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Before & After Kitchen Renovations: Contemporary Kitchens

See photos of ordinary kitchens transformed into sleek, contemporary spaces

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    • Bright, Modern Kitchen Makeover

      Expanding the kitchen turned a tight breakfast nook into a light-filled cooking zone. The homeowners retained the bay window and added a long window over the sink, bound by shelves and a column that inject architectural interest suited to a midcentury home.

    • Bright, Modern Kitchen Makeover

      Expanding the kitchen turned a tight breakfast nook into a light-filled cooking zone. The homeowners retained the bay window and added a long window over the sink, bound by shelves and a column that inject architectural interest suited to a midcentury home.

    • Updated Eat-In Kitchen

      Clustering the refrigerator, oven, microwave, and pantry cupboards on one wall makes cooking efficient. A frame of chocolate-color fir ties in with openings throughout the home. It also echoes the stained cherry on the island and the dark bamboo flooring.

    • Updated Eat-In Kitchen

      Clustering the refrigerator, oven, microwave, and pantry cupboards on one wall makes cooking efficient. A frame of chocolate-color fir ties in with openings throughout the home. It also echoes the stained cherry on the island and the dark bamboo flooring.

    • Sleek Kitchen Update

      To keep most of the wall space for windows, the homeowners enlarged the island to provide more storage. It now holds pots and pans, dishes, towels, and china, along with an integrated microwave and second dishwasher and sink. Two walls were torn down to open up the kitchen and make it more closely resemble the original floor plan.

    • Sleek Kitchen Update

      To keep most of the wall space for windows, the homeowners enlarged the island to provide more storage. It now holds pots and pans, dishes, towels, and china, along with an integrated microwave and second dishwasher and sink. Two walls were torn down to open up the kitchen and make it more closely resemble the original floor plan.

    • Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel

      Adding a pantry allowed all the upper kitchen cabinets to be removed and replaced with large windows. Part of a wall was knocked out to create a windowlike opening to the dining room. New purpleheart lower cabinets blend with matte slate countertops and fir floors with a slate inlay.

    • Light-Filled Kitchen Remodel

      Adding a pantry allowed all the upper kitchen cabinets to be removed and replaced with large windows. Part of a wall was knocked out to create a windowlike opening to the dining room. New purpleheart lower cabinets blend with matte slate countertops and fir floors with a slate inlay.

    • Kitchen Makeover with Cherry Cabinets

      Adding a 10x16-foot cooking space -- topped with a vaulted ceiling -- gave the homeowners the kitchen of their dreams. The new room is a lesson in contrasts with gorgeous surfaces that balance warm and cool, classic and contemporary. The cherry cabinets, for example, offer a modern take on traditional Shaker-style doors, accented with panels of frosted glass that feature a geometric grid pattern.

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      Kitchen Makeover with Cherry Cabinets

      Adding a 10x16-foot cooking space -- topped with a vaulted ceiling -- gave the homeowners the kitchen of their dreams. The new room is a lesson in contrasts with gorgeous surfaces that balance warm and cool, classic and contemporary. The cherry cabinets, for example, offer a modern take on traditional Shaker-style doors, accented with panels of frosted glass that feature a geometric grid pattern.

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      Kitchen Renovation with Open Shelving

      Too many upper cabinets made this kitchen feel disconnected from the rest of the home and from beautiful outdoor views. The new sleek, modern aesthetic with warm, natural materials -- beige granite, Douglas fir, and dark wenge wood -- gives the kitchen a contemporary yet welcoming vibe.

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      Kitchen Renovation with Open Shelving

      Too many upper cabinets made this kitchen feel disconnected from the rest of the home and from beautiful outdoor views. The new sleek, modern aesthetic with warm, natural materials -- beige granite, Douglas fir, and dark wenge wood -- gives the kitchen a contemporary yet welcoming vibe.

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      Industrial-Style Kitchen Makeover

      The homeowners removed a wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an open layout. Laminate lower cabinets, aluminum-and-glass upper cabinets, and brushed-stainless-steel counters and backsplashes look industrial. Commercial-grade polypropylene matting provides a comfortable surface to stand on.

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      Industrial-Style Kitchen Makeover

      The homeowners removed a wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an open layout. Laminate lower cabinets, aluminum-and-glass upper cabinets, and brushed-stainless-steel counters and backsplashes look industrial. Commercial-grade polypropylene matting provides a comfortable surface to stand on.

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      Stylish Kitchen Renovation

      This kitchen was a basic builder's space with oak cabinets and white laminate countertops. The existing cabinet boxes gained white wood doors and laminate facings. Mosaic stainless-steel tiles lend contemporary panache. The partial wall dividing the kitchen from the family room was easily removed.

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      Stylish Kitchen Renovation

      This kitchen was a basic builder's space with oak cabinets and white laminate countertops. The existing cabinet boxes gained white wood doors and laminate facings. Mosaic stainless-steel tiles lend contemporary panache. The partial wall dividing the kitchen from the family room was easily removed.

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      Spacious Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

      White wood cabinets, damaged countertops, a peninsula, and an obtrusive bank of upper cabinets made the original kitchen feel tired and cramped. Eliminating the dropped ceiling and replacing the peninsula with an island immediately opened up the space. Closing the hall entry created a spot for a microwave, cookbooks, and storage. Glass blocks above the kitchen sink offer light and privacy.

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      Spacious Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

      White wood cabinets, damaged countertops, a peninsula, and an obtrusive bank of upper cabinets made the original kitchen feel tired and cramped. Eliminating the dropped ceiling and replacing the peninsula with an island immediately opened up the space. Closing the hall entry created a spot for a microwave, cookbooks, and storage. Glass blocks above the kitchen sink offer light and privacy.

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      Kitchen Updated with Ample Storage

      Inadequate storage prompted the homeowners to install two much-needed pantries: one next to the refrigerator and another next to the breakfast area. They also widened the U-shape layout to create more work space. Smooth cherry cabinetry, chrome bar-style handles, black granite countertops, and cobalt blue pendant fixtures give the kitchen a sleek, sophisticated look.

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      Kitchen Updated with Ample Storage

      Inadequate storage prompted the homeowners to install two much-needed pantries: one next to the refrigerator and another next to the breakfast area. They also widened the U-shape layout to create more work space. Smooth cherry cabinetry, chrome bar-style handles, black granite countertops, and cobalt blue pendant fixtures give the kitchen a sleek, sophisticated look.

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      Kitchen Renovation with Eating Peninsula

      A cooktop that snuggled up to the refrigerator was a safety issue and left no counter space for working. Now a rounded tabletop on the peninsula accommodates stools and provides an inviting spot for snacks and meals.

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      Kitchen Renovation with Eating Peninsula

      A cooktop that snuggled up to the refrigerator was a safety issue and left no counter space for working. Now a rounded tabletop on the peninsula accommodates stools and provides an inviting spot for snacks and meals.

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      Beautiful Kitchen Makeover

      Incorporating space from an adjacent storage room allowed the homeowners to expand their kitchen. To maximize efficiency, the enlarged kitchen includes island cabinets and open shelving.

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      Beautiful Kitchen Makeover

      Incorporating space from an adjacent storage room allowed the homeowners to expand their kitchen. To maximize efficiency, the enlarged kitchen includes island cabinets and open shelving.

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      Warm Modern Kitchen Update

      Separating the refrigerator and range gives the cooking wall storage and counter space. Tumbled-stone mosaic tiles complement the light-tone granite while introducing subtle texture.

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      Warm Modern Kitchen Update

      Separating the refrigerator and range gives the cooking wall storage and counter space. Tumbled-stone mosaic tiles complement the light-tone granite while introducing subtle texture.

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      Chic Kitchen Renovation

      Entertaining guests was difficult in this formerly cramped kitchen, which was cut off from the rest of the Tudor-style house. Now a curved peninsula divides the 15x20-foot space into a cooking station and a gathering area. An arched doorway, a typical Tudor feature, opens the room to the rest of the home. Recessed lights and glass pendants illuminate the work space in style.

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      Chic Kitchen Renovation

      Entertaining guests was difficult in this formerly cramped kitchen, which was cut off from the rest of the Tudor-style house. Now a curved peninsula divides the 15x20-foot space into a cooking station and a gathering area. An arched doorway, a typical Tudor feature, opens the room to the rest of the home. Recessed lights and glass pendants illuminate the work space in style.

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      Warm Updated Kitchen Makeover

      French doors lead from the breakfast nook to a new deck. Built-in cabinets employ the half-walls that separate the kitchen from the family room.

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      Warm Updated Kitchen Makeover

      French doors lead from the breakfast nook to a new deck. Built-in cabinets employ the half-walls that separate the kitchen from the family room.

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      White Kitchen Facelift

      Plain wood cabinets and a lack of color and windows made this kitchen a lackluster setting. Adding a window and white cabinets and appliances visually enlarged the space. For variety, the cabinets were installed at different heights, and a few doors have patterned-glass inserts.

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      White Kitchen Facelift

      Plain wood cabinets and a lack of color and windows made this kitchen a lackluster setting. Adding a window and white cabinets and appliances visually enlarged the space. For variety, the cabinets were installed at different heights, and a few doors have patterned-glass inserts.

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      Warm Contemporary Kitchens

      Think you know what a contemporary kitchen looks like? These days, well-chosen colors, materials, and personal objects take the chill out of modern work spaces.
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