An eye-catching green-and-white striped chair adds a vibrant pop of color to this kitchen's built-in desk. The desk offers a convenient spot for paying bills, sorting mail and studying while maintaining a watchful eye on the kitchen.
This family-friendly kitchen features a large island topped by a row of beautiful and functional pendant lights. A built-in desk puts the home office right at the heart of the house, and a walk-in pantry is ultra-convenient. Transom windows and crown molding are traditional architectural details that fit the style of the house.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
The spacious windows in the living room also bring lots of natural light into the kitchen which, along with the living room, dining room and fireplace area make up the great room of this extensively renovated, two-level urban home with lots of green space and recreational activities just outside the door.
The large island in this white, transitional kitchen is sleek and multifunctional, with cabinetry at one end and comfortable seating at the other. The flat top creates an ideal workspace for cooking, dining, homework or crafting, and a modern chandelier illuminates the task area. A slatted wood ceiling with beams brings a casual vibe to the elegant space.
A massive multifunctional kitchen island provides ample room for entertaining in this white and wood kitchen designed by Keira Burgess. At the end of the island sits a built-in counter height table, perfect for breakfasts or informal dinners.
When buying furniture for a dorm room or other small living space, choose pieces that are multifunctional. A futon is the perfect example; by day it can be used as a sofa, but by night it can instantly turn into a full bed. Here, white tables on casters are used as an entertainment center and a mobile coffee table and the cubed bookcase not only stores books and kitchen essentials, but serves as a room divider, too. Photo courtesy of IKEA
As frequent entertainers, the homeowners of this traditional home wanted a multifunctional kitchen with integrated living space. To create wider passageways, walls were removed and the living area of the kitchen was bumped out about two feet, allowing room for more windows to brighten up the space. The peninsula separating the kitchen and dining area was removed to create an open living area.
A multifunctional kitchen island adds storage as well as seating options in this spacious eat-in kitchen. Metal barstools bring an industrial accent against the bright, white kitchen cabinetry and sleek charcoal gray island base. Pendant lights hang over the island for a decorative, brightening finish.
This kitchen island is multifunctional with a baking station, prep sink, single oven and breakfast bar. Glass lantern pendant lights hanging from the tin-plated ceiling make it the focal point of this gourmet kitchen.
Sleek black cabinets topped with white countertops provide plenty of storage in this French country kitchen. A multifunctional island offers extra storage and workspace, with a breakfast bar at the end for dining in.
Kitchen island details in this kitchen include a chunky 3” reverse-bevel solid slab of white river granite, a stainless farmhouse sink and a multifunctional industrial-style faucet. Designer Kerry Fidler says, “You can fill the sink with ice and use it as a giant champagne bucket.
For flexibility in a small kitchen — or any multifunctional space — consider an island on wheels instead of a built-in version. The creative minds at Kerr Construction worked movable versatility and sustainability into their design for an island in this warm, modern kitchen. “The island base is a midcentury workshop machine, and the counter is locally resourced and made from reclaimed wood planks. We refinished the planks to match the medium-tone wood cabinets,” they say.
With barstool seating and a dining table for four, this kitchen is perfect for casual meals. The large island is multifunctional, providing not only a dining area but also a food prep and homework area.
In a contemporary addition, architect Robert Wilson chose materials and fixtures carefully to create a multifunctional space with a unified style. For example, a row of pendant fixtures over the kitchen island not only acts as a visual punctuation mark, dividing the workspace from the adjacent seating area, but “inject a glow of bright yet polished radiance,” he says. Tile flooring throughout the entire room keeps the look simple and pulled-together.
A cool blue mosaic fireplace surround contrasts nicely against the warmth of the fire. This multifunctional space consistently draws family together as the centerpiece of this open kitchen and living area.