Find design and decorating inspiration for your kitchen from the smart ideas in these real-life makeovers.
A sliding butcher-block cutting board is a small but ingenious addition to this kitchen's new marble island sink. The specialty item requires a cut-in basin, so it must be chosen early in the design stage.
Removing the old radiator in the middle of this kitchen would have been pricey. Instead, the homeowners embraced its charm and installed an island around it, using the open area for barstool seating.
Smart planning makes it more affordable to include special features such as this useful pot-filling faucet above the stove. Its special plumbing requirements were accounted for in the initial design so there were no surprise costs.
Rather than spending big dollars to eliminate an existing skylight, these homeowners decide to highlight it. They installed a same-size island directly below the skylight and used pendant lights to connect the two features.
In the same home, creative thinking also helped the homeowners add space-saving functionality to the new island. A pastry board on wheels slides out from inside the island when it's needed.
Gutting their existing kitchen to start from scratch was a big investment for these homeowners. They decided to stick with classic finishes for the most expensive items in the room, including cabinetry and appliances. Bold, dramatic elements were used in smaller areas, such as the backsplash, which could be an affordable update later.
There was no room to add an island to this small kitchen so the homeowners got creative and added a rolling cabinet that can easily be moved into the space when needed for meal preparation.
To showcase this kitchen's beautiful new hardwood floors, the homeowners selected a furniture-look island with legs that raise the cabinets off the floor.
Sometimes small details can make a big difference in a kitchen. Layers of interesting trims were used to beef up this room's moldings for dramatic effect.