Add a little, gain a lot. That's the lesson one couple learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their home. Curves in the range hood and shelf-support brackets add softness to the geometric cabinets, tiles, and appliances. Open shelves keep cooking staples within easy reach.
Neutral walls act as a backdrop for wooden window casings and custom cabinetry. A built-in cupboard with glass doors and open shelving provides storage and display space for dinnerware. Windows fitted with modest, striped Roman shades allow natural light to flood the space.
Create cottage style with beaded board cabinets, concrete countertops, and antique accessories.
Perfect for the gourmet chef and the entertainer, this kitchen's island doubles as a work space and a buffet or bar.
A sheer ivory-colored finish applied to the horizontal cypress paneling gives a light and airy feel to this kitchen. The open storage is both a means of displaying cookware and an example of creative shelf design. The open shelving is great for showcasing serving pieces and pottery, and guests love them because they can easily find needed items.
The punchy turquoise hue of the vintage-style appliances puts a chic spin on this coastal kitchen. A tumbled-glass backsplash mimics natural sea glass and contrasts sleek concrete countertops.
A farm table anchors the gathering space in this appealing kitchen. Lightly finished wood countertops contrast beautifully with classic subway tiles and darker hardwood flooring. Slipcovered chairs keep the arrangement informal.
Red is a color most often seen in dining rooms. But these kitchen cabinets sport nine coats of high-gloss red exterior paint, which mimics Asian lacquer treatments and echoes the house’s Zen restraint. The bright hue also energizes the room and sets the stage for convivial gatherings.
The combination of the creamy taupe-glazed cabinets and the rich black granite countertops in this kitchen is dramatic. Still, it's the details that make this room unique. Usually reserved for a window, the tiled space behind the sink offers a way to easily change the look of the kitchen with different pieces of art.
The owners of this kitchen were unhappy with their cabinets' door style, so they ordered new door fronts made of maple, and then painted the original frames a glossy black. To update the existing oven and dishwasher, they bought stainless steel sheets and applied them to the fronts of both appliances.
In this kitchen, the tone is set by granite counters and sleek stainless steel appliances. The custom-designed cabinets -- stained dark cherry to match the red hues in the granite -- include pullout corner and pantry systems. The island has a chopping-block table that can be wheeled out and used as a cart.
A sink, icemaker, and wine cooler make entertaining easy at this wet bar.
In this home, one large, airy space contains the kitchen, dining room, and sitting area. The arched doorway and exposed beams are features that make this space appealing.
This Southern Living Idea House kitchen features cabinetry with an antique cream-colored glaze. Appearing to be a large cabinet, the refrigerator is disguised by panels. The area features quartz stone countertops, while an ample island occupies the center and makes food preparation a pleasure. Outfitted with heart-pine ceiling beams and sage walls like the nearby breakfast room, this kitchen is any homeowner's dream.
This kitchen's cathedral window welcomes natural light and makes a bold architectural statement. An antique bin from an old general store and European chocolate molds give the kitchen a sense of age. Waxed wood finishes underscore the look.
A sturdy, sage-green island contrasts with warm ivory walls and cabinetry in this light-filled kitchen. A stainless range occupies a tiled alcove with an arched hood, while dark marble counters provide a unifying work surface. Rustic barstools, antiqued light fixtures, and rough-hewn ceiling beams contribute additional texture.
Whether planning meals for just themselves or many guests, these homeowners enjoy a kitchen that's as inviting and bright as a spring garden. The large island and plentiful granite countertops provide convenient work surfaces while anchoring the kitchen.
This hardworking kitchen is equipped for a big family or lots of guests, and the cottage's open floor plan allows hosts to participate in the party. A cooktop with a nonstick grill and self-ventilation system and a combination oven and drop-down-door microwave make preparing dinner a breeze. Two under-mount sinks (featuring goosenecked faucets) complete the kitchen.
In this kitchen, architect Michael Connell used standard overhead cabinets -- typically 12 inches deep -- below the counter in some areas instead of standard floor cabinets, which are usually 24 inches deep. This allowed him to fit in a dining peninsula and a shallow storage area without taking space away from circulation and seating. Storage needs dictated a row of cabinets stretching between the living room and the kitchen. Connell put glass doors on both sides of the cabinets, allowing the space to remain visually open.
The diagonal two-tone floor tiles mirror the color of the poured concrete countertops, beaded board walls and white trim.
The gas range has an alcove of its own surrounded by cultured stone. Narrow, built-in shelves on either side of the range are perfect for storing spices.
Distressed, furniture-style cabinetry in hues of cocoa and cream creates a casual atmosphere. The matte finish of the deep brown honed-granite countertops reinforces the aged appearance. Cabinets suspended over the island showcase a collection of colorful dishes. Glass doors and sides allow light to pass through, softening the visual impact of the cabinetry.
The family room and kitchen share a hipped roof, with an exposed beaded board ceiling and rafters. This type of treatment creates a relaxed setting and continues the louvered cabinets' tropical feel.
Bright lights, large rectangular openings, and a simple palette of green, blue, white, and stainless steel create a clean look and a handsome foil for the curvilinear barstools. Open shelves around the sink and range hold smaller objects, such as dishes, serving bowls, and glasses, items the couple uses every day.
The sliding barn door allows this “modern farmhouse” kitchen to be hidden for formal dinner parties and serves as a place to hang holiday greeting cards.
This space combines modern, energy-efficient appliances with accents of a traditional farm kitchen, such as exposed shelves and rustic pine ceiling beams. The wheat-colored subway-tiled backsplash contributes to the classic feel, even as it contrasts with the contemporary stainless steel appliances and the South African granite countertops.