Two kitchen islands make even more space for food preparation, eating and entertaining. While the room is dominated with the amazing wood floors and cabinets, the stainless steel range hood and brick walls provide pleasing accents in this loft space.
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.”
This lovely kitchen skillfully strikes a balance between functional and visually delightful. The designers went with a Scandinavian look that was in keeping with the homeowners' wishes for a simplified, organized space. Wood touches, like the side paneling on the island, warm up the white cabinetry and backsplash.
This elegant kitchen pairs country sensibilities with elegant accents like the crystal chandlers that dangle over the sturdy kitchen island. An open floor plan allows for easy transition between rooms, which feature stone and dark wood accents.
Modern barstools add a twist to the more traditional style of this bright white kitchen, blending well with the walnut island with soapstone countertops. An abundance of natural light highlights the white perimeter cabinets and the stainless steel appliances.
Honed Calacutta Gold marble, polished nickel hardware and a walnut island are traditional elements that make this white kitchen timeless. The light hardwood flooring paired with classic white cabinetry creates a fresh, airy space for preparing meals.
Wondering how to keep an all-white kitchen from looking bland and boring? Simple: Just layer in plenty of natural texture. In this cottage-style space, for example, Jeremy Power of Bella Custom Homes used the center island to add warmth and interest. “We built the island using reclaimed barn wood and topped it with a honed Carrara marble countertop,” he says. The “X” details on each end are a subtle nod to the home’s country roots.
A traditional wood island centers this kitchen and creates contrast against the white cabinets that line the perimeter of the room. Overhead, a stunning chandelier hangs from a vaulted brick ceiling to create major wow factor within the space.
A dark-stained wood island features a built-in microwave, loads of storage and a live-edge walnut countertop. White painted cabinetry topped by quartz lines the room’s perimeter, and a gray tile backsplash fits with the neutral kitchen’s modern-industrial vibe.
Because the kitchen is so open, designer Brooke Wagner used light wood accents to tie the space together. Thus, in addition to the wood beams and island, the room features wood around the windows, above the range and over the doorway.