A kitchen for entertaining

You voted, and we built the results: a kitchen for entertaining, as chosen by our readers

Reader's choice dream kitchen

 Thomas J. Story

Kitchen island for socializing

Centered on a sociable semicircular island, this kitchen has plenty of space for multiple chefs to work while guests sip and chat.

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Custom drink station in the reader's dream kitchen.

 Thomas J. Story

Custom drink station

The custom beverage center keeps glasses, wine and cocktail fixings within easy reach. Open shelves and mirrored backs add interest. Two under-counter GE Monogram wine refrigerators each keep up to 57 bottles at preferred temperatures.

A close-up of the dream kitchen pantry

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Shimmering backsplash tiles and a stainless sink coordinate with those in the kitchen, while a bamboo countertop gives this nook its own eco-friendly flair.

Reader dream kitchen couch close-up

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The design encourages movement between the kitchen, the living area, and the deck. Behind the sofa, a 42-inch-high cabinet offers storage for table linens, and a glass surface on top.

A window seat in the reader's choice dream kitchen.

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Neat Nook

A window seat provides a comfortable spot to catch up on reading, plan meals, or just relax and enjoy the backyard view.

Soft green living room

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 The flow

The low-slung midcentury-style furniture from Room & Board adds comfort and a lounge-y look. To punch up the room’s neutral palette and connect it to the outdoors, we painted the fireplace wall a soft moss green.

Cherry stained cabinets in the reader's choice dream kitchen

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For the cabinets, readers chose cherry stain with 49% of the vote, over warm white paint (34%) and blue-gray stain (17%).

Ann Sacks Profile glass tile backsplash.

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For the backsplash, readers chose misty glass tiles with 46% of the vote, over quartz surfacing in off-white (28%) and recycled aluminum tile (26%).

Rock gray island paint color.

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Island paint color

 Benjamin Moore's Rock Gray won out with 49% of the vote over green (34%) and blue (17%), for the kitchen island's paint color.

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