New Kitchens with Fresh Ideas
Whether you're looking to create a dedicated command station or coat cabinets with a splash of color, these four new kitchens provide inspiration with their smart and chic designs.
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An island with display shelving becomes the focal point of this modern-meets-classic kitchen thanks to a coat of royal blue paint. Creamy white upper cabinets and gray-beige base cabinets pick up the tones of granite countertops and visually lengthen the space.
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Note to Self
Built-in bins, a bulletin board, and a clock turn one side of a fridge cabinet into a household command center. Label each compartment by family member, day of the week, or category for increased organization.
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Narrow pullout shelves keep often-used items nearby and utilize additional space surrounding the refrigerator that might otherwise be wasted. Slender metal rails keep containers snug on the shelves.
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Avoid countertop clutter with clever wine cubbies. The small-scale nooks make good use of space above a refrigerator and expand the kitchen visually. Because heat rises, store sparkling wines on the lowest shelf, white wines above them, and reds at the highest level.
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An older home doesn't require a traditional kitchen. Dark cabinetry, red accents, and fresh modern details spice up this contemporary design. The multipurpose island and function-packed wall make the room ideal for entertaining.
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Thick wood shelves suspended by cables from the ceiling flank a vent hood to keep everyday items convenient. A hidden pantry and hardworking base cabinets make it feasible to trade traditional closed cabinetry for contemporary open shelves.
How to Create Open Shelving
Give your room a spacious look by converting traditional cabinetry into open shelves. Our easy how-to instructions will show you how!
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Open island cabinetry with an espresso finish warms the modern look of stainless steel and allows fiery red cookware to stand out. Glass-front cabinets above the oven and clerestory windows lighten this kitchen's overall look.
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Spherical pendants exude a whimsical '60s vibe above the island. The fixtures pull double duty by reflecting light to make the room appear bigger.
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Upscale millwork and smart storage provide an updated twist on cottage style in this cozy kitchen. Wood accents on the island, range hood, and barstools warm up a classic white beaded-board ceiling and shiplap walls.
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A range hood made with natural wood planks creates a focal point among a neutral subway tile backsplash and Carrara marble countertops. The clever design lacks ornamentation, adding sleek, modern contrast to surrounding cottage cabinets.
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Sliding message boards conceal a recessed pantry just shallow enough to minimize rummaging but deep enough for small appliances. Hung from double-track barn-style hardware, the cork and chalkboard doors minimize clutter in the heavy-foot-traffic area. A pastel light fixture provides a vintage pop of color above.
Tips for Better Kitchen Storage
Take a cue from this storage-packed kitchen and plan your space for optimized organization.
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For a custom, built-in look, try wrapping your refrigerator with painted wood panels. A slender wine tower fills the space between this fridge and wall for additional handy storage. Above the fridge, rustic straw baskets exude cottage charm and conceal seldom-used kitchen gadgets.
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This coastal kitchen scores big on style with sophisticated touches of beachy elegance. The blue-and-white palette reflects ocean hues, while rich wood flooring and black concrete countertops provide crisp contrast.
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The practical island features an apron-front sink that is hardworking yet casual. A built-in cutting board and custom inset dish drain flank the sink for streamlined convenience. Chrome pendant lights echo the nautical theme above the prep station.
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A custom concrete backsplash made with a mix of concrete and locally gathered shells creates a one-of-a-kind coastal focal point. Beneath it, a double-oven range provides plenty of function without taking up the space that two wall ovens would require.
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Concrete counters allow for many customizations. In this kitchen, the concrete was darkened for the ideal look. It can also be manipulated to provide built-in luxuries, such as this useful trivet.
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Rustic open shelves let a collection of white dishware and vintage wicker pieces take center stage. Just a few citrus green accents bring the perfect dose of color against a shiplap-siding backdrop. The inexpensive wall treatment carries cozy appeal and meshes well with beachy cottage kitchen design.
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