With broad windows and soaring ceilings, this contemporary California kitchen is designed to maximize light and outdoor views. A fabric ceiling system by Eurospan conceals lighting and sound systems, and a copper fireplace surround and Honduran mahogany paneling add warmth.
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.
Getting a high-end look in your kitchen is possible with a couple easy ideas. Taking cabinetry to the ceiling gives a kitchen a custom look, recessed lighting and stainless steel appliances finish the look.
This contemporary kitchen incorporates a café-style breakfast island made of concrete for casual dining. Shaker cabinets in a warm brown stain blend with honed stone flooring to continue the inviting atmosphere.
Backlighting plays a crucial role in modernizing classic elements of this open floor plan kitchen. It's used in the quartz countertops and backsplash, as well as above the stainless steel range hood to highlight traditional moldings.
This contemporary kitchen renovation blends dark cabinets and flooring with neutral walls, backsplash and countertops for a polished, sophisticated look. Continuing the wood flooring from living room to kitchen advances the free flow of space from one room to another.
To add some visual eye candy to her brand-new kitchen, HGTV fan cc_insidearch used gold glassed-curved tile to create a basket weave-patterned backsplash in the cut-out of her back wall cabinet unit. With bright backlighting and a reflective granite countertop, the glass tiles' iridescent finish appears especially sleek and shiny.
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.
Hands-free conveniences makes this modern kitchen a baker's delight. A pop-up mixing stand eliminates having to pull the heavy standing mixer out of a cabinet, and it doesn't have to be stored on the countertop all the time. Touchless faucets are also installed for when the baker is covered in flour and batter.
The chef's kitchen is designed for cooking as well as entertaining. A full bar area has open shelving for glassware, backlit wine racks and wine refrigerator, while the expansive island provides the two separate cooking areas and tons of prep space.
Knotty wood is used for kitchen cabinets, creating a country-inspired kitchen design. Dark gray countertops make a striking contrast, while neutral tile laid in a diamond pattern is used for the backsplash.
The earth-toned kitchen is designed to reflect nature's colors and blend the indoors and out. A pair of French doors with sidelights make up most of the east wall of the kitchen and bring in a dramatic amount of light. The doors open out to the backyard, which the homeowners use every day.
Terracotta tile flooring grounds this Craftsman kitchen, which pairs rustic cabinets with neutral countertops. A long line of windows allow for a beautiful view while washing dishes and brings in much-needed natural light.
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.