In this light-filled blue-and-white kitchen, a mix of materials helps break up the large expanse of the central island and define its multiple functions. For the prep zone, designer Kathleen Walsh chose Vermont White Quartzite while watershed-finished walnut warms up the breakfast bar area.
This contemporary kitchen features a large island that is topped with a black walnut butcher block countertop, perfect for food prepping. This space is infused with natural light from the skylight placed above the kitchen island.
The restaurant features an original garage door that opens to allow an indoor-outdoor experience for guests seated at the walnut counter. The steel and glass door pairs with steel and wood barstools and an exposed brick wall for an ultra-industrial look.
With a live-edge walnut counter, this open kitchen straddles the line between rustic and contemporary styles. The same goes for the other side of the island, where polished concrete and a chrome sink give the owners room to prep dinner and wash dishes after.
The dark walnut vanity pops against the bright surrounding walls. The carrara marble counter top blends the solid walls with the light grey hexagonal ceramic tiles on the vanity wall back splash. A decorative mirror, shade sconces and metallic counter items polish off the sophisticated and reflective look.
This kitchen has plenty of space for food prep, cooking and dining thanks to a long counter-top and large granite-wrapped island. The four clear Lucite bar stools keep the emphasis on the kitchen's streamlined design, including quarter-cut walnut, smooth veneer.
This spacious, transitional kitchen features a large two-tiered island designed for five guests with plenty of counter space. Gray panels cover the appliances to the left of the island with matching storage opposite, beside the walnut and quartzite range hood and oven.
The vision for this home office was a contemporary, functional space with room for the children to sit and read. The walnut cabinets provides a richness to the space and is the prominent architectural feature. The light counters add a crisp, airiness to accentuate the walnut details and not deter from the color and patterns on the floor and accessories.
Elegance meets luxury in this fun powder room where black hexagon tiles are outlined in gold glitter grout on the backsplash. West Elm's diamond crystal pendant pairs well with the circular sink and mirror, Caesarstone counters and floating walnut vanity.
The elegance of this traditional kitchen is carried over to the butler's pantry, which is tucked away in a niche across the kitchen. The butler's pantry features a built-in coffeemaker as well as a dishwasher and under-counter fridge on either side of the sink. Accented with lighted glass cabinetry and walnut tones, the space also incorporates a computer center.
Pine that was stained a dark walnut creates the open storage shelves below the counter in the baking center. The shelves resemble a freestanding piece of furniture, with display storage for a bread box, dessert stands, mixing bowls, glass cannisters for flour and sugar and a marble rolling pin. A new window above peeks out to an alluring water view.
For this Walnut Creek, Calif. kitchen remodel, designer Yuko Matsumoto combines contemporary and Asian styles for a sophisticated and streamlined look. Matsumoto uses clean-lined wood cabinetry and a stunning counter-to-ceiling emerald-green backsplash as focal points in this stylish and eye-pleasing "Zen" kitchen. For the backsplash, smaller tiles are used around the hood and set vertically to mimic the look of bamboo.
As fresh as a country day, this open plan kitchen features a handsome dark gray island with a soapstone countertop. The other counters are walnut, which blend well with the reclaimed oak floating shelves. Navy blue barstools bring in a subtle hint of color.
Beyond offering a place to mix drinks, a wet bar can play an important design role in a home with an open layout, linking the kitchen workspace with the entertaining areas of the house. Here, designer Amy Darooge used rustic materials to create a coherent style throughout. She chose distressed wood cabinetry, a copper sink and faucet, and “the material on the counter is walnut with a live ledge,” she says.