Cabinet door panels discreetly conceal some of the built-in appliances, keeping the warmth of the cabinetry as the main focal point of the room. Low storage innovations enable the child to access the kitchen items with ease and safety.
To give this kitchen the farmhouse look its owners wanted, designers paneled the dishwasher and refrigerator to blend them in with the cabinetry. The sink got a concrete apron front and the cooktop a plaster hood. The island's "X" completes the mood.
Contemporary, recessed-panel cabinetry in rich cherry wood brings warmth to this sleek urban kitchen. Gray tile floors tie in with a glass-tile backsplash that has a subtle sheen, adding a touch of glamour. A built-in breakfast bar takes advantage of the city view and allows this space to feel more open and inviting.
Waste not, want not: Instead of heading to the lumber yard, more and more furniture designers are looking to the past for their materials. This Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Island, $475, from Herb’s Furnishings is one great example. Handcrafted of 100% reclaimed wood from Baltimore, Md., the island’s frame is crafted from old beams, and its shelves are reclaimed pine paneling. The butcher's block top is made of reclaimed hardwood flooring, which is sealed with food-safe mineral oil and beeswax. The island sits on leveling stems to ensure a flat cutting surface, and it includes a steel bar with S hooks for hanging pots and other utensils.
Custom steel panels are integrated into the cabinetry that surrounds this cooking area. The range features hidden roll-out trays that store kitchen accessories, and controls for the Gaggenau cooktop are drilled into the steel panels.
A banquette features a sofa and eight seats with cushions used to emphasize the Moorish textures and furniture styling. The custom veneer panels creating the banquette area were hand-stained on site and made to match the walnut cabinetry.
This remodeled vintage modern kitchen is as functional as it is beautiful. Neutral walls allow the all-white cabinetry and paneled refrigerator to pop. Black accents such as the range hood, barstools and backsplash add contrast to the space.
Shimmering subway tile and sleek quartz countertops set off white cabinetry in this California kitchen. A custom stainless steel range hood rises to the peaked, beamed ceiling. The taupe-painted island features beadboard paneling that fits with the cozy vibe of the open kitchen.
Featured on HGTV's "Cousins Undercover," this cottage-style open shelving along with the white cabinetry, warm wood tones and reclaimed wood paneling makes this kitchen feel light and airy. The butcher block countertop lends visual interest and warmth, giving it a true cottage feel.
A large kitchen island with a white countertop provides ample work space as well as an eat-in area with black leather barstools. Stainless steel appliances are framed by woodgrain cabinetry matching the hardwood floor. A lowered ceiling panel with recessed lighting helps define the room in the open floor plan.
The detailed rosette ceiling in the center of the room features inset antique mirrors framed in acanthus leaf moldings. The center ceiling medallion is embellished with a blue crystal chandelier. The archway leading into the family room is paneled and finished to match the cabinetry. On both sides of the arch, the designer centered two tall China cabinets with curved mullion doors.
You can get a high-end look with impact details small and large: try adding bun feet to free-standing cabinetry to give it a furniture-feel, or add some beadboard paneling to spruce up an island. Or you can get really creative with a focal point that is less expensive than mosaic tile but packs a big punch, like stacked stone on the back of your kitchen island, like this one from Bill and Jayne Wolf of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen in Grand Rapids, Mich.
No luxury feature is spared in this incredible custom kitchen, right down to drawer and cabinet compartments lined with leather. Spot the carved lion's head above the custom mural, which depicts the homeowner's own house among vineyards. Rich oak cabinetry built in France covers side-by-side Sub-Zero refrigerators, four freezer drawers, and two dishwashers beside the apron sink. Flanking the mural are two pilasters where the homeowner hangs her kitchen towels and hides her dish soap. In the island is a second sink, a Kohler Pro Cook, which doubles as a pasta cooker. For the grand-kids, a flat-screen TV pulls down from above the cabinets.
Sleek black cabinetry surrounds this gray kitchen and a cabinet panel hides the refrigerator for a seamless appearance. Stainless steel appliances complement the industrial-style hardware while flawless white quartz countertops add contrast to the dark cabinetry.