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Oversize, do-it-all kitchen islands combine modern function with traditional style. Finished like a fine piece of furniture with turned and reeded legs and a marble top, this island serves multiple purposes, including housing the range. A powerful exhaust fan is always important to kitchen design, but it is especially crucial and takes careful planning when your range is in the middle of the room.
To keep this eclectic kitchen, defined by stainless-steel appliances, from looking too industrial, the homeowner chose warm-colored cherrywood for the cabinets and natural matte-finish soapstone for the countertops. Note the use of a simple piece of molding to divide recessed cabinet panels for an elongated look.
Distinctive surfaces make this kitchen as much a living space as a work space. The vintage-look subway tiles are a good example, with their crackled, textured finish and hardworking practicality. The richly detailed coffered ceiling provides a more traditional look, as does leaded glass in the cabinet doors.
Inspired by Scandinavian design, this family kitchen employs a pale, delicate palette accented by metallic finishes. Creamy painted cabinets maximize the effect of natural light. Fabrics are warm and welcoming. It's a country look that relies more on calm, clean lines than the collectibles and dark woodwork common in country style.
When it comes to contemporary kitchen design, defining a kitchen area in an open loft or great-room can be tricky. In this large living area, the homeowner chose to unify her one-wall kitchen by painting it a soft green and treating the upper kitchen cabinets like a single built-in unit with glass doors. A natural-color wood plate rack and open storage break up the long green wall.
To accommodate multiple cooks, the classic work triangle -- sink, range, refrigerator -- has been reworked into kitchen islands with defined work zones. In this eclectic kitchen design, for example, the long celadon-color island divides the kitchen in half with the cooking zone on one side and the cleanup zone on the other.
Many homeowners are looking for ways to connect the indoors with the outdoors. In this eclectic kitchen, a soft green wall color relates to the gardens just outside. Note the earthy (and Earth-friendly) cork floors. To keep the large island from looking monolithic, columns separate recessed panels, dividing the front into three sections.
A rounded stainless-steel range hood serves as the focal point of this sleek contemporary kitchen. Granite countertops coordinate the gray hues of stainless-steel appliances with the warm tones of cherry cabinets. Upper cabinets showcase individual glass panes, creating a visual line that leads to the range.
Edgy elements with a retro feel bring a bold flair to this vacation-home kitchen. For a vintage appearance, the black cabinetry finish is matte, not glossy, and the doors and drawers are distressed. Sleek, white laminate countertops join the white beaded-board walls and white-painted wood trim for a city/country mix.
Japanese and Craftsman influences mix in the kitchen of this 1925 home. The space reflects the homeowner's appreciation of handmade furniture and earthy materials, with warm yellow, sage, and olive dominating the color scheme. The Japanese effect is seen in the shoji-screen-style lighting grid above the island and in the kitchen's curves.
The use of elegant black against lighter colors is the heart of this kitchen's decorating scheme. Architecturally, pilasters, turned posts, and moldings give the island base and other cabinets the kind of old-world detail worthy of a traditional English Tudor home. Everything is bathed in a buttery light from a well-placed skylight and a window bay above the sink.
Shaker-style cabinetry may bring to mind a farmhouse setting, but here it works in a galley while respecting the home's vintage character. Tongue-and-groove planks and hefty crown molding replace a dropped acoustical ceiling. A new divided-light door in what had been the laundry room funnels light into this remodeled kitchen.
Eclectic design speaks to a mixture of styles or periods, and this kitchen illustrates the concept well. The warm maple cabinetry, black countertop, and stainless-steel range would be at home in a contemporary kitchen. Deep crown moldings and white-painted columns are traditional elements. Together, they create a comfortable, contemporary look.
With support from period influences, an open design transforms the kitchen in this old home while respecting its history. The antique-look island, with its striking red color and detailed fretwork, seems both old and new. The overall color scheme is quiet, making a fine backdrop for a new minimalism in the cabinetry and countertops.
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