dream kitchen ideas

Dream Kitchen Ideas

All designers and homeowners have their own ideas about what makes a great kitchen, but throughout my years in the design world, I’ve come to rely on several go-to strategies for creating a successful, functional, beautiful space. The addition of any one of these items would greatly increase the appeal of a space. Combine them all, and you’d have one spectacular dream kitchen.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

Double-Duty Kitchen It might have sounded like a strange request at first: Fashion a kitchen that looks and acts more like living space than a kitchen — a place where people feel as comfortable gathering as they do eating or baking. But a formal yet welcoming atmosphere is the right recipe for a kitchen that facilitates a lot of entertaining. In this spacious kitchen, that balance is achieved with luxe materials, an oversize island, and a flood of natural light from a wall of glass with French doors to the outside. See how gray can complement any style of kitchen.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

It might have sounded like a strange request at first: Fashion a kitchen that looks and acts more like living space than a kitchen — a place where people feel as comfortable gathering as they do eating or baking. But a formal yet welcoming atmosphere is the right recipe for a kitchen that facilitates a lot of entertaining. In this spacious kitchen, that balance is achieved with luxe materials, an oversize island, and a flood of natural light from a wall of glass with French doors to the outside.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

“When it comes to storage, use every single inch of wall space,” says HGTV Dream Home designer Linda Woodrum. “Cabinets that go up to the ceiling create a very tidy look. Use the high-up ones to store things you rarely use.” Next to the refrigerator and freezer, Linda created skinny pullout pantries that are great for corralling spices and snacks.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

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Dream Kitchen Ideas

“Nobody wants a closed-off kitchen where you just announce, ‘Dinner is served,'” says Linda. “Cooking is a social activity.” She wanted the dining space, located right off the kitchen, to be elegant enough for grownup dinners but laid-back enough for family breakfasts. Cushy upholstered ikat chairs and wooden end chairs pull up to a long harvest table.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

Old Meets New An effortless mix of old and new is what makes this kitchen so special. The range niche boasts an open-air shelving unit, perfect for housing delicate kitchen decor. Here, an antique scale along with vintage china and silver pieces are at home next to the modern range.
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Dream Kitchen Ideas

Activity Centers To make the large space more effective, the kitchen was divided into activity centers. The 6-foot-square island provides plenty of space for multiple helpers. A prep sink, built-in cutting board (pictured), and refrigerator drawers in the island save steps for the cook. What to know before you install marble in your kitchen.
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An effortless mix of old and new is what makes this kitchen so special. The range niche boasts an open-air shelving unit, perfect for housing delicate kitchen decor. Here, an antique scale along with vintage china and silver pieces are at home next to the modern range.
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Effortless Elegance In this causal but sophisticated white kitchen, walnut accents and subtle texture and softness add warmth and depth. Shades of white dominate on clean-lined Shaker-style cabinetry, on the tile surrounding the range, and on gray-veined marble on the sink-wall backsplash. Browse dozens of our favorite elegant kitchens in the Gallery.
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“Hardware can totally change the look of a kitchen,” says Linda. Ceramic knobs, for example, would be too traditional, and half-moon bin pulls have that country feel. So she chose long brushed nickel pulls to give the flat-panel cabinets a modern look. “I hung them horizontally just to mix things up.”
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Sneaky Storage Every kitchen needs plenty of storage, and this one is no exception. The wall opposite the sink is home to high cabinets that store infrequently used items. The ovens and warming drawer stand out, but twin refrigerators blend neatly into the cabinetry, as does the pullout storage to their right.
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Retro-Inspired Dazzling globe pendants, inspired by 1960s fixtures, provide retro flair and a personal touch. A quartersawn-oak coffered ceiling crowns the space above the kitchen island. The warm wood creates a formal tone that contrasts the more playful round light fixtures.
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Detail-Oriented Artwork, dishware, linens, and accessories can completely change the look of a kitchen. Accessories like this wood-slab cutting board and traditional mortar and pestle add an eclectic edge to the space.
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Range Hood Star The range hood, in an unexpected pewter glaze, draws the eye for a bold focal point. “What makes it work is that everything else is very monochromatic,” says kitchen designer Mary Kathryn Timoney. “The backsplash is white; the island is off-white; the counters are all the same color. There’s a beautiful focal point, but there are also places for the eye to rest.”
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Connecting Spaces A wide doorway next to the range wall opens into a formal dining room. The wall of glass, framed in Belgian mahogany, brings in light and provides a gateway to the outdoors. Including the wall of glass meant losing an enormous amount of storage space — much of which the island makes up for — but it allows the kitchen to be light and airy and more like the living space the homeowners desired.
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Kitchen Details The 6×9-foot island houses the sink, appliances, storage, and ample counter space. Polished-nickel hardware dresses up the cabinets, and a few pared-down details further the casual-yet-elegant design paradigm: the island’s strong legs, which are geometric and shapely rather than overly carved; crown molding that is simple, not ornate; the cabinetry’s classic raised-panel doors; and overall clean lines. See how beautifully other kitchens use furniture-style details.
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“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.
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“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.
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Wood Island”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. Jennifer Hughes
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“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. Jennifer Hughes
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1 Of 151 Wood Island”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. Jennifer Hughes
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1. Adequate lighting. Incorporating various types of lighting in any room is fundamental, but it’s especially beneficial in the kitchen. An abundance of natural light is fantastic, but kitchens also need practical sources of artificial light: ambient lighting to create an overall glow, task lighting to illuminate workspaces and accent lighting to highlight features in the space.
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When designing your kitchen or remodeling cabinets, consider adding an appliance garage to keep your tools tucked away. Homeowners also can convert an existing cabinet by installing pullout shelves that offer quick and easy access to appliances when you need them. Whatever you do, assign a designated space for each gadget so they don’t end up awkwardly stacked on top of the fridge or out on the counter.
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10. Citrus. When life gives you lemons, put ’em to work. Whether you’re adding a little zest to your meal, spritzing up a refreshing drink, loading up on vitamin C or just cleaning up the kitchen, citrus is a useful item to have on hand (plus, it displays well as a nice splash of color).
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15. Character. Whether it’s fun, colorful accessories or an unexpected piece of artwork, a kitchen should have an inviting atmosphere that allows for comfort, relaxation and good times.
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In this causal but sophisticated white kitchen, walnut accents and subtle texture and softness add warmth and depth. Shades of white dominate on clean-lined Shaker-style cabinetry, on the tile surrounding the range, and on gray-veined marble on the sink-wall backsplash.
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Every kitchen needs plenty of storage, and this one is no exception. The wall opposite the sink is home to high cabinets that store infrequently used items. The ovens and warming drawer stand out, but twin refrigerators blend neatly into the cabinetry, as does the pullout storage to their right.
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Dazzling globe pendants, inspired by 1960s fixtures, provide retro flair and a personal touch. A quartersawn-oak coffered ceiling crowns the space above the kitchen island. The warm wood creates a formal tone that contrasts the more playful round light fixtures.

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