Creating separate zones within an open layout is simple, but making them feel at once distinct and connected can be more complicated, says designer Jodie Cooper. Here, she manages this delicate balance deftly, using material — a transition from the practical kitchen flooring to the warm wood in the eating space — and color: A soft blue-green accent wall helps differentiate (and add drama to) the dining area.
This chef's kitchen has everything the owners could possibly need: floor-to-ceiling cabinets, a stainless range, an island for meal prep and a peninsula with four acrylic barstools for guests. For the sake of cohesion, the designers used a marble peninsula topper to match the marble backsplash.
The curved edges of this pool deck peninsula create a perfect foundation for this luxurious hammock. White padding fits the curved seat for maximum comfort while a cover arches overhead to shade the seat.
As a House Hunters favorite on HGTV, this memorable kitchen in Maui reflects plenty of space to entertain the whole family in this open-concept design. The large island provides lots of seating, while subdued earth tones and travertine flooring lend natural warmth to the room.
The new peninsula and perimeter counters have an engineered quartz top in white with gray veining. Modern metal and wood stools offer seating at the peninsula. Two metal pendant lights feature a copper finish and large bulbs provide a warm glow.
The designer-selected gray cabinet facings and blue-hued tile backsplash blend effortlessly to create a larger sense of space visually. The large peninsula is also a great work space for a promising chef.
In the kitchen, blue, velvet barstools underneath the kitchen peninsula add a splash of color to the otherwise neutral kitchen as well as provides the space with additional seating and another casual dining option.
Arched openings, faux finished walls and weather wood ceiling beams bring this home's castle-like architectural detail into the expansive chef's kitchen. Dark wood cabinets complement the wood floors, while a stone surround adds drama to the cooking station. A peninsula offers extra seating.
This kitchen features white cabinets paired with black countertops and a gray tile backsplash. Cane top wood stools are arranged at the peninsula to provide a spot for casual dining, while blue dishes are placed throughout the kitchen to accent the similarly-hued window frame. Hardwood floors complete the look of the space.
The sleek bar area in this Boston townhouse is perfect for entertaining. A trio of barstools pull up to the peninsula clad in a waterfall countertop. Glossy gray tile backsplash adds a bit of shimmer between the contemporary cabinets. Photograph by Andy Caulfield
This kitchen from Meg's Great Room makes use of every nook and cranny. A small alcove under the staircase is used additional pantry storage to keep the space looking neat and tidy. A small peninsula offers a breakfast area while still allowing a view of the adjacent living room.
This kitchen makes use of every nook and cranny. A small alcove under the staircase is used for additional pantry storage to keep the space looking neat and tidy. A small peninsula offers a breakfast area while still allowing a view of the adjacent living room.