67 kitchen design ideas

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The renovated dining and kitchen area of the cottage.

Photography by Lisa Romerein

Inspiring kitchen designs

Cottage kitchen

Oversize windows and skylights invite in the sunshine. Walls are painted a light-bouncing white, while white ceramic subway tiles brighten the kitchen and baths.

For contrast, the wooden floors are stained in a custom mix of ebony and dark walnut shades; the high-gloss polyurethane top coat reflects even more light.

Get the look: Wall paint is Decorator’s White eggshell with semi-gloss trim throughout (benjaminmoore.com for stores) Kitchen tile  is ceramic 3- by 6-inch in white K101 (daltile.com for stores)

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Moroccan bungalow kitchen

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Moroccan bungalow kitchen

Paint and tile took this 1920's kitchen from glum to glam.

Pale green upper cabinets and backsplash tile set off the cool Hawaiian blue granite counters, the warm tones of the mahogany cabinets, and Dylan Gold’s reclaimed-wood island.

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Vibrant Kitchen from Sunset.

Thomas J. Story

Heath-tiled kitchen

Flush-mounted lights on the soffit and under the cabinets show off hand-tooled yellow Heath tiles on this kitchen wall.

The soft gray walls and mushroom-colored concrete counters subtly complement the tile.

Pinedo house kitchen

Thomas J. Story

“Unfinished” kitchen

In designer Cisco Pinedo’s house, knickknacks are few and far between, which results in each item gaining a sense of importance and meaning.

The kitchen counters are recycled granite, and the cupboards are made from unfinished wood.

“If it’s a great material, let it be,” Cisco says.

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Cooking area after

Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones; 

Creative renovation

A new island increased counter space and allows for a prep sink beyond the main farmhouse sink.

The kitchen cabinet doors were removed: “If a door’s closed,” says homeowner Jamie, “I have a tendency to forget things are there.”

To maintain the integrity of the house, the owners had the walls repaired with plaster, not drywall.

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cabin kitchen/dining area

Photos by John Clark; prop styling by Molly Hurd

Casual cabin kitchen

Thrifty choices in this cabin's kitchen include a mix of open shelves and laminate cabinets.

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kitchen and dining space

Photo by Ericka McConnell

Open Craftsman kitchen

The ground floor of the once single-story house is now essentially one combined kitchen, dining area, living space, and home office, with bedrooms in an upstairs addition.

More: Old meets new in this Craftsman remodel

Blue and green kitchen

Photo by Richard Leo Johnson

Kitchen the colors of sea glass

This turquoise and white kitchen is inspired by the sea — and by the beautiful tumbled glass you can find along the shore.

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The remodeled kitchen of a Victorian home.

Photography by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones

Remodeled Victorian kitchen

Colorful backsplash tiles contribute a mix of whimsy and history in this updated Victorian in San Francisco. The Iznik design (annsacks.com) is based on 16th-century Turkish originals.

The kitchen also features eco-friendly cast-stone countertops and reclaimed wood floors and cabinets.

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Retro kitchen renovation

Photo by Thomas J. sTory

Retro ranch kitchen

Matthew and Jennifer Hibbard of Scottsdale, Arizona, did most of the work on their retro ranch themselves.

Jennifer found the Silestone quartz countertop online, never seeing it in person. It arrived a perfect fit for this kitchen-dining area.

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Kitchen open shelving

Photo by John Granen

Open kitchen shelving

Open shelves feel hospitable―guests can just grab wineglasses off the shelf―and force you to edit.

Try following this homeowner's rule of thumb: “If you use it more than once a week, have it out. If you use it a few times a month, stick it in a cabinet. Once or twice a year? It belongs in the basement.”

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small kitchen storage solutions

Photo by Daniel Hennessy

Kitchen storage solution

If the kitchen lacks a proper pantry, get creative. The owners of this 700-square-foot bungalow mounted a wall rack to store their wine.

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Separate kitchen and dinning

Margot Hartford

Kitchen on stage

Mark Barden loves to cook for guests and when he does, the beet juice flies. "Guests expect it to be quite a show," says his wife, Doris Mitsch.

The couple wanted to make it possible for Barden to interact with guests while he's preparing their meal. But they didn't want to look at big piles of pots and pans.

The solution: curtains to screen the kitchen when necessary.

"When cooking, it lets me face the room," Barden says. "It pulls me into the conversation and allows guests to be involved in what I'm doing."

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Modern apartment kitchen

Photo by John Clark

Innovative kitchen

This white kitchen is in one of three apartments in an innovative Seattle triplex. The top-floor unit shown here overlooks the park next door. Flat cabinets and sleek counters in the kitchen enhance the spacious feeling.

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Sunlite kitchen

James Carrier

Sunny kitchen remodel

Rich and Linda Peters wanted to preserve and enhance the architectural style of their 1929 San Mateo house while opening the kitchen to the outdoors.

They selected concrete counters, a farmhouse-style sink, and white wood cabinets.

A long center island with a butcher-block surface and deep overhangs is great for two-person cooking, prep work, and entertaining.

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White kitchen with color

Photo by Thomas J. Story

A kitchen with layers of color

The clean design of this blue and white kitchen is layered with pops of energetic color. The red drum pendant from Croft & Little illuminates the bamboo island top from Teragren.

Glass-front cabinets provide a showcase for colorful pottery.

The bamboo-topped table on casters tucks under the island and can roll away for use throughout the house or outside. Mixing up the chair styles adds casual appeal.

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Homey kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Midcentury kitchen

The owners of this 1953 ranch wanted to strip the home back to its roots and open the interior to the surrounding yard.

New walnut veneers restore period charm to the original kitchen cabinets. Existing slate flooring was kept in place, and the interior of the concrete block walls was sandblasted to add texture.

The 1950s aesthetic was hardly limited to stainless steel and molded plastic. The use of wood, especially walnut and mahogany, was a main design feature of that era.

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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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Warm kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Warm kitchen

A modern farmhouse is what designer Lara Dutto had in mind when she remodeled her kitchen.

By removing the wall that closed off the room from the rest of the house, Dutto gained 5 feet of living space and united the layout.

After opening up the kitchen, Dutto devised a means of closing it off when needed. "From the kitchen window, you can see goats and a big barn up the hill," she says. "That inspired the sliding barn door."

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Big kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Big kitchen

When your home is less than 700 square feet, you have to pick your priorities. In this 1907 San Francisco cottage owned by Christine Nelsen-Thuresson and Johan Thuresson, three cramped rooms made way for a spacious, light-filled kitchen with garden views.

See how 3 cramped rooms became a roomy family kitchen

Cool and bright kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Cool and bright kitchen

This kitchen's color palette — robin's egg blue walls, smoky lilac cabinets — is like a muted Monet painting. Several paints and even the floor stain were custom-mixed. White field tile by B&W Tile keeps things light.

The rolling island was designed by Artdecor (510/527-3904) and fabricated by Mark Turpin (510/469-6784).

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Thomas J. Story

Kitchen nook

A built-in banquette opposite the central cooking station is a cozy family gathering spot for games and casual meals.

Take a photo tour of this ultimate Lake Tahoe-area retreat

Eat-in kitchen

Eat-in kitchen

This eat-in kitchen opens to the rear porch through a glass door. Double-hung windows above the sink allow in air and light. The table legs are painted white to match the walls, ceiling, and cabinet trim. The flooring is reclaimed from old schoolhouses.

Kitchen island

DIY kitchen remodel

The owners of htis 1,400-square-foot tract home transformed a cramped cooking space into this warm, open kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

The top of the island is a 3- by 5-foot chopping block of sustainably harvested Oregon madrone from a supply store in Portland. They stained the maple base red, then painted it black and sanded to reveal the color underneath.

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Jewel-like cabin: Kitchen

Dominique Vorillon

Jewel-like cabin: Kitchen

The open, well-lit kitchen is the central gathering spot in this house.

The appliance-free island was made from a stainless steel and butcher block workspace purchased at a restaurant-supply store, then covered on three sides with plywood.

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Bright kitchen makeover

Bright kitchen makeover

Interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks eliminated some of this kitchen's dated look just by removing a wooden window scallop, replacing the knobs with metal handles, and covering the cabinetry with white marine paint.

For a lacquerlike finish, he used a paint sprayer to apply paint both to the doors and to the insides of the cabinets. He also replaced the old grout and cleaned, buffed, and sealed the tile to bring out its vibrant yellow hue.

A new multipurpose cooking island solved a problem with the old layout.

Design:  Jeffrey Alan Marks, Los Angeles (310/207-2222)

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Modern boathouse kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Modern boathouse kitchen

This boathouse anchored on a Seattle lake features bamboo-finished cabinets and ample natural light and ventilation.


bright, blue, yellow, blue and brown tile splash gives the kitchen remodel a vivid design and makes the modern, white cabinets pop against the stainless steel refrigerator, stove and microwave

Fresh, colorful kitchen

White Shaker-style cabinet fronts are a bright foil for the vibrant glass-tile backsplash. New niches display cobalt bowls. A two-toned, two-tiered concrete counter -- pale green above and charcoal gray below -- adds sleek style to the work and serving spaces.

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Victorian kitchen

Thomas J. Story

White Victorian kitchen

Calacatta marble gives the kitchen island and counters a lustrous look.

It may be traditional, but it certainly isn't stuffy. "I always loved Victorians ― they reminded me of real-life dollhouses," says Sophie Fauveau of the 1890 Portland home she renovated with her husband, Mark Williams. "But I also knew I wanted light colors, no clutter, and a sense that everything belonged together."

Their remodel stayed true to the home's period details and old-fashioned charm while infusing it with youthful, contemporary sophistication.

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Revitalized Craftsman

Lisa Romerein

Revitalized Craftsman

An unlikely blend of materials and salvaged goods finds visual balance in this kitchen. A painted tin ceiling, stainless steel counters, and blue glass tile mesh seamlessly.

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Reunion ranch: Kitchen

J. K. Lawrence

Reunion ranch: Cookhouse

The cabin's cookhouse is where everyone gathers to eat and spend time together. The unique arrangement of this retreat allows for plenty of space for group activites.

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Kitchen bar

Thomas J. Story

Kitchen bar

A gap in the L-shaped counter (to the right of the chairs here) created better flow from this family kitchen to the breakfast nook, and out to the garden.

Now the L is a multi-purpose island with a raised bar counter.

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Green galley kitchen

Green galley

Add a little, gain a lot. That's the lesson one couple learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their Seattle home. Curves in the range hood and shelf-support brackets add softness to the geometric cabinets, tiles, and appliances. Open shelves keep cooking staples within easy reach.

Prefab kitchen

Thomas J. Story, styling by Miranda Jones

Prefab kitchen 

The open kitchen (with white Ikea cabinetry) makes the scant square footage in this modern prefab seem expansive.

How to build a prefab


San Francisco Idea House

Thomas J. Story

Eco-conscious kitchen

Smooth slim concrete counters from Concreteworks edge the kitchen's perimeter. A thick concrete slab on the island gets its texture and golden flecks of color from recycled rice hulls. Energy Star rated appliances by GE.

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After: Light-filled kitchen makeover

Light-filled kitchen makeover

Two decisions in this remodel were key: replacing a window at one end of the galley-like space with a glass Dutch door and wrapping three sides of the room with a counter. The counter passes in front of the Dutch door, becoming a breakfast bar; light coming through the door washes the floor and walls.

Design:  John Jennings and Sasha Tarnopolsky, Dry Design, Los Angeles (323/954-9084, ext. 21)

Connecting inside to outside

Grey Crawford

Patio kitchen

Architect Colin Sarjeant opened up this house and connected it to a new outdoor dining space carved out of the front yard. It's where everyone wants to go.

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Modern country kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Modern country kitchen

Most of the work areas in this modern kitchen are topped with stainless steel. Roll-up appliance garages keep countertops tidy. Jade-toned concrete warms up the bar and island.

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Summer Retreat home

Peter O. Whiteley

Summer retreat kitchen

The kitchen appears bigger than its 15-by-15 footprint thanks to its spare coastal palette of white paint (Benjamin Moore "Super White"), bamboo countertops (Teragren), reclaimed barnwood flooring (Black's Farmwood) and blue/cream ceramics (Soulé Studio).

Basket pendant lamps by Beach House Style highlight the kitchen island (Woodenbridge, Inc.).

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Three great kitchen solutions

Thomas J. Story

Playful palette

An animated palette of stained woods, bright yellow on counters and backsplash, and stain­less steel gives this kitchen personality.

The wood stain is covered with a sealer that blocks UV rays to prevent fading. Toe space underneath drawers and cabinets is often wasted, but here it holds drawers for long flat items like cutting boards and trays.


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Tahoe retreat kitchen

A mix of redwood, stainless steel Electrolux appliances, and slate floors makes for a contemporary cabin feel in this expansive home. A band of picture windows by Pella creates a vivid transparent backsplash.

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modern, beach kitchen with an island in the middle, warm wood cabinets that have slide out shelving and a stainless steel refrigerator

Venice Beach kitchen

The owners spent 4 years renovating this 800-square-foot beach shack.

In this kitchen, out went the old mold­- and fire-damaged interior walls, and in came space-saving wood cabinets, contemporary fixtures, and lightweight concrete countertops.

Now the former ruin is a neighborhood showpiece.

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Kitchen remodel Pacific Palisades, CA

Lisa Romerein

Kitchen remodel Pacific Palisades, CA

This home in Pacific Palisades, California, was remodeled twice to make room for a growing family.

It started when the fridge broke. The owners couldn't find another to fit in the original space, and they started to talk about bumping out the kitchen wall.

Much of the gains came from reconfiguring the existing spaces. "Everyone thinks we made the kitchen much bigger," the owner says, "but we only added 2 feet to its length."

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Playful family farmhouse

Edmund Barr

Playful farmhouse kitchen

Formerly a slender galley, this kitchen is now an open, multipurpose space with an adjacent hallway that serves as the drop zone for backpacks, mail, and shoes.

An antique barrister card catalog serves as an ingenious storage system for miscellaneous household items.

An 1887 tavern table serves as the island in this family-friendly kitchen. The 1920s utility sink is from a salvage yard.

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Galley-style kitchen

John Granen

Flexible galley kitchen

Seattle architect David Coleman opened this 250-square-foot galley-style kitchen to adjacent rooms and used subtle level changes to define each area. The flexible plan makes the space ideal for breakfast for 1 or a dinner party for 10.

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Kitchen Makeover

Thomas J. Story

DIY concrete countertop

The kitchen in this Alaska cabin was rebuilt from the bare studs. Vertical storage keeps cooking tools handy. The owners poured the concrete counter themselves.

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How to make a concrete counter

light breakfast bay space to the left of the renovated, contemporary kitchen

Airy kitchen-living space

Floor-to-ceiling French doors open off the kitchen onto a small deck. A wood table and benches mixed with metal dining chairs create a relaxed look. The breakfast bay acts as a daylight-catcher that brightens the rest of the kitchen.

A marble backsplash and wood display shelf make the kitchen handsome enough to entertain in.

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Red kitchen island

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Red kitchen island

A coat of brick-red paint makes the island the star of this kitchen.

For a sophisticated look, try pairing one red object with neutral tones. Here, dark-wood surfaces and stainless steel appliances do the trick.

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WHA 2006 Sausalito

David Wakely

Light-infused kitchen

Built in 1869, this home needed an updated kitchen and more light in interior rooms.

Owner and architect Mary Griffin replaced a 1920s shed-roof addition at the back with a slightly larger addition that allowed the kitchen to move out of the historic part of the house.

She turned the new kitchen into a large light box with a translucent roof made of aluminum-and-fiberglass Kalwall panels. Widened openings between the major rooms further brighten the interior.

Design: Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, Berkeley (510/841-9000)

Kitchen with Spirit from Sunset.

Colorful kitchen

Inventive storage and colorful, contemporary cabinetry bring energy and playfulness to the hub of a young family’s home.

Katherine and Josh Anderson worked with an architect and cabinetmaker to revamp the kitchen, using a mix of walnut and brightly hued laminates as the dominant organizing element.

Kitchen island

Christina Schmidhofer

A cook's sophisticated kitchen

Maple cabinets in a natural finish and countertops in a light green concrete give this kitchen an earthy but sophisticated feeling.

Design: Dennis Fox, Fox Design Group, Point Richmond, CA (510/235-3369). Dean Rutherford, Rutherford & Singelstad, Berkeley (510/649-3069).

Sleek, open kitchen

Mary Jo Bowling

Sleek, open kitchen

Bright lights, large rectangular openings, and a simple palette of green, blue, white, and stainless steel create a clean look and a handsome foil for the curvilinear barstools.

Open shelves around the sink and range hold smaller objects, such as dishes, serving bowls, and glasses—items the couple uses every day.

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Three great kitchen solutions

Lisa Romerein

Gathering place

It's no surprise that the owner of this Denver kitchen is an artist who works with a mix of materials.

Meg Miller wanted the kitchen in her new house to be a feast for the eyes, as well as a central gathering place for family and friends.

Here, she and David Miller enjoy a glass of wine in their light-filled kitchen while sharing a few treats with Boo, a rescue mutt, and Sagres, a Portuguese water dog.

Solar house in Prescott, Arizona

Terrence Moore

Wide-open kitchen

Big curved beams create a wide-open kitchen/family room. Clerestory windows bounce the light off the ceiling, brightening the space.

A Victorian transformation

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Updated Victorian kitchen

In the kitchen a Carrara marble counter and backsplash and black-and-white checkered flooring form graphic backdrops for this refurbished Victorian.

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Eichler kitchen with a few subtle changes

Thomas J. Story

Eichler kitchen update

More light and openness, the latest appliances, and a richer color palette give this kitchen new life while preserving its midcentury-modern character.

More:  See what makes this kitchen work

Jewel Kitchen

John Granen

Jewel box kitchen

In this kitchen remodel, architect David Coleman removed visual barriers to the dining room and deck by replacing interior and exterior kitchen walls with elegant steel doors with large glass panes.

Within this transparent boxlike container, a center island accommodates a stainless steel cooktop and oven, and a work surface of fossilized limestone.

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An open kitchen with modern barstools.

Photography by Thomas J. Story

Kitchen in plain sight

Featured in Sunset's May 1966 issue, this award-winning La Mesa hillside home near San Diego was considered a model of indoor-outdoor living.

The renovated kitchen retains the original footprint minus the overhead cabinets that isolated it from the dining area.

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After: Bold kitchen remodel

Bold kitchen remodel

The most dramatic transformation in this kitchen took place near the sink and range.

The original flat ceiling was removed; now the angled line of the window bay extends upward, borrowing several feet from the former attic. Vertical bands of frosted glass panels set into a wall of cabinets emphasize the room’s newfound height. Stainless steel on the counters is repeated in new appliances.

Design:  Neil Kelly Design/Build Remodeling, Portland (503/288-7461)

Dual-family kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Dual-family kitchen

The kitchen in this shared vacation cabin is a simple line of cabinets, counters, and stove along one wall of the main living space.

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Beach cottage kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Beach cottage kitchen

Varying finishes give the kitchen and dining room character. “It’s like a math problem: You start with one thing and play off that,” homeowner Dana Marron says. A dark green La Cornue stove contrasts with light, modern oak cabinets; shiny metal chairs offset the rustic chipped-paint dining table. “The irony of having white floors is that you worry less about them. Scratches don’t matter, because that’s the character you’re going for in the end,” adds Marron.

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Cupboard free kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Cupboard free kitchen

Designed and built by the family, this vacation home was customized down to every detail. The kitchen features open shelving, so dishware serves as art. “You don’t end up having a lot of stuff just hidden away,” says homeowner Chad Robertson. “All the things you use on a daily basis are right there. And with so many of us running around, nothing can be too precious.”

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Indoor/Outdoor Kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Indoor/outdoor kitchen

This modern cabin is full of natural materials and expanses of glass. The kitchen walls slide aside to access the 450-square-foot deck that includes a barbecue station, effectively doubling the room’s square footage. The ipe flooring flows from indoor to out, creating a cohesive look between the spaces. The refrigerator and pantry doors almost disappear into the walls.

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Bold kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Bold kitchen

Instead of replacing the unremarkable wood kitchen cabinets, the couple painted them charcoal and added black hardware. By painting the wall and window trim the same color, they put the focus on the floor tile. Moreover, deep charcoal acts as a neutral. Both warm and cool tones pair well with it. Smoked Glass RLUL225; ralphlaurenhome.com

The hexagonal tile makes the room. Two shades of gray relate the tile to the wall color. The blues add shock value. Hexagon 8 tiles in Original Blue, from about $20/sq. ft.; kismettile.com

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Modern Prefab

Thomas J. Story

Modern Prefab

This Montana update of the iconic 1950s ranch home makes the most of its Big Sky views and space. As a nod to the ’50s—and to mellow the prefab feeling—interior designer Stephanie Sandston used lots of texture, often with recycled or renewable materials, like the cork flooring in the kitchen. The plywood kitchen island has low shelves to give the kids easy access to dishes.

“We tried to leave everything as plain as possible,” Sandston says. “You’re not looking at anything glorified. You’re looking at honest materials and honest function.”

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Eco-smart kitchen

Thomas J. Story

Eco-smart kitchen

Though it has a similar foot­print to the prior kitchen (“low 8-foot ceilings, red cabinets, dismal,” Beall says), the new walk-through space feels bigger thanks to higher ceilings, glass-front cabinets, floating shelves, a pull-out pantry, and bright white surfaces. The recessed energy-efficient LED lights in the kitchen and family room certainly help as well.

But not everything is new –The butcher block counters were salvaged from the former kitchen.

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Modern meets old-school

Modern meets old-school

One of the first things you notice about this San Francisco kitchen is the open space and clear countertops. While this family designated their home a technology-free space, the design and function of the kitchen certianly doesn't suffer. Modern lines and electricity are present in the kitchen, the family opted for simple household products like manual appliances, stove-top coffee, and basic electronic appliances without an LED interface.

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