stylish, but could also stand up to the test of their large, rambunctious family, so designers were sure to include plenty of durable materials in all of the home's spaces. At the kitchen island, sturdy, metal barstools add seating at the breakfast bar. In the living room, a woven rug defines the space, while two sofas-one with an easily machine washable slipcover and the other crafted from a durable leather-add plenty of seating that is sure to meet the challenge of the homeowners and their boys.
The homeowner's newly renovated kitchen is shown. The wall section dividing the kitchen and dining room has been removed, allowing a straight line of site through the whole first floor. The refrigerator now stands where the old sink previously was, and the old window closed up. A new slightly smaller kitchen island allows the same bar stools to fit comfortably in the narrow room. The sink has moved below the other back window. A clean white color scheme, updated stainless steel appliances and modern overhead lighting create a contemporary feel to the space without changing the room's size.
The best way to judge the quality of a sofa—as well as its comfort—is to spend some time with it in person. Sit on it for several minutes. Try different positions: Lean against the arm to see if it digs into your neck or back uncomfortably; test each end of the seat, as well as the middle; bounce a bit on the seat to see how firm and supportive it is; stand up and see how much fluffing the pillows require after you’ve sat on them. Hold onto a corner of the sofa and wiggle the frame: It should feel solid and firm, with no give in the joints. Lift up one leg to feel whether the sofa is heavy and substantial or lightweight. Examine all the stitching and upholstery from top to bottom. “The fabric should lie smoothly across the frame, without puckering, and the seams and any decorative welting or trim should be tight and straight,” says Bar-Nahum.