A simple palette of black and white, accented with just a hint of color, helps to create a country-traditional kitchen with a shade of glamour. Sleek white-painted flat-panel cabinets contrast the jet-black, T-shape island. The unique shape of that focal point provides space for cooking and meal preparation as well as seating on the perpendicular element. The mint-green bead board paneling adds a soft touch to the room, as do accents such as the wire-wrap pendants, open shelves, and glass-front cabinets.
In this pretty space, the kitchen island acts as the true hub, providing balance and harmony. With design styles mixing from industrial and modern to classic touches, the kitchen and the island represent a functional, well-designed space. The large island with an open frame works in this space, matching the design style of the counters and farmhouse sink. With a metal rack shelf below and the cement countertops above, the island houses the range as well. This kitchen is very much a space any cook would love. Photo courtesy of Place Architects. Photo by Aaron Britton
This master bathroom is detailed with beige limestone, white fixtures and chrome accents, creating a spa-like feel for everyday use. The candleholder behind the tub, made from reclaimed lumber from an old barn, adds a romantic, relaxing feel. Design by Gregory Augustine
The traditional work triangle that separates the sink, range and refrigerator has evolved into a more practical “work zone” concept.
“We have gone from the traditional kitchen, where one person prepared meals to a multi-purpose room and a multiple-cook room, and this evolution has changed us from looking at one work triangle to multiple triangles, or ‘zones,’” says Mary Jo Peterson, principal, Mary Jo Peterson Inc. “With that in mind, we have to increase clearances and look at adding comfortable spaces in the kitchen.”
Still, these tried-and-true kitchen layouts still apply to today’s lifestyles—with modifications.
The kitchen is one of the most complicated remodeling projects because of all the decisions you will make throughout the process. We’ll walk you through this with our planning and buying guides, covering everything from foundation appliances, cabinetry, surfaces and finishes to sustainable products and extras like wine coolers and microwave drawers.
According to Remodeling magazine, a major kitchen renovation can result in a return on investment of between 61 and 70 percent of the cost.
Outdoor kitchens can be small and simple or as elaborate as any indoor kitchen. Typically they include a grill, a counter area for prepping and plating food, and a dining counter or table. Run gas, plumbing and electrical lines to the outdoor kitchen, and you can have a sink, refrigerator or beverage center, additional cooking appliances, lighting, and even a TV or sound system.
A chimney-style island ventilation hood adds a contemporary touch to this traditional white kitchen. The “window” behind the primary sink is actually a pass-through into the adjoining room.
To create a relaxing and inviting kitchen for entertaining friends, the homeowner wanted a muted color palette and “soft” materials. The large island seats four comfortably and also stores seldom-used holiday dishware and serving pieces. Note the seamless single slab of granite serving as the island counter.
Casement windows flank the custom stone and pewter hood, allowing it to take center stage in this kitchen. Wall sconces on either side of the hood help transform the kitchen into a living space, not just a cooking space.