Readers' Choice: The Top Kitchens of 2010
The Year's Most Popular Kitchens Had White Cabinets, Black Accents, Floating Shelves or Uber-Organized Pantries
Our roundup of the most popular photos on Houzz continues today, this time with the hub of many households: the kitchen. Clean, simple spaces dominated here, with easy design details like floating shelves, an organized pantry area, and industrial pendant lights popping up all over. For big architectural elements, look up: Coffered ceilings were a very popular choice. Our picks from the year's most popular kitchens:
People earmarked this photo for its clever solution to a shortage of cabinet space. The floating shelf hangs in front of a window, but it's positioned so that the view remains unobstructed, and plenty of light still shines through.
The same idea is at work in this popular kitchen. We also loved the collection of simple white ceramics juxtaposed with the warm colors of the patterned rugs.
Our users took note of the handy cookbook and magazine shelf in this favorite photo. Those industrial-style pendant lights were a hit too.
This kitchen offers plenty of places to eat, from the breakfast bar to the banquette seating in back. The large, useful island and subway tiles won plenty of admirers as well.
Readers flocked to this spacious and accommodating kitchen. The vaulted ceilings and reach-through cupboard help keep the room feeling open even when feeding a crowd.
If you assumed our most popular photo would be a heavily styled, professionally-polished space, it's not so. Would you believe that this pantry has been added to more ideabooks than any other photo? Sometimes practicality wins above all else.
Subway tile won plenty of fans this year, and it makes an unexpected impact when done in pale green. A deep farmhouse sink strikes the perfect balance of form and function.
Another take on the popular subway tile/farmhouse sink combination.
Users loved the lighting fixtures in this airy kitchen. Combined with the casual banquette seating, it fits right into the rustic-industrial look that's so big right now.
Users also gravitated towards eat-in kitchens, with islands that double as breakfast bars.
People liked the contrast of white cabinets with a black island. Beige walls are unobtrusive, but keep the tone from verging towards austere.
Again we see the combination of black and white, here warmed up with wood floors and trim.
Heath tiles made a splash with our users here, along with the frosted glass cabinets.
This all-white kitchen blended big design features like a coffered ceiling with practical details (a microwave hidden in the island) that we could all use.
The high-gloss beadboard ceiling and contrasting color behind the shelves provide subtle points of interest we can all get behind.
Like the beadboard and coffers in the previous photos? Then you probably loved this gorgeous ceiling design, which combines them into one look.
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