Painting the interior of kitchen cabinets a contrasting color — in this case apple green — is something both architect Gil Schafer and his color consultant, Eve Ashcraft, love to do. Aside from supplying a shot of color, it sets off the china.
Steal a trick from restaurants and opt for circular seating if you have the space. This curved breakfast nook fits a 60” round dining table, providing a generous spot for an entire family to gather. Charming 1950’s style fabric is coated in vinyl for the ultimate food-friendly dining experience.
Designer Eldon Wong wanted his kitchen cabinets — made of maple veneer — to disappear, so he stained them almost black to look like wenge wood. A Carrara marble top reminds him of a candy shop.
This rustic outdoor kitchen is ready for summertime barbecues. To create this spacious entertaining spot, the designers used flagstone for the patio and red cedar to create the pergola above. The kitchen offers a large island, gas grill, side burner, refrigerator and bar seating. On the other side of the patio guests can gather around a cozy fire pit and seating area. Design by Dean Marsico and Derek Stearns
Traditional and warm is the way to go for Melissa and her family. Setting her kitchen design in warm tones and woods, she wanted a smaller island to complement and balance her kitchen. With a full brick wall dedicated to the built-in fireplace and the family kitchen table nesting inside the space, the island acts as an anchor. It also replicates the clean lines of the room. With barstools for one side and storage opportunities and a sink on the other, this island is a nice example of a how a smaller-in-size island can have a big impact. Photo courtesy of Melissa Gregg
According to Randall, ambient lighting is an important layer that is often overlooked in the kitchen. “This indirect lighting is what I like to call the humanizing ingredient to any lighting design,” says the designer. “It softens the lines and shadows on people’s faces and creates a warm inviting glow in the room.” Design by Beth Haley.
You always wanted an island in your kitchen. It seems like the obvious missing piece. Modern kitchens have them, and yours doesn’t. But before you draft this independent structure into your design—and incur the expense associated with cabinetry, fixtures, surface and other bells and whistles—review this kitchen island checklist and determine if your kitchen can truly support an island. There are alternatives: the peninsula and a moveable island that rolls out of the way of foot-traffic and slides in place for entertaining.
A rainbow of colors and a bevy of design options make linoleum a good choice for a kitchen floor. Often compared to vinyl, the durable surface is great for busy spaces. It stands up to foot traffic, water, heat, and scratching. Linoleum is inherently antibacterial and antistatic, making it hygienic and easy to clean. And a plus for avid cooks: linoleum floors are soft and comfortable underfoot. You can stand for a long time at the stove without getting achy.
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.