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8 Cool Ideas to Turn Up the Style Heat in Your Kitchen

Jun 11 2014 - 2:05pm

If kitchen design has you stumped or you simply need some inspiration, we have eight very cool ideas to consider. Adding a few pops of color, creating a unique island setup, or extending your dining outdoors are just a few of the ways you can update your kitchen with functional style. Take a look at the kitchens we are currently coveting, and consider how their unique details can work within your home!

Source: Green Couch [1]

Add a Pop of Color

There are no rules when it comes to designing a space. Overall, this kitchen is classic with the exception of the blue cabinets — proof you can have fun with color no matter your style. Tie it all together with accents, dinnerware, and art in a similar shade to prevent your bold design from feeling out of place.

Source: Domino [2]

Go Stainless

Stainless-steel appliances are all the rage, but it doesn't have to stop there. For the ultimate use of this metal, try it in other details, like seating. In this particular kitchen, it offers a nice contrast against the white subway tiles.

Source: Domino [3]

Go Bold With Pattern

Often kitchens and color can seem like an unlikely match, but that doesn't have to be the case. This kitchen incorporated beautiful shades of greens, blues, and yellows against crisp, white cabinets so the fabrics and accents could really stand out.

Source: Domino [4]

Add Extra Counter Space

This kitchen is no small space, but it has an island that city-dwellers should take note of. Since portable kitchen islands [5] have no "permanent" location, they make dinner prep a breeze and offer additional storage if your space falls short.

Source: Lonny [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Get Creative With Your Seating

This kitchen took its window and bar seating to another space — outdoors. Rather than settling with a standard window, the owners installed lift-up windows and extended the countertops out to the patio. Complete with bar stools, this kitchen truly took advantage of what the home had to offer and in turn mastered the art of outdoor entertaining.

Source: Trip Haenisch and Associates [8]

Light Up Your Island

This kitchen used lamps to give an oversize island a styled touch. Although the two lamps — usually found on bedroom nightstands — are an unlikely option, they work in the space because they are of a similar color and finish to the room's woodwork.

Source: Thomas Hamel [9]

Style It Sleek

If you're seeking a sleek interior, then consider an (almost) all-white kitchen. Not only does it channel a professional chef's kitchen, but also, white makes just as much of an impact as a bright color. It's no surprise the marble countertops are the main focus and the cabinets are kept minimal without hardware. Use succulents and greenery to keep the space from feeling too sterile.

Source: Green Couch [10]

Welcome Open Storage

You don't always have to cover up with cabinets. Embrace open cabinets similar to how you would a bookcase, and let your pieces stand on their own. The key is making sure all your serverware and glassware is of a similar style; this will prevent your space from looking unorganized and sloppy.

Source: Martyn Lawrence Bullard Designs [11]

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