Because this kitchen is so open, the owners can cook dinner and still converse with loved ones in the other room. Three glass pendant lights hang over the island and ensure that the space is bright for meal-prep and conversation.
Luxurious, Contemporary Kitchen with Live Aquarium
A live aquarium creates a focal point, a conversation piece and an utterly unique backsplash in the kitchen of this New Zealand luxury estate. Black cabinetry and stainless steel appliances are neutral, allowing the aquarium to provide color in the space. Wood tones on the floor and on the island's butcher block countertop ground the space and add warmth.
If you have solid but unremarkable builder-grade cabinets, the simplest route to a high-end look is adding some height with crown molding. Interior designer Sarah Macklem of The Yellow Cape Cod tackled this project in her own kitchen with striking results.
Contemporary Neutral Open Plan Kitchen With Dome Pendants
The kitchen contrasts hickory wood floors and exposed wood beams with airy details like white walls, countertops and a backsplash. Dome-shaped pendants and angular barstools with round seats are a fun mix of shapes in the open concept space.
Marble countertops and backsplash make a striking display against the sleek wooden cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. Floating shelves give the space an airy quality, while keeping everyday dishes in arm's reach.
This pink and black kitchen is not for the timid. Hot pink cabinets, pink and black graphic wallpaper, and retro pendant lamps work with a curved black countertop on the island and the black and white barstools.
Sky blue cabinets fill this clean-lined kitchen with happy personality. The windows let in lots of natural light and floating shelves make interesting tins and potted plants part of the friendly decor.
Contemporary Neutral Kitchen With Limestone Backsplash
A neutral limestone backsplash contrasts with the straight lines of the wood grain in the hardwood floors and wood cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. Light neutral countertops pull out the lighter shades in the limestone around the stainless steel range hood and stove.
In the dining area, designers brought in a rustic farm table that warms the space with its beautiful wood grain. On either end of this table, gray and white upholstered head chairs contribute comfort and texture to the design, while a brass light fixture brings the modern element the homeowners love.
One of the primary goals in the design of this kitchen was to fill the space with sunlight. A huge arched window over the sink does the job beautifully. The window—along with the oversized light fixture—also balances out the height of the vaulted ceiling.