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Sara Gilbane mixed form with function by outfitting a Florida kitchen with a stylish ladder. The feature a shibori hand-dyed leather from , while Ann Sacks's Moroccan tiles add a bright pop of blue visible from the living room.
In a massive Orange County, California kitchen, interior designer Raili Clasen hung large-scale statement fixtures — more than three feet tall and weighing 150 pounds each — to"bring the drama," she says. For balance, a single row of 11 bare bulbs illuminates the kitchen table. Although minimal, the layered, massed grouping makes quite the visual impact.
"It's nonstop elegance," says Richard Anuszkiewicz of the kitchen he created for a circa-1910 waterfront home in Annapolis, Maryland. Crafted from walnut, imbuia and anigre, the nearly 11-foot-long island was inspired by English antiques.
This Texas home has a flair for the dramatic, kitchen included. A brass counter and hardware gleam against cabinetry and Sub-Zero refrigerator panels in Benjamin Moore's Onyx.
In an 1850s gem, white cabinetry sets off a backsplash in Mosaic House's Batha Moroccan tile. A trio of Ballard Designs Paris Bistro stools pull up to a Corian-topped island and a fireclay farmhouse sink by Rohl has a brass Waterworks Easton faucet.
A dropped floor makes a rustic retreat feel more expansive. Architect James Carter designed the custom stove hood. The island pendant is from Circa Lighting.
"Cobalt was a fun way to steer clear of the typical all-white kitchen," says Mark D. Sikes, who chose Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue for this cheery island; the stools are by Serena & Lily, the Roman shade is in a China Seas fabric and the rugs are from Dash & Albert.
The contrast between the rustic stonework and streamlined stainless steel appliances give this French-inspired kitchen an extra dose of complexity. To maximize entertaining space, designer Inga L. Rehmann downsized the island and added an 1800s Spanish trestle table with upholstered stools.
Shon Parker ousted an Atlanta home's outdated cabinetry for a more classic Shaker style. Instead of the expected island, he chose a vintage breakfast table to add utility and sculptural appeal. The range is by La Cornue, and the hood is by Vent-A-Hood.
In a mountain getaway, industrial-style Shaw pendants by the Urban Electric Co. hang over a custom island with a Calacatta Gold marble top. The wall tile is from Waterworks.
Nina Farmer repainted a period home's cabinets Farrow & Ball's Dimpse and added an Urban Electric Co. pendant, redone in Farrow & Ball's Stony Ground.
Accents of nautical brass were paired with cerused oak cabinetry for a casual elegance in a Jersey shore house. The Silestone counters have a leather finish. The concrete-topped island is painted in Benjamin Moore's Turquoise Haze.
New Eagle windows in a '60s-era house look like steel but are actually aluminum. Designer Ray Booth chose honed Carrara marble for the counters as a perfect fit for the beige-and-gray palette. A Lindsey Adelman fixture hangs from a new skylight over a prep island clad in brushed-and-bleached oak. The wall cabinets are oak with Whitechapel hardware.
The Palecek rattan pendant in this kitchen feels "old-school Florida," designer Andrew Howard notes; the appliances are from Viking, the Lee Industries stools are in fabrics by Perennials and Link Outdoor and the window shades are in a Peter Dunham Textiles linen.
A Lewis chandelier and Leyden sconces from Hudson Valley Lighting brighten our 2016 kitchen of the year. The banquette — covered in Interlude from Thibaut's Portico collection of Sunbrella fabrics — offers cozy seating around a Grothouse walnut table with metallized banding. Machine-washable linen shades by Thibaut are "kitchen-practical," says designer Matthew Quinn.
In a modern Hamptons home, stools from Altura Furniture nestle under a custom island framed in Bianco Dolomiti honed marble. Bleached-walnut custom cabinetry is paired with counters in Caesarstone's Blizzard quartz.
With the room's original windows as the jumping-off point, Jim Dove created a luxe, streamlined cooking space with a charming, vintage-feeling canopy hood. Glossy ebony cabinets add drama, while farmhouse sinks and a 10½-foot long island — it seats six! — easily handle meal prep when there's a crowd to feed.
In the 2016 San Francisco Decorator Showcase Kitchen by , soft grays, whites and walnut create a welcoming palette. Cabinets by Martin Kobus Home for KronoSwiss keep a sleek profile, and Holly Hunt pendants illuminate countertops by Neolith Products.
In Justina Blakeney's "Jungalow," the wall between the kitchen and dining area is fittingly painted in Breakfast Room Green by Farrow & Ball. Moroccan clay tiles from Badia Design cover the kitchen backsplash, and the Silestone countertop is from Lowe's.
Working with just 72 square feet, Austin designer Kim Lewis broke out her best space-stretching strategies, starting with in-plain-sight storage. The copper-pipe shelving has hooks for hanging mugs and cookware, which keeps the counter clutter-free.
A "fisherman's shack" stays true to its roots with authentic porthole windows set in Ann Sacks's Jute glass tile. Honed granite counters look like slate but withstand more wear and tear.
Frances Merrill kept an Ojai home's existing countertops and white Viking range but gave the base cabinets a more relaxed vibe with new doors painted in Benjamin Moore's Duxbury Gray. She also installed hexagonal terra-cotta floor tiles and open shelves of reclaimed wood. CB2 counter stools in leather reflect the decision to focus on natural materials.
Designer Amir Khamneipur likes to throw cocktail parties — he once fit 60 guests into his tiny Flatiron apartment — so he incorporated the kitchen into the design of the living room. Minimalist cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore's Harbor Gray match the color of the walls and hide appliances. The Fisher & Paykel pop-up gas cooktop is equally sleek: Its burners retract when not in use, leaving behind a solid glossy black surface.
The Manhattan version of a farmhouse kitchen features gleaming brass hardware, a painted floor and two Wolf ovens. The cabinetry, in Benjamin Moore's White Dove, along with white-tiled walls and a milk-glass chandelier, creates the illusion of added sunlight.
The sun-drenched kitchen of a Charleston guesthouse features cabinets paneled in old-growth cypress wood salvaged during the home's renovation. Designer Cameron Schwabenton chose unlacquered brass hardware, which ages over time and adds to the rustic feel of the space. Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerators and freezers hide in plain sight to maintain the streamlined design.
"I wanted the kitchen to "go away" — which, it turns out, is an unpopular notion," designer Michelle Prentice says of her understated cooking area. "When we're seated at the dining table, the kitchen recedes; it feels like we're in a completely different room." The Danish dining table is surrounded by Jacob Kjaer chairs in Bretano's Royalsuede and vintage French armchairs in Lee Jofa's Tahira Ottoman fabric.
Designer Jill Sharp Weeks installed iron pendant lights from Currey & Company above the oversize kitchen island in her Charleston home. The Indian wooden trunk with camel-bone inlay houses toys for Weeks's Scottish terrier, Angus.
A checkerboard floor in Benjamin Moore's Racing Orange brightens up the mostly white kitchen of a Nantucket getaway. The cabinets are painted Hollandlac Brilliant White by Fine Paints of Europe.
When designer Robert Stilin saw this TriBeCa, New York, loft in an 1887 manufacturing building, he knew he would return it to its roots. Steel-wrapped cabinets, antiqued counters and vintage accessories were paired with professional appliances to give the kitchen "instant age" while also standing up to the 21st-century demands of an urban family.