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.
Instead of a refrigerator plastered with magnets and notes, this loft kitchen features a chalkboard wall where people can leave reminders, notes or fun pictures. A gray metal rolling island, light fixture and stools add to the industrial feel of the space, while yellow zigzag wallpaper and a pink and red star runner add pops of color and texture.