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Aug-21-14

Countertops

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2014 kitchen countertop designs

Kitchens are one of the most frequented areas of any home. They are the central location for preparing meals, entertaining guests, and gathering for a relaxing meal after a long day. For this reason, designing an outstanding do it yourself kitchen makeover relies on several essential details. Layouts should encourage an intuitive flow from work station to work station, cabinetry must provide maximum storage and fixtures should integrate fabulous design and ease of use. Most importantly, kitchen counter surfaces must be beautiful, durable and plentiful to ensure that the space is as functional as possible. These key features can be composed of a wide variety of gorgeous materials, from granite or marble slab to stainless steel and everything in between. Here you will find our most popular 2014 kitchen countertop designs, ideas and pictures sure to inspire your next remodeling project.

All kitchen surfaces endure a huge amount of daily wear and tear. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative to select the proper countertop materials to ensure that your investment remains beautiful and durable for years to come. The top kitchen designs for 2014 feature unique countertop color and materials that make bold statements, oftentimes even becoming a major focal point in the space. These include gorgeous sparkling quartz and edgy stainless steel. Whether you are choosing natural stone or one of today’s fabulous engineered products, make sure that your best kitchen countertops coordinate with the look and style of other major decorative elements found in the room such as wall color or floor materials. Browse our gallery filled with photos of the best kitchen cabinets and countertops to discover options for designs, materials and finishes perfect for your next remodel. With the right products, you can recreate one of those beautiful dream kitchens.

Mar-22-14

Timeless Transitions

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Timeless Transitions

The look of the kitchen cabinetry continues into the adjoining butler’s pantry, which serves as a transition space for the formal dining room. Counter space here is ideal for serving a meal or as a spot for additional helpers during meal prep. There’s just enough room in the narrow space for a bistro table, where two can enjoy coffee and a snack.

Aug-19-13

Clear Choice

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Clear Choice

Smart kitchen storage, such as the ceiling-height pantries shown here, can make a big difference in a galley kitchen. Glass-front cabinets make a great traditional choice for their ability to reflect light, especially when placed opposite windows. Interior cabinet lights perform a similar function if windows aren’t plentiful. A more modern option, floating shelves make kitchens feel light and airy. Open shelving can also be used in combination with traditional cabinetry to break up blocks of wall space and provide additional storage closer to the ceiling without closing in the room. The minimalist look of hardware-free cabinetry also works great since it eliminates visual disruptions of space.

Aug-7-13

A Lived-in Feeling Kitchen

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A Lived-in Feeling Kitchen

Old-world light fixtures and warm, multicolored wall tiles give this new kitchen a lived-in feeling. A thick wooden bar and wicker chairs invite you into this cozy space, and the soft, intimate lighting and fine detail entice you to stay.

Jul-23-13

Colorful Industrial Style

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Colorful Industrial Style

For a stylish industrial-chic look on a budget, shop for particle board or medium-density fiberboard (MDF) cabinets covered with Thermofoil or melamine. Thermofoil gives the look of paint, including high-gloss lacquer effects like the cabinets shown here, without the drips or brush marks. It’s made by fusing thin vinyl onto the substrate with heat. Melamine is a plastic made from resin, pressed wood, and paper and is designed to be relatively maintenance free. To present a sleek wall of color, the cabinet drawers and doors in this kitchen were installed without hardware. The units rest on baseboards made from aluminum bought from a metal supply shop.

Jul-23-13

Sleek Transitional Style

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Sleek Transitional Style

You can have the best of both traditional and contemporary style with cabinetry based on Shaker-style construction. Recessed panels inside flat-face frames boast traditional and contemporary characteristics. These cheery white cabinets set against subway tile backsplashes and fluted glass doors capture a vintage flavor, while brushed-nickel rod pulls and handles complimenting stainless-steel appliances push the look toward contemporary. The substantial island underscores the look, with a deep walnut-finish base that tips it hat to both warm traditional and sleek urban styles, while scrolled bar-counter supports balance the clean-lined quartz countertop.

 

Jul-16-13

Old-World Kitchens

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Old-World Kitchens

The Old World kitchen is often the design of choice for homeowners who appreciate intricate moldings, hand-carved details, dark wood floors and rustic charm. The hallmark of a European-influenced style is a touch of elegance balanced by a fresh mix of various design elements.

Jul-15-13

Kitchen Island Styles

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Kitchen Island Styles

The kitchen island is a functional and necessary addition to many kitchen space, but the idea is to choose a kitchen island style that fits the overall design of a space. That means countertop surfaces, colors and accessories are all factors to consider when choosing your kitchen island style.

Jul-6-13

kitchen design

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A kitchen design revealing a great taste. The elegant black kitchen suite offers a large cooking zone especially created for your family and friends. You can enjoy your time with friends and family sitting down at the table.

Feb-19-13

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

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Do: Make a small kitchen work for you.
Don’t: Think bigger is always better.
“A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly,” designer Tish Key says. In this compact California kitchen, an island on castors can be easily be moved around to where it’s needed most.

Do: Leave some space to breathe.
Don’t: Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets.
“There’s rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics,” designer Robert Bakes says. In this New York kitchen he designed with Cecil Baker, open space above the sink means there’s room to breath. Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Cabinet pulls from Doug Mockett & Co.

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Do: Invest in strong and good-looking cabinets.
Don’t: Skimp on poor-quality.
“Think about it — you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential,” kitchen designer Beverly Ellsley says. In this French-inspired Connecticut kitchen, all of the cabinetry is of her own design. The intricate woodcarvings are from Ellsley’s Villa Collection for Enkeboll Designs.

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Do: Have countertop around wall ovens.
Don’t: Put a wall oven off by itself.
“Where are you going to put the turkey when you take it out of the oven?” points out kitchen designer Terry Scarborough. For a Connecticut kitchen, she made sure there was plenty of counter space next to — and across from — the ovens.