Dream Kitchen Designs
Attention to details, pro-grade appliances, and gorgeous materials and finishes all weave together in these dream kitchens that exude style and sophistication.
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In this causal but sophisticated white kitchen, walnut accents and subtle texture and softness add warmth and depth. Shades of white dominate on clean-lined Shaker-style cabinetry, on the tile surrounding the range, and on gray-veined marble on the sink-wall backsplash.
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White can often look stark and cold, but curves always serve to soften a space. Placing the range in a gently arching niche creates a beautiful focal point and makes the area look more feminine and soft. Open shelving keeps spices and cooking oils within easy reach, while glossy white tiles and gray-veined marble add subtle texture.
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The curve of the range niche is echoed in a large arched window on the main sink wall. The large panes welcome plenty of sunlight into the north-facing room, and also enhance the view of the house from the backyard. Varied counter depths add a bit of architectural interest to the sink area.
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Industrial-style glass light fixtures over the island provide extra sparkle when they catch sunlight streaming into the kitchen. The shiny nickel finish of the sturdy lights looks surprisingly at home amid all of the other soft, feminine touches throughout the room.
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Standing the Test of Time
This exquisite kitchen packs 360 degrees of eye-catching punch. Handsome architectural details and time-honored surfaces ensure the room will remain stylish for decades to come. The one-of-a-kind space embraces its traditional Georgian-style roots while still feeling fresh and exciting.
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The kitchen exhibits drama at every turn. Lustrous 2-inch-thick Calacatta marble attracts plenty of attention at counter level. The vibrant orange ceiling is offset by the soft sage green walls and white-painted cabinets and trim.
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A richly stained oak island and matching hearth lend additional warmth to the white-painted wood. Calacatta marble tiles installed in a herringbone pattern protect the wall behind the commercial-style range. A pot filler faucet makes boiling pasta or potatoes a snap.
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Dine in Style
The circular dining area boasts plenty of unique style statements. Designed to resemble a vintage icebox, the floor-to-ceiling oak refectory cabinet keeps a multitude of glasses and dishware handy at the dining table. The white modern-style chairs provide crisp contrast to the traditional feel of the rest of the kitchen.
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Touch of Elegance
Mirror-polished beveled edging lends a bit of elegance to the room's sinks and blends with the stainless-steel appliances. The deep sink basin looks modern and chic against the traditional marble countertop.
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Dazzling globe pendants, inspired by 1960s fixtures, provide retro flair and a personal touch. A quartersawn-oak coffered ceiling crowns the space above the kitchen island. The warm wood creates a formal tone that contrasts the more playful round light fixtures.
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To make the large space more effective, the kitchen was divided into activity centers. The 6-foot-square island provides plenty of space for multiple helpers. A prep sink, built-in cutting board (pictured), and refrigerator drawers in the island save steps for the cook.
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It might have sounded like a strange request at first: Fashion a kitchen that looks and acts more like living space than a kitchen -- a place where people feel as comfortable gathering as they do eating or baking. But a formal yet welcoming atmosphere is the right recipe for a kitchen that facilitates a lot of entertaining. In this spacious kitchen, that balance is achieved with luxe materials, an oversize island, and a flood of natural light from a wall of glass with French doors to the outside.
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Range Hood Star
The range hood, in an unexpected pewter glaze, draws the eye for a bold focal point. "What makes it work is that everything else is very monochromatic," says kitchen designer Mary Kathryn Timoney. "The backsplash is white; the island is off-white; the counters are all the same color. There's a beautiful focal point, but there are also places for the eye to rest."
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A wide doorway next to the range wall opens into a formal dining room. The wall of glass, framed in Belgian mahogany, brings in light and provides a gateway to the outdoors. Including the wall of glass meant losing an enormous amount of storage space -- much of which the island makes up for -- but it allows the kitchen to be light and airy and more like the living space the homeowners desired.
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Convenience & Beauty
A pot filler above the range is a convenient addition to the cooking space along the back wall. It eliminates the need to carry a heavy pot filled with water from the sink to the cooktop. On the limited wall space for a backsplash, creative license was taken to bring an extra flourish to the kitchen. A pattern of interlocking ovals and circles serves as a backdrop to the sleek stainless-steel range.
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The 6×9-foot island houses the sink, appliances, storage, and ample counter space. Polished-nickel hardware dresses up the cabinets, and a few pared-down details further the casual-yet-elegant design paradigm: the island's strong legs, which are geometric and shapely rather than overly carved; crown molding that is simple, not ornate; the cabinetry's classic raised-panel doors; and overall clean lines.
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The marble countertops give the kitchen a relaxed yet traditional French bakery feel, and the faucet's European styling falls in line with the marble's vibe.
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Paired with lighter gray walls and white millwork, the furniturelike cabinetry is formal yet unfussy. The left side houses the fridge; the right side, the microwave and coffeemaker. Chairs are covered in mohair, which is textural and warm but surprisingly durable.
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