Create an ideabook for your next remodeling project!
Browse more than 1,000,000 photos from top designers and save your favorites
White on white. This kitchen is in sync with the overall design of the house. "It's part of a new French-inspired home on South River in Annapolis, Maryland," says Brad Creer of Bradford Design. "The wife wanted an all-white house both inside and outside, including the furniture. The only other colors are the limited use in some of the accents. And the only nonwhite space in the home is the husband’s large barroom, which has a dark wood finish."
Brown is not boring. Kitchen and bath specialist Robin Rigby Fisher explains that "this kitchen sits between an original 1918 Craftsman formal dining room and a contemporary family room. The only constant was the dark woodwork throughout both spaces. We also had the challenge of designing around a ceiling height that has a 9-inch difference from one side of the beam to the other, so we chose to incorporate the dark wood accent as a crown molding. The intention was to draw your eye around the room, with the goal of minimizing the height discrepancy.
The midtone cherry cabinets match the furnishings in the two rooms. The tile backsplash is custom-cut slate in two different colors that match the original brick in the dining room fireplace. The end result is a kitchen that feels contemporary when someone is looking into the family room and traditional when looking into the dining area.
Purple passion. This project was for a cooking school in Denver, but there's no reason you can't import purple into your home kitchen. "Katy Hume, the chef and owner of Stir Cooking School, has a contagious personality, and we wanted her vivacity to be portrayed within the design," says Momoko Morton of Naka Designs. "The interior therefore needed to be vibrant and rich in color."
"Our primary goal was to make the space unique, inviting, playful and inspiring," she explains. "Eggplant purple evokes the color of royalty, and it connotes luxury, wealth and sophistication. The dark richness of its tone also tends to imbibe the qualities of femininity and romance."
A natural green. “This farmhouse kitchen was envisioned to be a highly efficient working-living space featuring natural materials that express their own beauty," says Douglas Dick of LDa Architecture & Interiors. "The monochromatic green color palette of the walls and island cabinetry was selected to be visually calming and to enhance the theme of expressing the beauty of the room’s natural materials.”
These include wall and base cabinets constructed of a natural-finish clear maple; the rear countertop, which is a honed light-cream granite; and an island with a maple butcher block countertop that came from a mature tree on the property that was felled during a previous construction project.