"I hesitated about putting wood floors in the kitchen, but after a year, they've held up well." --ContainerNut
Why we love it: The wood tones, countertop, tile backsplash, and paint are all in the same warm color family, giving this kitchen a cohesive look. The built-in shelf above the cabinets is a great place to display plants and accessories.
"In creating this kitchen, I removed the wall between the family room and kitchen and pushed out the back of the house 12 feet." --karenblumenfield
Why we love it: Choosing granite with many different colors in it allowed the homeowner to decorate with both black and brown. Sleek pendant lights are a cool and practical way to illuminate a center island.
"I decorated this kitchen all in white." --carolekerjean1
Why we love it: White makes small spaces, like this tight kitchen, look larger than they really are. Adding warm wood on the floor and barstools keeps the look from feeling cold.
Why we love it: The ceiling is a wonderful feature that really gives the kitchen a one-of-a-kind look. Stainless steel appliances and metallic touches on the light fixtures add a little sparkle to the space.
"I wanted to highlight the 173 year old original brick wall and brick floors on a limited budget." --sandipegel
"My kitchen has granite countertops and salvaged pine floors." --jamesmwade28409
Why we love it: This bright kitchen is neutral, but not boring. Mixing several shades of cream and white gives it a rich and cozy look. The backsplash over the range is stunning.
"During the remodeling process, I took out a wall to insert this bar area." --alliecj
Why we love it: Since people tend to congregate in the kitchen, it is wonderful to have an open and airy space like this. Touches of black on the furniture add definition. Multiple sources of light are a smart choice for a large room like this.
"We love our kitchen island." --jlcmlc
Why we love it: The light walls, countertops, and floor help balance the dark cabinetry. Ornate iron barstools make the island the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or chat while cooking.
"This is the view of the kitchen from the breakfast room. I like cabinetry to have a little variety in height and depth." --grindelc1726614
Why we love it: The colors in the countertop pick up the rich tone of the cabinetry. Metal knobs match the faucet and accessories, helping the whole room to work together. Dark and light colors are in perfect balance.
"The backsplash is resin lightweight 4" molding painted to resemble travertine." --quietstorm813
Why we love it: We love how a little time and creativity helped save money. Combining some DIY projects with quality materials, such as the granite countertops, is a smart way to get a stylish kitchen for less.
"It only cost us $2,500 for the entire project and a few weekends of time. We did it all ourselves and we are girls!" --fauxpawssss
Why we love it: This kitchen looks like a designer came in and created a custom room. From the faux tin backsplash to the light fixture, the details are impeccable. Also, mixing different tones of cabinetry is a hot trend right now and these homeowners did a great job combining creamy cabinets with black open shelving.
"My kitchen features a microwave drawer, wine cooler, prep sink, open shelves, and pendant lights." --elizabethmjacobs
Why we love it: This kitchen beautifully balances light and dark. The white backsplash tile has a vintage feel to it. Thoughtful innovations, such as the microwave drawer and wine cooler, add a modern touch. Beautiful crown molding finishes the room.
"On the same level as the main living floor is this huge, modern, fully-equipped kitchen with island table." --sh_gulino
Why we love it: Forgoing lower cabinets in favor of sleek wood drawers is a clever design choice. Clean lines and metallic details give this kitchen a contemporary feel.
"I love to antique." --sherrysway
Why we love it: The treatment on the cabinets gives the appearance that they've been in the space for a while. The black hardware coordinates nicely with the black countertops and accessories.
"The window treatment is a table runner that I just draped over a rod." --kmeeks3981
Why we love it: The sparkly chandelier and animal-print rug are special touches that help define the eating space. The combination of white cabinetry and black furniture work beautifully together.