In the glamorous kitchen, the blue of the cabinetry is brightened by brass accents: in the range hood, the pendant lights and the faucets. Countertops are quartz and hand-painted ceramic tiles mark out a bold, dynamic pattern.
To create a sleek, polished look in this kitchen, veneer cabinetry pairs with a porcelain tile backsplash whose colors are a visual bridge between the room's light and dark hues. Cabinets: UltraCraft Cabinetry; Microwave: Thermador; Range: Jenn Air; Countertops: Cambria Quartz
Solid surface materials like quartz aren’t just for countertops. Consider running it up the wall for a minimalist look that’s clean and easy to maintain. This non-porous material is ideal for bathrooms (and kitchens!) as it’s super-durable and stain resistant.
A truly chef-grade kitchen features not one, but two islands: This smaller one includes a Kallista stainless sink and a secondary burner by Miele for overflow cooking. The countertops are white quartz; the cabinets brushed and polished nickel.
In this sleek kitchen makeover, walls were knocked down to connect the kitchen, dining and living areas in an open plan layout. Pops of bright yellow add fun personality and color to the modern space. Cabinets: UltraCraft Cabinetry; Microwave: Thermador: Range: Jenn Air; Refrigerator and freezer: LG; Countertops: Cambria Quartz
Next to the state-of-the-art induction stove, a modern prep sink makes washing vegetables and boiling water a snap. The countertops were chosen to be quartz, a durable, yet beautiful material, which highlights the solid, slipmatched marble backsplash that runs from countertop to ceiling behind the stove.
The 18-foot-long kitchen island houses two stoves, a glass top and gas range, as well as a mix of quartz and butcher block countertops to fit different prep needs. A stainless steel range hood with integrated lighting runs the length of the island. Dishes are stored in open shelving underneath the window that overlooks beautiful city views.
“I wanted storage above the hood since you can never have too much,” says homeowner Lynielle Long, who included just two sets of glass doors for glassware and china storage. A wall of marble tile set in a herringbone pattern is easily wiped down and adds subtle dimension. The countertops utilize two tones of quartz: “Blizzard White” on the counters and “London Fog” on the island.
To give a California ranch-style home a fresh, modern twist, designer Kristianne Watts used a mix of materials in the kitchen. “On the island we used reclaimed boat wood from Indonesia. With the original paint still on each plank, it brings an authentic feel to the space,” she says. “The raised bar is Portland cement, which can be broken and recycled. The countertops are a quartz from Silestone/Cosentino. The custom cabinetry on the perimeter is an environmentally friendly wood veneer, FSC-certified Shinnoki pre-finished wood panels in Midnight Ash.”