Kitchen of the Week
Lifted in the Light
Having light cabinets on top and darker cabinets on the bottom provides a sense of lift in this tiny New York kitchen renovation, with wood and brass accents tying the space together.
Having light cabinets on top and darker cabinets on the bottom provides a sense of lift in this tiny New York kitchen renovation, with wood and brass accents tying the space together.
Whitewashed brick plays nicely with the blue tiled backsplash in a kitchen, designed by New Old, that celebrates mixed materials. The 10-foot-wide kitchen island has a white marble countertop that contrasts with the the black granite countertops near the range, which is capped with a wood-clad hood.
This California kitchen has an avocado green backsplash provides a yummy pop of color in this otherwise sleek kitchen that maximizes storage with plenty of cabinets.
A brightly patterned backsplash and sparkling crystal pendant lights bring the bling in this open-concept kitchen by Dan Rak Design. Black lower cabinets and white upper cabinets give the space a sense of lift and high-contrast impact.
This classic Pasadena kitchen, designed by Barbara Schwarz ID, is all about balancing neutrals. Light beige upper cabinets and dusty green lower cabinets bring just enough color to the space and compliment the grey stone countertops.
Sometimes small spaces mean compromising, and this New York City kitchen by Get Decorated is limited to a single wall in the middle of the living room. White cabinets help to seamlessly blend with the other walls, and an airy table creates extra countertop space without chopping up the room with extra bulk.
This kitchen by EnviroHome Design is decked out with useful details while retaining its traditional style. An island with a dropped countertop creates a comfortable dining area, while a microwave inset into a lower cabinet frees up counter space.
New Yorkers know how to make the most of a small space, and this Upper East Side kitchen by Agencie is no exception. The L-shaped kitchen forms a cozy nook that is perfectly accented by a sleek square island that doubles as a dining table.
Move over all-white kitchens, green is having a moment. This kitchen takes on the trend with olive cabinets and clay-colored tiles. The toned-down green has a neutral quality, which makes it possible to pair it with colorful flooring. The cool marble countertops counterbalance the warm, earth tones for a touch of modern sophistication.
This kitchen isn't afraid of a daring design. Rather than just using tile for a bold backsplash, it covers the island with it as well for a cool, modern look.
Open-concept kitchens are great for entertaining and interacting with the rest of the house without feeling shut off, but it also makes it difficult to feel like there are separate rooms. In this kitchen, the muted greens and grays create a cozy and intimate atmosphere that differentiates it from the rest of area without boxing it in.
This French kitchen is full of warm details that mix modern and rustic design that borrows inspiration from the American southwest.
Taking inspiration from a classic Southern cocktail, the mint julep, this kitchen's green cabinets are the star of this open-concept home in Charleston, South Carolina. White subway tile backsplash and metalic accents complete the refreshing renovation.
The eye-catching teal blue geometric backsplash in this otherwise white kitchen amps up the modern chic style in this Philadelphia townhouse.
This cabin kitchen renovation in Wisconsin retained the rustic feeling of the old A-frame structure while adding clean, modern comforts. Leather cabinet pulls add additional texture to the wood cabinets, which are painted white and emerald, and greyscale floor tiles form a picnic blanket-like plaid pattern, adding to the woodsy palette.
A little goes a long way in this cool-toned kitchen that plays up the beauty of neutrals. Champagne bronze cabinet pulls bring a touch of warmth to the strikingly crisp whites and hints of grey and blue in this row-house kitchen.
Studio apartments mean that every space must be maximized, and this 6-foot-wide galley kitchen renovation does just that, with an under-counter refrigerator paneled to blend in with the rest of the cabinets. Open marble and brass shelving replaced heavy upper cabinets, adding an airiness to the space, while, black and white Spanish tiles bring visual interest to the floors.
Accents of purple paint bring an enchanting quality to this jewel-like kitchen renovation. The antique mirror backsplash bounces light around the space, making the gold cabinet hardware shine and the quartz countertops shimmer.
Designed by Jaclyn Peters Design, this kitchen—located on a real working farm—manages to embody a classic "farmhouse style" without a hint of powder blue or red gingham. Green cabinets with black hardware provide a welcome twist to the popular aesthetic, while a white shiplap backsplash keeps it country.
This rustic Georgia kitchen goes all-out with sliding barn doors that lead to a pantry and a wooden crate inspired central island. Wide plank flooring and a muted color palette solidify the classic farmhouse aesthetic. Natural sunlight flows through the space during the day, while hidden recessed lighting brightens the night.
This knock-out kitchen renovation removed a wall to make a larger central area that allowed more light to flow through the space. Clean white quartz countertops and flat-front cabinets offset the glistening emerald green tile floor, which has a whimsical Oz-like quality.
This kitchen, by Jessica Davis of Nest Studio Collection, puts a fun spin on traditional design elements. It forgoes the typical central island for a large turned-wood table that does double duty as a dining area and extra prep space for cooking. Chalk Paint® on the cabinets adds warmth to the space, but that quaint feel is balanced with contemporary Nest Studio hardware. The geometric tile floors— hand-stenciled with Chalk Paint® —amplifies the overall effect of a homey yet stylish kitchen.
Exposed wood is the star of this soft, neutral kitchen. Reclaimed barn wood floors infuse the space with rustic warmth, along with exposed wood ceiling beams and wood floating shelves. With a few colorful accents added for good measure, this farmhouse kitchen feels fresh and vibrant.
If you quickly glance at this kitchen you are immediately hit with pops of red color. Actually, the fixed aspects of the kitchen are all neutrals, except for the red range knobs, which inspired the coordination with a few red accessories. It is an affordable and flexible way to bring color into your kitchen without a big commitment.
Why keep dishes hidden in cupboards when they can be the star of your kitchen decor? Curvy, minimal shelf brackets help to create a focal point, and echo the details of the hardware that adorns the cheerful teal cabinets in this kitchen by Shannon Tate Interiors.
This spacious double-range kitchen, designed by sustainable architecture firm Restructure Studio, is perfect for serious cooks. Diamond-patterned blue and white tiles adorn the back wall, providing a cheeky contrast to the sophisticated exposed beam ceilings, sleek countertops, and polished concrete floor.
In the farmhouse kitchen of Allison from The Festive Farmhouse, a monochrome floral patterned wallpaper brings a touch of whimsy without being overwhelming. The powdery blue kitchen island becomes the central focus of the otherwise neutral color palette, accented with details like glass globe pendant lights and floating wood shelves.
Cheerful pops of yellow and pale blue make this kitchen a homey place to serve up a good weekend bunch. A large center island doubles as bar seating, and the kitchen's proximity to the spacious back patio beckons you to dine outside.
Creating a design that felt sleek—not sterile—was the goal of this kitchen renovation inside a 1940s Brooklyn row house. Japanese-inspired details make the spacious chef's kitchen feel homey, while allowing for some serious cooking.
This surprisingly spacious (by New York City standards) kitchen was created by knocking down a couple walls and building in extra storage. Muted gray cabinets blend in with stainless steel appliances, while a textured backdrop adds originality without stealing the show.
A light color palette makes this kitchen look streamlined and serene. The pink stove adds bold femininity, while the adjacent butcher block countertops provides a functional workspace. Pops of silver in the range hood and lighting fixtures complete the overall look.
Sleek and simple shaker cabinets in a brilliant shade of blue by Benjamin Moore give the busiest room in the house a sense of tranquility. When the blue cupboards are paired with a classic white subway tile backsplash, the kitchen color scheme is as timeless as it is chic.
Taking advantage of the room's natural light, this kitchen forgoes classic white subway tile for a watercolor green style—a look that changes tones depending on how the sunlight catches it. The rest of the room sticks with neutral details—cool white cabinets and butcher block counters—to maintain a bright space. The homeowners didn't forget about practical design choices, though: open shelving above the sink and dishwasher makes for quick clean up and sneaky drawers below the cabinets provide extra storage.
Conveniently placed in a compact corner, this contemporary kitchen looks clean and fresh. During the daytime, the over-sink window delivers a dose of natural sunlight, which reflects off the white backsplash, cabinets, and window frame. Stainless steel appliances and hardwood flooring add pops of natural color, while a glass cabinet door gives a peek at the colorful dinnerware inside.
The formica countertop takes center stage in this contemporary kitchen. With the sleek appearance of slate, it pairs nicely with the dark cabinets and hardwood floor. Pop of lighter color in the tiled backsplash, stainless steel sink, and second counter prevent the room from looking too dark.
Feast your eyes on the finished results of a kitchen makeover on Little Red Brick House. Here, creamy white hues and partially open storage help make this little kitchen live larger than its true footprint. They also pave the way for several other modern farmhouse details, including the trendy subway tile (lined with a contrasting gray grout) and faux marble countertops. Against the soft palette, several hits of warm wood complete the fresh new look: everywhere from the framed signage above the pantry and the custom-built range hood to the unfinished crates stored in a butcher-block-topped island.
Wood cabinets and a rustic kitchen island surround provide a counterpoint to the sleek modern lines of this contemporary eat-in kitchen. A combination island and breakfast bar double the function of a single space, bringing even more utility to the busiest room in the house.
Who says beige has to be boring? The neutral shades in this kitchen work together to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Off-white cabinets contrast with a deeper brown floor, while a textured backsplash adds visual appeal. The charming gathering space also contains ample storage, thanks to its built-in wine racks, glass-fronted cabinets, and large pantry with four cabinets.
A light and bright white kitchen makes the perfect backdrop for colorful accents. Rather than being committed to a palette because of wall or tile colors, pretty pastel dishes and details provide that splash. Nickel hardware and stainless steel appliances add a contemporary touch that balances out this cute kitchen.
Now here's a kitchen that considers the whole household—children and pets included! Details like seating pulled up to the kitchen island, doodles on a chalkboard accent wall, and a cushioned nook for Fido encourage the entire brood to spend time in the heart of the home. Plus, the number of cabinet doors visible in just this corner signal plenty of (hidden) storage for a growing family.
Thanks to an open floor plan and eye-catching farmhouse details, this Craftsman-style kitchen is perfect for entertaining. Two walk-in pantries ensure plenty of storage space, while the island/breakfast bar with butcher block countertops seats several people. Other inspiring features include stainless steel appliances and white maple cabinets, which infuse a touch of modernity into the rustic room.
Cathy and her husband Garrett tackled their kitchen renovation with minimal assistance—they even laid the marble tile backsplash in the herringbone pattern on their own. But their hard work paid off. The updated kitchen checks off many of today’s trends: farmhouse sink, white cabinets, and of course, marble! Even the appliances tie in nicely thanks to the gray tones in the backsplash and counter.
Looking at this kitchen, you might never guess that it’s only 8x10 feet! During its renovation, contractors raised the ceiling to make the kitchen feel spacious and to provide for ample cabinet storage, which it seriously lacked beforehand. The homeowners’ stuck to a simple palette of brilliant white and honey brown along with a gray tile backsplash. The neutral colors make the space feel bigger and brighter and let for a sunny pop from the yellow pendant lights.
A loud tile can overpower a small space, but in this kitchen it pops. The classic white shaker cabinets and walnut wood countertops brighten up the room, which balances the bold floors. Utilizing a mix of simple and striking design elements makes for a cool and sophisticated kitchen.
In this country white kitchen, the checkerboard island is what catches the eye. Custom-built with cherry and walnut wood, it’s a true work of craftsmanship. But there’s another detail in this kitchen you may not even notice! There is no open space between the upper cabinets and counter; it’s a mirror backsplash. This unique choice is a clever way to brighten the space and make it feel bigger.
Not wanting to stray too far from the historical appeal of their 1910 Brooklyn home, Alison and Jovito selected a gray and white palette, but used elevated details for a modern spin. Being savvy shoppers, the couple chose chic gray cabinets from Ikea and found their range hood from a salvage store. The eye-catching herringbone wood floors are actually porcelain tiles, the same durable material used for the raised geometric backsplash.
There’s a fine line between a light and bright white kitchen versus a blindingly stark one. Kelly, who runs the blog The Lilly Pad Cottage, strikes the right balance by adding warmth and dimension to the space. The custom-built wood range, which matches the walnut floors, breaks up the all-white scheme while still being calm and neutral. For some character and charm, open-shelving and layered rugs gets the job done.
Farmhouse features in this renovated kitchen keep with the historic charms of the Georgian house in Henniker, NH. The cream and olive palette with slate counters exude warmth, while the exposed beams and apron sink provide a rustic, vintage flair.
Black and nearly-black paint is trending this season, but this kitchen with dark navy cabinets will look cool for years to come. When paired with subway tile and butcher block counters, the design is classic and timeless.
Beauty is all in the details. Take this Santa Barbara kitchen, for instance. Orb pendant lighting, brass sconces and drawer pulls enhance the space and elevate what could be an ordinary white kitchen.
The waterfall island is currently having a moment in home design. The continuous top-to-bottom design creates a dramatic effect in this modern white kitchen, making it the focal point in the room.
Chalkboard paint adds a playful touch to this kitchen. The out-of-the-box design element, also adds function by providing a convenient place to leave household reminders.
When space is tight, finding adequate storage becomes a creative challenge. What this city kitchen lacks in cabinet space it makes up for with a contemporary shelving unit hung on a do-nothing expanse of wall. The uncrowded shelves provide practical storage while still looking aesthetically pleasing.
Big, blue tiles with clean white grout lines add a burst of color and freshness in this cool country kitchen. Carefully coordinated accents and open shelving augment the bright and breezy look.
There's no shortage of color and cheer in this kitchen, decorated by the bloggers at A Beautiful Mess. Bright yellow cabinets, cool concrete countertops, and shiny white subway tiles work together to create a fresh feeling in the wide open room.
This kitchen island adds ample storage to an airy urban kitchen but it's the integrated stainless steel appliances that steal the show. By installing a high-tech oven and range and an in-cabinet microwave, the designers have freed up more space in the rest of the kitchen for storage and cooking prep.
Vintage charm abounds in this country kitchen by Oakbridge Timber Framing. From the plate rack mounted above the farmhouse sink to the wooden beams along the ceiling, this rustic room deserves its place at the heart of the home.
Designers predict that black will be a big color in home interiors this year. Not sure about using such a dramatic color at home? This kitchen might convince you to give black a second look.
A neutral color palette lets the best features in this airy kitchen take center stage. A spacious sink, roomy kitchen island, and built-in storage (with a wall-mounted TV) all coexist in this multi-functional masterpiece.
A full-size fridge hides in plain sight in this luxe kitchen. Clad to look like a freestanding cabinet, it matches perfectly with the rest of the room's decor.
It may not seem possible for a kitchen to fuse both cozy and industrial design elements, but this room from Oak Bridge Timber Framing achieves the unlikely marriage to great effect. Exposed beams, bare bulb lighting, and an impressive stainless steel range live in harmony with the simple cabinetry painted in a delicate robin's egg blue.
Nestled at the edge of the kitchen in this Portland home, a breakfast nook awaits its morning guests. The tiny space has just enough room to squeeze in a custom banquette and slim end table—the perfect place to sip a first (or second) cup of coffee.
No matter how tiny the kitchen, a true oenophile will find a way to store a cache of wine. In this case, the stash is hidden in plain sight above the kitchen island, leaving the cabinets free for cookware and pantry essentials.
Organic materials like wood and marble are at the heart of this modern kitchen's appeal. Clean, straight lines and a stunning wood grain pattern let nature speak for itself.
This kitchen backsplash gets an unusual (and attractive) treatment, with blue subway tiles arranged in a herringbone pattern. Although the home is located in the desert city of Phoenix, the two-tone color scheme gives this room a beachy vibe.
In a tiny kitchen, open storage becomes de facto decor. Here, matching white mixing bowls, wooden boards, and even dried beans, add style to the neutral-colored space.
The tile backsplash in this narrow kitchen leaves a big impression. Bright and gleaming alongside the white crockery, the glazed material shines bright for all to see.
Natural elements like black soapstone counters, white shiplap walls, and rustic wood beams are right at home in this farmhouse kitchen. However, sharp lines add a hint of modernity and sophistication to the country style.
No counters, no cabinets, no problem. The owners of this kitchenette didn’t let the limited area hold them back. A slim high-top provides space for prepping and dining, while a nearby kitchen cart provides counter and storage that the kitchen is missing.
Color is on full display in this kitchen. Vibrant blue cabinets and a green island pop against yellow walls and light wood and red accents make an appearance as well.
A narrow Manhattan kitchen looks less crowded thanks to simple design. Light gray walls and white cabinets trick the eye into seeing a more spacious room but a navy backsplash breaks the monotony of neutral color.
Even a minor cosmetic change can enhance an entire room. Here, Kristi, from the blog Chatfield Court, painted window frames in black to make a statement against the white walls and cabinets.
Simple design means this kitchen never steals the show from the stunning views of Lake Champlain. A wall of windows, transoms and French doors bring natural light and scenery into the space, pairing perfectly with white cabinets and wood elements.
This newly renovated kitchen in East Nashville keeps things simple with classic marble counters and blue cabinets while a magenta Persian rug adds a touch of fun.
Professional chefs and amateur cook alike can appreciate the function of this slim spice drawer. Conveniently situated next to the stove, this custom cabinet makes the most of an otherwise awkward space.
Emily from Table + Hearth gave her tired ‘90s kitchen a quaint rustic renovation. With the unique shaved river rock backsplash already in place, she designed around it, pulling in tones for cabinets and hardware. The greige cabinets and dark accents create a soft ambiance that compliments the one-of-a-kind backsplash.
It’s not a classic city loft if there isn’t exposed brick, but that’s not the only standout feature in this kitchen. Beadboard ceilings, tall cabinets and a massive skylight give this space a sense of height and airiness.
Pairing royal blue cabinets with a yellow fridge might seem like a bold choice, but it works surprisingly well thanks to the vibrant Mediterranean tiles.