Designer Kelli Kaufer created this one-of-a-kind backsplash using her client’s prized collection of buttons (plus a few extras bought at garage sales and crafts stores). “I used a double-sided sticky mat,” she says. “Apply the mat to the wall and start placing the buttons. You may want to use the back side of the buttons as there are fewer ridges. Once the buttons are in place, apply a non-sanded grout just like you would grout normal tile. This will help hold the buttons in place.”
Bring new functionality into your kitchen by maximizing the countertop space with thoughtful storage solutions, such as counter-level drawers. This kitchen by David Heide Design Studio, based in Minneapolis, was a 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association award winner and features custom drawers and cabinets. But you could buy a simple modular drawer (or two) and paint it to match your cabinets for a streamlined look.
Everyone always wants to hang out in the kitchen; this one makes it easy and stylish to do. A long rustic dining table gets a banquette and cheery chairs (orange velvet!) for plenty of seating. Its easy location next to the island makes the space useful for meals, prep work or just keeping the chef company.
Tile designer Vicki Morrow lined the countertops in this kitchen with her own, handmade ceramics. You could, of course, use purchased handmade ceramics – or even off-the-shelf squares from your local big-box store.
The dark wood cabinetry, neutral tile backsplash and beige walls help make this cozy kitchen a warm and inviting atmosphere. A built-in wine refrigerator is the perfect accompaniment to bar seating and provides additional countertop space for entertaining. Design by Beth Haley
Natural light illumines this lively kitchen with a custom rolling dining table and colorful chairs. Shelves with neatly arranged dishes line the full-height glass tile backsplash, while black leather stools at the wood top kitchen island provide additional space for casual dining.
An open plan kitchen and dining room has great flow for Gregg's frequent cocktail parties. Displayed on the kitchen island is one of Gregg's seashell busts. The bookshelves in the distance feature a charming display of favorite thank you notes: the ultimate preppy design moment.
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.