This year in kitchen design, we saw everything from bright colors and a lot of shine to relaxed looks with wood and warm hues. Designers proved that no matter how small or large the space, the kitchen is still a place to make a statement by using stunning details like beamed ceilings, eye-catching wallpaper, or colorful cabinets.
A little shine – and a few twists on tradition – inject a lot of style in this kitchen in Rye, New York, designed by Louise Brooks. "The house is a traditional center-hall Colonial, and the kitchen comes as a surprise," she says. "It gives the house a lot of panache."
Salvaged wood, raw steel, and glazed brick give Dan Doyle's St. Helena, California, kitchen a sturdy, industrial look. "I reengineered the roof of the house to take it up from 8 to 13 feet at the peak, and also took down a wall between the kitchen and the living room," he says. "Those old beams are just decorative, to add some interest to the ceiling."
To add a sophisticated note to the mellow charms of old wood in this Los Angeles, California, kitchen, designer Chris Barrett added black tiles, a vintage sink, and open shelves in the pantry.
Designer Lynn Butler Beling took an old farmhouse kitchen in Southampton, New York, and gave its decor a cozy and lived-in feeling with old-fashioned navy blue cabinets, beadboard, bronze hardware, and apothecary-style drawers.
With its waterfront location, designer Susan Drake chose colors of driftwood and sand for a Stamford, Connecticut, kitchen. By rearranging the placement of appliances and furniture, Drake created a better place to cook and congregate.
In a kitchen in Bays Head, New Jersey, designer Heidi Piron knocked down walls – and gave up the dining room – to create a big, open, and friendly space. The palette is pulled from nature. "They're the shades you see in a piece of driftwood that's been weathered by the sun and rain."
Designer Sheila Bridges's New York City kitchen may be on the small side, but she didn't let that cramp her style. Elegant silvery-blue wallpaper adds some unexpected excitement to a tiny space.
The exterior of a Long Island house was done in an English Lutyens style, so designer Stephen Sills gave the kitchen the same feeling. The William Morris print steals the show, but all the carefully considered details make it work.
No windows? No problem! Christopher Peacock embraced the dark and created a cozy, handsome, inviting space in the Kips Bay Showhouse. "If you look at the whole, it's very simple – just three or four materials and colors," he says. "It's not a finicky kitchen. It's functional. You could really cook here and enjoy doing it."
No one could ever feel blue in this heavenly New York kitchen designed to set off a collection of blue-and-white china. Designers Beth Martell and Enda Donagher used the color of an old candlestick as inspiration for this space.