Beautiful kitchens use combinations of materials and textures.
Clean style in this fresh kitchen comes from a variety of textures and colors, including the white paint on 1930s-era glass-front cabinets, the wood countertop on the new white beaded-board island, and the marble top on the food-prep station -- a splurge that was well worth it for its added sense of luxury.
The combination of materials adds up to style and comfort in this kitchen renovation. Granite counters top gleaming wooden Shaker-style cabinetry. Painted bookshelves (a flat coal-color hue brushed on) make the room feel intimate and inviting.
It's hard to tell which is the most beautiful element of this kitchen cooking zone. The arched inset features an unpolished limestone arch and keystone. Seafoam color square tiles make up the large arched backsplash. Stone countertops flank the gleaming stainless-steel cooktop. The pristine-white custom cabinetry features paneled doors and hardware reminiscent of the 1930s.
A traditional kitchen gets its style from a diverse mix of materials. Cabinets are constructed from five species of wood. And four different types of stone are used on kitchen surfaces -- ranging from a hardworking granite-top island to its elegant counterpart, a second island finished in olive green with gold-leaf trim.
An homage to sun and sea, this kitchen features a palette of yellow, teal, and sea-moss green with copper accents. Rope-turned pilasters on wooden cabinets add elegance to the casual Nantucket theme. Proving the creative use of mixed materials are the old pine planks underfoot, weathered beams overhead, and the addition of an antique table by the island.
Marble countertops and limestone floors convey a sense of age and permanence in this kitchen. The niche above the cooktop features a glass-tile backsplash. At one end of the island, a change in height separates the breakfast bar from the busier parts of the kitchen. A mahogany top with elegantly beveled edge offers seating for in-kitchen dining.
Classic white, rich browns, and stainless steel deliver a sense of sleek efficiency in this modern kitchen. Marble countertops stand next to sleek metal accents for simple sophistication in this cook's kitchen. The oversize island (13x6 feet) features a French burner and ample storage in the cabinetry below.
Reclaimed wood cabinetry was the material of choice for this kitchen renovation. Several species were used to evoke the same sort of variety that one finds in nature. Dark brown walnut on the islands contrasts with the lighter hue of reclaimed elm on perimeter cabinets and the distinct grain pattern of submerged beech on a pantry near the desk area. All woods boast a natural finish to show grain and mineral streaking. The style of the cabinet doors is simple, which shows the innate beauty of the wood and the artisanship of their handmade construction.