By: Elly Leavitt
Home is where the heart is, and the heart of most homes is the kitchen. It's where everyone gathers, chats and — most important — eats. That's why it's so key to design it well so that it's a place where people want to be.
Whether your personal taste tends toward airy and bright, sleek and modern or rustic and cozy, the 13 kitchens ahead will give you serious inspiration for how to update your own.
When designing this enormous 12,000-square-foot home, Tamara Magel wanted to emulate a cozy, farmhouse feel. She did this in the kitchen by incorporating an oak ceiling —reminiscent of European farmhouses— and adding small details like fluffy chair throws and industrial-chic light fixtures to create a quaint yet luxurious dining area.
The before pictures of this 1920s kitchen are almost unrecognizable compared to the bright and sunny space it became! Adding a fresh coat of teal paint to the cabinetry instantly livened up the room with a pop of color.
Combining classic elegance with modern functionality, designer Jessica Davis turned this kitchen into a sleek living space, which thanks to the inviting bar section is prime for get-togethers.
This 1930s fixer-upper got a modern update that’s reflected perfectly in the airy new kitchen. We love the contrast of the deep green cabinetry with the white backsplash and countertops.
The abundance of greenery and the natural texture of the woven seats make for quite the fresh-feeling kitchen. The built-in bench both saves space and encourages big family dinners.
This kitchen is a lesson in decorating with black and white! The black wood flooring paired with white marble countertops make the ultimate statement — even the pendant lights are chic.
This gorgeous Upper East Side kitchen is equal parts luxe and homey. The modern wooden cabinetry is a central part of the decor, reflected everywhere from the fruit bowl centerpiece to the neatly stacked cutting boards.
When working with primary colors, it’s best to keep the rest to a minimalist neutral in order to really make the vibrant shades pop. Here, handmade black and white Moroccan tiles and a simple white tile backsplash section off the open kitchen from the rest of the home.
FarmHouse Fresh founder Shannon McLinden spends most of her time working in the kitchen, so she opted for a clean and bright design. To incorporate a traditional ranch design — she lives in Texas, after all — she added in a farmhouse sink, vintage signs and rustic gunmetal stools.
Everything about Dan Pelosi’s bold and vibrant Brooklyn apartment is colorful perfection, particularly the kitchen. We love his commitment to incorporating bright shades everywhere, from the unique teal pendant light to his flawlessly color-coordinated cookbook collection.
This perfectly executed two-toned kitchen seamlessly blends two unique design aesthetics with a large wooden island and natural decor. Designer Natalie Myers really nailed the California-cool motif she was aiming for in this home makeover.
It should come as no surprise that Marimekko’s president and CEO Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko has a home reminiscent of the brand’s signature bold prints and colors. Her open-concept kitchen, which is perfect for entertaining, relies on a few punchy prints to spice up the otherwise neutrally-colored area.
The kitchen was the biggest splurge for interior designer Alex Kaehler, and it definitely paid off. When renovating her Chicago townhouse, she invested in high-quality appliances and opted for custom-made cabinetry to create a space that will be enjoyed for years to come.
Originally published on Domino.
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