Contemporary doesn’t have to mean cold and uninviting. In this contemporary kitchen, wood cabinets with a horizontal grain add warmth to the space. A raised glass breakfast bar makes this a super functional space for a family.
This contemporary bathroom is a study in geometry. Round mirrors and sinks are juxtaposed with an oblong window, horizontal backsplash tiles in a random pattern, a rectangular glass shower door, and a linear vanity with flat-panel cabinets.
Built-in lighting in the bar top overhang reflects on the shiny countertops in this attractive, contemporary kitchen. Glass tile runs horizontally to create a textural backsplash above the counter. Stainless steel appliances and white cabinets form the long shape, and a black matte floor finishes the look.
High-quality materials take center stage in this kitchen. The custom cabinets are crafted with bleached Alaskan yellow cedar frames and bamboo panels. Dark limestone countertops bring out the bamboo-like pattern in the stone mosaic backsplash. Adjacent to the backsplash is a horizontal window with a resin panel that incorporates natural seagrass.
This dining room set shows a well-planned arrangement of seating, with the addition of both vertical and horizontal slatted wood chairs to work around the inlaid wood table. The look is clean and comfortable and blends well with the dark wood of the kitchen cabinets.
Horizontal windows above the gray, built-in corner desk let in natural light and offer a beautiful treetop view. Drawers and cabinets offer plenty of storage space, keeping the desk surface clutter-free.
Simple elegance and contemporary style define this sophisticated kitchen in an urban high-rise building featuring rich colors and clean lines. Lowered cabinet height and horizontal linear style bat wing doors create a feeling of more open space within a small area.
A richly stained media cabinet effortlessly spans across this transitional media room providing an excellent solution for component and media storage. Using grass cloth on the walls adds subtle texture and warmth. Strong, clean lines of a fireplace mirror the horizontal lines throughout the room and provide a creative space to learn art instead of hanging it.
A gray herringbone floor adds understated style and elegance while balancing the horizontal lines of a vaulted ceiling in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Pendant lights over an island, glass-front cabinets and subway tile mix contemporary and country influences to create a cozy space with clean lines and updated appliances.
This dining room's bar area is in a New York state of mind. The floating cabinet holds wine lying horizontally and liquor bottles behind mesh-front cabinets. Wine glasses hang from a shelf overhead, where New York City prints also rest — but could hold cookbooks, a decanter or other accessories. Succulents and flowers bring life to the space.
This small, but functional, kitchen features neutral walls paired with deep brown wood cabinets and granite countertops. Two wall-to-wall horizontal windows allow natural light to flood the space and offer a view of the surrounding neighborhood.
This kitchen employs simplicity and clean lines to achieve a sleek and classic style. Tubular cabinet and appliance hardware combined with a rectangular stained glass backsplash enforce strong horizontal elements in the design. A pass-through was created between the kitchen and dining room, and the sink window was bumped out, making the smaller space seem more open.
Storage is essential in any home but can be even more crucial in a laundry room. Designer Sarah Richardson doesn't want to take away from the floor space, so she designs the storage as close to the ceiling as possible. The shelved cabinets run horizontal above the washer/dryer unit and provide the perfect place to hold towels and other laundry essentials.
Make your storage do double duty as decor. While the vanity cabinet in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning powder room is custom made, a standard vanity without doors on either side can add decorative storage to any small bathroom, says designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design. Bruntz says the diagonal slats in her custom cabinet are one of the more expensive elements, so adding a horizontal shelf or no shelf at all would be much cheaper. She adds that a stylish pendant can also create a designer look without breaking the bank. You can buy frosted mini glass pendants at Home Depot for under $20, while regular sizes range from $80-$100.
Sometimes you can simply eliminate a shelf or two and your storage space will expand significantly. Barriers and other dividers just create dead space within your closet, so the sooner you can remove them, the more space you can create for your essentials. Lisa Adams, CEO and designer of LA Closet Design, made a few cosmetic changes to this walk-in closet that make it feel more spacious and maximize the storage space. "In this closet I eliminated the vertical panels between individual cabinets/sections, creating an open, horizontal look. This opens up the space and makes it feel much bigger," Lisa says. "The use of L-shaped shelves and hanging rods at the corners, again, maximizes the corner spaces and makes the closet feel more customized and luxurious." Photo courtesy of LA Closet Design.