Becky Shea of Becky Shea Design believes that because mudrooms are utility spaces, the elements used to design them should be durable and able to withstand wet boots, soccer cleats, paw prints and other day-to-day occurrences. For mudrooms in particular Becky loves using porcelain floors that mimic slate, as well as hidden storage. “That way, [clutter] remains out of sight and your mudroom can still sustain a little bit of glamour while serving a necessary purpose,” she tells HGTV.com. “
When it was time to rethink the loft's original kitchen the primary focus was making it more functional and MUCH larger. With the plumbing luckily located in all the right places, the reno was relatively painless. Cabinetry in a washed gray topped with butcher block looks clan and inviting. A nice mix of metals feels right at home to one another. A trio of over-scale pendants hovering above the elevated breakfast bar add just the right amount of drama to the space.
Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware manufacturers, like Blum, are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button making them perfect for kitchens where space is an issue. Image courtesy of Blum
This white kitchen displays its modern functionality using sleek cabinetry and cohesive color choices. Designed by Kim Scodro Interiors, the space is subtlety accented with turquoise and yellow, with an interesting white chandelier serving as a provocative centerpiece. The distressed black dining chairs are an inspired choice.
The centerpiece of the kitchen, the long island was designed as a feature that would make the space more functional. It offers plenty of space to prepare meals and entertain guests, but also has added drawers for maximum storage space.
This give the kitchen in this home a little more functionality, David and Kortney added a small breakfast bar between the kitchen and dining room. This gives potential buyers the option of eating in a smaller, more intimate space or at their formal dining table.
White Shaker-style cabinets with glass doors break up the solid cabinetry and add visual interest to this kitchen's overall design. A large pantry in matching white creates necessary storage for optimum functionality within this traditional space.
This kitchen breakfast nook is the perfect space for a quick, intimate family meal. An extension of one of the kitchen islands, this table for five increases the kitchen's functionality and creates the perfect space for the homeowners and their family.
The island in the kitchen adds counter space and an extra sink, as well as a breakfast bar with seating for four. This addition not only gives the homeowners a casual dining option, but also increases the kitchen's storage and overall functionality.
The open concept design of the home's public spaces makes the flow of the home very functional. Although each space has its clear boundaries, the kitchen is open to the sitting area, which maintains the flow in everyday life as well as entertaining.
The addition of the kitchen island helps to create a more functional space by providing counter space as well as a casual seating option for the family. Since the dining room is also connected to the kitchen, the additional seating could also serve as an extension to the existing dining area.