Over the years, no room in the home has seen a more dramatic transformation than the kitchen. Once a utilitarian space meant solely for food prep, the kitchen is now the hardest-working room in the home. In addition to cooking, the modern kitchen has become a hub for a wide range of other activities. Need to conduct some early-morning business? Pour a cup of coffee and power up your laptop at the kitchen table. Kids need help with their homework? Pull up some bar stools and crack open the books at the island. Having friends over? Well, keep the drinks and crudités on the counters because no one is leaving the kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. But just as each home (and its homeowner) has a unique style, the design of a kitchen can vary dramatically. On one end, you have the French farmhouse feel of Nancy Hamon’s Turtle Creek kitchen, which boasts painted wood cabinetry, pot racks on either side of the vent hood, and multiple islands for party prepping, giving it a warm and inviting feeling that’s perfect for the classicist. At the other extreme is this modern kitchen designed by Laura Lee Clark, which features sleek and unadorned metal cabinets, slab walls, and streamlined appliances and fixtures with nary an accessory in sight. Whether your style lands at one end of the scale or somewhere in between, make this oft-used, multifunctional space a place you love to spend time.
Concealing range hoods is a growing trend in kitchen design, but you don’t have to hide these helpful home appliances. With the right imagination, you can make them the star of the show—or, at the very least, a scene-stealing costar.
When you have a room filled with standout colors, furnishings, or accessories, it’s fine to let the tile fade into the background.
To make a space feel one of a kind, choose an eye-popping pattern worthy of framing.
There’s no home feature more multifunctional than the kitchen island. It’s a prep station and dining table in one—and it’s even a workspace for busy parents and school kids who need to burn a little midnight oil. Done right, the island can also be the kitchen’s stylish centerpiece.
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