Kitchens Can Be Fun!

A few basic layout changes and an infusion of fresh style lead to a new lease on life for a kitchen. By expanding this kitchen just 2 feet, the homeowners achieved a more efficient work triangle with plenty of room for their vibrant transitional style to shine.

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    Go with the Flow

    To achieve their dreams of a large island, useful work triangle, and ample prep space, the homeowners had to take 2 feet from an adjoining dining room, widen existing walkways, and relocate the kitchen entrance. The solution created an open and inviting space that encourages entertaining and friendly gatherings.

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    Mix and Match

    The homeowners mixed many materials yet maintained charming cohesion. Concrete countertops, which can be cast in long lengths, provide a streamlined surface around the perimeter of the kitchen and contrast the maple countertop on the island. A sleek, pro-style range commands attention against white cabinetry and warm wood floors. Pops of whimsical primary color appear in accessories on open shelves and range knobs.

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    Do-It-All Design

    This oversize kitchen island is more than its pretty maple countertop and handsome gray finish. The workhorse feature corrals pots and pans in a bank of drawers on the range-facing end, while a nearly 15-inch overhang provides spacious seating for three on the opposite side. Modern charcoal-color paint and sleek silver hardware contrast the room's light blue walls.

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    Bright Idea

    Vintage Holophane pendants in antique nickel balance the modern feel of stainless steel and concrete. The laid-back lighting provides a fresh focal point above the island without obscuring sight lines.

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    Unexpected Accents

    To offset traditional cabinetry and millwork, homeowners injected a little surprise into the kitchen design with a Thassos marble backsplash. Grout with reflective ground-up glass complements the shimmering white oval tiles and frames the sleek stainless-steel farmhouse sink and dishwasher.

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    Pattern Play

    Equally utilitarian and exuberant, a built-in desk area provides generous work space and storage. A bulletin board covered in colorful floral fabric doubles as a dapper backsplash, while a contemporary desk chair matches those found at the breakfast bar and dining table.

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    Inspiration on Tap

    An undermount prep sink with a single-handle faucet on the island supplies additional function. The unique design features two drains and a built-in feature that allows a bowl or colander to snugly snap in for effortless food prep.

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    Flair and Square

    Placing the refrigerator, microwave, and coffeemaker on the wall opposite the main sink allows access to appliances without increasing traffic in the work area. Thanks to a few special touches, such as the decorative hardware and substantial crown molding, the wall of white cabinets is far from boring. A small section of geometric backsplash adds liveliness, while an end panel of chalkboard paint creates a spot for impromptu artwork and schedule updates.

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    Wonderfully Whimsical

    A custom table with thick polished-steel legs and a reclaimed-pine top puts the finishing touch on the stylish kitchen. Two bright orange leather chairs and a decorative chandelier create a funky focal point in the dining area.

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    Make Your Kitchen Fun

    This kitchen gets its playful personality thanks in part to pops of color. Watch and see how you can add fun and fresh color to your kitchen, too.

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