Gorgeous wood paneling and cabinets give a refined cabin feel to this open concept kitchen and dining area. Spare, clean-lined elements are expertly mixed with organic accents like the wood table and stools.
This kitchen, designer Amy Finley's own, is all about common sense. The kitchen is the gathering place for her five children and for weekly dinners with extended family. Things stay hot in this minimalist kitchen with custom La Cornue appliances, radiant-heated limestone floors, a stainless steel meat counter and hidden warming drawers. The ceiling centerpiece, commissioned metal artwork by an artist from Venice, Italy, was specifically designed to diffuse the bright San Diego sunlight from the skylight.
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.
A 19th-century Japanese Mizuya is wall mounted and split into two sections to act as upper and lower cabinets in this Asian-inspired kitchen. Custom cabinetry mimics the style of the client's prized tansu chest in the adjacent dining room.
The sleek wood cabinets in this Asian-style kitchen boast an eye-catching vertical grain that gives the space texture and movement. A modern dining table with a curved banquette provides a comfortable, casual spot for dining.
Black granite countertops carry through to the niched backsplash in this Zen-inspired kitchen. Warm wood cabinets, stacked stone and stainless steel appliances provide a look that is both soothing and sophisticated.
Peaceful and elegant, this Asian-style kitchen features white countertops and upper cabinets with a soothing blue tile backsplash and organic wood accents. A low shelf provides an easy-to-reach spot for storage or display.
The clean lines of the floating ceiling detail, oven hood and cabinetry work with the contrast of dark and light tones of the color palette to create a Zen-like feel in this open kitchen. The slate tiles carried across the island and up the wall and the granite countertops add a touch of earthiness to this otherwise contemporary space.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.