5 Great Kitchen Designs

I’m back!  I feel rested and relaxed after my California vacay.  Well I did for about 30 minutes and now I feel buried until the typical pile of work that awaits you after a break.  I’m presently working on a kitchen design of a historic home, which means I have kitchens on the brain.  This issue of TradHome was just full of great ideas for kitchens.  Here are my top 5 and why…

I gasped when I saw this kitchen by Tamara Kaye-Honey.  The blue-gray cabinets are moody and chic against the subway tile.  Most of all though, I like the layout.  Two islands make for the perfect space to prep, clean up, snack and provide division between the kitchen and the living room.  I love how the living room side of the island is styled with lamps, books and pretties.  Just another way to add homey personality to your kitchen.

Other than the rustic beams, my favorite part of this kitchen by Melanie Turner is the furniture-style eating island.  It’s a neat concept to differentiate your eating section of the island from the working section.  I like how this is all the same height (I hate two-height islands!) and that the eating island matches the wall color in adjoining family room.

Admittedly, my favorite part of Grant K Gibson’s kitchen is the yellow tolix stools and blue pottery.  Proving there are several easy, non-permanent ways to style up an all-white kitchen.  Then again, the copper hood isn’t too shabby either.  I like that he mixed copper with stainless and nickel pendants.  Would you mix metals?

A lot of my client’s get caught up with the idea of a sink under the window, but I also love the layout in this kitchen designed by Allison Hennesey.  The hood is the focal point here; flanked by two windows and offset by glass subway tiles.  The sink is centered in the large island and most likely is a good perch to keep tabs on the rest of the open floor plan.

This custom driftwood countertop, designed by Tammy Connor is simply divine.  I love when the materials on a kitchen island are different or unexpected.  It helps add a layer of dimension, particularly in a white kitchen.

All images via TradHome

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  1. Nice post. Like the Images and the description given for each image. My favorites are the rustic beams, and the furniture-style eating island in the second design

  2. Great photos and I really enjoyed the details you pointed out that I would not have noticed. I think #1 is my favorite but I like the idea of adding a console table of sorts next to a kitchen island! Perfect eating area.

  3. So hard to pick a favorite, I think I’d have to go with the first one. This issue was one of my favorites!

  4. Gasp..that 1st kitchen took my breath away. Love EVERYTHING about it! Chic cabinet color, brass lamps, mini chalkboard wall, the rug, light streaming in..sigh. Thanks for posting!

  5. Such gorgeous kitchens. I am such a fan of white kitchens, but the first image may be changing my mind!!

  6. These are all gorgeous but the first one, oh wow! Now I won’t be all about white kitchens 😉

  7. I’m really feelin these greyish and white kitchens. Tres chic but also very practical. Seems like you are in the swing of things at work. Hope you had a blast!

  8. These are so fabulous and I love different things about *all* of them! That first one with the shelving on the other side of the island??? Genius. Furniture style island, gorgeous. Yellow tolix stools, YES please! And open, light, airy kitchen is pretty much the frosting to my cake. I’m a little bit with wifey, I feel a little depressed now (c:

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  10. I would mix metals in my kitchen in a quick heartbeat. Which is super easy to say with that amazing copper hood.

    Nice! Loving the gray eating bar, great for someone like me that needs to eliminate a large section of a giant protruding worthless bar, but still wants a slim eating area option. Hmmm…

  11. I love the rough-hewn side of the counter in that last photo.

  12. That first one got a moment of silence at my house. NAILS NAILS NAILS. The dark cabinets, combo of marble and wood, jr chalkboard, hits of brass and hints of Asia? Sista, please.

  13. Erin

    Love them all, but especially bookmarking #2 for the island action. I CAN’T WAIT to rip out our bilevel, mullety bar area and replace it with one smooth surface. This gives me another option that may be cheaper than getting a double mortgage for the acres of marble I have been lusting after… A little worried about the crumbs in crack situation, though.

    ps: shoutout to you on the blog today!

  14. I love the kitchen in first picture. Mainly the dark cabinets.

  15. These kitchens are INCREDIBLE!!! I absolutely love them!! Each one has fabulous elements to them! I can’t seem to pick a favorite!

  16. I agree. Absolutely love all of these kitchens. They were such a highlight of this issue. Especially the first one.

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