This stunning outdoor space features a full kitchen and a wood-plank ceiling with recessed lighting. A teak dining table accommodates al fresco dining for six, and a see-through fireplace adds ambiance without blocking the view of the Gulf of Mexico.
"Compositionally, I think this kitchen works very well," says designer Genevieve Gorder about this HGTV Design Star kitchen makeover. "The layout is open and inclusive to everyone and everything in the house, which is ideal for families and entertaining. I love the idea of Moorish accents running throughout the space and that there seems to be enough storage that was installed correctly in every corner of the kitchen." But she adds: "Where I think they missed — and missed hard — with this particular design was in the very concept. When I look at this space I'm confused with a folkie valance, a latticework design of Moorish descent on the bar and an almost Victorian/turn-of-the-century pressed-tin backsplash. Overall, I think the space lacks focus; it feels weighted down by too much color and busied by clashing patterns."
Rustic wood and metal barstools pull up underneath the kitchen island's butcher-block countertops, creating a casual dining spot and perfect place to gather while this avid baker is prepping her next creation. Open pantry shelving keeps all ingredients in view and easy to reach.
Raising the bottom height of one wall cabinet by six inches allows homeowners to fill the coffee pot each morning without moving it. Glass doors on the Mission-style cabinets make it easy for cooks to quickly find dishes, while roll out trays in the pantry allow for quick access.
Storage was a priority for the homeowners, who are retired and frequently host grandchildren. Built-ins are used in almost every room, so that toys and games can be easily concealed behind the beautiful zebrawood millwork. The custom banquette set into the window is one of many throughout the home but this is the favored location for the the matriarch of the family to host her grandchildren.
This relatively small space accomplishes a lot in little square footage. The neutral open-plan kitchen includes a counter height table for casual dining and opens up into a living area with a large sectional sofa.
Dark wood cabinets create a warm, rich contrast against this kitchen's pale yellow tile walls. The cabinets were extended all the way to the ceiling for additional storage and as a showcase for special dish ware.
Moroccan details inspired the custom laser-cut aluminum screens, hand-carved Spanish cedar doors, custom stone mosaics and special finishes, which are woven through the interior of this Murray Hill townhouse in New York City. These details capture the essence of the Moroccan influence while still maintaining the modern visual and spatial language.
Stainless steel countertops and appliances make a crisp, industrial contrast against the rich wood finish of the cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. A hint of cool color is introduced with the pale blue backsplash.
Designer Meg Caswell uses a color palette of soft orange, dark brown and turquoise for a welcoming, earthy kitchen design. The fun palette continues into the breakfast nook, which features turquoise banquette seating and a beaded chandelier.
This renovated kitchen features a neutral travertine stone backsplash, providing a visual tie-in with the living room with its natural stone fireplace. A stained shiplap backsplash and custom wood range hood add warmth to the space. White cabinets and stone countertops add a bright touch.
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.