An area rug with rainbow hues brings more cheerful color into this kitchen's mix. Countertops are kept mostly open, with only a few lovely handpicked items visible, like wooden cutting boards and cooking necessities.
This spacious kitchen uses patterns and textures to add visual interest to its neutral palette: a small-scale chevron stripe covers the back wall, lively without being overwhelming. Overhead, thick, rustic beams help move the eye across the room.
To satisfy the homeowner's love of color, designer Kelly Mittleman introduced colorful fabrics, such as the cushions and pillows on this window seat in the kitchen. Varying pattern scales add visual interest.
This two-in-one space features a large kitchen in conjunction with a laundry area that includes a washer and dryer. White Shaker-style cabinets evoke a traditional feel while blending with farmhouse features, like the apron-front sink and antique countertop scale.
Once cave-like and dreary, this California kitchen is now anything but thanks to a full-scale makeover that features new two-toned cabinetry and creamy Calacatta marble countertops. New, wide windows overlook the gardens and offer great views from every angle.
A small kitchen cannot accommodate homework, mail storage, laundry duties and recipe hunting. Unless you don't cook at all, the small kitchen's main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled into a closet when not in use.
Ceiling Beams add architectural interest and coordinate with the darkly stained lower cabinets. Having two light fixtures over the island gives the space a sense of scale and the tile backsplash and colorful rug add character and a touch of personality. Gray bar chairs provide seating for the kitchen island and a nifty display shelf provides storage/display options.
With a blue ombre backsplash and golden pulls, this kitchen in Havertown, Penn., is anything *but* typical. The space was inspired by the ocean, and so features tile that's reminiscent of shimmering fish scales.
High barstools would overwhelm the low scale of this open plan kitchen. So instead, designers used smaller backless stools. They tuck neatly under the counter's lip when they're not being used and are prettily highlighted against the white wall.
Large-scale appliances are disguised behind cabinet doors to help give the kitchen an older, more traditional feel. The look of the brass cabinet and drawer pulls is continued out into the room with brass pendants.