8 Kitchens With Ideas You Should Steal Now

Wednesday, Dec 17 2014
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Nigel F. Maynard

There are many ways to design a stylish kitchen, but sometimes it’s hard coming up with neat details your buyers and clients will love. Here are eight kitchens with ideas you can use in your next project.

Though you can choose from a wide variety of materials and products, your kitchens still need to adhere to good design principles. Firdt, beware the work triangle.

“No matter what shape your kitchen is in—whether your floor plan is straight, U-shaped, L-shaped or otherwise—chances are there 
is a triangle at its heart,” Kohler writes on its blog. “And if there’s not, there should be.”

Designers recommend the following work triangle dimensions and suggestions, writes kohler: Each leg of the work triangle should measure between 4 ft. and 9 ft. long, and the total length of all 3 legs should be between 12 ft. and 26 ft.

“Open trash bins, cabinets and dishwashers shouldn’t block the path from one part of the triangle to another,” Kohler continues. “Help keep the pathways clear by opting for smaller paired doors for cabinetry, rather than larger single doors that can swing out to create obstacles.”

Once all of your design kinks are resolved, it’s time to pick materials and products. Here are some ideas to steal:


You can assemble traditional materials to get a modern kitchen. Minneapolis-based Peterssen/Keller used Calacatta marble, an industrial-style faucet and inset cabinets for a kitchen that straddles both styles.


Open shelving is not for every kitchen, but if you have enough storage, say in a pantry, shelves can make a room feel spacious and bright.



Don’t be afraid to step outside the box with edgy fixtures. These large industrial-style pendants feel right at home in this traditional Los Angeles kitchen.


Glass tiles are ideal for a kitchen backsplash, but back-painted glass is also an affordable way to get a durable and easy-to-clean surface.


No need to settle for stone or solid surface. Pigmented concrete is a durable countertop that can also add an unexpected splash in a kitchen.


For a truly maintenance-free countertop and backsplash, try stainless steel. It will show scratches easily, but over time the patina will become more attractive.


Don’t be afraid to use alternative materials. In this project, Washington-based ColePrévost used a stainless steel backsplash, melamine countertops with an aluminum edge and recycled wood veneer for the cabinets.


Don’t be afraid to mix and match work surfaces in a single space. This kitchen features stone countertops for the perimeter surfaces and a wood-topped island in the center. 

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