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Beautiful U-shaped kitchens with smart, functional designs
A U-shape kitchen design keeps work zones compact and functional.
Square kitchen islands, such as this one, can make use of open floor space in a large kitchen, creating a more cozy, U-shape layout and adding counter space, additional storage, and a second sink. The six-burner range, visible from the front door, is the main-level focal point of the kitchen design. A walnut-finish base and black granite countertop distinguish the island.
Sleek, multilevel kitchen islands, such as the one shown here, and clean-lined cherry cabinetry with sassy curves and splashes of color can create a contemporary space. Work zones are distributed conveniently throughout the kitchen design layout. The floating island's length balances the wall of cabinets below the windows while keeping traffic flowing at both ends.
This updated kitchen design expanded and improved the layout to provide the homeowners an enviable supply of surface space. The windows provide natural light, and the extra-wide peninsula top provides an informal breakfast counter where the kitchen and dining room meet. Across from the wall-mounted double oven, the island provides a close cooling surface for hot dishes.
A floating counter-height peninsula opposite the fridge adds needed counter space and eating space to the kitchen design. By including a walkway between the sink and peninsula, people can move in and out of cooking zones with ease. The sink is mounted on the end of the left counter, providing access from all areas of the kitchen. The kitchen backsplash adds interest.
Chunky turned wooden legs, such as the ones shown here, can add a furniture-like feel to kitchen islands. This island is the focal point of the kitchen design. To provide easy access from all areas, the sink is installed in the island. Design elements, such as the tile treatments and Gothic-style glass cabinet doors, evoke a traditional feel.
Vaulted ceilings and large windows give this kitchen a fresh look. A stove centered on a wall of kitchen cabinets provides easy access to pantry items, pots, and pans. The sink takes center stage below a wall of windows. Rounded edges on the peninsula and counter-height stools soften the hard edges of the cabinets and balance the kitchen design.
Granite countertops on a new peninsula transform this 12x15 foot kitchen from an L-shape layout to a U-shape kitchen design. The peninsula includes seating and shelves on the backside and a stainless-steel double-bowl sink on the inside. The remodeled space features new appliances and custom kitchen cabinets adorned with decorative molding for a Craftsman-style look.