Archive | Kitchens

Kitchens of all styles and colors to inspire renovating, redecorating or dreaming.

All Black Kitchen Kitchen of the Year

all black kitchen of the year for 2014 by Steven Miller - Whirlpool gas cooktop, Gold Wall Ovens and Kraftmaid Onyx cabinets - house beautiful via atticmag

Behold House Beautiful’s all black Kitchen of the Year in the 2014 San Francisco Designer Showcase house, a 1920s mansion with a view of the bay.

Opposites attract. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the mainstream press has begun to call the kitchen color shift — from all white to all black — a trend. For bloggers like me this is hardly news. Back in March of this year, my Dark Kitchen Drama post, documented the all black kitchen and nearly black kitchens I’d been seeing, including a designer beauty in Sweden. Modern all black kitchens have been around quite some time as four black kitchen posts (below) also show.… Continue Reading

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Contemporary Ranch Kitchens

contemporary ranch kitchen - yellow and gray barn ceiling ranch house kitchen - onsitemanagement via atticmag

Those of us who live east of the Mississippi don’t see many contemporary ranch kitchens these days.

I adore the tongue-cheek style of the log cabin kitchen in the Designer Log Cabin. And I’m a huge fan of Weathered Wood Kitchen Islands. So was quite taken by the full-on wood looks of these contemporary ranch kitchens in upscale Wyoming and Montana ranch houses. Well equipped, but casual, they fit the definition of rustic in very special ways. Best of all, there isn’t a white cabinet in the bunch!

I have a special affection for light wood and yellow kitchens.… Continue Reading

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Red Country Kitchens

red country kitchens - red kitchen cabinets with black soapstone sink - bh&g via atticmag

Red country kitchens are sometimes casual but always bold.

There’s something about red kitchens that makes them a little difficult. People who love red tend use it as an accent color since a little can go a long way. We saw that with the refrigerator cabinet in the Ikea Heartthrob Kitchen, one of my original Atticmag posts, and also on the red workbench island in the recent Updating White Kitchens piece. But my view is that a commitment to big color on the cabinets is usually the best option for red kitchens, which is what made the lacquered Chanticleer Red Kitchen so stunning and memorable.… Continue Reading

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Updating White Kitchens

updating white kitchens - generic white kitchen - robert stiles architecture via atticmag

Four years ago, I observed that the all white kitchens trend was over. Looking back, that was the beginning of the end.

Today, the white kitchen — often amusingly referred to as “the one true kitchen” — has been copied to death. Apart from light fixtures or other details, it’s often difficult to tell white kitchens from one another. In concept, they are very lovely but the look has become formulaic. The all-white kitchen [top] is typical of the genre as it has milk-color Shaker style cabinets with Victorian brackets and feet, and upper cabinets with glass doors. Another hallmark is the white subway tile backsplash that blends in.… Continue Reading

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Conservatory Kitchens

galley conservatory kitchen opening onto backyard - reneefinberg via atticmag

Conservatory kitchens can range from traditional to ultra modern — with or without glass roofs.

More popular in Europe than in the U.S., conservatories are glass walled and ceilinged structures added onto a house as a garden or sun room.  They are synonymous with greenhouse rooms or sun porches. These days, with formality on the way out, the concept of a conservatory is easily applied to the kitchen and with spectacular results. This kitchen style is a BOGO — designed like a greenhouse by the way the ceiling and windows are configured. One lovely example is the English-inspired Gothic Revival Kitchen which has a conservatory-dining space and kitchen in an open-plan room.… Continue Reading

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Contemporary Kitchen Banquettes

Wood grain contemporary kitchen banquette - rylandpeters via Atticmag

In some kitchens, a seating area can be restricted by structural elements such as windows, doors or pillars.

Two summers ago I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing top kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio when he created a Kitchen of the Year for House Beautiful magazine. One of the main points stressed during his introduction was not about the work triangle, appliance quality, or even about cabinets which are usually the most expensive fixture. Topic A was how kitchens had morphed into living spaces that made seating a key element.  So built-in booths or banquettes, which can be fitted into awkward spaces have become a well-loved solution.… Continue Reading

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